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Genre: Sports - Tennis / Release Date: 2009-06-12 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      12.08.2010 15:37
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      Good game for their first release

      When I found out that the Wii has released a tennis game I was very intrigued to find out how good it actually was. After playing on Wii tennis i was looking forward to seeing how much of an improvement this game was. With it being from EA Sports I expected it to be a hell of a lot better than the standard tennis game which you can play on the Wii.

      Price

      I actually only paid £19.99 for this game which i was pretty pleased with because i did expect the game to be more. I have found it around now for £14 which is a good enough drop to think about going out and purchasing it for yourself. For the amount of fun you could have with this game I really would recommend spending the £14 and purchasing it.

      Players

      In this game you get all of the big name tennis players from Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. The variation of players is not huge and you will only find the big name on the game. With this being on a big console they look extremelly life like with their looks and features. I did not expect the game to get anywhere near the real thing but they did.

      Gameplay

      When playing the game you are able to make your own character and alter their features and appearance. Even though I would of liked this to be in greater detail it could of been worse. As a player you can then choose what you want to do. I went straight head first into it but i would recommend a few practice games to feel the controls and such.

      Single Mode

      When making your character you can then begin playing matches with the aim of trying to make it to the top and win the grandslams. The game could go into greater depth but the Wii doesn't tend to do this with any game so why would they with this. To progress and improve your character you will have to beat players in matches to gain their skills. This is a good feature as it makes you want to play well so you can keep improving.

      Controls

      I would love to say that the controls are perfect but they just aren't. For most of the time your player will most pretty well and do what you want, the odd time he or she will just do something totally opposite of what you wanted. With that being said 95% the game controls pretty well so i wouldn't complain about it that much. I am hoping they will release another version of this so that they can fix the little problems that occur with this one.

      Online

      Like a lot of games now you are able to play online against people. This is a very good feature to have and gives you something else to do rather than just play against the computer or your friends. The number of people online though have decreased so i wouldn't expect that many people to be on if you are looking for a game.

      Multiplayer

      Like most games on the Wii now you are able to play this game in Multiplayer which is good fun. Sometimes though with it being against an actual person them little mistakes that occur tend to annoy you so much more. If your not that fussed about this then I think multiplayer is brilliant.

      Overall

      For the price that it is you can really have a lot of fun with it. The game itself could be improved but it isn't bad for the first release. It would be interesting to see if they bring out a more up to date version of this because I believe it will be a lot better.

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      03.07.2010 19:16
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      Great idea but need to make the motion sensor + work properly.

      The idea was fantastic, the abilty to play with real professional players (some of the all time big names as well as todays top stars) at the four biggest tennis tournaments in the world , and on the wii of all consoles.

      Of course being on the wii means that the graphics are not going to be great.However, it is easy to tell that there has been a lot of effort put into the cartoons so that they do resemble the players.

      In order to experiance the most realistic game of tennis, I thought that playing the true EA version with motion sensor + controllers must be the real deal, but I am quite dissapointed. Unfortunately I do not think the control of the game can have been properly tested as it seems to me that most of the shots you play with, result with the ball travelling directly to your opponent. The motion sensor + also struggles to analyse exactly how you are positioned meaning that you can loose some infuriating crucial points.

      The AI for the computer opponents isnt exactly great either, if you gave them the same shot 100 times they will always give you the same return. This makes the tournament mode very long and boring as you can quickly work out how to win on your serve but the technology lets you down when on the recieving end.

      On the plus side there is a lot of information on the statistics made during the game which you can reflect upon including the amount of calories burnt with a nice little graph showing your progress.

      All in all, I would not purchase this game as the technology still needs quite a bit more looking into, however this has made me excited about possible tennis games to come out in the future.

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      22.05.2010 18:09

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      Great next step from Wii Sports

      Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii gives gamers a chance to take the step up from Wii Sports Tennis and experience a more realistic game. The game utilises cartoon style graphics and the characters look somewhat like their real life counterparts. This style works well with the Wii and means the game keeps its fun feel.

