“ Manufacturer: Sega / Genre: Sports / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 7+ / Output Signal Supported: 1080i / Output Signal Supported: 1080p / Output Signal Supported: 720p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Fantasy Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Suggestive Themes / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Blood / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Max / Number Of Players: 4 / PEGI Content Rating: Violence / PEGI Content Rating: Fear / PEGI Content Rating: PEGI Online / Release Date: March, 2008 „
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As a giant sports fan I love video games based on sports, I've racked up days worth of play on game series like Pro Evolution soccer, Fifa, Madden and Tony Hawk Pro Skaters. So when I recently went to the local Cash Generator and saw a copy of "Sega Superstars Tennis" for just £3.99 I thought I'd give it a try, it wasn't like I was breaking the bank even if it was rubbish...thankfully however it's not rubbish at all, in fact it's turned out to be a bit of a bargain.
As you can guess from the title the game is a Tennis game, an arcade based tennis game with fun and simplicity at it's core though of course it also has Sega's sense of nostalgia. Rather than over complicating it's self with difficult controls and complex movements the game is actually really straight forward to play with all the shots played via the A and X buttons. This allows you to think more about where you want to play your shots than whether or not you're pressing the right button.
The fact the game is easy to play may fool some readers into thinking that it's just an easy Tennis game with out any real depth but when you actually get into playing it you're surprised by just how much there is to do. Not only is there the normal "exhibition" matches and tournaments that you expect in every Tennis game but there is also the excellent "Superstar Mode" which is where the bulk of the game is played.
In "Superstar mode" you play a series of mini games based on previous Sega titles, for example you need to collect rings in a Sonic themed challenger, or hit tennis balls at terrorists in a Virtua Cop style mini game. Whilst these can be painfully difficult at times they are engrossing and stupidly addictive as well as charming and have a huge sense of nostalgia that is rarely found in modern games. In fact the nostalgia is one of the games big selling points with the old music being played in the background and characters from our childhood smacking a Tennis ball around, it's hard not to be engrossed almost from the off.
You will get addicted to this and you won't even realise how long you've been playing some of these mini games, they really are that addictive.
Whilst "Superstar Mode" is the bulk of the game you can also, as mentioned above play exhibition games in either singles or doubles (versus either the computer or with/against your friends). This leads to yet another selling point, not only is it easy to play but it's enjoyable to play especially with your friends who even if they dislike Tennis will find something to like here. For example my girlfriend who doesn't know the difference between Novak Djokovic and Tim Hennman still manages to really enjoy the game.
With 16 characters ranging from a number of Sega franchises (including Sonic, Jet Set Radio, Samba De Amigo, Alex Kidd, Golden Axe, Space Channel 5 and Super Monkey Ball) and courts from even more franchises it's hard not to smile at just how much is crammed in here.
Sadly when it comes to complaints my major one is that the online play as good as dead with few players actively playing online. Other than that however the game is a genuine joy.
For an avid Tennis fan the game may fall short of the likes of the Topspin series which give the sport a much more "real" feel but for a video game fan this is pure unadulterated fun with a large sprinkling of nostalgia and simplicity. Yes it may be a Mario Tennis clone at heart but (as with Sonic and Sega Allstars Racing) it's a damned good clone, and at less than £4 who can really complain?
== SEGA SUPERSTARS TENNIS ==
Sega Superstars Tennis is of course a tennis game that features characters from the most notable Sega games of all time. The game is aimed at the younger gamers and kids will absolutely adore this. Sega Superstars Tennis was developed by Sumo Digital and published by none other than Sega. The game is on a wide range of systems. Its available for the PS2, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and the Xbox 360. The game includes 16 playable characters including fan favourites like Sonic & Tails and it also features 10 courts from Sega games which are just bits taken from previous games and made into a tennis court. In total, 15 different Sega games are represented in the game through mini games and by other means. The game doesn't feature any storyline and the game doesn't just revolve around one character in particular. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions both have online play where as the others don't.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
As stated there are 16 playable characters in the game but most of these characters are locked at first. Along with hidden characters there are hidden courts, music tracks and mini games. Most of these items are unlocked as you play through the main game mode and win different challenges. There are numerous different challenges in the game and some of these include things like knocking monkey balls through hoops, knocking zombies down as they try and get close to you, hitting targets to unleash a vast amount of Sonic rings to collect and many many more. Along with these challenges are single matches, doubles matches and tournaments. There is definitely a lot of variety with different challenges but the match ups do get really repetitive and they are incredibly easy to beat. Some might see this as a major disappointment.
