Percentile Rank

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is ranked in the 21st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

11%

Critics Recommend

Based on 46 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 19, 2015

The assumption seems to be that most players won't have the desire or the stamina to play a full round - though in light of the limited number of courses, it may simply be a way to minimise repetition. Either way, EA Tiburon has produced a game hardly befitting a player of McIlroy's talents. The so-called "next generation of golf" looks uncomfortably similar to the last, and there's substantially less of it. Only the quality of the underlying game saves this from the ignominy of an Avoid sticker.

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TechnoBuffalo
Don't Buy
Don't Buy
Jul 14, 2015

The gameplay foundation of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is strong, but the actual house that makes up the game itself is practically paper thin.

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Scored Reviews

Examiner
Jul 14, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a great game and I do not see myself getting away from it anytime soon.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Jul 13, 2016

Building Rory McIlroy PGA Tour from scratch was indeed the right thing to do for this franchise. It's a fresh reboot of a wonderful series of games, and it doesn't fail to deliver.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour may not win any awards for visuals, but it's a solid experience in the gameplay department with flexible controls, entertaining modes and enough depth to keep you going for awhile.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

Despite the limited number of courses to play on and the limited number of golfers to choose from, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is still worth buying. Each course is visually breathtaking, and the various gameplay styles and game modes allow for completely different game experiences each time you play. If you're a golf fan, or if you just want to look at gorgeous scenery, then you might want to check out Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 14, 2015

Rory McIlroy's PGA Tour will disappoint some, as it does not hit the levels of insanity teased during its E3 2014 trailer. But the improvements found within the gameplay mechanics help produce one of the best golfing experiences in years. The Night Club Challenge mode is a let down, as it showed quite a bit of potential. But that potential still exists, and could be reached in the future. While the extra year break did not produce the most revolutionary golf game around, it did help EA Tiburon create a solid experience that any fan of the sport will enjoy.

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jul 14, 2015

I walked away from EA's golf game years ago but Rory has brought me back in and there is reason to believe it only gets better from here.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

No longer a Tiger Woods game in name, but you do wish they had retained more of the older ideas. But while there's not much content here, it still plays a superb game of golf.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 12, 2016

With regard to the actual gameplay, it's clear to see that EA have put some work into ensuring [Rory McIlroy PGA Tour] controls as well as it could

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2015

Rory has solid gameplay and covers the basic feature bases, but it doesn't distinguish itself

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

EA Sports' first post-Tiger golf simulation lays a firm new foundation, but leaves plenty of work to do in future installments

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

The in-game experience is excellent, with beautiful scenery, accurate courses, and the true feel of a broadcast.  The overall product is hurt, however, by a lack of courses, big name golfers, and stripped down modes.  Gamers expect to be wowed after two years of development, not left with an empty feeling.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2015

Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour is a well playing game, and when it's all said and done, that's what I was looking for. The customization in the play styles is well done, and the actual golf in the game is fun and as accessible as I wanted it to be. While the career mode and online portions of the game are lacking in the options and features department, I still found myself enjoying what I was playing. Both hardcore and casual golf fans will find a fun playing golf game, but players looking for a lot of modes and options won't find it here.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

Despite it obvious lack of content, I still played Pro mode for a good amount of time and had fun with that. Ultimately I think you need to be a fan of golfing to enjoy this game.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 21, 2015

Rory McIlory PGA Tour fundamentally plays a great round of golf, with an excellent range of playstyles to suit fans old and new. Despite the welcoming gameplay and often outstanding graphical representation of the courses though, enthusiasts and series stalwarts may soon feel that while progress has been made in some areas, this may not be the experience they expected from the first PGA Tour of a new console generation.

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EGM
6.5 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour plays better in many ways than when Tiger Woods graced the cover, but the removal of so many modes and continuous shortcomings with the short game make this a disappointing debut on new-gen hardware.

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PSX Extreme
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

I'd like to say Rory McIlroy PGA Tour picks up where Tiger Woods left off but in truth, we've gone back a step or two…or three. It's not so much the mechanics and gameplay core; all this works reasonably well aside from the eccentricities I mentioned here. It's just that the entire package feels flat and featureless.

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GamesRadar+
Jul 14, 2015

Despite smooth gameplay and fancy visuals, this game is handicapped by a distinct lack of courses and players, leaving it feeling incomplete and rather bland.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 11, 2015

The stripping of established features and modes is a curious decision on EA's behalf – You'd think that, as with most other yearly sporting iterations, that the focus would be on innovating and building upon a proven foundation rather than unnecessarily streamlining the experience.

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Press Start
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 27, 2015

Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour would’ve been a much easier sell on platforms that didn’t already have a game or two in the genre available, but there really isn’t a lot that should make it appeal to players who want a long-lasting experience. Despite its improvements and additions it just takes too much away from its arsenal to stand on its own in strong posture.

