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The best Tennis Game Ever
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
Member Name: paulie1975
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
Advantages: Great Graphics and gameplay
Disadvantages: Can occasionally be repetitive
When I first played on a Nintendo Wii the game that really caught my imagination was tennis on Wii Sport, it felt realistic and was the only game that really got me sweating and thinking. Well I was really excited when this game was announced having played previous Virtua Tennis games on the Xbox 360.
When you start this game, you have the option of playing a World Tour Mode, exhibition games or simply to practice and learn, as with any game I'd suggest practicing as it is really important to understand the controls before playing.
In practice mode a realistic creation of Tim Henman talks you through all the moves from serving to lobs to topspin shots and backhand winners, persevere as it can be difficult getting your head around it, use the wii paddle to hit shots, use the nunchuck to move the player and use the A and B buttons to add power to your shots, its just understanding your player movement and getting the subtlety of the shots right that takes time.
The graphics are great with really good movement, the players look very much like their real personas and even display their little ticks and traits, this is one of the best things about the game, playing with good graphics and a realistic looking court and ball movement adds to the fun over the previous fun graphics used in Wii Sport.
This game is better than Wii Sport as you do really get the chance to play a wide variety of shots, there are a wide range of world class players to play as from the Williams Sisters to Federer and Nadal and most of the other top 10 players. Gameplay is realistic and when you do get the hang of it, you'll be having some great battles. I feel it is really benefiting my fitness playing this game, its fun and good exercise and it looks great.
My favourite mode is the World Tour, you start at the bottom being 100 out of 100 and gain experience points for training and completing challenges and winning games, the more you win the better you become trading experience points for more skills, you can also unlock new skills. You play each week and have to watch your stamina, if it falls too low you end up in hospital so buy energy drinks and holidays to stay fresh to win more matches, there are plenty of championships to win although Wimbledon is sadly lacking.
I love playing tennis matches with real characters, the career mode is a real challenge and building up a world star from the beginning is great fun, it can get a bit repetitive occasionally but the players get better and that means the games get more fun as you have to try harder to win.
I liked playing as Andy Murray to try and help a Brit finally win something, I'm slowly getting there and thoroughly enjoying it, its great value at £24.99 through Amazon. You can also play it using the new Wii Motionplus which is supposed to add spin and slice to shots and could make it even better.
For me this is the best tennis game I've ever played, it has more depth and playability than any Wii game I've played before and I look forward to seeing how they develop it further in the future.
Summary: The best Tennis Game Ever
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