The actual way the game plays is also a little weak and does feel slightly rusty. Its the same rules as a normal tennis match with the score system and the boundaries. The characters move really slick, almost like there on ice. Also I feel there aren't many different shot types in the game. Only certain characters can use a slice shot which is a little disappointing. There is however one great thing to point out and that's every character has their own special shot when their special shot gauge fills up. The gauge is under your characters feet and you can instantly tell when its full and ready to use. Some of the special moves suit the game the characters from. For example the monkeys from Super Monkey Ball use bananas to make their opponents slip. Sonic changes into Super Sonic and so on. I'm not a big fan of the singles and doubles matches in this tennis game because you can do the same thing every time to beat your opponent. Also I found that most the time I was playing against the same characters every round!
=== GAME MODES ===
SUPERSTARS - Superstars mode is the main mode in the game where just about everything happens. This mode is where you find all your hidden items, take on mini games and compete in tournaments. Whilst playing this mode you can change character every time you take on a new challenge/match. Superstars mode is definitely the best mode in terms of fun but its just far too easy to beat. Each challenge is met with a ranking. Try and aim for the best score and get an AAA rank. The higher the rank the better the rewards. Overall its a good, fun mode to play and kids will love playing this game mode a lot.
MATCH - Match mode is just like a normal exhibition mode. You can play singles or doubles matches with friends. You can have a maximum of 4 players playing this mode at once. I'm not a huge fan of this game mode because it doesn't offer variety and its incredibly weak in terms of gameplay.
TOURNAMENT - Tournament mode is exactly what you think it is. Pick your character or characters and compete in either singles or doubles tournaments. The bad thing about this mode is the lack of tournaments in it. There are only a select few tournaments to be played and this mode is limited and only fun for a short time. It does get incredibly boring because its just match after match after match.
GAMES - This is a fun mode to play because you can tackle any mini game you've played from Superstars mode. There is a lot of variety in this mode because of the many different challenges/games to play. This mode can be enjoyed playing with friends but I found it can actually get really competitive. Its a brilliant mode if you just want to get straight into the mini games without having to play all the singles or doubles matches. Definitely one of my favourite game modes in the game.
XBOX LIVE - There are numerous options in Xbox Live mode. There is an overall leaderboard to check where you stand against the worlds best gamers. There is TV where you can watch coverage and highlights of Sega Superstars Tennis. There are two other modes in Xbox Live which are Ranked matches and Player matches. Ranked matches are the more competitive because they affect the overall leaderboard if you win. The Player matches are just for fun against other online gamers and these match ups don't affect the overall leaderboards. Its a fun mode to play but the outcome is based on luck and not skill. There isn't a right or wrong way to play this game.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
I was impressed to some extent with the graphics but they certainly aren't the best I have seen from Sega games. The look and design of the characters is fine and they look pretty much how they do from their respected games. Some of the courts are nicely designed as well but some lack any real zest. There are a couple that are pointless because they look exactly like other courts in the game. I think by far the best thing is the way the mini games are designed because they do stand out and definitely make the game better. The scenery in the game looks extremely fake, the way the characters hit the ball back also looks fake but never the less it doesn't affect the game too much.
