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Genre: Sports - Tennis / Release Date: 2009-05-29 / Published by Sega

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      20.12.2011 18:34
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      A great tennis game

      Virtua tennis 2009 is widely considered to be the one of the best tennis games ( it has been superseded by a newer version of Virtua Tennis as well as Top Spin 4) and in my opinion is fantastic. In this game you can either play an exhibition match with friends or random people online using network play. This is only available if you have set up your internet connection up though which only takes ten minutes. Obviously you are able to play against the ps3 as well. Unlike the previous game you are able to use a behind the shoulder view which lets you get into the heart of the action. Personally I find it annoying and hard to play with but that could just be me and you can adjust it to normal anyway.

      The main part of this game is the world tour part. In world tour you become a new tennis player and have to try and become one of the best professional tennis players after starting out as an amateur. There are plenty of tournaments that you have to play which steadily get harder as you progress. In the tournaments you start at the quarter finals for singles, semi-finals for doubles and you start with the singles if you decide to play both. Don't be put off by the first few ridiculously easy tournaments as they eventually get harder. If you do well in the top eight tournament at the end of the year you might get an invitation to join the professional league.

      Unfortunately unlike the previous game your player cannot get any higher stats after the start which makes the game very easy at the beginning as the player is amazing which does cause it to be a bit boring. But by the time you break into the top 50 amateurs the game becomes more challenging. Unlike the previous game however there is a shop. This adds to the enjoyment of the game as prize winnings can be spent on the latest trainers or shirts, while you can also buy pirate outfits for the charity fancy dress tournament.

      In my opinion this is a very good game and definitely worth a buy. This is certainly the best tennis game out and even if you're not into tennis very much it is still fun. My only problems are the fact your skills don't get any higher and the fact that all the minigames aren't unlocked at the beginning. Also, the multiplayer game is a bit dodgy as the player on the nearside all but always wins. However I would still recommend this game to all players. Like most ps3 games you are able to unlock trophies. In this game you need to unlock 50 trophies before receiving the platinum cup.

      I am going to write all the mini games with a little description for you.

      Alien Attack
      Return the ball and attack incoming aliens before they reach the barricade. This exercise helps build powerful and accurate return ground strokes. It isn't unlocked at the beginning. It is mildly fun to play and tricky to direct all your shots carefully enough.

      Avalanche
      Catch the fruit, but keep out of the way of the giant cascading tennis balls. Fast and careful footwork is required to succeed in this game. It isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game is quite boring and hard as when two tennis balls come at you at the same time which happens at annoyingly frequent times you are usually trapped. When you get hit by a ball some of your fruit gets taken.

      Block Buster
      Hit blocks on the other side to eliminate them. The ball will bounce back so keep the volley alive to increase the score. Note that some blocks require multiple hits to be removed. It is unlocked at the beginning. This is one of my favourite games but is frustratingly hard. The trick is to remain far back enough to keep the rally constantly alive but close enough for a quick return. If two blocks of the same colour are next to each other they combine to make a bigger block which is easier to hit and rewards bigger points. If you get 15 blocks in this manner in one shot you unlock a trophy.

      Count Mania
      Aim at the numbered areas in the correct order to complete the game. This is a great exercise to improve your returns by the net. Isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game is mainly about accuracy and isn't that hard.


      Court Curling
      Hit the curling stones into the target zones using a limited amount of shots in various stone arrangements. Note that the multiplayer game is turn based. This was in the old game and isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game like Pot Shot isn't as frantic as block buster but more of a calm and skilled approach is needed.

      Drum Topple
      Topple the oil drums stacked on the other side to knock down the red oil drums to the ground. If you need to work on your power strokes, this is an excellent exercise to practice them. This isn't unlocked at the beginning. In the first few levels this is an easy game but in the later levels one drum is usually left fallen on top of others which protects it from touching the ground.

      Meat Defender
      Tasty meat chops are on the court for the crocodiles at the far end. But you must stop them by returning your shots to the crocs to scare them off. This isn't unlocked at the beginning. This gets very hard in later levels and once again acuuracy is vital.

      Pin Crusher
      Knock down the bowling pins on the other side of the court with your serve. The game will be played like regular bowling so try aiming the ball at a precise point to get a strike. Needless to say this game is not available at the beginning and is another old game.

      Pirate Wars
      Return the balls the pirate ships fire to eliminate them. But watch out for the cannon balls they fire which could harm you. Accuracy in your volley will be tested in this exercise. This game IS unlocked at the beginning and is one of my favourites. It is also one of the easiest games as in the later levels whenever you hit a ball at the beginning of the game it hits something. If you sink three of the biggest ships in one game you recieve a trophy.

