"Virtua Tennis" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Sega. It is a sports game with tennis being represented. In the United States, the title received a rating of "E" which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Virtua Tennis first saw its success in the arcade room as a freestanding device. The concept of the game is to select from sixteen available players, eight representative of real players and eight entirely fictitious, and play through a series of five matches to win the tournament. Players of this title also have access to quick exhibition matches, training modes and the world circuit. The latter world circuit makes up the bulk of the Dreamcast title. Here, players select their character and begin with a rank of 300. They must then continually progress through the ranks in order to achieve the first place position by winning matches and completing training exercises to show prowess. Each progressing stage increases in difficulty but the game is a simple one to master. As with most tennis video games, two action buttons are required with one controlling a standard swing and another controlling a lob shot. This is true of Virtua Tennis and should not pose any significant challenge to newcomers.
I find this game to be varying in terms of its appeal. The gameplay is rather standard to what one might expect from a tennis game. It is, after all, a tennis release wherein players will compete in tennis matches. Virtua Tennis features no cartoon appeal or other longevity tactics which other sports released have implemented. For these reasons the lasting impressions for me have been minimal. It has become more of a video game which is played on rare occasions to pass time as opposed to one which grips me for extended periods.
The graphics of this game are what keeps me interested. The game is presented from a standard isometric perspective which features either the front or rear of the player depending on court position and from this angle most of the player's general body features and attire can be seen with ease. After each play, a replay will be presented which closes in on the action and shows the finer details of each character; teeth, fingers and eyelashes are all visible. I did not find the audio to be particularly noteworthy. The game boasts minimal effects with the popping of the tennis ball against the hard court and squeaking of tennis shoes being the bulk of what is heard.
Overall, Virtua Tennis provides an acceptable gaming experience to those interested in tennis. I would recommend it to prospective buyers with slight hesitation due to the lack of extended interest.
Virtua Tennis was arguably the first tennis game to really make the series any popular - prior to this, there were a few overly serious tennis games that never really made an impact on the PS1, but Virtua Tennis fully exploited its arcade-style aesthetic to give the game a real sense of fun, and a sense that has transpired over into numerous sequels on the PS2 and PS3.
The gameplay is obviously very simple - you can either play a singles game, or a doubles outing, meaning you and three other players can all plug in controllers and whack balls at each other. What's more worth describing is the campaign mode, which is downright strange, but admittedly a lot of fun. Whilst the bulk of the campaign sees you travelling across the world and competing for various titles (and therefore unlocking all of the arenas if you win!), there's a vast number of training levels that require you to perform a number of strange and inventive tasks, such as hitting tennis balls at machines, avoiding being hit by fruit, and playing bowling with your tennis ball.
Most remarkable perhaps is the game's visuals - when I bought the game back in 2000, I was utterly stunned by the graphics, and today they stand up very well. The character designs are very realistic, and although the tennis arenas themselves don't require much detail, there are plenty of little touches that make everything seem authentic. What's perhaps the best remark about it is that the PS3 versions haven't really improved all that much graphically.
For a genre that was at the time not really well established, Virtua Tennis opened the gates up, making a game that's fun whether you're playing by yourself or with mates. It's great fun with a few beers, and I've had a lot of fun with three friends playing doubles games (although it sucks if you get stuck with a poor player!)
To help me with this review, I've enlisted the aid of commentator Dan Maskull. (Not), with his dulcet tones to provide the match commentary.
'It's a glorious sunny afternoon, here at the Old England championships, and the players are just coming out on centre court. And here he is, stepping out to tumultuous applause, the crowds favourite and England's newest Tennis sensation, the top seed, World number 1 and reigning champion - Callan Cool!'
Sega's Virtua Tennis is probably well known to most of you. Who can claim not to have seen this in some seaside amusement arcade, or like me, motorway services? And who can't claim that the graphics are absolutely stunning? I've stood and watched several budding Henman's try and win at this game in service stations up and down the North West, and have been amazed by the skill these youngsters display. They zip around the court with more agility than Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly combined, and with seemingly more power than Arnie, Dolph, and Segal put together. This however, is the PC Version. How does it compare to the
Big cabinet version then? The conversion is by a company called 'Strangelite', but has it come across well?
'As the players are warming up I feel I must mention Callan's practise shots seem to show absolutely no nerves whatsoever, in fact he seems to revel in the big occasions such as these. It's amazing how much his game has improved in such a short space of time. Anyway, the players are ready.'
