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Play like a pro
Using the Wii remote as a golf club -- we're talking about full, strenuous swings -- is an almost-thrilling experience.
A considerable amount of effort goes into adopting a stance (with a two-hand grip on the remote), calculating the power and direction of a shot, and executing a solid, rhythmic swing. Do all that consistently well, and you add a physicality to gaming that creates an exciting new style of play.
Make no mistake: It's still an activity that's rooted in unrealistic experiences. And that's a good thing.
Unless all aspects of human coordination completely elude you, you're quickly going to enjoy the illusion of competing -- at least on some holes -- like a pro golfer. That's video game fun that real life denies you.
Unfortunately, the Wii version of Electronic Arts' "Woods 07" game has a significant glitch: The golf-swing controls for the Wii's motion-sensing technology occasionally go into action when you don't think you've
You flinch or you twitch, or perhaps a finger trembles and the remote quivers. A swing then goes off and a maddening flubbed shot results.
I didn't get any anecdotes about this when I asked for feedback on my blog (www.mercextra.com/mantonucci), but other reviewers have taken note of the problem.
It's not a fatal flaw. By exercising great care, I was able to play 18 holes in one session without any misfiring.
I was only two over par, by the way, and closed with an eagle that inspired me to rattle my neighborhood with a triumphant shout at nearly midnight.
I'll do better the more I play, but one reason I posted a decent score over my first 18 holes is the precision of the putting guide.
The familiar grid that shows the slope and speed of greens provides a spot-on read for Wii putting strokes, and I repeatedly saved par from some long distances.
On the downside: The Wii's ordinary graphics detract from the scenic beauty that has become typical in Tiger Woods games.
If there's nothing about golf that interests you, there's nothing about the Wii's mechanics that will bring out a subliminal urge to wield a 3-wood.
But if you've enjoyed traditional two-hand controller golf games, the Wii will make them seem permanently obsolete, the glitchy technology notwithstanding.
Mike Antonucci is a game reviewer for the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.
Read more at www.elpasotimes.com
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