For fans of golf, the departure of EA Sports PGA Tour games was a huge disappointment. 2K attempted to capitalize with its own golf game franchise with The Golf Club. Unfortunately, this was only met with more disappointment from players due to a limited course selection and the fact that they couldn’t play as an actual PGA golfer. Upon the announcement that 2K was rebranding its golfing franchise as PGA Tour 2K21, I was enthusiastic to see what they could do to get players excited to hit the virtual links again
When starting up the game for the first time, players will notice an easy to use, but familiar gameplay format. While initially a bit difficult to get the hang of, practice makes perfect. With time players will enjoy being able to have complete control over every shot. Another enjoyable feature in particular is the fact that players can control the difficulty of individual aspects of the game.
This allows for a true custom experience. For example, if someone was an expert at driving off the tee, but struggling with their short game, players can adjust each aspect of PGA Tour 2K21 to their preference. This allows players to excel at their strengths while being able to work on their weaknesses.
Another feature I was personally looking forward to was the ability to create my own courses in game. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with teeing off at TPC Scottsdale, the possibilities with custom courses are endless. Players can choose the environment, how many holes, hazard size, wind direction, speed, and so much more in course creator. It lets players run wild with the possibilities. Unfortunately, Switch owners will have to wait for the feature in a future patch.
As good as the course creator is, there’s still a surprising amount of big real world golf courses missing. It may annoy players that big names such as Augusta National Golf Club doesn’t appear in the game. Luckily, the course designer has some great advanced options. It’s almost a surefire bet that someone out there will create a near perfect replica for players.
What puts the course creator feature over the top is how easy it is to share with other players. When selecting “play now” for a quick round, community custom courses are as readily available as the official PGA courses. Players can even go into a “trending” section for what custom courses are the most played at that moment. Because players will always be creating new courses, and because access is simple, this feature proves to be one of the games best.
What the game centers itself around however is its “MyPlayer” feature. Just like NBA 2K, players can create their own professional golfer to compete in the PGA Tour. Of course, they can also take their personal avatar online against other players. Also similar to NBA 2K, players can drape their player in real life apparel with brands such as Adidas, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, and much more.
While the MyPlayer feature is almost a requirement in a 2K game like this, there’s still one major disappointment. Despite the PGA Tour branding, players can’t play as actual PGA professionals. While my own custom player is probably who I would play as the most, it’s frustrating that I can’t play as Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. That frustration grows even more when you see that those same professionals are being shimmed alongside you in your MyPlayer’s PGA Tour.
Overall, it’s nice to have a game that actually features PGA branding and gives players of all skill levels a fun, realistic experience. Add that to the fact that players have access to thousands of custom courses and you have a game that you can play endlessly for years to come. If you’re looking for a new golf game, PGA Tour 2K21 should still satiate that need.
Final score: 7 out of 10
A digital copy of PGA Tour 2K21 was provided to GotGame by 2K for this review.
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