Round One: Australia.
'Game on, Cool to serve.'
Installation: The game auto plays easily, and installs without fuss. The only niggle here is that you twice have to set user language on installation, once for the auto play menu, and once for the install. You have a choice of options here, the usual Minimum, Typical, and Full. I always opt for the Minimum, because until recently my CD ROM was a 52 speed model, but I bought a second hand DVD drive for a bargain price and swapped it (well my cousin did it for me actually). It's slightly slower as its only 4 or 6 speed DVD but is fast enough.
'15 - Love!'
This is easy if you intend to use the keyboard, and you can change this, but joypad and Joystick users, be warned, it's a brute to configure. In fact many of you will be unable to. This is because you have to configure all four buttons. This sounds simple enough as windows recognised 4 buttons on my 6 button joypad, but not this game. Even my flight stick with more than four buttons on wasn't recognised. This was simply because Windows only saw 4 buttons. You may think that odd as the game only needs four buttons, butt many joypads are actually 6 button pads, four buttons and two quick fire tabs on the front, or just 6 buttons. Whilst Windows recognised the one of the top set of three on my joypad as a separate button, Virtua Tennis didn't. And though my flight stick was recognised as four button also, it wouldn't the game wouldn't allow it. Initial gameplay was limited to the keyboard which was a little limiting. Many users will not be able to get their gamed to work with the game.
Normal gameplay was resumed upon purchasing a usb gamed for £6.00 from my local computer fair with 8 buttons. Luckily, after installation of a human interface driver, Windows 98 detected all 8 buttons and I could use the gamed, after assigning the buttons in the configuration setup accessed from the programmes menu in Windows. This was a lot better. You can even navigate the menus with the gamed, which you can't do in a lot of games, thus saving endless switching with from mouse to pad.
The first screen you get is the title screen, which tells you to press the start button (what you assigned as start). Then it's onto the menus. The menus are easy to navigate, with Arcade, Exhibition, World Circuit, Options and Exit. Thankfully, this is one of the few games where you are not asked if you really want to quit after selecting this option. That always narks me. 'Do you really want to quit?' 'Yes!', 'Do you really really want to quit?' 'Yes!' 'Are you sure you really really want to quit?' 'Yes for crying out loud!', 'Are you absolutely sure you really want to quit?' 'Leave me alone!'. To the left of each option appears a description when you highlight it with the joypad. The options menu is simple enough, though some options require a different key to be pressed, such as when you select your player. You can choose set levels of details, and whether or not to have special effects (which I assume will be such things as the ball marks on the court and the animated crowd, though I don't need to turn these off. Although my desktop is sized to 1024 x 768 pixels, the menu doesn't look as sharp, and the description of each item on the left looks a little jagged. All in all, easy to navigate.
Round Two: Paris.
'Cool steps up to the baseline and serves an absolute rocket of a shot!'
There are five courts and tournaments to choose from, with some being indoors, some outdoors, and a recreation of good old Wimbers (though it's not called that). First up is Australia, followed by Paris, US Supertennis The Old England Championship (instead of 'All England' Wimbledon) and lastly 'Sega Grand Match' Sega's own virtual stadium where the finals are played. They all look reasonably impressive, though nothing spectacular, and some of the courts like the US one are floodlit. Unless you use the personal player view (more on that later) there isn't any feeling of grand scale to the courts, but you get a good feel for the game
'Quinze - Zero!' (Well I am playing in Paris!)
Initially, there are 6 to choose from with more available should you unlock them playing on the world circuit. They're all genuine players, and their likenesses in the game are really amazing. The first is American Jim Courier in his snazzy Tangerine shirt, followed by our own hero Tim Henman in white with blue stripes. There's the French all rounder Cedric Pioline, the German ace Tommy Haas, The Spaniard Carlos Moya, Swede Thomas Johansson, and lastly the Russian Yevgeny Kafelfnikov. All have their own characteristics, which are shown to help you decide which one to choose. As it's originally a Japanese production, and Sega's biggest market is the US, it's no surprise that Jim Courier's the best all round player of the original six. As for the other players, I've no Idea who they are yet, as I've not been able to unlock them.
'Game set de match Cool'
Round Three: US Supertennis.
'Cool steps up to the base line to open the serving in this needle match!'
