Ok I've now had the game now for almost 2 weeks and I feel now It is time to express my thought on this year's game.
I really do love the Precision Putting this year and it's definitely not as easy I thought it was going to be. In actual fact, I find it that difficult at times that I find myself now using the Classic Putter for Amateur mode. I'm also currently using this putting method for Tour as well. Why though? It's simple, the only way to compete online is to get as many putts as possible in Tour and using the Classic system makes it much easier to sink severely breaking putts. Saying this, I will more than welcome the patch when it will be Precision Putter only in Tour. This will make it so much more difficult and definitely a welcome change in Tour.
I absolutely despise this for 10. The Camera absolutely refuses to follow the ball correctly and changing Camera angles for spin just makes it even more annoying. I mean It's great that EA are trying to replicate the TV Broadcast experience but I'd rather actually see where my balls going to end up. I have decided to go back to Follow cam and whilst I get some weird camera angles like last year, it does seem to do a much better job overall.
Commentary and Graphics
I've put this under 1 category as I really don't have a whole lot to say about either. First of all, I'd like to talk about the commentary. Now this is much improved over last year but It is just still way too repetitive. The commentators also don't seem to have a clue what's going on. They never know whether the ball is going to stay in the fairway, get close to the hole or whether you're in the bunker. In terms of being able to keep up with what's going on in-game, it's some of the worst commentating I've heard. Saying that though, I love Scott Van Pelt and this is a programming error rather than actually anything to do with the commentators themselves.
The graphics are much crisper over 09. The fairways, the greens and the rough look absolutely stunning. Whilst the Licensed golfer may not have had an upgrade, the environment modelling is definitely much better and you can tell the guys at EA have put a lot of effort into this.
Something I've been waiting for since 05 is the addition of Weather and the ability to use it online. It really does make the game so much tougher. I can't tell you how much fun I had playing in Gale Force winds at St Andrews and Very Fast Greens and Fairways. One thing I've forgot to mention is the fact the Green Hardness is linked to the Green speed this year so if you're playing on Slow greens, you'll be playing on Soft greens and for Very Fast Greens, Very Hard Greens. This also adds an extra element of difficulty to the game and it makes you check every time what the settings are before you go into a game as every single green and fairway now plays so much different than 09. This is an awesome addition to the game and makes for a much more enjoyable experience.
The Daily tournaments have gotten a huge revamp compared to 09 and there's now so much variety in the tournaments you'd like to play in. From being to choose either a Amateur or Tour daily every day and also Weekly and Play-the Pros which pits you against the real life pros in the conditions that they have to play in. I love the Live Tournaments this year and will play them every single day until the year ends.
The gameplay is just so much different compared to 09 that it makes the game much tougher than ever before. Tournament Challenge is a great refreshing mode compared to Tiger Challenge and made for some tough and challenging moments.
I LOVE IT 10/10