      Gameplaywise the game is a big step up from the simple waggle of the wii as the Motion Plus accessory means that you movements are more accurately displayed on screen. This works reasonably well though is not without its troubles as the game does not give you true 1:1 control and the on screen animation will sometimes get confused as to your position. This aside the controls pick up well what sort of shot you are trying to play however disappointingly still relies on button presses for lobs.

      Overall this game is worth buying for any fans of the tennis game on Wii Sports and can be played using the simple scheme from that game if you can not master the Motion Plus controls. The 4 major grand slams can be played in career mode as you take your player to the top. A fun multiplayer game to take tennis on Wii to the next level.

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      19.02.2010 13:28

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      excellent family game

      I bought wii Grand Slam Tennis because I was a fan of the tennis game on wii sports. The graphics of grand slam tennis are much better and it gives you the option to select a real tennis player to play as - as opposed to wii sports where you are just the tennis mii's. The game is easy to play and great fun. I do find you move around the room alot when playing it - so this has to be good from a fitness point of view! You can select different modes to play - I like the shorter tournament modes and the best of three game is the one I usually use. We have had many a wii tennis tournament at home using this game and have had every age group from 3 -80 (literally) playing at the same time and everyone enjoyed it. I would say this is a great game for all ages.

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      07.12.2009 23:58
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      EA, improve the controls and you'll have a classic game

      Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii....Finally a contender to compete with the simple, but addictive Wii Sports Tennis. I'd been waiting some time for a Tennis game with more depth and playability, but was this to be the answer?

      Well....somewhat yes and no! Yes, when this game 'works' it feels amazing, the ball goes pretty much where you intend and it is just like hitting a tennis ball around your front room for those that have played the real life version of the sport! Unfortunately, due to the advanced control method of using the Wii motion plus device, sometimes the calibration of the controller goes haywire, generally meaning your character will fail to recognize your swing or you will only be able to hit the ball in the direction your character is facing.

      I must just say, the motion plus is a relatively new addition that plugs into the bottom of a regular wii controller, supposedly to give a greater degree of control in compatible games. As a first effort using this
      control technique, EA Grand Slam Tennis is in the main really enjoyable and although I've not tried it yet, playing against a friend is where I imagine the game comes alive.

      As for single player action, you can pick a character from the list of licensed players, including the likes of Federer, Murray, Roddick, Nadal, Djorkovic, Ivanovic and Williams, as well as legends such as Borg, Mcenroe and Becker! or alternatively you can build your own player from a fairly limited editing facility.

      You can then take your chosen player to the practice courts to complete the tutorial. This should teach you the basics of the gameplay, and then you're ready to take on the world....well, a choice handful of the worlds best anyway!

      I'd advise a few exhibition games first just to find your bearings....then it's upto you. You can go online and play anyone else that's currently connected to the online part of this game, or alternatively enter the Grand Slam arena. It's the name of the game, so as you'd expect this is where the majority of the action happens. The 4 Grand Slam events are all covered, US Open, French Open, Australian Open and of course good old Wimbledon. You travel from event to event, and in the build up are usually offered an exhibition match (win this to gain your opponents special skill which enhances your characters abilities) and then a mystery bonus game is played to win further goodies.

      There are three difficulty settings, Easy, Medium and Hard and to be honest I was struggling to win a game on Easy in the early stages! You can also play first to 3 or 6 games per set, and also select the number of sets per match, 1, 2 or 3 if you've got oodles of time on your hands!

      The graphics are in a cartoony style, with big heads, big tennis balls and exagerated features....such as the Williams sister massive boobage!? and John Mcenroe's trademark curly hair and wooden racquet! This style works really well on the wii, taking advantage of the limited memory and graphical capability as best it can. Sound is pretty immersive and captures the feeling of a big Grand Slam event and the feeling of smashing a ball back down the court. There is also commentary, but when you're trying to concentrate on hitting the ball, that kinda blends into the background!

      If you're into your keep fit, the game also tracks (rather primitively) your calories burned per session....I'd take that figure with a pinch of salt though as it takes nothing about 'you' into account and basically relies on the game to work it out on an average I guess.

      The game can be bought in a pack together with a motion plus controller for around £45, or seperately for around £25. With a motion plus controller available for £18 it might be worthwhile buying both items individually, or better still find it second hand like I did, getting the pack for £33!

