Tiger Woods 12 Top Sports Game in April

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Posted May 12th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Having topped the sales charts amongst sports games in four of its first six months of release NBA 2K11 was unseated in April by Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. The release of Tiger Woods 12 in late March meant the first five days of sales were recorded in that month’s NPD where it did not place in the top 10 despite performing well. It clearly got a boost from The Masters (April 7th-10th) along with positive word of mouth and mainstream exposure that had been absent the last few years.

Despite the uptick in sales it remains to be seen whether Tiger Woods will continue as the endorser for the franchise (he was already on shaky ground due to his tarnished image and poor performance with things now getting worse health wise) and whether the surge that came from introducing Augusta National can be sustained or will result in a fall-off next year. Remember that first month sales of Tiger Woods 11 fell 68% from Tiger 10 due in large part to his indiscretions so the opportunity was there to bounce back by recapturing those who had abandoned the series or reaching new consumers by marketing The Masters. The 360/PS3 versions experienced the significant gains while the Wii version – hit even harder last year than the others – remained way down from when it was the highest selling version.

While Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters finished in 5th for the month NBA 2K11 still performed more than admirably considering it was in its seventh month of release by placing 10th. Knocked out of the top ten from March was MLB 11: The Show and Fight Night Champion. While Fight Night has been a disappointment The Show was due to pull back a bit after growing so much the previous two years and it is down considerably in sales vs MLB 10.

  • LOLPadre

    Also despite the great Pasta padre chiming in with his prediction of sales sluggishness, it somehow proved to manage Padre wrong.

    http://www.pastapadre.com/2011/04/11/the-masters-not-having-big-impact-on-reviews-and-sales-of-tiger-12

    Although he already knew that as people, including myself, posted of a sales increase in the thread above. I guess they threateneed to take away his key to the EA Sports executive bathroom if he did not say something nice about Tiger 12.

    • Skihawks

       Many of my friends bought this year’s game because Augusta is in the game.  Then the game turned out to be damn fun, especially online….

    • Skihawks

       Many of my friends bought this year’s game because Augusta is in the game.  Then the game turned out to be damn fun, especially online….

  • Lonnie

    i love this game only problem with it is if you play with tiger and you bogey the first few holes he will just quite. 

    • zzzz

      man that was so not funny 

  • Anonymous

     Tiger Woods is finished.

  • Roopan111

     I bought this game for the first time because of the caddy feature. I sucked so bad at putting that it turned me off from the game. Now I love this game and the career mode is so addicting.

  • After they hyped the attention to detail for Augusta, I was underwhelmed on how there had not been any attention to detail on anything else. Biggest gripe is that it seems like it is just you and your caddy on the coarse (there is the cookie cutter robot fans that all clap and turn in unison). You don’t get paired up with other golfers so you seem alone on the tee box and greens.  It looks/plays/has the same features of my Tiger 10 game (which was lacking).  As far as the caddie making it too easy, my experience was that I could pick much better shots than he. The game seems about as busted as the real Tiger. Really EA, is it not about time to dump the Tiger brand and rebuild a golf game with a different team?

  • Skihawks

    This is the best golf game in years.  I found the presentation to be stellar (especially The Masters) and the career mode is deep.  I have heard it both ways regarding the caddie.  Some like it, some hate it.  For me, I like the caddie feature as an option and one that can be turned off.

    I think where EA needs to go with this series is steer clear of Tiger and go back to focusing on the PGA as a whole.  I would also like to see the development team utilize the lighting the NCAA team uses.  I like the dynamic weather but when it rains there are still shadows as if the sun is still shining. 

    The only thing I really HATE is the fact the season mode has courses that have to be purchased.  If you don’t you get penalized.  Now that the PSN has been down forever, my season has come to a stand still because I don’t have The Els course.  I have no issues with having extra courses as DLC but don’t penalize gamers who choose not to buy them.  What is the point of having the Fed Ex cup if you can’t earn points because you either skip the event or have to pay to continue?????

  • Skihawks

    This is the best golf game in years.  I found the presentation to be stellar (especially The Masters) and the career mode is deep.  I have heard it both ways regarding the caddie.  Some like it, some hate it.  For me, I like the caddie feature as an option and one that can be turned off.

    I think where EA needs to go with this series is steer clear of Tiger and go back to focusing on the PGA as a whole.  I would also like to see the development team utilize the lighting the NCAA team uses.  I like the dynamic weather but when it rains there are still shadows as if the sun is still shining. 

    The only thing I really HATE is the fact the season mode has courses that have to be purchased.  If you don’t you get penalized.  Now that the PSN has been down forever, my season has come to a stand still because I don’t have The Els course.  I have no issues with having extra courses as DLC but don’t penalize gamers who choose not to buy them.  What is the point of having the Fed Ex cup if you can’t earn points because you either skip the event or have to pay to continue?????