Rory McIlroy PGA
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a golf simulator using the Frostbite 3 engine introducing new features aimed at making shots more accurate.

    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is the video game that was created on the basis of the Professional Golfers Associations and one golfer in particular, Rory McIlroy. The game was developed and released by EA Tiburon. In 2015, EA Tiburon made this game available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game actually represented a total shift in the approach to development of games for the gaming consoles and platforms of the eight generation as it transitioned to Frostbite 3 engine in order to make the game more realistic. However, after the release things were not going as EA Tiburon wanted them to go.

    Initial criticism and feedback praised the game for its graphics and the realism that was successfully created. However the praises ended with those features. The big majority of the critics as well as user think that this installment was a total failure by EA Tiburon. The first feature that caused a lot of criticism is the lack of adequate number of courses where the game of golf can be played as well as the number of available players. Besides that, the 2015 installment from this franchise actually removed several modes that were part of the previous games and that were actually very interesting for the players. Even though it does introduces some new features such as Aiming Arc and New Backswing Meter that gamers will use to make their shots as accurate as possible. The game still includes Arcade, 3-Click and Tour modes of the previous games that are considered to be mostly swing modes. Even the standard modes such as Pro Career and Play Now are displaying restrictions that make the game less interesting.

    Another big issue that might be too hard to overcome is the fact that even Career mode has removed the possibility to play the practice rounds before the actual tournaments though which players gained additional experience (XP). One of the rare good features in this game is the tutorial that appears in the initial stages of the game and that explains different styles of swings and it explains that there are three types of swings that you can use when playing this game. This, swing feature, is actually the only feature of this game that showed some improvements in comparison to the previous games from this developing company. Even the online mode has reduced the features. Now, the only two options that are now available both online and offline are stoke play and match play.


    This game has been one big disappointment for many gamers, especially after the last year's Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Having such a basis for the future installments, it really is surprise in a negative sense what EA Tiburon has done with this franchise. Rarely ever has franchise like this disappointed its fans by releasing such weak game. Even the worse realization is the fact that EA Tiburon decided to remove some of the most popular modes from the previous game. What will happen in the future with this franchise nobody knows but it EA Tiburon continues to release such games it will not last much longer. 

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    Game:Rory McIlroy PGA
    Platforms: PlayStation 4 Xbox One
    Official Site: easports.com
    Release Date: 07/14/15
    Series: PGA Tour
    Studios: EA Tiburon
    Publishers: EA Sports
    Genre: Sports, Golf
    Modes: Single-player, Multiplayer
    Image credit: EA Electronic Arts

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