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Tiger Woods and the PGA Tour continue their exclusive relationship with EA SPORTS for a sixth game in the best-selling professional golf series. Nineteen courses are available in this version, ten of which are based on authentic venues in Pebble Beach, Sawgrass, the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Princeville, Torrey Pines, Poppy Hills, Spyglass Hill, St. Andrews, and other official locales. Players will be able to compete as or against 20 PGA Tour athletes, including the additions of John Daly and Adam Scott to go along with Ty Tryon, Charles Howell III, Notah Begay III, Vijay Singh, Jesper Parnevik, Jim Furyk, and more.
In addition to the pros, players can select one of 12 returning characters from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 or, for the first time in the series, create their own golfer. Players can select head shape, eye color, body type, skin tone, and other physical attributes, and they'll be able to unlock additional clothing and accessories for their golfer by performing well. The game once again employs the Total Precision Swing system for analog club movement, but Bill Macatee has been replaced with Gary McCord for commentary duties along with David Feherty. Top performances during a round can earn players Trophy Balls for achieving certain milestones in drives, chip-ins, and putts.
New to this version of the game is the PGA Tour Season Mode, where golfers can embark on a 52-week schedule for up to ten consecutive seasons. Throughout their careers, players can earn corporate sponsorships from actual equipment manufacturers and try to earn more money than the great Tiger Woods. The PlayStation 2 internal clock is used to offer players tournaments corresponding to their real-life counterparts. Other new ways to play include the World Tour where players can unlock golfers, earn money, and win equipment while traveling to different destinations across the globe, and variants such as Long Drive Shootout, Best Ball, Stableford scoring, and Battle Golf, among others.
Golfers who play other EA SPORTS games will be able to access their own personal EA SPORTS bio. Special features open up when the game detects multiple saved games stored on the memory card, and various data for all sports titles can be saved to a separate file. As part of the exclusive deal forged between Electronic Arts and Sony, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 for PlayStation 2 is the only console version of the game to feature online play. Players can compete against anyone around the country and enter special online tournaments that will track money lists, complete statistics, and league leaders. Results can also be posted to www.ea.com for display on the web. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide