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Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
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Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii)
Advantages: motion plus, long single player, play as real players
Disadvantages: single player maybe too long, bad multi-player
Viruta tennis 2009 is a new tennis game in the Viruta series and the first on the Wii to use the new motion plus accessory. There are a total of 23 players to choose from, 11 male players, 9 female players and 3 male legends. Some of the played include Andy Murray, Federer, Nadal, Venus Williams and the legends; Tim Henman, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.
The main single player mode on the game is the world tour mode. In this you start of as a rookie and are taken on by a trainer to teach you how to perform all the different tennis shots to help you make your way through the tournaments.
When you start there is a diary with all the tournament dates and upcoming matches which you can attend. There are usually about 2 per week, the other days are generally for resting as after a tournament your energy bar goes down so you can rest which can take up different periods of time.
The downside of the single player mode is that it takes a long time before you can become a professional. You start at rank 100 of the rookies, then once reaching number one can reach rank 100 of the professionals, so to get the top ranking can take a really long time, and playing lots of tournaments can become repetitive after a while.
These are also lots of stuff to unlock during the world tour mode such as new clothes and rackets which can be brought from your prize money. There are also some minigames that you play during the world tour mode which you have to reach the different levels of. For example in one of the mini games larges tennis balls are rolled down a slope and also some fruit, you have to avoid the ball and get the fruit. This is meant to test you foot movement. Other games more tennis related include aiming practice. However most of the mini games are a bit silly with cartoonish looking farm animals in them and they seem out of place in the game. I think the mini games should be an extra separate from the main game, as opposed to part of the world tour.
The motion sensor uses the motion plus which makes it more accurate. Movements are more realistic to the ones you makes than the likes of wii sports however one you have gotten used to the game you may find yourself making movements more like a flick of the wrists than actual tennis movements. But it is still one of the more realistic tennis games out there.
The graphics are only ok. There players don't have much expression and seem rather bland. The overall graphics are quite smooth with some grainy edges, but they are good enough that they don't ruin the game and the ball is easy enough to see, although I found the movement didn't seem right sometimes, but for most part was good.
The biggest problem I have with this game is the multi-player (not online multi-player, but 2+ people using the same console multi-player). The problem with it is that you can't play it split screen, which means when playing against each other, one player is playing from behind their player while the other is facing them from the front, so the controls are the opposite way round and so has a major disadvantage. This seems absolutely stupid to me to not have included split screen, it's the only way you can play it and still be able to enjoy. The only way you can play 2 player properly on this game is if you play together at doubles against the computer.
Overall I feel I may have moaned about the game quite a bit, it's not a terrible game, but it's not as great game either, and I had quite high expectations for it. The single player matches are good and while movements may not be completely realistic, they are good enough to enjoy the game, but the multiplayer really lets it down. With the long time it takes to advance, you will spend ages at the beginning before you face a real challenge.
This is probably one of the better tennis games for the Wii, but it really is only for tennis fans, not for fans of Wii Sport.
Summary: I was expecting more
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