      Pot Shot
      Try to pot the pool balls by serving the cue ball. First adjust the position of the player by moving left and right, then set the angle of your shot. This isn't unlocked at the beginning of the game. This game gives you unlimited time. Unfortunately you have to hit the ball they choose even if another ball is write by the edge of a pocket. Otherwise you lose 150 points for a foul shot.

      Shopping Dash
      Grab all of the shopping bags that appear on the court while avoiding the giant tennis balls. This is a good game to improve your footwork in the court.
      This game is unlocked at the beginning. This game is also quite boring like most of the other footwork game and this ends up being played the least.

      Zoo feeder
      Return the food that are served by the ball launcher to feed the animals on the other side of the court. Note that every food won't satisfy their tummy. This game isn't unlocked at the beginning. This is quite a hard game in the sense it takes time to figure out where to hit the ball let alone try to. If you feed every animal you will get a trophy.

      In my opinion the minigames are fun to play with my favourite being either Pot Shot or Pirate wars. It is a bit annoying however, as only block buster, pirate wars and Shopping dash are available at the beginning and it takes quite a long time to unlock the others. It also makes these games a bit more pointless as when you fill your bar instead of going up a level you can change your game style which in my opinion is useless. These minigames are also able to played against others on the internet. Unfortunately some of the minigames take two weeks to play such as meat defender while pirate wars only takes one. This confusion has made me miss many an important tournament making me go down in the rankings.

      I feel that this game is very enjoyable even to someone who doesn't know much about tennis or enjoys tennis that much like myself. I hope you have found this review useful. I bought this game for £10 from game so it's not that expensive.

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        16.03.2010 21:03
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        Great game that keeps on improving

        Make no mistake, this is THE NUMBER ONE tennis game and should be part of any sports fans collection. I must be honest that I am not the greatest tennis fan so this did not lead me to the game, I do follow sports and will watch a few wimbledon matches but I don't go mad on the sport.

        What made me want to buy this game was the arcade feel to it, it's not a boring tennis game and is very fast paced. The selection of characters is not great but most of the big names are incuded. Sega is normally not a name that you link to sports games but this is probably why the game has got such a good arcade feel.

        The graphics of the game are very good, but if you haven't got a HD tv with the HDMI cable plugged in you are really mising out!

        The game has a good arcade mode which is similar to games like street fighter where you go through opponent by opponent but there is also a very good career mode where you can go through different training challenges which are also fun.

        The online play is very good but there are some very good players out there and be warned that this can be frustrating when it feels like there is nothing you can do to beat your opponent!

        The training modes on the game can be used on multi player and they are very fun, you can play a pool version where you hit shots to move the balls or you can play other games such as bingo, where you hit the relevant numbers.

        Overall this is a fun game that can be enjoyed, if you really don't like tennis though then there is a good chance that you won't like this.

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        30.10.2009 14:51
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        Fantastic Tennis Game

        I really enjoyed this year's Virtua Tennis. I thought that it was 5 out of 5. Perfect! I really like how detailed the tennis players are. Like Federer, Nadal and Williams. (My favourite players). I been buying every year's edition of Virtua Tennis, and I thought this one was the best.
        The graphics and game play are top class. Fantastic. The stumble, sliding motions are very realistic. Also the different shots look and work so authentically. Especially in World Tour Mode, where the camera is over the shoulder and you can really see the spin and the effects of the different shots.
        Also the mini games are so fun to play, on your own or multiplayer (up to 4 players) which is even more fun. The mini games are vital in the World Tour Modes to improve your customized player's abilities such as speed, agility, power and serves. The online modes are awesome. You can play singles or doubles, and it is so fun and challenging. 5/5 game. Recommended.

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        01.10.2009 15:16
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        Not the best

        I've always preferred the more Arcade-ish Virtua Tennis to the more tennis sim game Top Spin, so when Virtua Tennis 2009 was released I bought it on the release date.


        - Gameplay -

        The gameplay is virtually identical to the original Virtua Tennis, with the main change being instead if diving for a shot just out of reach - you now stumble at it.

        There is no flat shot, which leaves with only slice, top spin or lob - which is a bit disappointing.

        It's very easy to get the hang of the game, as all you have to do is either use the directional buttons or the analogue stick to get you to the ball then press one of the action buttons to hit it. You don't have to get your timing perfect or anywhere near it, but if you do you will play a better show.


        - Graphics -

        The graphics in this game are shocking. The pro players do look like their real selves, but there is no detail. Whereas the created players all look very similar and again have no detial.

        The surroundings are also very simple with very little detail in them and the clothes that you wear don't move - which I found quite annoying. I thought the bottom of your shirt would move up and down a bit as you hit a shot or ran, but no.


