Year after Year, EA release a TW game and each year us gamers have to settle for just a few new courses and maybe some new courses and also maybe 1 or 2 "gimmick" features. So what's different about Tiger Woods 09 that would make the golf veteran come back or make newcomers more interested than before? First of all, Tiger Woods Coach Hank Haney is put into the mix, At the start of the game, he'll assess your attributes based on your first few shots. Then after each and every round of golf, your skills go up or down depending on how well you do. This actually works really well, it forces you to play well all the time even if you are 10 shots ahead of the pack in PGA Tour Mode. Another new feature, is the Club Tuner, now this allows the golfer to tune their clubs to their own needs and what suits them the most. Seeing as you can now add probably up to 60 yards more to your drives with this new feature, you may think it makes the game easier than before, well not exactly. Each hole now provides a different challenge. On a reachable par 4, do you go for it and risk maybe being in the rough or the bunker, or do you play it safe and make sure you have a close approach? If you chose the first option, then doing this a number of times per round could severely decrease your stats.
So, Dynamic attributes is an absolutely ingenious feature and it works extremely well. Now finally, another great feature is the Online Simultaneous Play. Now, when playing online, this is optional in Stroke play. Whilst playing you still see everybody's shots and it's basically you against everybody else. It takes much less time than before. In 08, it took 40 minutes to play a 4 way stroke play and now it only takes 10 minutes. When you are not playing simultaneously or playing a team game, you still see other people take their shots but you can no longer see what club they're hitting, how much loft they're putting or even what power they're putting on. So this is much better than before, as it doesn't allow anybody to copy anybody's shots.
Overall, I give the game a 5/5, the graphics are much better than 08, the water looks sensational. I haven't really got that much to say wrong about 09 as it really is that good, which is something I normally don't say about EA. This year though, they got it just right.