E3 2010: Tiger Woods 11 & PlayStation Move First Impressions
Written Sunday, July 04, 2010 By Dave Olsen
Anyone that’s played golf knows how nerve racking it can be and trying out a new club for the first time is one of those occasions when the intensity ramps up. Gone is the familiar and it’s time to recalibrate. Standing on the tee at TPC Scottsdale on a beautiful sunny day is a sight to behold and it’s almost enough to settle the nerves. First things first though: a practice swing to get used to the weight of the club. Head down. Focus on the ball. Too much power or not enough means that I’ll almost inevitably be hampering my second shot. I need to relax and focus. As I finish my swing, I pull my head up to see where my shot ended up. In reality, I’d be thrilled, but this isn’t real. I’m not holding a real club in my hands. Nestled inside my sweaty palm is a controller… The PlayStation Move.
Heading to E3, Sony’s PlayStation Move was a giant question mark. Could it be as good as Sony said? Will the technology work? How would it feel? When does it come out? How much will it cost? Will anyone buy it? Many questions, but there were very few answers. Coming out of E3 2010 though is a whole different story.
Getting the feel of the Move is the biggest obstacle. It’s roughly the same size as the Wiimote, but the curved shape feels much more natural in your hand and the ergonomic design seems to have paid off. The biggest hurdle though was operating it properly and although all of the buttons are within easy reach of your thumb, they are no longer in the diamond shape that we’re familiar with, so there is a certain amount of retraining involved – triangle is now top right, instead of being at the top.
Every motion that you make is tracked by the PlayStation Eye and is shown in the game as and when you do it. If you want to alter your shot to have it draw or fade, then you need to turn your wrists a bit in the relevant direction – much like Tiger using the Wii Motion Plus – and swing like you would swing an actual golf club. The whole setup is as intuitive as it gets.
The only issue that I had with the Move controller in Tiger 11 was with the aiming. That was difficult to work, but I suppose that can be chalked up to “user error”. Let’s just say it’s quite finicky and awkward to choose where you want to hit it. Everything else was simple, straightforward, and quite spectacular though, and it must be said, using the Move in place of a golf club felt pretty damn natural.
Given the choice between playing Tiger Woods 11 with the Move and a DualShock, I’ll take the Move every time. A Move skeptic has been converted. It’s about as close to being able to play golf in your living room as you can get and I recommend everyone gives it a try this fall.
Functionality for the Move in Tiger 11 will be available via a patch on September 15 when the Move launches in Europe and on September 19th in North America.