Ignore the haters, first of all the Tiger Woods franchise has required a much needed face lift for years, and we've finally got it! The whole layout is better; they really have stepped away from the gimmicky look to its predecessors. This is definitely more of a golf-sim.
The new caddy feature is good, sure to begin with he doesn't really offer any "game winning" tips, but it is a nice touch, and I'm sure once you start to master courses his help will be invaluable.
Road to the Masters, this is basically you're season game mode which has replaced the Skills mode & PGA Tour season, and is (in short) a combination of both of them. It looks nice and plays nice too.
Sponsorships - gone are the days of having to pay 15,000 XP for a cap, or 32,000 XP for a golf ball. Basically XP is what it stands for now (X-Perience), the XP you earn is used only for upgrading your skills/ All all pro-shop items are free, depending on what sponsorship deals you've achieved. Basically each sponsor (i.e. Calloway, Taylormade, Nike, etc.) have 4 levels of sponsorship, and to complete each level you need to complete certain objectives (sink a 25 foot putt with their putter, chip in with their iron, etc..), and each subsequent level you complete you unlock more gear.
THE DOWNSIDE, there are a massive 34 (I think) courses on Tiger Woods 12, which is great ("but what's the downside I here you cry?"), well the down side is you have to download 16 (I think) of them, which will probably cost in the region of 20gbp+.
In summary;, the game feels, looks and plays great, but I do feel a bit cheated by having to pay for extra courses, which may I add you need to 100% complete you season - if you don't have them you have to skip them and lose valuable player points. Still I am going buy these, because I love the game, and as for the 3-click complaints made by other gamers...... who the heck still uses this prehistoric system, analogue all the way!!!!!!!
Thanks EA & Tiger - 8.5/10