      In summing up, the big issue for me is the constant need to resync the motion plus controller. The instructions recommend you resync it by holding it still for 2 seconds whilst pointing it at the motion bar sensor near your TV....I really wish I had 2 seconds to spare in between racing around trying to return the ball!

      I'm hopeful that games programmers can really use the motion plus add-on to better effect in the future after they've had some time to get used to it....as this game could have been really special. As it is, I'd say a very good start, a worthy purchase for the right price and very much looking forward to some 2 player battles over the coming festive weeks!

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        28.08.2009 17:49
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        Will keep you busy for hours on end

        I recently bought the EA Sports Grand Slam tennis, together with the Remote Plus Accessory. I had become somewhat addicted to the tennis game on the Wii Sports game package and wanted a new challenge. The game retails for around £25, or with the Motion Plus Accessory, for £45. The Motion Plus Accessory can be found for £16 so it may be an idea to buy the two separately.

        Grand Slam tennis enables you to play the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, progressing through exhibition matches where you can gain new skills and unlocking new bits of kit. The remote plays quite well, mimicking the topspin and backspin actions you would normally make. You also have the ability to make lob shots and drop shots. Most aspects of the game can be set by you, including how many games in a set and how many sets in a match. Once you have set up your character, the game records your progress and records your calories burnt. It is very easy to spend over an hour on this game and you notice the exertion.

        You also have the ability to become a player, for example John McEnroe and play Bjorn Borg in a one off match. Or just be yourself and see how you fare.

        You can choose to manually move the player using the thumb toggle on the nunchuck, or allow that game to move your character for you. Moving your character using your thumb and hitting the ball using your remote is a bit like patting your head whilst rubbing your tummy and only recommended for advanced players. The automated player, however, has a bit of a tendency to run to the ball and then turn away or trip over their shoe-laces. I find this annoying, but I guess if the automated player was perfect there would be no reason to control him manually. The character also only has two victory and two defeat gestures which is noticeable during the duration of a game.

        Pat Cash does the voice over commentary, but I had to switch the chap off as I couldn't take another "Hi, Pat Cash here" for every match, even when I was playing Pat Cash! Now I just have the crowds and the odd "Quiet please" from the umpire.

        I have found the game easy to learn, but still have a way to go before I can regularly place the ball where I want to and move my character on my own. The game has more strong than weak points and overall it's a lot of fun.

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        16.08.2009 11:52
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        A great first attempt, some Motionplus issues need ironing out though!

        Tennis is one of those games the Wii was created for allowing you to bound around the living room, flapping at invisible balls, it's a great idea for basic fitness as well as before you know it you've played two sets against Venus Williams or been battered for 3 sets by Rafa Nadal. Well this new offering from EA sports intends to make you fitter than ever and even allows you to move beyond just hitting the ball to applying backspin, topspin and really bamboozling opponents with your Murray-esque variations.

        So whats the game about and how does it play?

        The game without the motionplus, platys quite a lot like Wii tennis, you can simply platy allowing the computer to direct you allowing you to hit the ball, or plug in the nunchuk and use this to move your player to a position to return the ball, I prefer allowing the Wii ai direct me as it gives me more time to jump around the living room and not have to concentrate on moving my player as well as hitting the ball.

        With Motionplus you can pull off a whole new set of moves, it's good to see your shots hit the net and wonder why rather than constantly hitting endless decent groundstroke's, it helps you develop your technique, through error comes some level of development and with the motion plus you'll take hours to understand the tiny difference between success and failure but the practice makes victory much sweeter.

        I have to say when you pull off a topspin backhand down the line or a beautifully timed shot using the motion plus there is a great level of satisfaction, but it can be too sensitive and at times you think you've played a great shot but it goes out, it's a fine line and at times feels like playing real tennis whilst at others it feels like a computer game with dodgy controls.
        As with all EA games it has a good level of support and is licensed to use all four grandslam majors including Wimbledon. It also has 23 players to use, including Nadal, Murray, Federer, the Williams Sisters, even McEnroe, Pistol Pete Sampras and Pat Cash who doubles as commentator too. There are plenty of things to use too including nike and adidas gear.

