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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.


PGA Tour 96 PlayStation The title screen<br>This is built up in sections starting with the background picture. When all the writing is in place a ball lands on the green, butterflies waft across the scene etc
PGA Tour 96 PlayStation Here a player celebrates making a long put
PGA Tour 96 PlayStation The game has begun. The first part of the shot is viewed from the player's point of view, later the view shifts to watch the ball land
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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PGA Tour 96 Magazine Advertisement

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The Video Game Critic Jan 13, 2001 A- 91
GamePro (US) Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1995 17.5 out of 20 88
Mega Fun Nov, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1996 7.75 out of 10 78
Video Games Nov, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Coming Soon Magazine 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Alaka (68762) added PGA Tour 96 (PlayStation) on Nov 03, 2008
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