Now the sound effects I love to this game especially the music. The music is classic tracks from the 15 Sega games that feature in this game. My personal favourite is the old Sonic tracks and The House Of The Dead tracks. The game features hundreds of different sound tracks from other games. The actual gameplay sound effects are equally as impressive. All the characters sound like and how they do in other games. Also the sound the ball makes when being struck is great, the sound when your moving around is nicely done and just the overall sound is top notch. You can alter the sound in the options menu but I recommend you leave it how it is to give you the full feel of the game.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
I wasn't best pleased with both these options but everyone needs to take into account that this is actually aimed for the much younger gamers. The game is extremely easy, in fact far too easy. I have had the game for a while now and I still haven't lost a single game. Every match has a certain number of games that you need to win to progress to the next round. It starts off easy and finishes just as easy. I have barely lost a single point let alone game. The controls are easy, the opponents are easy and every mini game on it is far too easy. I would even go as far as to say that kids will find this incredibly easy and not at all challenging.
The game is very short on some modes but it can last a lot longer with Xbox Live and multiplayer modes. Superstars mode only takes about 6-8 hours to fully complete every challenge and all the matches which is a huge disappointment but it can still be enjoyed on another playthrough. Overall it all depends on what mode you play and if your willing to play certain game modes again after finishing them.
=== ACHIEVEMENTS ===
There are a total of 45 achievements to get on the game. Most of the achievements are very simple to get and I found myself with half of them after only 2 hours of gameplay. There aren't many tricky achievements in the game to be fair and the hardest I found was doing 3 perfect serves in a row. There are a lot of achievements for this game and most tennis games don't have as many. Overall the achievements are okay for this and fairly simple to get.
=== GOOD BITS ===
*There are 16 playable Sega characters in the game and all of them have their own special move.
*10 different courts to play and they are all bits from other Sega games.
*Lots of different mini games to play with a lot of variety.
*Classic songs from previous Sega games. The sound effects are brilliant!
*Multiplayer and online play is very addictive and can be a lot of fun for a while.
=== BAD BITS ===
*Graphics are a little weak in places and could do with strengthening.
*The game is far too easy and most gamers will complete this without any trouble.
*The game is very short in places. Superstars mode could of been made bigger.
*The singles and doubles matches are repetitive and easy.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Sega Superstars Tennis is a fairly decent game. Kids will love this more than any other gamer because it does seem a little childish at times but its great fun as well. I did like the fact its a Sega game and it features things that most Sega games feature with the music and stuff.
I would recommend the game to people with kids or to people who are fans of easy Sega games. It is fun for a while but a few things let the game down. The game manual is also very disappointing and lacks any real information.
Sega Superstars Tennis has one great thing about it and that's the incredible price of it. The game is cheap because its been out a while now and you can get the game for around £2.50 which includes postage. Great value for any game in my opinion especially one with some fantastic characters in it. For some strange reason the games rating is 7+ and to be fair anyone can play this.
Overall I would give Sega Superstars Tennis a 6/10! Definitely aimed more at the younger gamers!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Sega Superstars Tennis seems a decent game to begin with and I was impressed enough by the demo to buy it, however within half an hour I regretted this purchase decision.
First off this is a tennis game where you control Sega characters such as sonic or aiai (super monkey ball). The tennis aspect within the game is only semi-serious and to be fair, at no point does the box suggest otherwise. By semi-serious I mean that whilst the aim is definitely to win, the gameplay is very basic, I find that I basically only ever use the standard hit button. Also each player has a star power that they can build up and then use on an individual point.
These super powers vary hugely and annoyingly between characters, some making the ball swerve, others hitting the opposing character. They are annoying because some of them seem to have a very minimal effect on computer opposition.
Though initially fun, when you realise that there is no advantage to doing any different types of shot, the game becomes very arduous.
Sega Super Star tennis is a fun sports game from Sega.
This game features 16 Sega characters and 10 different courts from the Sega universe.
There are different modes to this game including exhibition missions, tournaments and side missions to polish up your skills as you go along.
When you successfully complete a mission you unlock new character, courts and soundtracks to the game.
All are very enjoyable and add to the addictive value of the game as its fun to unlock as you go along.
There are many classic courts including my favorites which is Sonic's Green Hill. You also get the character of the court supporting you around the court which is a cute touch.
