Conclusion: There’s a lot to love about Virtua Tennis 2009, although one could argue that it only offers a slightly incremental improvement over its predecessor. Gameplay-wise, this might indeed be the case, but when something isn’t broke, then why fix it?
Summary: This series' repetitive nature is like watching a tennis ball go from side-to-side for eternity. The gameplay is good enough that you don't see a lot of funky animations, but the career mode's gulag of slow progress and repetitive minigames made me want to jump ship halfway to Dubai.
Excerpt: In the ten years since Virtua Tennis was released in arcades, it's hardly changed. Sure, the graphics have improved a bit, and the player roster has kept up with the times, but for all intents and purposes it's exactly the same game now that it's always been.
Conclusion: Concept: The long-running series returns, looking very similar to its last incarnation
Graphics: The animations are great, but the created players look extraordinarily ugly and the stadiums aren't particularly detailed
Sound: Unremarkable music and no commentary
Playability: As always, Virtua Tennis...
Excerpt: It’s been quite a while since I’ve spent an entire afternoon at the local arcade, but I do remember that Virtua Tennis was one of the more popular games at the time. Sure, I could empty out a roll of quarters with Street Fighter or Daytona USA, but Virtua Tennis offered the best tennis experience.
Pros: Great Virtua Tennis gameplay is back, Variety of mini-games to test your skills, Satisfying World Tour (career) mode, Support for Xbox Live online play
Cons: Forced/unforced errors are virtually non-existent, Very weak create-a-player tool, Disappointing graphics compared to other sports games (EA), Computer assistance can be frustrating
Excerpt: There's always been something delightfully cheesy and overblown about Virtua Tennis. The shiny bodies and hollow-eyed faces on its athletes never make it seem like they're straining for victory. "Relax," the athletes seem to tell you. "It's videogame tennis.
Excerpt: for the first time nine years ago, and I ended up falling in love with it. I would play it in various arcade rooms, spending all the change I had to serve or keep getting served. My addiction only grew when the first console version was released on the Dreamcast. Now, almost a decade later, does
Pros: Easy to pick up gameplay., Good looking courts., Very arcade type of experience.
Cons: Gameplay isn't deep enough., Lack of commentators., Game is too easy.
Value for money 8
Virtua Tennis 2009
2 July 2009
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Over the years, we have come to notice some very interesting cycles when it comes to sports videogames. You have a series like FIFA and NHL were the earlier versions of the game were very poor, only for the games to improve over time turning the franchise into one of...