Archive for the ‘Golf’ Category
  • Reviewing Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
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    Posted July 13th, 2015 at 3:45 pm 16 Comments »
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has been out since last Wednesday on EA Access, and officially releases tomorrow to all. In a video produced for Hit The Pass today, Rich Grisham and I review the game, going through everything from gameplay to Career Mode, online play, and even the Night Club Challenge. Beyond that, we also discuss expectations for what the future holds for the game in terms of post-release support. For those interested in written impressions of the game, make sure to check those out f...
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Impressions
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    Posted July 11th, 2015 at 10:15 am 30 Comments »
    The inevitability of having to move on from Tiger Woods after such a long relationship put EA Sports in a position where they felt it necessary to take the rebooted PGA Tour series in a totally different direction. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has aimed at appealing to a more "casual" consumer. Gone are healthy lineups of licensed courses and golfers, and nods to history of the sport. In their place are arcade-elements like fantasy courses and over-the-top mini-games. Over two years have passe...
  • Early videos exploring Rory McIlroy PGA Tour through EA Access
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    Posted July 10th, 2015 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments »
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour went out through EA Access on Xbox One Wednesday providing the first and only opportunity for many to try the game out, or at least watch videos and live streams from those who can. Promotion of the game has been somewhat subdued, maybe in part due to the lack of content in at launch - but that wouldn't explain so little in the way of gameplay footage or detailed profiling on the features/modes that make up the product.  (more…)...
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour 10 Hour trial now available through EA Access
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    Posted July 8th, 2015 at 12:45 pm 5 Comments »
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is out now to download as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use. The 10 hours are there to play whether ...
  • Limited number of courses and golfers having large effect on McIlroy purchase plans
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    Posted July 8th, 2015 at 10:15 am 16 Comments »
    How much does the reliance on licensing, when it comes to real courses and golfers, influence consumer interest in EA Sports' PGA Tour series? Based on the poll posted last week the lack of both - there are only 12 golfers and 8 courses on disc - could severely harm the potential of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour to do well in the marketplace.  (more…)...
  • Amazon Prime members can buy Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for $50
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    Posted June 30th, 2015 at 11:30 am 15 Comments »
    Much of the discussion related to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has related to its "value" and whether it would be worth spending $60 to get it day one, particularly with a competitor that is cheaper and offers arguably more content. The low number of licensed golfers and courses, and likelihood that paid DLC will be coming down the line, has led to some who are interested in the game contemplating waiting instead for a price drop. Those tend to happen within a month of release now anyway so the sac...
  • First Rory McIlroy PGA Tour gameplay footage
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    Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:30 am 3 Comments »
    Gameplay footage from Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has been tough to come by even with its release just over a week away. Today though EA Sports sent out a video that puts the spotlight on the new "Quick Rounds" feature through the first extended look at gameplay. New to this year’s game is the Quick Rounds feature, which provides a selection of holes to play each round of a tournament, rather than requiring players to complete all 18 holes each day. You’ll enter each day of the tournament at ...
  • Does having few licensed courses and golfers affect your McIlroy purchase decision?
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    Posted June 29th, 2015 at 5:00 pm 15 Comments »
    Just two weeks now - and well under that for those with EA Access, and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will be in the hands of consumers. EA Sports has made a concerted effort to appeal to a more casual crowd with the game, offering up multiple play "styles", fantasy courses, and a mode called the Night Club Challenge. What they haven't done is tout their lineup of licensed courses and golfers and for good reason. There are only 12 real golfers on the roster and only 8 courses included on disc (plu...
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