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A great tennis game for a console which it was designed perfectly for.
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
Member Name: middletoncraig
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
Advantages: Numerous shots that leave your opponent bewildered, and great world tour mode
Disadvantages: Some shots can be hard to perform, which gets annoying after a while.
I have always been a big fan of the Virtua Tennis series, ever since it was an arcade game. I always thought the graphics were very realistic, and the gameplay was astounding. I originally had this game for the PS2 many moons ago and the crossover from arcade to console was brilliant, because it included so much more than just the basic game. There were challenges, different tournaments to opt into, weekly rests to be taken into account, and games like knocking down 10 pins by serving a ball was a genius idea.
When I found out that the Virtua Tennis series was coming to the Wii, it was another one of those moments where you say to yourself "I have to have this game". With it being released at the same time as the official EA Sports Tennis simulation, the choice was a little more difficult than I first imagined. But after seeing the adverts for both games, I opted for the Virtua Tennis game, and I wasn't disappointed.
Like previous incarnations of the game, the major playable feature is the world tour, in which you start as a rookie, and you enter tournaments for the lesser minions of the tennis world, and pit your skills against them to slowly crawl up the rankings. The higher up the rankings you reach, the more tournaments you can enter, and the better the opposition gets. If a week goes by that you cannot enter a tournament, then you can improve your skills, footwork, stamina, etc by going into training, where you can practice serving, hitting balls at walls/into goal nets. This is the part of the game that I enjoy the most because this is where you can hone your strokes down to a tee with no added pressure. In this mode, you also have the chance to play doubles tournaments. If you impress other players, they will invite you to join them in some tournaments. I like the doubles matches loads because they give another dimension to the gameplay and it allows you to learn about what shots top go for and correct tactics to use.
The gameplay for the Wii is much better than for the "Wii Tennis" game that is on the Wii Sports disc. The accuracy is a lot better, you can time your shots to be played earlier or later, depending on where you want to send the ball and have a chance of wrong-footing your opponent, you can lob your opponent or play a drop shot to leave them scrambling towards the net, which brings another dimension to the game.
The training mode teaches how to do all these different shots, and you can't progress to the next one until you achieve the specified target, which can get a bit annoying if you are trying to perfect a shot that is ridiculously hard to perform.
Summary: Fantastic game, well worth the money, great fitness for the cold weather.
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