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Augusta National Makes Video Game Debut In EA Sports' "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12"
Published March 29, 2011
RELIVING HISTORY: GOLFWEEK.com's Ryan Lavner noted in the game's "Masters Moments" mode, users are "tasked with re-creating some of the greatest shots in tournament lore: Larry Mize's walk-off chip in 1987, Tiger's 'in-your-life!' chip-in on 16, Phil Mickelson's slash-through-the-trees 6-iron on 13." In the "Tiger at the Masters" mode, users "can relive each of Woods' four Masters titles by attempting to equal or beat his scores while playing against the field in real time" (GOLFWEEK.com, 3/26). GOLFCHANNEL.com's Jay Coffin noted the game "also has features unique to the Masters, including Jim Nantz and David Feherty calling the action." Coffin: "After each hole is complete the score is recorded on a trademark Masters scorecard and the lingo is spot on when referring to the first nine, the second nine and the second cut" (THEGOLFCHANNEL.com, 3/25).
UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS: KOTAKU.com's Owen Good reported Augusta National "let a camera crew and a bunch of actors walk all over its storied course" for an ad for the game. Good: "These Green Jacket moments had no green screen. 'James from San Jose' really did blast out of the sand on No. 10. 'Thomas,' the guy representing 'you' on No. 18 really did drain that eight foot putt." The ad was "filmed in a day this February at Augusta National." The concept, which came from Heat, S.F., was "one of about five suggested and EA Sports instantly loved it." The crew "used the broadcast towers that have been put in place for CBS' coverage and recreated other camera angles familiar to longtime viewers." Good wrote the "entire spot, beginning with the soaring anthem and Jim Nantz invoking Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, sounds very much like a broadcast promo" (KOTAKU.com, 3/25).