Excerpt: Virtua Tennis 4 finds itself in the awkward position. It's a long-running series with a fan base that expects a certain style of play. At the same time, there's the pressure associated with motion controls, which have led to a near complete reformat of how sports games are played. The result is an awkward mix of both that doesn't completely disappoint, but doesn't excite. Player models offer a great visual representation of what gameplay offers.
Excerpt: Sega didn't have to twist my arm when it announced plans to port Virtua Tennis 4 to Sony's PlayStation Vita, largely because I had so much fun with the series on PSP. Just provide a similar arcade experience and I'm good to go.
Pros: Fast-paced and enjoyable tennis, first person VR Match, cool gyroscope controls, deep World Tour mode, online play, sharp looking visuals.
Cons: Frustrating touch controls, useless VT Cam mode, Touch Vs. not much fun.
Conclusion: When the main reason I keep coming back is a thirty second mini-game, we have a problem. Really though, the game does the absolute minimum to be considered "good." While it's fun there's nothing that keeps you coming back for more. Shame, really.
Excerpt: Virtua Tennis 4 gives you plenty of options in how you can choose to play. Firstly, there is a handy "Practice" mode that will teach you the fundamentals. In "Exhibition" mode you pick either your user-created character or one of the 18 pros who lent their likenesses to the game, including Federer, Nadal, Murray, Sharapova, Williams, and Ivanovic.
Conclusion: Sega has produced a better game with Virtua Tennis 4. With the added depth to the career mode and solid motion control support, you're getting a good tennis title. While it's not perfect, Sega appears to be guiding this tennis franchise in the right direction now.
Excerpt: Sega's latest Virtua Tennis title boasts the same fun gameplay the franchise has become known for, but spotty motion controls and a lackluster world tour mode seriously hurt its replayability.
Excerpt: Amidst (valid) complaints of poor framerates and sub-par resolutions, one title stands strong at the Vita’s launch. SEGA’s Virtua Tennis 4 sports sixty frames per second and runs at the Vita’s native resolution, a combination that, combined with some truly current-gen visuals means that there’s a clear leader in, if there were such an award, best looking title .
Pros: Incredible graphics, Decent single player modes, Lots of cute minigames, Online play