PGA Tour 2K21 Review – Xbox One
PGA2K21 has come quite far from its “The Golf Club” roots. HB1 Studios has put a great deal of effort into improving almost every aspect of this game. Going as far as to revamp the entire swinging system, expanding the career course line up and revamping the list of golfers that you compete against throughout your career. This game was built to have a much wider approachability to it with the way they have reworked the golf swing and other mechanics in the game. Granted, I wish they still had a 3-Click system from the tiger woods games but I was able to manage to get through some pretty difficult shots. Although, I will say this the way that they have changed the swinging style even though you’re using the thumbsticks to make the motions of your swing this is the closest we will have to traditional 3 click, now when you pull back on your stick there is haptic feedback to inform you when you have gone too far it just feels like so much care has gone into this to make this a full-on simulation this go around. However, regarding the controls, I wish game studios would be more accommodating to people of every skill level as it was still a bit of a learning curve.
Graphically, HB1 Studios did not really change to much up from previous Golf Club titles as a lot of the character models do look the same and the same could be said for the environments as well. However, the create-a-character feature is where you can see they managed to sneak a bit of change in as there are a ton of customization options for your character. Almost to the point where no one’s created character would potentially look like someone else’s which is great it gives a sense of individuality.
I decided to tackle the career mode on the easy level however the more confident I got I was able to adjust it later on up to medium. Overall, I enjoyed myself playing throughout the career mode it almost felt like a single-player campaign of an RPG with a strong narrative. There are even a few points in the season why you start to develop a rivalry with another golfer and you guys kind of compete to see who’s the best. Speaking of RPG that is sort of how you level your character you gain XP by completing certain actions during the course of a match and then you can spend those points upgrading your characters various stats. It provides a great deal of challenge trying to maximize each shot so you can get the best possible XP so you can level your character accordingly.
At the time of this review, I was unable to complete anything online due to time constraints. However, after spending close to around 40 hrs. in the single-player career mode of PGA2K21 I have developed some strong opinions regarding the game. As I’ve mentioned before I wish at some point HB1 Studios gives you the option to golf as you’d prefer regarding the type of swing. In highly competitive moments yes, I do like the motion thumb swings but when I’m trying to relax, I’d much prefer having the option of a 3 click mode. I’d also recommend condensing the training mode as it just felt like an onslaught of information all at once that I did not retain or space it out rather over the course of the career mode. The lack of women’s golfers in this game (sans your created character) is disappointing as well as it felt like they’ve gone so far with other things that this could have been an easy addition just to expand on the career mode.
Overall, PGA2K21 is a great game to pass the time with but not without its issues. I recommend playing through this if you are a true golf fan. But for fans of the previous series such as the EA golf games (Tiger woods, Rory Mcllroy) I’d probably stay away as this is such a far cry from the games you remember. However, if you can manage to get past the controls you can have a decent time. Even with some of the issue that regarding controls this game still with provide hours and hours of content that will keep you replaying key moments through the various modes. So, as it stands PGA2K21 is just par for the course no more no less.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Reworked Controls
+ Tons of Replayability
+ Plenty of options for player customization
- Convoluted Training System
- Lack of women golfers
- Graphics look similar to previous iterations