Each character has their own special ability move, which can help a great deal when you are out to score that game winning point. This skill is achieved by successfully keeping a rally going with your opponent and filling up a glowing star meter underneath your character.
The graphics are very colorful and clear, very nice indeed.
The animations are great and very smooth. Its great to see a wide range of characters updated together and looking so good.
The courts are great and very crisp also
The voice acting is very good, but I have to say as in most Sega games that the soundtrack can get VERY annoying.
Even when you unlock the soundtracks you wish that you didnt when you hear them
A great game with lots of replay value and also now very cheap. Most places selling it for less than £10
As mentioned above the music does let it down and there is no option just to have sound effects only.
Another downside is no xbox live feature, this would have made it more appealing.
The game is well worth the cost and it is great fun unlocking all the achievements in the game
I got this game with my Xbox 360, it is packaged in a nice way with pictures of Sonic and other characters from Sonic Adventures on Sega systems playing tennis.
The premise of Sega Superstars is that you can play as any of the main characters from a Sonic the Hedgehog game, these characters then play tennis in one or three sets.
The control are fairly standard using the joystick to move the player and buttons to hit standard shots, you can get power ups to hit special shots and each character has their own special skill.
My biggest issue with the game is that I couldn't resolve the camera angle and found myself playing at an angle I couldn't really work from, instructions didn't resolve this and the game became repetitive and unchallenging from this.
Once you've won a couple of games it does become fairly repetitive there is not too far you can go with it, you win the match and then move on.
Overall its a piece of fun and fine for young kids but is not particularly challenging for teenagers or anyone older.
I was cautious at first when buying this game as I didn't imagine a tennis game would have much longevity, but was swayed by the cheap price (£12.49 brand new!) and the promise of many party style games and multiplayer aspects which would keep it from being the average tennis game.
I'm glad to say that the game lives up to expectations and more! The controls for the game are simple with just a few buttons to use but don't let that put you off as this game is more focused on fun than technique.
There are also 16 classic sega characters to choose from each having there own special "Power up" that you can activate to give you an advantage for a short time. There is also plenty to unlock in the game to keep you playing, by playing the "Superstars" mode you play though different challenges against characters from loads of classic sega games such as sonic, golden axe, after burner etc. completing the challenges for all the games unlocks new mini games you can play in single or multiplayer, new characters with different power ups and new songs.
Overall this game is just pure fun, best played with friends or family playing the party style games, but the single player mode to unlock all the items is also enough to keep you going for ages!
I picked up this game in the very recent Currys and PC World price drops. I was abit worried that the game would be very dissapointing but I was wrong, the game is very fun and will keep you coming back for more. Is it as good as Virtua Tennis? No, I had more fun on that and Sonic did get boring after a few weeks.
The game's graphics aren't the best and could be improved greatly but you will forget about this as you play the game. The games has a good soundtrack and has no framerate issues so it runs very smooth.
The game has lots of characters from the Sonic games including Sonic himself. You will quickly find your favorite.
The gameplay is great and very fun but I prefer the more realistic game of Virtua Tennis instead of always using fake shots or moves.
The controls are very easy so everyone can play!
The game is still very fun but suffers from a slight slowdown in the menus. The game isn't as good as Topspin and Virtua Tennis but may be better for kids.
Overall, a great buy for Sonic fans or children as it is very easy to understand and play.
Sega Superstars Tennis is a fun sports game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
In this game you can take all of Sega's most famous stars which include Sonic the hedgehog, shadow the hedgehog, Nights and many more into exciting tennis matches.
The gameplay has been totally recycled from Segas popular game Virtua tennis 3, that is not a bad thing as it has some of the most fun and accessible tennis in any videogame.
They include minigames with this but they do not seem to be as fun as the ones included in Virtua tennis 3.
Unless you are a big fan of all the Sega mascots then you probably should get Virtua tennis 3 as it is has a more realistic art style and better minigames.
You can get this game for around 30 to 40 pounds but I only recommend this game to Segas biggest fans.