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PGA Tour 96

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
...
4.0
DOS
85
3.5
SNES
...
3.5
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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 Genesis The second stroke failed to hit the green, but it's still in a good position. Chipping the ball here can approach the ball enough for a par shot, or even hit a birdie.
PGA Tour 96 Genesis In here you set your game preferences. However, don't expect options for outrageous clothes.
PGA Tour 96 DOS In game options
PGA Tour 96 SNES On the fairway

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic 3DO Apr 11, 2002 A 100
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 13, 2001 A- 91
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Genesis Dec, 1995 81 out of 100 81
CD Player DOS 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Jan, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 3DO 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1995 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Dec 22, 2003 F 0

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