        - Career Mode -

        This is extremely boring. You start off as number 100 in the amatuer tour and have to work your way up to gain access into the pro tour. Each tournament you win generally generally moves you up 2-3 places in the rankings. So it takes about 30-35 tournaments before you can go pro.

        Once you make it o the pro tour you start off in 150th and you basically do the same thing all over again.

        So far I'm halfway up the pro rankings and have yet to lose a match - that is why the game is so boring. It takes forever to reach number 1 but if your willing to stick at it, even someone who has never played a tennis game before (maybe even a games console) can do it.

        The other aspect of Career mode is training. You can train by either playing the mini-games (the best thing in the whole game) or by going to the tennis academy where you are taught by Tim Henman.

        You can also buy new equpiment through your career, but to unlock it you must win a sponsorship match each year, which is important. The only way you can lose at this game is if you lose your sponsorship match and therefore can't buy a new racket.


        - Mini-Games -

        You can play these either by yourself or against a friend (on the same console). These game are by far the high-point of the game.

        My favourite games include :

        Avalanche - collect fruit rolling down a ramp, whilst avoiding giant tennis balls.

        Pirate Wars - sink pirate ship with tennsi balls, whilst avoiding cannon balls.


        - Online Play -

        This was the main thig missing from the original game and has been included this time around. However, it wasn't really worth it in my opinion.
        The ranking system is quite confusing and there isn't that many people playing online.

        Also, the games are very jumps and there is usually a short delay just before your oppponent hits the ball.


        - Overall -

        Very similar to the original and I honestly don't know what the game's creators were doing between release, there is very little difference.

        Anyone playing the career mode will no doubt quit before reaching No. 1 unless like me you like collexting trophies (thats the only reason I'll continue playing).

        Bit of a let down 6/10

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          28.09.2009 22:10
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          Don't buy this game

          I abolustely love Tennis, and it comes dangerously close to overtoppling Football as my favourite sport. So when it comes to games my favourite sport games are always football as the gameplay is unmatched, however over the years I have had a few experiences with tennis game and i was a fan of the old Roland Garros game and its unique hitting but accurate system.

          That was back in around 2002, so I thought nearly 8 years on, that a tennis game would have advanced so so much, however unfortunately this is not the case. It does seem a bit better, but nowhere near as good as a tennis game could or should be.

          There is a wide selection of payable players, well not wide but all the top players are there, bar Del Potro, but this can be excused as he has only really emerged in recent times. My favourite player is Nalbandian and he is reflected perfectly here. That has to be the biggest plus point, that the characteristics are very realistic, but thats one of my only nice points.

          There is a world tour mode which on paper sounds amazing. Basically you start of as an amateur ranked 100 in the world and have to play slow tournaments and get trained by Tim Henman to rise up to become the best. On the way their are mini games and a store where you can update your accessories with prize money. So as I said on paper this sounds good, however in the game is is pretty pathetic. Every tournament you win usually you only move one place up and it is ridiclously easy until you get into the top twenty in the world. Thats what like eighty tournaments to get there. Each of the tournaments as I mentioned is very very very easy. I can't emphasise how easy it is, and theres no difficulty settings in this mode.

          What adds insult to how easy this game is that nearly every time you hit a winner there is a reply that takes like 10 seconds. It is frustrating just writing about it, and this mode is an awful waste of time.

          The most challenging aspect of the game is the exhibition mode and in particular playing Nadal on the hardest mode. Here you really are challenged, but the AI isnt great and you can work out ways to beat the computer.

          The problem I have with playng the computer, is that as soon as you hit the keys in a computer, it knows what shot your going to play and where you are going to move, so always knows how to beat you when it wants. Hence it is not realistic and in a way its cheating.

          The online play is much more realistic, however there is lag and overall I can't recommend this too much. It is cool to test your skills out against others, however other sport games are much better, and hopefully Tennis games can advance much more in the future. For instance in many hours of gameplay I have never hit the ball out or hit the net, or made any type of unforced errors. In what ridiculous world is this ever possible. How can this be a game of 2009 and be so amateur as this. Others that think this is better need to realise how unrealistic this game is.

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            05.09.2009 14:10
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            Great game, whether you're a tennis fan or not!

            There a few different tennis title around at the moment but I have to say that the Virtua Tennis series is my favourite. The main reason for this is the fact that it's just so easy to pick up & play, you don't have to go through complex tutorials such as games like Top Spin, which also makes it much easier for friends to pick up & play against you. This does mean though that it is maybe more arcadey then others but this definetly isn't a bad thing.

