posted by williambertram (WICHITA, KS) Aug 9, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
Wow, the controls on this game are COMPLETELY unique. I still find myself frustrated when my guy is facing the wrong direction. Beginners should definitely doe the ball machine for a while, then choose Nadal vs. the weakest possible player to warm up for several games. Trust me, you will be frustrated with the controls for a while. The game suggests standing up and emulating a tennis stance, so I did that and it helped a lot. Took about 15 games of yelling and complaining to finally get the hang of moving the guy around. It's just so.... counter intuitive. Especially returning serves. Sometimes instead of just hitting a backhand like you want, the guy will for some unknown reason go completely on the other side of the ball and hit this awkward scrunched up forehand. Yeah, the controls on this one seemed downright terrible at first. After about 20 games... so - so. It's fun, but in my opinion more work should have been done to make the controls intuitive. One thing I REALLY hate is fumbling around with awkward controls. Make the controls simple, and the game challenging. It's much more fun that way. I have to say Wii Tennis is a lot better than this game, although it's a bit awkward as well. Either one is much like playing actual tennis. :) Maybe a better name for this would be "Struggle with awkward controls that vaguely resembles playing tennis". :)
I chose to rent this game due to the fact that I love playing real tennis, and this seemed like it would be as realistic as I could get short of going outside during the winter to play actual tennis. I was completely wrong. Sadly, Wii Sports tennis is actually a more realistic tennis game than this poor attempt by EA Sports. Where to begin... The computer's shot selections are almost impossible to predict, and have no rhyme or reason to them. This is not meaning that the game has intelligent AI, but rather the shots are completely random and have little to no strategy behind them. They just go anywhere at anytime. Also, the shots that you are able to take are even more unrealistic. If you attempt to swing in a realistic tennis motion for topspin or backspin, approximately 3/4 of the time you will end up with the opposite shot that you were attempting to take. Add this to the fact that there is no intuitive way to control the way/direction of where your player is running (and if you let the computer run for you it will consistently over or under run a shot), and you are left with a total flop of a game. I also would like to add that the new Wii-motion plus had absolutely no advantage to it, and it added nothing to the game. Most of the time the controller was not 1:1 with how I was holding it, and I used multiple controllers and recalibrated it several different times to make sure it wasn't just a fluke. All in all just a poor excuse of a game. The only positive of the game is that you can play as some of the all-time greats that don't seem to get much exposure in other video games.