Before Tiger Woods was known for being a man with roving genitalia he used to be the best player in the world at a sport called golf. Aside from a providing a whole bundle of awful 18-hole related puns, this led to him earning copious amounts of endorsement money from EA, and a game named after him, although probably not for long any more. But as golf games go, they're pretty damn good, and the latest instalment in the series has been polished more than the top of a bald man's head.
If you fancy perfecting your swinging technique alongside the best, you might be pleased to know that you can pick up a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game for just £13.99 from Gameplay, saving you £2 on the nearest competitor over at Gamestation.
I'll be honest, I don't really play golf games very much aside from on the Wii, but Tiger Woods 10 is so very comprehensive that it tripped my radar a while back. The sheer amount of content here is incredibly impressive: there are 16 different real-life courses, replicated in typically gorgeous detail, 4 difficulty levels to provide an experience for everybody from newcomers to club members, a whole bunch of live tournaments including the US Open for the first time ever.
Tied into the the live tournaments are a load of new online leaderboards where you can see yourself ranked against the pros in real-time. The live tournaments will allow you to play through golfing's biggest events in exactly the same conditions as the players in real-life, and pit your skills against theirs. The create-a-player is back and you can customise more than ever before taking your creation out onto the fairway and boosting his or her stats RPG-style the more you play.
I don't play golf, I'm one of those people who takes a box of beer to the driving range and irritates all of the 'proper' golfers, but even I can see that this game is an absolute gem. It has enough accessibility for newbies like myself, but also a substantial amount of depth for more hardcore players. Plus the price tag is pretty darn good too.
Thanks to dj_urban at HUKD