Reviews and Problems with Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip
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Fun tennis sim is a good sports game for the whole family.
Common Sense Media
16 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip is a family-friendly tennis game featuring memorable cartoony characters. The story mode has a positive message about healthy competition, while ad hoc local area network play promotes social gaming interaction. The action is fairly accessible, though it is at times surprisingly challenging, which could frustrate younger players.
Excerpt: I’m a pretty big fan of the Hot Shots Golf games. I’ve never played the original tennis game Clap Hanz made, but with the pedigree of their previous efforts, I was looking forward to giving Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip a try. While the game is certainly fun, it lacks the addictive nature of its console counterparts.
Excerpt: Well now you might just get to see it in action. In its simplest terms, Hot Shots Tennis is a cutesy mix of Virtua Tennis gameplay and Pokémon -esque RPG story, exploration, character acquisition and leveling. In the single player campaign you play as an up-and-coming member of the Love Tennis Club and it’s your mission to seek out people that have in some way lost their love of tennis, and then thrash them in a game of tennis...
Summary: Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip is another solid entry in Sony's Hot Shots series that retains the same charm and playability that made Hot Shots Golf a worldwide success. Yet unless you love collecting oodles of outfits and leveling up each individual character, Get a Grip's hold on you won't be as strong as it could have been.
Pros: Addictive story mode, Cute and customizable characters, Diverse courts
Cons: Some minor control issues, No mini-games or offbeat power-ups, No online play