Conclusion: Underneath the surface of being an over-the-top, arcade style, sports videogame the Outlaw series has always had solid sporting mechanics. While the insipid one-liners that occasionally force gamers to chuckle under their breath are still firmly intact it’s the tennis action that could use a bit more refining. Despite the added depth Outlaw Tennis still falls a bit flat in the gameplay department which, as we all know, is where it really counts.
Excerpt: While anyone watching this year's Wimbledon who saw a women's match may have been taken aback by the constant grunting, tennis is really about grace and style, with Roger Federer - the dominant force in the men's game - proving that to be the case. Why Global Star and Hypnotix felt they had to go all 'extreme on its ass' I'll never know, but I do know that as a game, Outlaw Tennis doesn't really work.
Excerpt: Outlaw Tennis is Hypnotix's latest attempt to subvert a haughty country-club pastime, and it proves to be roughly as successful as the other Outlaw sports games before it. Which is to say, Outlaw Tennis is a fun and accessible tennis game with some playful gameplay touches, but it's hampered by a dully sophomoric sense of humor.
Pros: Responsive controls, Unique twists on standard tennis rules, Great variety of single- and multiplayer modes
Cons: Terrible sense of humor, Embarrassing characters, Erratic soundtrack
Conclusion: Slick movement and controls, make or break a tennis game and once their stats are up to scratch, the Outlaw Tennis players play as good, varied and accurate game of power tennis as any other game out there, Top Spin and Virtua included. The AI is clever and believable (with 3 difficulty settings) and you’ll see them mishit and get hit by the ball and you can even hit your partner in a doubles game should they get in the way.
Pros: Slick movement and animations., Nice mixture of power shots and finesse., Loads of characters to unlock., Amazingly, it’s a budget game.
Cons: Tennis is tennis, no matter how you dress it up., Lag affects the online game., The Outlaw ‘humour’ isn’t to everyone’s liking., The Outlaw games are never as ‘outlaw’ as they think they are or could be.
Conclusion: And this is kind of the problem for Outlaw Tennis. Because there's a decent tennis game in there, but not a fantastic one. It can't hold a candle to the likes of Virtua Tennis for speed of response or Mario Tennis for sheer fun. Top Spin: also superior. OT looks good enough, gets the job done, but at its heart it's a pretty basic experience.
Pros: Decent visuals, Solid tennis game
Cons: There's better tennis games, The 'wacky/wacko' characters wear off faster than a cereal box tattoo
Conclusion: Lowdown Tennis fans you owe it to your gaming selves to pick up a copy of Outlaw Tennis. This budget priced game is well worth the discounted price. The humor might not be for everyone, but if you like outlandish characters, crazy game modes, and bad-- but good jokes, then you will love Outlaw Tennis.