            As well as a variety of new players, Virtua Tennis 2009 introduces an online mode which was omitted in the previous PS3 version of this game & is a real plus. It works well and there are no lag issues which you sometimes experience with other games whilst playing online.

            Apart from the online mode, I don't think you'll notice a huge amount of different in terms of playability from the previous version of the game. As a bonus though, there are some new played which has been added.

            Even if you're not a massive tennis fan, I think you'll still love this game, simple to play & very enjoyable at the same time!

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            01.09.2009 08:11
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            Buy if you don't already have it.

            Virtua tennis 09 is the fourth tennis game in the series and is the successor to Virtua tennis 3. It has a certificate of 3+ which means anyone can play it and it doesn't contain strong language or gory scenes.

            Now we all know that tennis games can be very boring and offputting when playing for long amounts of time, and this game is exactly the same as most tennis games. You either Love it or Hate it.

            Now this game recently has been criticised by big names in game reviewing such as IGN and CNET as being a remake of virtua tennis 3 with a few new animations, now I totally agree with that. If you bought the last one stick with Virtua tennis 3 as it is the same as Virtua tennis 09. One possible thing that they may have changed is the animations that the characters make when they go off wrong footed and reaching for the ball, and another is the recently added mini-game mode in which you train in numerous ways such as hitting snacks to zoo animals and sinking ships etc.

            But what if you didn't buy Virtua tennis 3?
            Well then I would recommend this to you as it is not a bad game all in all. You can compete in trophy tournaments and Online Doubles ranked matches and compete for the davis cup. The mini-game modes just add that extra bit of excitement into the game.

            Online:
            Now the Online modes can be quite good when error-free. Ever since I bought this game I have experienced problems with the Online Interface and I know many other people that have also. So the online feature needs to be fixed As soon as possible.

            Trophies:
            Also for all of you trophy hunters out there this game has a fair amount of trophies after the update by Sony stating that all Playstation 3 games made after 2009 must either be patched with trophies or have trophy content in them.
            Platinum is rather easy to achieve with practice.

            Gamplay:
            The gameplay on this this game runs quite smooth and runs well, I have not experienced grainy picture or poor quality camera angles in the whole 3 months I have been playing this. But the controls are easy to use and rather difficult to master so only for the elite pro's at tennis games.

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              03.08.2009 00:09
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              Not worth the price tag.

              Tennis games have always been a little bit, how shall I put it, Naff when it comes to making engaging, interesting and long lasting games. This i'm afraid to say is no exception.

              The game does have some impressive graphics when played in HD however when played through a conventional TV they look pretty shoddy. The gameplay takes the typical format of being predictable and I found that I could almost complete a whole career with one return shot after making a service.

              The one saving feature of this game in my eyes in the Multiplayer. Create a character and compete in ranked matches against opponents across the globe to become number one. This in itself makes a more compelling experience than playing through the single player which bored me after a day of playing.

              A game which serves up some intense multiplayer gaming but nothing more in my eyes.

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                24.06.2009 22:21
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                Generally good but there are better tennis games out there.

                Tennis fans will obviously enjoy this game and can take on the role of their favourite players such as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova, and play tennis at various venues around the world. If you prefer, you can design your own player and work your way up the world rankings, starting on the practice courts with Tiger Tim and hopefully finishing as world number 1.

                There are also a number of mini games you can play for fun, or to kill time during your world tour (which can sometimes be a bit tedious).

                Having never played any of the previous Virtua Tennis games, I cannot compare this to it's predecessors; Virtua Tennis 2009 is a good enough game however if you're on the lookout for a better tennis game, go for the far superior Top Spin 3 also on the PS3; faster gameplay, better varitey of shots, and a little more challenging.

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                02.06.2009 11:57

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                This game is a true must for all tennis fans

                The hugely popular Virtua Tennis franchise makes a huge return to the PS3 with its newest version Virtua Tennis 2009 with the game having had a facelift leading to the new game looking amazing and crisp with great animations allowing your player to serve without it looking like their arm has fallen apart but more like it is a natural flow.
                The game has a strong line-up with 23 major stars in the game including Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Anna Kournikova meaning that you can play as your favourite or you can use the create mode to create your own star.
                There have been vast improvements to the gameplay on previous versions with the players stumbling if running for a shot rather than diving for it as in previous versions and other tennis games so that the game feels a lot more realistic in the way players react to shots.
                The game also has 12 mini games to keep you entertained but in my opinion you won't need them as the game itself is so good that it will keep you entertained for ages.

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              THE NO.1 TENNIS SERIES RETURNS!Virtua Tennis comes smashing back with new players, new courts, new licenses and hugely improved on-court action.Virtua Tennis 2009 lets gamers fight it out online to be World Number One - in the world's number one tennis game.