The original arcade game had stunning graphics in a large screen cabinet. It was the sheer awesome graphics that made you stop and stare whenever someone played the game in an arcade, yet to be honest, though they look the same, for some reason, what was stunning graphics in the arcade, seem to be lacking on the P.C. I mean there seems no discernible difference, yet compared to other games requiring the same specs, Virtua Tennis is just average. Maybe it's because everything is bigger on the cabinets that it comes across as better. The players just don't seem as big on a 17 inch PC monitor, and although the detail level is the same this seems to make a big difference. However, the close up's of the players faces when they've hit a fantastic point winning shot (or fluffed one to loose a point) are just as stunning as they are on the arcade machine, Exactly the same. The court surfaces don't seem quite as good, though the Old England court is the closest you'll get to the arcade version. There's hardly any difference whatsoever at all. The courts themselves show no pixelation at 1024 x 768 pixels, except for some close ups, where the signs show a distinct jaggedness, and the crowd behind the player if seen in close up appear Jagged and slightly blurry. At normal view size, the crowd appear to be all right, but have a distinct 2D feel, and the animations seem almost robotic, and obviously computer controlled. There are some nice effects, such as the ball bouncing on court, but a distinct lack of chalk dust flying about, except from the British court. On the outdoor courts you can see the shadows of clouds quickly sweeping over the courts, though this is a little too quick from a realism point of view. Also, if you send the ball into the net, the ballboy rushes to collect it.
There's two viewpoints, firstly one where you see the whole court from an angle as if you're looking down on it. In this mode, the players don't look anywhere near as big as they do in the arcade. This is the easiest view to play in. The second is from a TV camera perspective, just behind the player. I've not seen this view used in an arcade, apart from replays, but the players look much bigger in this view. Replays are automatic, and thankfully, unlike some tennis games, don't cover the whole point, just the winning shot. These can be stopped mid flow with the simple press of a button. Overall, the graphics are much better in the arcade.
'0 - 15!'
'Cool needs to regain his composure after loosing that point, but he's one of the few players of the calibre that can actually do this.'
I used to look at those budding 'Tennis Aces' in the arcades and think 'I'll never be able too play that good!' But I'm happy to admit defeat on that score. The gameplay is so easy that you'll be pulling off match winning shots in no time, and the dexterity of your player will amaze you. Shots you thought impossible are relatively easy. There's two shot types, normal, and lob. You use a separate button for each shot. The normal shot also relies to an extent on how hard you press the button. It seems to automatically hit smashes when needed which is a plus. To serve, you press the button, then press it again to set power. You aim using the D - pad, but if you aim first you risk hitting the net, so press the power button and then quickly aim. If you aim to the extreme left or right, when the opponent returns your serve, if you quickly fire off the return to the extreme opposite, then you have a 70% chance of it being a winning shot.
However, there's a definite knack to getting shots right. Firstly, it must be noted that your player will move himself towards the ball without you moving the D-pad if you're close enough when you take a shot. If you're too far away your player will miss the shot. Similarly if you're moving and pressing the shot button at the same time, then he'll keep on moving. The best way is to keep edging the player in the direction of play and, ease off the D-pad just before you shoot. If you fire of a quick succession of volleys straight at your opponent and then suddenly shoot in the opposite direction, you can win the point, leaving your opponent leaping for the ball after you've won the point. Having your opponent dive for points already won, spoils the game a little, but not too much. In easy mode you might think it's too easy. It only took me an evening to master the game in easy mode, and the following night I was winning most matches 6-0.
'15 - all'
'Ooh I say, that was an unexpected Ace from Cool there, totally and utterly magnificent tennis from the champ!'
The Old England Championships:
'And the crowd are on tenterhooks after that last ace from Cool. What a match this is turning out to be.'
Modes of play:
There's two main tournament modes, and an exhibition mode which puts you in total control of the game. The first mode is Arcade mode. This I assume, is play just like it is with the arcade cabinets, quite easy I suspect as they want you to keep playing the game. You choose your player, and the computer chooses your opponent. At the options screen, you can set match length to anything up to one set with a tie break if desired. Deuces can be turned on or off here too. I chose the full set with tie break, and deuces on. Towards the end of my first night of play on my big computer (I'd tried it on my P333 but it was way too slow) I was able to go almost all the way and win a match. One memorable game started with me being 40 - love down (or was I serving?) in which I clawed it back to deuce. There followed a total of a further 12 advantages, with the early ones going the computers way, until thankfully I secured the winning point. The first match is in Australia, followed by (in order) Paris, US Supertennis, Old England and finally, Sega Grand match. The first four matches are relatively easy, and out of three championships playing as Courier I was able to win most matches 6 - 0 or 6 -1. The finals were a different kettle of fish though. The first against Pioline was a tough nail biter and I lost. In my second final, against the Swede Johansson I was 3 - 0 up, but lost 3 - 6. I noticed that if you play a player in any of the first four rounds he's a doddle to beat, but come up against him in he final, and he's not the pushover he normally is. Having said that, I finally won a championship at the third attempt, though all you ladies out there will be disappointed at me, because it was none other than our own Tim Henman I conquered. There is one drawback here though, you can't save games mid tournament, which is a shame.
