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Rory McIlroy: PGA Tour, Golf returns with a new champion and game engine

Videogames based on the sport of golf have been around for many years, but there are very few that can claim to have been one of the best for a good number of decades. EA’s golf simulator games, regardless of who is on the cover or the main focus, have for many years been the go-to title for golf enthusiasts and it should continue this year.

For 2015’s iteration of its popular PGA Tour franchise, EA decided to drop former world leader Tiger Woods in favour of current champion Rory McIlroy, and the change also rings in a number of changes in the game itself.

This will be the first PGA Tour title from EA to be released on the current generation consoles, so to make things works a little bit better it opted to make use of the Frostbite 3 engine as the developer claims it will provide for more “lifelike” environments.

By going with the Frostbite engine, it not only gives EA the opportunity to develop stunning visuals, but it makes things a bit easier behind the scenes as well. With the new engine, entire courses will be rendered at the same time, as opposed to hole-by-hole when the Ignite engine was used.

In terms of official courses available, only TPC at Sawgrass and Wolf Creek has been revealed, as well as a fantasy course set on the Battlefield map Paracel Storm.

But if gamers have been playing the franchise’s titles they will pretty much know what to expect great graphics, fantastic recreations of real-life courses and a physics engine that will be its best to recreate any experience on the golf course.

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