March 13, 2012 3:43pm PT by John Gaudiosi
Tiger Woods and Shaq Go Viral in Kung Fu Video Game Spoof (Video)
Tiger Woods remains a good sport when it comes to promoting EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Golf 2013 game, which hits stores March 27 just in time for The Masters. Woods has teamed up with TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal for a humorous kung fu spoof. Woods’ “Crimson Cat” takes on Shaq’s “Swinging Giant” in the viral video.
For older gamers, this video may bring back memories of Shaq Fu, a Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo game featuring Shaq as a kung fu master. Electronic Arts actually published that game, as well as many NBA Live basketball games featuring O’Neal.
Gold remains a hard sell for core gamers, who often prefer the action of games like EA Sports’ Madden NFL 12 or 2K Sports’ NBA Live 12. But EA is making gold more accessible with this latest entry. The Xbox Kinect version of the game introduces the first-ever voice-enabled and controller-free sports simulation to the market, allowing players to change clubs, reset shots, view replays or ask the caddy for advice.Kinect tracks full body movements to create what EA boasts is the most advanced virtual golf swing to date. PS3 gamers can use PlayStation Move to swing the virtual clubs in the new game.
For those who don’t want to wait until March 27, EA has released a free Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 demo on both systems. Gamers have the opportunity to walk the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club and get a sneak peak at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, host of the 2012 PGA Championship. The demo features holes 14, 15 and 16 at Augusta National Golf Club and the opening three holes from The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort.
Diehard fans have the option of picking up Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13: The Masters Collector’s Edition for either console, which includes exclusive access to Augusta National Golf Club’s Tournament practice facility, Augusta National’s famous Par 3 course, an authentic Green Jacket Presentation and five additional courses.