PGA Tour 2K21 Review

Though released over a year ago, PGA Tour 2K21 appeared as one of the free titles on PS+. In a day in age without a Tiger Woods golfing title, simulation golf can be hard to come by. For that reason, Two Average Gamers presents the PGA Tour 2K21 review. 

Graphics 

PGA Tour 2K21 is available on Nintendo Switch, PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The latter two mean that it is also available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S as well. Playing on PS4, this game was about as polished as any golfing game ever released. The lighting and effects on the courses are outstanding. Golfer models are pretty good for what is offered. More on this later.

As we move toward the next generation of golf games, I would love to see more attention put into the gallery. Replicating how crowds form in anticipation of their favorite golfer’s next stroke would be a great touch of detail. For now, the graphics in PGA Tour 2K21 add more to the experience and immersion in the golf course! 

Graphics Grade: 8/10

Gameplay

As a veteran and long-standing Tiger Woods PGA series fan, I am careful with my next words. PGA Tour 2K21 is the best simulation golf game I’ve played. In the Tiger Woods series, you often had wizard-like powers to manipulate the ball once in the air. This is all well and good but not simulation golf. 

PGA Tour 2K21 has myriad options to make the game as harsh and real as possible. I love that virtually every aspect is broken out. You can control fairway firmness, green firmness, rough length, wind speed and direction, and much more! One of my favorite gameplay inclusions is the ability to read the path of a putt. You can gauge how the ball will roll and then make adjustments on your own. This feature can be unlimited, limited to a few times per round, or completely disabled. The choice is yours in PGA Tour 2K21.

Gameplay Grade: 9/10

PGA Tour 2K21 Extras

Now that we have the graphics and gameplay out of the way, let’s discuss what potentially elevates this game over other golf simulation video games. 

The player roster includes many of today’s top-ranked golfers including cover athlete Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Buba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, and others. Big-time omissions Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are rumored to make a showing in PGA Tour 2K22! 

PGA Tour 2K21 has a career mode that will keep you busy competing in an amateur tour and ranking up to the PGA tour. Again, you can customize the experience to play single-round tournaments, all four rounds, and everything in between. There are many options to get your avatar’s face as close as possible. Admittedly, the actual hair options are pretty limited. With a hat, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. 

When you’ve exhausted all available courses, hop online to play some community-built courses. This is an area where the game will never stop giving. You have the ability to design and develop your own courses to make the most realistic or punishing course imaginable! Utilizing several options and sliders, you can determine the amount of water, trees, rocks, grass, and much more on the theme of your choice. From this starting point, customizing individual holes isn’t too complex before you can share your masterpiece with the rest of the community.

Extras Grade: 8/10

PGA Tour 2K21 Verdict

If you are in the market for a golf simulator, look no further than PGA Tour 2K21. With couch and online multiplayer capabilities combined with a ton of customization options, you’ll be teeing up again and again.

If you could pick up and enjoy this prize of a game. Otherwise, you may want to forgo the $60 sticker price and wait for the next release. With the rumored arrival of Tiger Woods, an even bigger splash is just beyond the horizon!

Overall Grade: 8.5/10 (not an average)

Have you played PGA Tour 2K21? Do you think it has exceeded the legendary Tiger Woods series? Let us know in the comments below!

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