'30 - 15!'
'And Cool's sending his opponents all over the court, and winning matches in record time.'
This is where you can choose your player, opponent and venue. It seems to play very much the same as arcade mode, fast and fun.
'40 - 15'
'This is beginnings to look like a walkover for Cool!'
This is much more difficult to play, and I've not been able to win a single game in this mode yet. When you select this mode, you're asked if you want to continue or start a new game, which leads me to assume that gameplay is automatically saved on exit as I've not been asked to save a game, nor is there a load option anywhere in the game. In order to get good rankings, not only do you have to win a short match to start with (best of 3), to get points and cash for your player, you have to perform certain shots such as volley, lob or smash in a game, the more you get the more points you win. You are given a set amount of cash at the start, and you can buy new clothes or equipment, or even tournaments I think. The first couple of matches are practice matches, but I've yet to win one of these. I've not got passed the first match which is the volley. There's also a training mode, beginnings with an exercise where you have a set time in which to return a constant stream of serves, and hit giant balls hard enough to hit them back over the baseline, but they're slowly moving towards you all the time. This is difficult, especially as you only have a measly 25 seconds to do it in. It reminds me of pool played with a normal sized cue ball and 5 foot high pool balls (assuming Courier is over 6 foot tall), and the graphics on the palm surrounded tennis club, have a Playstaion 1 feel and colour to them. I've only been able to get two balls over at most, and for each ball you hit over the baseline you earn 300 points and $300 as well. You have to complete this task to move onto the next lesson, and I'll update you as to each lesson when I do. I don't know whether or not matches are a full 5 sets or not, but again, when I find out, I'll let you know.
Other Modes: There's also a network mode, but I've not tried this mode as I don't know anyone else with a copy of the game I can play.
'Game Cool! Cool leads by five games to love.'
Sega Grand Match:
'And it's championship point here, can Cool hold his nerve to retain the title under such enormous pressure?'
There's no doubt about it, Virtua Tennis is a fantastic game for those who love tennis. It's wonderfully easy to pick up, and hard to stop playing. The sheer diversity of shot's you'll soon be pulling off will leave you breathless and flabbergasted. Serious tennis fans, however, will note the total lack of female players within the game, and the apparent single set limitations, and may want a more in depth game than this. But rather in much the same way that you'd pick up Fifa football for a quick single game fix, you'll find yourself doing just that with this game. Buy it, and enjoy!
'Oh my word! Absluely amazing! Another Ace!'
'Game, Set, Match and the Champioship, Callan Cool!'
I APPEAR TO BE THE ONLY PERSON WHO BELIEVES THAT VIRTUA TENNIS 1 IS BETTER THAN VIRTUA TENNIS 2.THE GRAPHICS OF VIRTUA TENNIS 1 ARE FAR BETTER.IN VIRTUA TENNIS 2 THE LINES ON THE COURT LOOK TERRIBLE,AND THE GAME JUST LOOKS AND FEELS UGLY,COMPARED TO VIRTUA TENNIS 1 WITH ITS FAST ENTERTAINING GAMEPLAY AND SMOOTHER GRAPHICS.THE PLAYERS IN VIRTUA TENNIS 2 LOOK SLIGHTLY BETTER BUT APART FROM THAT VIRTUA TENNIS 1 IS GRAPHICALLY FAR BETTER.I AM VERY SURPRISED THAT I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS PICKED UP ON THIS.THERE HAS BEEN A FEW CHANGES TO THE VT GAMEPLAY IN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT WHICH I BELIEVE HAVE JUST SLOWED THE GAME DOWN AND MADE IT LESS ENKOYABLE.ONE THING I WILL SAY IS THAT THE ADDED FEMALE PLAYERS IN VT2 IS A BONUS.BUT I STILL CANNOT BEAR TO PLAY VT2 AS IT LOOKS SO HORRIBLE,COMPARED TO THE FANTASTIC LOOKING VT1.
