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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 Grid
PGA Tour 96 Genesis Instead of going head to head with the Pros, nothing like a practice run on a common par 4 hole
PGA Tour 96 DOS Ball in flight
PGA Tour 96 PlayStation Putting for par. The grid appears automatically. This is the first tie the commentator speaks saying "This long put to go one under par"

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GamesCollection 3DO Apr 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun 3DO Feb, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Power Play DOS Nov, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
High Score DOS Dec, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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