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PGA Tour 96

MobyRank MobyScore
3DO
85
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SNES
...
4.0
PlayStation
82
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Description

PGA Tour 96 was the last of the series released for Sega's 16-bit console, and technologically the most advanced one. Instead of offering several generic courses, the three available (Spyglass Hill, Sawgrass and River Highlands) are in 3D, with height differences visible (as well as the limited 3D abilities of the console allow).

The player can either chose to play as one of the 10 PGA Pros (whose swings were digitized), or go Pro - the game keeps track of statistics (longest drive, driving accuracy, best round, etc), a game (Tournament, Strokeplay, Skins, Match and Shootout), as well as a replay.

Gameplaywise, PGA 96 uses the tried-and-proved triple click system - one to start the swing, other to set strength and a final one for accuracy. It's possible to fade or draw the ball (to bend the trajectory), add backspin and pitch or chip the ball (for some medium range attempts at the hole or go above a bush).The difficulty level affects mostly the leniency of the triple click hit areas - while at novice it is possible to let the accuracy a bit off-center, in pro levels the ball goes where your swing took it - no excuses taken. However, only in Pro it is possible to make the longest drives, as the amateur and novice levels take a few yards from the total capacity of the club.

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PGA Tour 96 DOS Ball in flight
PGA Tour 96 DOS Aiming the hole
PGA Tour 96 DOS Shot options
PGA Tour 96 SNES Main menu.

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 13, 2001 A- 91
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
GamesCollection 3DO Apr 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) DOS Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Jan, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Apr, 1996 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1995 3 out of 5 60

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