SEGA are one of the worlds leading games companies - no doubt about it. Their leading game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, has been a major influence all around the world and sold over 100 million units last century. So what other commerce can SEGA break into? They tried with tennis, and I wasn’t disappointed. The first thing that strikes you about Virtua Tennis is the ease of play - controls are super slick, smooth and highly responsive. It’s just as easy to hit a thumper to the back of the court as it is to lob a player. You’re able to run around the court with ease, and the power of shots is a combination of button pushing and player position - if the ball comes too close to the body, power is reduced and the ball gets lifted up to the air. With this game, it’s all a matter of timing, skill and patience. But let’s start from the beginning: ***OPTIONS*** Arcade - The Freestyle option. With this you can play a simple tournament consisting of five matches in order to win the cup. The rules of each match follow the standard rules of tennis, and each match gets progressively harder. The original difficulty can be set from the options menu. The quicker you dispose of you’re opponent, and the more skilful (i.e. more smashes, volleys and aces) you are, the more prize money you receive. The total prize money of the 5 matches is put into a big leaderboard where you can compare your skills. Exhibition - Once match, you’re rules. Select your player, singles or doubles, and let rip in one fantabulous match. No particular prize from winning, bar a bit of smugness and well deserved practice. World Circuit - See Later Options - Set various Arcade and Exhibition rules here. Choose to play
best of 3 games or first to a set. Choose whether deuce affects play. Choose whether you want a tie break or not. Choose a difficulty setting, Easy to Very Hard (which to me is still easy). See the rankings, set the music level, and change the language. The usual stuff, really. ***WORLD CIRCUIT*** Choose your player! Be the best in the world! Ultimately this is the crux of the game - beat this and you’ve beaten the game hands down. Well basically you choose one of the normal characters - wither your Henman or Courier, maybe a Johansson or the like (7 to choose from) and be unleashed upon the world, starting with a world ranking of 400. It’s your job to become the world number one. There are three main areas: - Matches: Singles or Doubles. Best of 3 games to one set. The idea is to win these matches, and then more become available. Win the match and you’ll also rise in the world rankings. Some matches get harder the more times you do them. In each match, you also win money. Each stage has a predetermined *special shot*, which earns you heaps more money the more time you win points with that shot (i.e. lob, smash). The more money you win, the more things you can buy in the shop. - Training: Various challenges designed to test accuracy, speed and stamina. The reason to do these is to learn special match winning skills, more money to spend in the shop and more matches become available. The training stages have three stages of difficulty, and you have to do the easy one before you can attempt the hard one. Get a really high score on the hard ones and more things to wear become available (it’s a special thing in the game). - Shops: Here you can hire you doubles partner, invest in new things to wear, new characters and stad
ia for the arcade and exhibition modes and generally spend your cash. The higher up in the rankings you go, the more shops become available, and more special stuff like better partners are available to buy. How easy is this mode? Unless you practice, it’s very very hard. Do not underestimate the power of Virtua Tennis! ***OTHER*** Gameplay: This game will get you hooked for weeks on end if tennis is your thing. Or perseverance. I keep coming back to it to try and get the extra tennis gear, or try and complete it with a character I really hate. *hypnosis mode* You WILL enjoy this game.. You WILL enjoy this game.. You WILL enjoy this game.. Sound: Realistic, uplifting and everything you would expect from a great, if not classic, tennis game. Sometimes it annoys me, but then I just turn it off. Problem solved! Why get this game: Great addition to anyone’s collection and guaranteed to govern your life at some point. You’ll love the game but get very angry at the hard stages. I’m speaking from experience here. Hooray for SEGA! qrf1 Advantages: Great SEGA game Its tennis! Great Graphics, ultra realistic It’ll hook ya Challenging enough fro most people Disadvantages: Short lifespan for those who are good at it Not challenging enough for those who are good at it
Virtua Tennis in my opinion is one of the best games available on the Dreamcast and should definitely be in your collection. The game is almost a year old now, and still it remains as one of the most graphically impressive games around, with superb gameplay and player movements. It's as realistic as they get and you will not be disappointed with your £19.99's worth. Virtua Tennis for Dreamcast continues the legend of Sega Sports titles. Spectators, ball boys, chair umps, everyone gets into your game and reacts to the scores. THE GAME There are 3 game modes that you can play on Virtua Tennis. You can play in an Exhibition match, an Arcade game or play in a World Circuit. In an Exhibition match, oyu choose what type of match you want to play, as in whether you play a set or a few games etc. You can also choose your opponent and the stadium where you want to play. In the Arcade mode, you play in a 5 stage tournament, each stage gets