There's no question that Tiger Woods has irrecoverably changed the way we look at golf. Previously ruled by stuffy old bluebloods, Tiger Woods infused the sport with a youthful energy that has attracted a much more diverse audience to the game of golf. Last year's installment in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series reflected golf's new attitude by including colorful fictional golfers, a hip soundtrack, and a slick new visual style. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 further refines this presentation, along with virtually every other facet of the game. The end result is a near-flawless game of golf that somehow manages to appeal to every breed of golfer.
The game starts off with a helpful tutorial that explains the game's now-standard analog swing system.
The game starts off with a helpful tutorial, explaining the game's now-standard analog swing system, along with many of the other core skills you'll need to succeed in PGA Tour 2003, including draw shots, fade shots, and putting. EA Sports seems to have tinkered with the analog swing mechanics just a little bit, making it more forgiving, and making it easier to swing a straight shot. PGA Tour 2003 also includes all of the gameplay assisting mechanics introduced in 2002. You can boost the power of your swing by tapping the white button while your golfer pulls back his or her club, and tapping the black button and holding a direction on the analog stick while the ball is in flight will affect the spin of the ball. These mechanics, along with the putting line, caddy tips, tap-ins and more can be disabled from the options menu, giving players the ability to adjust the level of realism in the game to their liking. The amount of customization allowed in PGA Tour 2003 makes the game significantly more accessible and enjoyable for hacks and pros alike.
As previously mentioned, the scope of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 has been expanded, and this manifests in a vastly increased number of playable golfers and courses. There are now over 25 different golfers to choose from, and it's about evenly split between real-world golf pros and colorful fictional characters. The courses, however, are all faithfully rendered after 12 different world-famous greens, though, again, it'll be up to you to unlock many of them. The sheer volume of players and courses available in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 gives the game even more long-term appeal than its predecessor, and this is further accentuated by the game's increased gameplay options.
Though the game wears the endorsement of the PGA Tour on its sleeve, the ability to participate in this championship golf competition represents only a portion of what Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 has to offer. The Tiger Challenge pits the player against a series of fictional and real-world golf pros on courses modeled after real-world courses for cash prizes, which can be used to buy skill points for your golfer. Besting your opponents in the Tiger Challenge will also let you play as that character, and unlock courses. The technical difficulty of the courses you'll play on, as well as the competence of the computer AI increase very gradually in the Tiger Challenge, keeping any initial frustration a beginner might experience to a minimum. The scenario mode lets you choose from 49 different predetermined situations, such as making up for lost strokes on the back nine, dealing with exceptionally bad weather conditions, or sinking a series of birdie shots. By putting you into some of the most difficult positions you might encounter in a standard 18 holes, the scenario mode provides a good level of challenge, and can help improve specific aspects of your game.