The Virtua Tennis series was welcomed with open arms by many PSP owners in September 2004. World tour offered players great graphics with accurate simulations of the tennis world. Now with the next game in the series out, we are hoping it will give us an experience we should never forget.
The aim of Virtua Tennis in single player mode is to climb up the ranks of professional tennis players and become the world's number one. When you begin the world tour mode, you start at rank three hundred. Steadily by winning tournaments and matches you can climb up the rankings. The difficulty of the game in world tour mode all depends upon the tournament you play in. The easiest level is on tournaments which allow competitors below the rank of 300 to enter. In these tournaments the opponents are always very easy. The computer slides along the floor frequently and serves slowly allowing you to win sets and matches with no problem at all. As the minimum rank increase to 204, 100 or even 54 for entering tournaments, the difficultly increases too with opponents serving and hitting the ball faster as well as moving around the court quicker.
Just like a professional tennis player you have a calendar informing you of all the tournaments taking place that year. When you do not have a tournament or friendly there are various mini games that you can play to improve your tennis skills. By increasing your skills you can move around the court quicker and as a result this gives you a small advantage when starting to play harder opponents. A great thing about Virtua Tennis is the amount of customisation which is available for your player. You can change his shoes; shirt, shorts and your choice of racquet can change your performance in terms of power and angle.
Other modes in Virtua tennis include Tournament, Exhibition and Court games. In tournament mode you play a number of matches against various opponents in many matches trying to win the match as quickly as possible and losing the least amount of points. Once you have completed a match you earn some money, which will raise your overall total. Also, after the matches you can go onto your personal leader board if you have made a record high enough amount of money.
Exhibition mode is a very simple one off match where you can decide the court you play on - where in the world it is, the difficulty of the match, whether you will play doubles or singles and with whom you are playing with and who you play as. Exhibition mode is very enjoyable as it is a one off match and it can be considered good practise for the world tour.
Throughout Virtua tennis in all modes you can play both single and double matches. Your partners can always be chosen so if you're not so good at Virtua Tennis you can choose Maria Sharapova or Roger Federer. Singles is the more challenging of the two parts as you need to move your player around more. In doubles when you serve/ receive you can choose where your partner is. Just by pressing L and R you can chose your doubles play type (eg. net play) and where your partner is. Unfortunately, in doubles your opponents can be quite slow in reacting to your returns, even on the harder levels. On the whole though, doubles is very enjoyable with matches being quick and entertaining.
The graphics on Virtua are great the majority of the time. When having pre-match talks with your partner or opponent, their face looks blocky and is very poorly worked on. This definitely lets the game's graphics down with the actual characters (during pre-match talks only) hardly looking like themselves. The sound is very good with techno songs running through mini games and matches. Scores can also be heard in four different languages - German, English, Spanish and French depending on the location of the court. Controls in the game are very simple with no unnecessary combinations needed. Only one button is needed to be pressed for every return but two for a serve. You can put a spin on the ball just by pressing square or circle and to hit the ball high (if the opponent is by the net) to the rear of the court you can use triangle. The gameplay is very enjoyable throughout the game and realistic.
Overall Virtua Tennis is a great game which should definitely be a must for all tennis fans. If you do not enjoy tennis games, this will definitely change your mind.
The best tennis game I've ever played - on any console. I am honest. You may think that I am joking, but try to master this game. There are four levels - easy, medium, hard and expert - and it takes effort, time and patience to be an excellent player of this game. Of course, I may just be a horrible gamer but nonetheless, I have never played a better tennis game.
The game has the standard features that you would expect from a tennis game. It has got a career mode, a tournament mode and the practice mode. That is hardly new, exciting or revolutionary. It is what must be expected from a game like this.
However, the truly brilliant feature of this game is the graphics, the gameplay and the ability to play as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. Anyone who buys a tennis game will have seen a tennis match. Anyone who has seen a tennis match saw last year's epic and utterly brilliant Wimbledon final. So, naturally, when you buy a tennis game, you want to play as one of the two best players in the sport and play against the other dude. I'm a Federer fan so it was natural that I wanted to seek revenge against Nadal - even if it occurs in the virtual world. This is the first tennis game that includes all, not only most, of the top players in the game. And the best thing is that the game correctly represents their strengths and weaknesses.
The 'extras' of a tennis game, such as the different courts, aren't just superficially incorporated as well. It is now insanely hard to beat Nadal on clay, even if you drop down from expert to hard. It also a joy to play as Federer in Wimbledon. These extras really make this game jump above and beyong its competitors in the tennis genre and I highly recommend it, especially on the PSP for use on planes, trains or even a sneaky game at work when you're a bit bored.
The first virtua tennis game took off in arcades orginally, in massive machines, it was because a normal games console at the time could not handle the graphics of the game. They have always been at the top end of their time in terms of their graphics and pedigree, and this latest version does not dissapoint.
The new version of the game comes out later in the year, so the players in this game are a little bit outdated, most are up to date, but there are a few key abscentees, Andy Murray is the key example here in my opinion, as he has become a phenominal player since this game was introduced.
The graphics and gameplay however remain resolute, and you will not find any better for the PSP or a tennis game. The gameplay is simplistic with only a few different shots, but many different plays occur and it really does work well. Also, the graphics are sharp and colourful, and certainly excel by the standards of the PSP.
As it has been out for a while now, you could likely find this game for cracking good value, probably around a fiver, which would be a fantastic buy. As it is coming to the point where it is outdated in favour of Virtua Tennis 4, which comes out later in the year. So if you are after a cheap sports game for the PSP, or even a cheap game, this one is certainly worth your hard earned cash.
i think that this game is excellent whilst it lasts! to start off with the game is great. there are various mini-games adn training facilities to train your player up on the career mode. you can then move onto playing tournaments which are also great fun and highly addictive. however, for me, the game is limited... once you have completed the tournaments there is nothing left to do and i found the competitions relitavley easy to complete and i found i completed the whole game within just days. this was a real dissapointment! i think sega have a very good game here however it lacks depth. i bought the game in game station and loved it for the first few days however i found i sold it on ebay after just 2 weeks! i still think the game is worth a buy however you may find you get ored of it after a month and find yourself selling it like i did. but lets remember this is still a great game and even serena williams said in an interview that she carries it all over the world with her to play on her psp!
Sharpen your players' skills with great mini-games. Increased details make the graphics comes alive and adds to the action.