harder and you play at a different stadium on every stage. In the World Circuit mode, you can play in many different types of games. The World Circuit also allows you to unlock certain features of the game, as you progress through it. PLAYERS Henman - England, Courier - USA, Philipoussis - Australia, Moya - Spain, Pioline - France, Johansson - Sweden, Haas - Germany, Kafelnikov - Russia In the World Circuit mode, you can unlock 8 more players, which you will be able to use, once unlocked. Towards the end of the World Circuit mode, you will face 2 tennis players known as King and Master, who are the toughest opponents in the game, but they can also be unlocked, once you have completed the circuit mode. There are 8 training stages in the World Circuit mode. Cannon Ball - Hit all of the balls using yellow balls. Machines will start up again if you accidentally hit a red ball. Smash Box - Knock the boxes off the court with a smash. Drum Shooter - L
ob to hit a ball into every drum can. Pin Crasher - Just like bowling, serve to knock down the pins. Bull's Eye - Aim for the target using the balls that the coach hits to you. Return Ace - Return the coach's serves to hit all of the targets. Big Wall - Hit the balls to turn over all of the panels. Giant Ball - Use strong shots to push the giant rolling balls beyond the baseline. STADIUMS There are quite a few stadiums in Virtua Tennis for you to play at. I think there are about 5 to start off with, but you can unlock another 5 stadiums when you complete stages in the World Circuit mode. As you get further in the World Circuit mode, you unlock more stadiums. All of the stadiums are situated in different countries and the sizes of the stadiums are all different. There are the following type of courts in the stadiums: Grass Hard Carpet Sand Indoor GRAPHICS Not much to say here, other than that the graphics in this game are simply brilliant. Well worth buying the game if you like graphical games. OVERALL Overall, this is a game that everybody, who owns a Dreamcast, should have. It is a great game and will give you hours of entertainment. You might not even like watching Tennis or playing tennis, but playing this game is something you will like and you will not be disappointed. Key Features 1) From the smash-hit arcade original. 2) Realistic 3D environments and fluid animations. 3) Simple controls make it easy to pick up and play. 4) Eight internationally ranked men's tennis players to choose from. 5) Play on hard court, clay court, grass court, and carpet--each surface responds differently. 6) Deep strategies: Read your rival's game plan and adjust your tactics. 7) Four-player mode.
Virtual Tennis is a great game and one that I really enjoy playing, although I reckon it could be improved. This game is full of games and training methods that you can play and you can play them at different levels of difficulty. There is an Arcade modem where you compete in 5 stages to win the championship, but it is a tournament and so you have to win the first stage, before you get onto the second stage. There is a good way to see how good you are because as you get further, the stages get harder and so you have to know how to play some good shots to win the whole thing. The exhibition mode allows you to set the rules and so you could play a match and to win, you have to win a few games, or you could play a set and so it would be the first to win 6 games. You can choose whether you want to have Deuce on or not and also the level of difficulty that the computer, your opponent, will play at. You can have him on easy and so you have a very good chance of thrashing him, or very hard where you will need to play a lot of different shots, and good shots, in order to beat him. The World Circuit Mode allows you to play in many different stages and training games. You can be playing in matches where you have to beat the computer and the match could be specific. For example, you could play in a match where the main type of shot you should use is volley. You get money from winning the game and the more volleying points you win, the more money you would get. Other specific game types could be Serve, Volley, and Lob etc. There are 8 training methods and in these, you have to complete them in a certain time or get so many points form so many balls. Anyway, this is a great game and one that all of you should have, if you own a Dreamcast! Thanks for reading
Virtua Tennis is an excellent sports game, on the Sega Dreamcast, fresh from the arcades to your console, last year. It may be over a year old, and the sequel due out soon, but the fact is Virtua Tennis is one of the most playable, addictive and downright fun games available now. From that, you can probably tell that I like it then. Sega Sports – more importantly: Hit Maker are the developers, Sega the publishers, and me and you – the consumers. Works well I think. The idea: Virtua Tennis recreates real life tennis, but makes it a whole lot simpler for you to understand and is actually great fun to play – for those who can’t play real tennis that well, you will love this – even if you are good at tennis, you will probably appreciate this one. The game has a variety of modes in which to show off your virtual prowess – it’s a tennis game, Virtua Tennis recreates real life tennis and sticks it into your home. Saving you the money of buying a tennis court, wondering how to play and embarrassing yourself in the process. Get a Dreamcast, get Virtua Tennis, grab three mates and you’re sorted. Virtua Tennis has a superb control system, which is very easy to master – which is one of the reasons the game has such a widespread appeal. Everyone I know that has played this, loves it, you should give it a try. A and B are all you need for the shots, with the directional pad or analogue pad being used to move your player frantically across the court. A is your basic shot – it’s the one you can use for everything depending on where your player is at the time. B is just for lobbing. Serves can be learned easily, and overall the controls are very intuitive – top marks. Game modes & Players: Take your pick from 8 of the world’s elite, well not quite the best players (licence budget might not stretch far enough for Agassi and 7 other players…), but you do get to choose from T
