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EA Sports Offers First Digital Tour Of Augusta National In "Course View" Facebook App
Published April 5, 2011
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PLAY AUGUSTA FOR YOURSELF: In Detroit, Carlos Monarrez wrote "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12" is "so realistic, just about the only thing missing is the Waffle House on Washington Road." Monarrez: "Simply put, the game is beautifully and faithfully rendered." There are a "few missing pieces" -- there is "no drive up Magnolia Lane" and Dave Loggins' "Augusta" theme song also "would have been a nice touch." But there is "plenty else," as the "dulcet tones of CBS announcer Jim Nantz make their debut, and the Hogan Bridge and the Eisenhower Tree also are included." Monarrez: "With few exceptions, the game has triumphantly captured Augusta and the Masters" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/30). In Augusta, Chris Gay wrote under the header, "New 'PGA Tour' Edition Up To Par." EA Sports "did a fantastic job recreating the course." The "only issue is at times it can be difficult seeing the undulations in the greens, but the closer you get the more they come into play" (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 3/30). In Charlotte, Langston Wertz Jr. notes Augusta National officials "have said they've allowed the course to go digital to try to bring the game and the Masters event to a younger audience." Wertz: "If my two kids, ages 11 and 6, are any indication, they've succeeded. My kids are putting down NBA and NFL games to play digital golf." Wertz added of the game, "I felt the difficulty settings were about right and the addition of a caddie made the game more fun. ... The new additions of CBS Sports' announcers Jim Nantz and David Feherty also add to the realism" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/5).