EA Launches Tiger Woods 13 With a Kinect Lifestyle Demonstration

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 putts onto store shelves this week, the Xbox 360 version getting top billing as EA Sports launches its latest golf sim with a Kinect-focused lifestyle trailer demonstrating how the game implements full-body, controller-free, voice-enabled mechanics for the first time in a simulation sports game. A lot of the gesture- and voice-based commands appear to be smooth and intuitive, but a couple odd things stand out.

First, do you have to swing facing away from the screen? Not a big thing, but it goes against the natural swing motion having to follow through and then turn your head to look at the screen–Wii and PS Move golf games have you swinging into the screen so you’re looking down the fairway as you naturally would.

The other weird thing is the mid-flight spin control. Using an analog stick to do the same thing in previous games has always been out of place in terms of realism, but here it looks even more ridiculous guiding the ball through the air, arm outstretched, hand clenched in a fist as if it’s wrapped around an invisible steering wheel. Tiger would win another Major easy, if only he could use the power of the Force to magically spin his ball where he wants it to go.

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