        Graphics wise this is similar to FIFA 09 on the Wii, the players look like their namesake but in cartoonish form, the courts look good and the ball is massive to ensure its as easy as possible to hit, the graphics aren't anywhere as good as Virtua Tennis, but are not at Wii sport levels either.

        You can play single matches or a career, which involves playing all 4 grand slams, this isn't realistic as the player base is too small and you end up playing the same players over and over, the commentary and music are dull and a bit limp.

        Overall I liked the game, its good fun, looks pretty good, theres even the chance to measure the calories you burn in a game which is great, it just lacks that killer punch to make it a truly great game, the Wii motionplus needs some work as it can be too temperamental, its a good first attempt at tennis by Ea and whilst not as rounded as Virtua Tennis in single player mode is still good fun nonetheless.

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          28.07.2009 17:36
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          Brilliant tennis game, with many options, simple setup, highly competitive.

          I knew this would happen. I ache all over already and this game has only been in the house 24 hours. It's pure evil but I love it.

          Many years ago I had a Sega Mega Drive and was - and still am - very proud of completing Grand Slam Tennis as Monica Seles. Funny how tennis a simple game can still induce the same compitive madness, the game doesn't change - the graphics and platforms do.

          First please note we do have Wii Motion Plus, so this review is written with that in mind.

          There are two teenage boys in this household, therefore all reading of manuals is usually left entirely down to me - and that's usually because either they become frustrated after 4 minutes of unsuccessful gameplay, or I've been thrashed and figure they know something I don't.

          So they were straight into a singles exhibition match, Andy Murray vs Roger Federer. There are new and old champions to choose from Sampras, Borg and Becker to Murray, Williams and Nadal. Nobody bothered with the option to practice until a good few matches later. Which is always interesting because I feel it offers simple load and play features.

          Me, I had quick run through the available practice session, because being a fan of Rockstars Table Tennis on the Wii and Wii Sports they all require different serving actions. This also includes a ball machine which is good for a warm up.

          This - again like Table Tennis - has a decent sound track, bit of bass and you get a rhythm going. The ball thudding is loud but realistic, and satisfying when coupled with the striking sounds.

          These are typical Wii cartoony graphics, but sometime I like the simpleness of it all. Pat Cash commentating is enough to make you smile without being intrusive or annoying. And should you upset McEnroe you'll know about it !

          Upon the third time of being demolished in straight sets I decided to smuggle the booklet out and read what I was doing wrong with this Wii motion plus business.

          Holding the motion plus remote does give a realism to playing this It's all in the follow through. That's your aim. It does give you the edge. Unbelievably sensitive, striking the ball after the bounce is the key (unless you are aiming for a lob or drop shot) You can move your player left and right when serving but no need to when the ball is in play. You stretch and your player will dive if need be. This is taking some mastering because other Wii games do have that couple of seconds delay.

          Enough about my lack lustre tennis career. What does the game offer ? Well the speed of the singles matches were good, so doubles came up next. I'm not a fan of this real or otherwise. Didn't seem to get a chance to get involved, if there's two of you playing then the Wii is the other 50% and seems to take over in this arena.

          Create a player, the usual create a look stuff, nothing too fancy, and a choice of four different skills. If you play and progress well through the ranks on Grand Slam you get to unlock various clothing and gear upgrades. As you learn and beat the legends you can also gain abilities of said superstars.

          The Game Modes have something for everyone. Grand Slam - the main event. Compete in The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

          Pre Tournament Challenges - winn three challenges and go head to head with a legend.

          Tennis Party, three different modes, seven games for up to four players. The party thing is another simple Wii delight, quick easy and everyone can get involved.

          You can of course play online against friends or anyone else.We haven't ventured out there yet for fear of losing all street credibility in two minutes.

          Now another interesting little feature called Get Fit. If you are anything like me and throw your complete heart and soul into this you can track how many calories you burn while playing as a created player. Another tie in to the get off the sofa directive that seems to be working.

          I haven't ventured very far into many arenas as yet, the boys are really enjoying it and yes shouting at umpires, emulating McEnroe by posing in disbelief at a call, and muttering at each other. So all in all a normal day in the stickywicket household.

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