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PGA Tour 96

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
82
...
3DO
85
4.0
DOS
85
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 DOS In game options
PGA Tour 96 Genesis The quite mundane title screen
PGA Tour 96 DOS Practice alternative view
PGA Tour 96 Genesis The same can be said about the main menu

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic 3DO Apr 11, 2002 A 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Nov, 1995 8.75 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Sep, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Apr, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide 3DO 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide SNES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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