im Henman, representing Great Britain, Courier for the USA, Philippoussis for Australia, Kafelnikov for Russia, Tommy Haas representing Germany, Cedric Pioline for France, Moya for Spain and Johansson for Sweden! As you progress through the excellent action packed world circuit mode, you will be able to unlock new players (made up, but still good), and new stadiums to play at. There is an air of official status here as the players are real, aside from the created ones, and all look authentic and real. The stadiums and courts look great, with a range of surfaces including clay, grass, carpet and indoor, and the crowds, umpire, shot sounds, player grunts, all are realistic. So Graphically it is a very good game indeed, the colours are vibrant and lively, and everything is very fast, fluid and visually impressive – the replays are also good, they happen whenever you play a particularly good smash or volley, or an ace perhaps. The game has some of the best graphics you’ll see on the Dreamcast, so it’ll be interesting to see how good Virtua Tennis 2 looks in comparison, incidentally, that game should be out in late October or November and will include female players as well. If you don’t feel like taking the world on in the circuit mode then you can always just go into the Arcade mode, try and win all the rounds, each one harder than the last, until you finally win the championship and enter your name in – if you win all 5 without using a continue, (leaving the difficulty level still on the preset one), then you will have a challenge from ‘Master’, win that match, you’ll be able to use it in the other modes. Exhibition is the only other mode (other than the options) and is basically the one where you’ll have your four player sets – great fun, very competitive and something to keep you occupied on a rainy day. Overall, the game will last you a great deal of time, four player ga
mes will always be played and never get boring, even if you do race through the world circuit mode. It’s an excellent game, one that I would recommend to all of you. 10/10.
Virtua Tennis is a great game and one that I really enjoy playing, although I reckon it could be improved. This game is full of games and training methods that you can play and you can play them at different levels of difficulty. There are quite a few great tennis players in this game, although I think that there should be quitew a few more to make the game veen better than what it is. My favourite player, Henman, is in the game, but great players like Sampras, Aggassi and Rafter are not in the game. There are aslo quite a few great stadiums that you can play at on the game. You can also gain 2 extra players, King and Master, if you complete the World Circuit Mode. There is an Arcade modem where you compete in 5 stages to win the championship, but it is a tournament and so you have to win the first stage, before you get onto the second stage. There is a good way to see how good you are because as you get further, the stages get harder and so you have to know how to play some good shots to win the whole thing. The exhibition mode allows you to set the rules and so you could play a match and to tin, you have to win a few games, or you could play a set and so it would be the first to win 6 games. You can choose whether you want to have Deuce on or not and also the level of difficulty that the computer, your opponent, will play at. You can have him on easy and so you have a very good chance of thrashing him, or very hard where you will need to play a lot of different shots, and good shots, in order to beat him. The World Circuit Mode allows you to play in many different stages and training games. You can be playing in matches where you have to beat the computer and the match could be specific. For example, you could play in a match where the main type of shot you should use is volley. You get money from winning the game and the more volleying points you win, the more money you would get. Other specific game types could be Serve, Vol
ley, and Lob etc. There are 8 training methods and in these, you have to complete them in a certain time or get so many points form so many balls. Anyway, this is a great game and one that all of you should have, if you own a Dreamcast! Thanks for reading
tennis is an amazing game with a racket and a ball and a net. you hit the ball with the racket and it goes over the net to the other person and they hit it back and you keep on hitting it util one person doesnt hit it and the person that doesnt hit it doesnt get the point and the other person does. it sounds very complicatd but it is not that bad when you have a ball and racket because that is what you need to play tennis
