Im a relative late comer to the world of tennis computer games however I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this offering from 2K Sports.
The game is pretty easy to pick up especially the service which relies on a two tap method to get the power right however an extra feature to generate more power on both the serve and ground shots is to press the R1 button to activate a risk mode where the rewards and risk are both increased. The risk meter will oscillate wildly and the objective is to get it to stop in the centre to ensure the shot is a winner, if you end up near the edges then the shot will probably sail wide and land out.
The game is quite realistic with a wide range of ground shots just like in the pros however personally I did find the realism stretched a bit when you played at the net.
There are a number of game options available including on off exhibition games to a full career mode where you have to work your way up the rankings by winning tournaments and defeating higher ranked players. You choose whether to play men or women tennis and there is a doubles option as well. In career mode you can construct your own player and you have a good amount of control over all of the features of the player as well as some of the playing characteristics.
In addition to working your way up the rankings you also have to try to win sponsorship deals which will give you the money to work with better coaches and hence become a better player.
Visually the game looks pretty good and there are a large range of stadiums to choose from and all the main surfaces to play on. There are no real tennis players used in the game however the players have fluid well controlled movements and the game plays very well as a result of this.
The only real complaint I have about this game is the load time which is very slow especially when switching between menus and this can get quite annoying and there is no obvious reason why this takes so long.
Overall this game is worth checking out and I have enjoyed quite a few hours play, it is not especially hard neither is it very easy, it sits somewhere in the middle of the difficulty scale.
Available on Amazon for £9.99 new or from £7 in the new and used category.