I am a big fan of the Virtua Tennis games; I've bought them consistently since they began on the Dreamcast, and so decided to give the PSP iteration, World Tour, a go. Despite being handheld, this is a larger than life game that is a whole lot of fun.
Visually, this is a realistic game but tennis games are hardly going to show off the PSP, are they? It's fair to say that the characters only half resemble their real counterparts, but for most of the game they're a fair way away from you, so it doesn't become distracting or anything. All in all, it gets the "TV look" of tennis matches right, and that's what matters. Aurally, the game also sounds quite realistic. Players make orgasmic screams when they smack the ball, and the ball makes the appropriate noises. The soundtrack, meanwhile, has some funky synth music that doesn't add a whole lot, but its serviceable.
The game controls like a dream, simply having to dart left and right to hit the ball, but rest assured that there's enough innovation here to keep it from becoming boring. You are able to play a simple exhibition game, where you can pick anyone you want and just play, or a Tournament Mode, where you can play for glory, or the brilliant World Tour Mode, where you create your own doubles team and attempt to take down the world. You can customise their appearance, and then have to train them through the various famous Virtua Tennis mini games, improving your skills before taking down the toughest competitors. It is quite a challenge and requires a lot of time investment to win, but it is well worth it.
If you loved the other games, you'll get a huge kick out of this!
I picked this up in Game for £5 near work and I am a big tennis fan but don't really play my psp so I wasn't bothered that it wasnt the most up to date in terms of characters you can play as (Tim Henman still on it). These type of games are good for picking up for a few spare minutes if you have them on your side.
Its very arcade like which makes it fun and the graphics are bright and clear and its pretty good fun. The controls are easy to pick up and you can change the length of matches, which personally for me is a bonus because if i'm playing it on a short journey I can play short matches so i'm finished in time.
The actual main part of the game is the world tour game which to be honest I havent really got to grips though, it seems to take too long - you can only enter tournaments that reflect your rankings and they take ages to come up, in the mean time you can do the training games which are pretty good. I tend to find the career modes on most games a bit too dull so it isn't necessarily a reflection on this game in particular.
All in all it was £5 well spent!
I am not a huge fan of tennis to watch but decided to pick up Virtua Tennis World Tour as I wanted a game that I could play on my PSP for my commute to and from work (about an hour each way) and was left very impressed by what I found in this game. The game has amazing graphics for a PSP game and the sound quality was great but the true beauty of this game is that it has a control system that makes it easy to pick-up and play straight away whilst not making the game too easy so that it does not appeal to those looking for a challenge. The game includes 14 real world tennis players including Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Lindsay Davenport and Tim Henman which makes the game more appealing as you get to take on names that you could easily recognise. This game is one that you will find yourself playing fairly often if you are not a huge tennis nut and a huge amount of time if tennis is your game so is one for the collection of all.
This legendry series of games has yet again pulled of another great game, but this time on the psp.
The game is easy to play, and the buttons are self explanatory. There are a variety of players, courts and attire, which can be brought on world tour mode. There are 6 game modes; quick match, exhibition, tournament, ball game, multiplayer and of course the world tour. The world tour mode consists of you making a players, both male and female. You have to train your players up and win games, therefore going up the rankings. Your ultimate goal is to reach number 1 in the world ranking, thios is fairly hard to do, but when you get hooked onto this game, It can happen.
The other game modes are great, with ball games being a different take on the game of tennis. Overall this game has great fun Gameplay
*Graphics and Audio*
For the psp, the graphics are good. They aren't really that important in this game, but they are fine. Audio is good, as you can hear little details like the players grunting and their feet squeaking, on the hard courts. These little details are a great addition that adds to the overall feel to the game.
Overall this game is a great fun game that almost anyone can play. I would recommend to sports game fans.
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This is another game that gets you hooked as soon as you start playing. The game offers a great range of features including tournament and exhibition matches and also of course the World Tour mode. When you start the world tour it is hard but the more training you do the better you will get and as you start to win more tournaments you will notice your world ranking slowly starting to rise. Training includes drills such as serving, volleying, footwork, forehand and backhand. Once I started my world tour I couldn't go back to play a normal tournament or exhibition game as I wanted to be the world number 1 as soon as possible! I have never played as multi player, but the game goes offer wifi multiplayer for up to 4 players.
This game is great fun and they funfactor will not wear off until you manage to conquer the world and win all the grand slam events. With all the different mini games (training) in world tour mode there is always something new to be doing. These games are good fun and takes the repetitive edge of just playing match after match.
The World Tour mode can be hard to start with and also gets quite hard to break into the world's top 100, you will need to be patient and keep working in training to do this. It also becomes extremely hard to become number 1 as Roger Federer has so many more points than anybody else and you will need to beat him a few times before you can take his spot. When playing normal exhibition games you can set the difficulty to your choice to have an enjoyable game.
The usual game controls for a tennis game with the joystick setting the direction of the shot and triangle, circle and X to hit either a lob, slice shot or the normal topspin. When you start playing you will probably get away with just playing a normal shot with X but as your game starts to improve you will need to use a full range of different shots.
I think the graphics for this game are rather good and it is easy to tell who every player is without seeing their name. The audio is ok I suppose with the regular repetitive background music, sound effects on all the shots and the calling of the score.
To be honest I have not even read the instructions, tennis games like this are rather self explanatory and you should be able to work it out for yourself. I would imagine the manual is easy to follow and covers all the game controls with ease.
I have played other tennis game such as Virtua Tennis 3 and Top Spin on other consoles but I do find this one the most addictive and you won't lose the fun factor until you find yourself in the world number 1 spot.
The virtua tennis games line began around 10-15 years ago in arcade machines, since then the games have developed massively and have made their way on to games consoles. There have been quite a few versions, 4 to be precise, and they have all been popular. But can this new game meet the expectations that have been set before it by previous games?
The gameplay is pretty similar to previous versions, brilliant. Running and turning is easy to do, but it does vary from player to player. There are three different shot types that can be hit, lob, topspin and slice. There are many different moves that players can do, like say diving or hitting a shot through their legs, these all make it much more enjoyable to play. There are also different modes for controlling your partner in doubles mode, you can tell them to go close up or stay on the baseline. The gameplay is what takes this game away from its opposition.
The graphics are average, and are not the best part of this game. The lighting is reasonable, the colours are very good, but the player faces and stadiums are not that well defined. If you want a virtua tennis game with great graphics go for Virtua tennis 3.
There are 4 different game modes. The first is career mode, in this mode you battle to become the best player in the world, and you will find yourself playing it most. Mini game mode speakes for itself as does quick match. Exhibition is the same as quick match except you choose who you will control and play against, in quick match mode players are chosen at random.
All in all virtua tennis is another classic sports game from Sega. It has been around for 2 years now so it is already a classic and only costs a measly £10. The gameplay is fantastic, and the career mode is great, but the graphics dissapoint. Still, I recommend if you want a psp tennis game you go for this.