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour plays well, but it's also intermittently ugly, and there's isn't nearly enough content here for the asking price.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jul 29, 2015

I shouldn't allow the presentation to bug me, but for Rory McIlroy, it does. Coupled with the limited range of play modes and a relatively shallow range of courses, and I was left with the impression that this game was certainly not EA Sport's focus this year. The core physics and mechanics of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour are quality, and I like golf, so I still give this a passing grade, but it's hard not to wish that there was credible competition for EA in the sport of golf, to spur the publisher out of some of the complacency that is seems to be in.

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Digital Spy
Jul 17, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is far from a double-bogey catastrophe of a golfing game, and has all the fundamentals to challenge for honours. With a little extra love and lots of additional content, it could potentially go beyond par and soar like an eagle.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2015

PGA Tour's newest offering, championed by Rory McIiroy. It completely misses the green, however, and like a bad tee shot, seems to go off into the rough.

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Total Gaming Network
Jul 18, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for the PlayStation 4 takes about one step forward and two steps back when compared to previous entries in the franchise. It's a game that looks and plays well but it's also a game that feels light on content. This entire package is then tied together with one of the most horrendous menu interfaces in recent memory. To put is simply: The game feels unfinished.

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Guardian
Jul 13, 2015

Rory McIlroy has made a strong start in the world of golf simulation but, in the parlance of sports commentators everywhere, he is not quite the complete package.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 14, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is the perfect example of a solid game that's brought down by how it looks and handles. If you can get over the paltry career mode, there is some fun to be had here, though a few patches and refinements would do a lot of good.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour isn't a bad game; there's just not enough of it. Its predecessors not only supplied a good time in-game but also stacked the deck with a lot of value. We've talked about the lack of golfers and courses, but there's also a lack of golf play styles and even a lack of differing weather conditions. As good as the playing experience is, a sports game should also feel complete. Instead, we're left with untapped potential and questions that will dog designers until the next hole.

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Telegraph
Jul 21, 2015

Rory McIlroy's first PGA Tour might eventually have enough to keep golf fans amused.

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TrustedReviews
Jul 16, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour plays a great game of golf and has noticeably better graphics than the series previous-gen outings. There's not an awful lot wrong with the core game, and there are some nice surprises. The problem is that the lack of modes, courses, customisation options and players makes it feel only half-complete. This is a problem EA can fix with free DLC, but for now this feels like the foundation of a brilliant golf sim rather than the finished article.

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Toronto Sun
Jul 31, 2015

A new face and name certainly brings a sense of freshness to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, but the novelty isn't enough to make up for the lack of content. While there's a decent game of golf here, it won't be occupying the top of the leaderboard any time soon.

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Polygon
6 / 10.0
Polygon

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour falls far short of its predecessors

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Xbox Achievements
55%
55%
Jul 19, 2015

A solid golf game that suffers from a lack of courses and little in the way of imaginative modes. A step backwards from the most recent Tiger Woods games, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is not the series refresh we'd hoped for.

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IGN
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a disappointing golf game that just barely manages to make the cut.

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Game Revolution
Jul 19, 2015

[A]s much as Night Golf and reduced loading times are fantastic additions to the standard PGA Tour offering, I would rather have more courses, golfers, and character customization with clean next-gen graphics. Content and execution outweigh novelty modes and convenience.

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Operation Sports
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2015

Despite solid gameplay, there's not much to keep you around very long here.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jul 13, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour brings back the franchise after a short hiatus and while it looks and plays great, the game itself feels like only a tease for the full potential that this series has shown in the past.

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The Digital Fix
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2015

Sadly for all concerned, especially those that had pre-ordered and had been counting down the days, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a huge disappointment on multiple levels and if there was a viable alternative then it wouldn't do anywhere the numbers it likely will do in the first few weeks of launch. Please EA, go back to the drawing board and invest.

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ThisGenGaming
5 / 10.0
ThisGenGaming
ThisGenGaming

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2015

With this being the first Rory McIlroy branded PGA Tour game as well as being the first on current gen consoles, I expected this to shake up the series. Sadly that didn't happen as it felt like major backwards steps were taken instead. The lack of features is the biggest gripe I have about the game by far, and it's just not going to satisfy fans of the series at all. Add the technical problems too, and you have a mediocre at best golf game. There won't be another PGA Tour game now until 2017 so  I hope the next 2 years are spent making it much better rather than taking away everything, and leaving fans with a bland and shallow video game.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 14, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour continues the trend of well-known sports franchises making disappointing, threadbare debuts on new consoles.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

It's not often that you can say a previous iteration in a sports franchise is significantly better than the newest and prettiest, but for EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour that is very much the case. The graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks don't make up for the massive lack of depth and sacked features, meaning that this outing is very much below the property's usual par.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 14, 2015

The gameplay basics are fine, but this is the absolute bare bones of what a golf game should be – with less than half the amount of content of the last game in the series.

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GameZone
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2015

After two years off, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a poor execution of a golf game with an overall minimalistic effort and lack of tangible options.

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GameSpot
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jul 23, 2015

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is an empty, unimpressive debut lacking in both content and finish.

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games(TM)
4 / 10
4 / 10
Aug 30, 2015

Too many golf clubs missing from this bag

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