Virtua Tennis is a great game and one that I really enjoy playing, although I reckon it could be imrpoved. This game is full of games and training methods that you can play and you can play them at different levels of difficulty. There is an Arcade modem where you compete in 5 stages to win the championship, but it is a tournament and so you have to win the first stage, before you get onto the second stage. There is a good way to see how good you are becuase as you get further, the stages get ahrder and so you have to know how to play some good shots to win the whole thing. The exhibition mode allows you to set the rules and so you could play a match and to tin, you have to win a few games, or you could play a set and so it would be the first to win 6 games. You can choose whether you want to have Deuce on or not and also the level of difficulty that the computer, your opponent, will play at. You can have him on easy and so you have a very good chance of thrashing him, or very hard where you will need to play a lot of different shots, and good shots, in order to beat him. The World Circuit Mode allows you to play in many different stages and training games. You can be playing in matches where you have to beat the computer and the match could be specific. For example, you could play in a mtach where the main type of shot you should use is volley. You get money from winning the game and the more volleying points you win, the more money you would get. Other specific game types could be Serve, Volley, Lob etc. There are 8 training methods and in these, you have to complete them in a certain time or get so many points form so many balls. Anyway, this is a great game and one that all of you should have, if you own a Dreamcast! Thanks for reading
As a big fan of the arcade version of Virtua Tennis, I guess you could say that my expectations were unjustly high for a game being released on a home system. However, I was more than happy when I got my copy home and turned on my small white box. Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast is an absolute delight. The term "arcade-perfect graphics" is a somewhat overused phrase in video game circles, but in this case, you really wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The sound is also good, with that superbly naff and over-the-top arcade music recreated in all it's glory. And the playability? Well, as with any sports game, the real test is the multi-player longevity - and this little beauty passes with flying colours. Superb as a two player game, Virtua Tennis really comes into it's own when you get down to the nitty gritty - four player doubles. I defy you to set up a game with three of your mates and not become hooked instantly. The real beauty of this game is the ease in which a newcomer (either to computer games, or indeed the sport of tennis) can pick up and play. Use the direction stick to move your player around, the A button for all ground strokes, and the B button to lob. Sounds like a limited number of shots? Don't be fooled - depending on where the ball is in relation to the player, and which direction you are holding the d-pad, you can pull off a stunning array of strokes. So, what have you learned so far? Virtua Tennis is a great multiplayer arcade conversion. Dig a little deeper though, and you'll find this is no ordinary conversion. The single player mode is outstanding, with a number of tournaments to take part in, and coaching courses to attend - all to help you move up the rankings and ultimately earn more money. The more money you earn, the more players, tournaments and player outfits you can unlock. Talking of players, there are eight real life players to keep the Tennis buffs happy. Want to
play as Britain's favourite flop Tim Henman? Go ahead. Fancy a stint as demon clay court specialist Carlos Moya? It's all there for you. As well as the eight professionals, there are eight more made-up characters to unlock, all with their own special attributes. A game jam-packed with features then, but as with all of these types of games, the real fun comes with multiplayer action. So take my advice - grab three more pads, invite some mates round and have hours of fun on far and away the best multiplayer game on the Dreamcast, and arguably on any platform whatsoever.
Virtua Tennis is really good game and you can get a lot oh hours of entertainment out of it. I like playng it as I like Tennis and always have done. It is very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who has a dreamcast. I think that there is a lot of room for imrpovemnt, so hopefully the new game will have all of the improvements in it. My favourite tennis player, Tim Henman is in the game, as well as abou 15 other greta players, although there isn't any players like Sampras, Rafter or Agassi. If you haven't got this game, go out and buy it now. Well worth 5 Stars
We got this game in our house of three lads cause we're into getting in from the pub after a few beers and having a few games of something easy to dip into. The first few games were highly impressive - the graphics rocked, the controls were easy to get into, and Jim Courier had a humourously coloured shirt - the lack of opportunity to look at an electronic Kournikova's ass was a bit of a disappointment though. However, several games in, and it's just 'is that it?' - it not something you could play for hours on end as there is just nothing to it - if anything the controls are just too easy to pick up. Things that seem cool at first, like the ridiculous celebrating after each point one, just gets on your nerves after a while - pandering a little to the younger generation there, who find it a little hard to concentrate for longer than 5 or 10 seconds. This game really needs some more depth to the play, as it is, it is a lot down to luck and reflexes. Definately good fun for a few games 10 pints down the line, but you won't be playing it regularly within a month
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