Excerpt: Imagine a football game with no headers, and no corners. Even if every other part of this mystical FIFA competitor played a supreme game of digital soccer, where the passing was perfect, the shooting spectacular and the tackling tremendous, you'd still look at it like the bumbling idiot it so clearly was; you just can't miss out on huge fundamentals of the sport you're trying to recreate. It would be ludicrous.
Excerpt: 2009's Grand Slam Tennis took Nintendo's home console to all-new heights with unprecedented racquet control courtesy of Wii Motion Plus. Now the franchise makes its high-def debut on the PS3 and Xbox with Grand Slam Tennis 2, but can this player get by on star quality alone? Featuring all four Grand Slam venues, including the famed Wimbledon, and a recognizable roster of iconic tennis stars like cover athlete John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, Grand Slam Tennis 2...
Excerpt: When Grand Slam Tennis debuted on the Nintendo Wii a while back, we saw potential for a possible new series from EA Sports, one that focused on the fundamentals of the sport, while remaining accessible enough for mainstream gamers to “get it”, without needing to study the history of the sport to gain an understanding of how it works.
Conclusion: Grand Slam Tennis 2 lacks the attention to detail and strong follow through that the EA Sports label is commonly associated with. While the good ideas and production values are indeed present and accounted for, the execution is notably absent.
Excerpt: Nope. Not really what I wanted. I played tennis quite a bit in high school and college (and I still try to play), and I love to watch it on TV. In other words, I’m a fan and a student of the sport in question, so I’d like to think I know what I’m talking about.
Excerpt: Get used to those words, you’ll be hearing them a lot. Grand Slam Tennis is, to the best of my knowledge, the first tennis series to ever feature commentary. The superb commentary of John McEnroe (the best commentator and analyst in the industry) and Pat Cash in Grand Slam Tennis 2 makes it feel like you’re watching an actual match unfold.