Critic & User Reviews
Fun for a group
posted by SkaVeNgeR (CHICAGO, IL) Apr 24, 2008
Member since Jan 2005
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by MichaelCO (LAS VEGAS, NV) Mar 30, 2008
Member since Apr 2004
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Online is okay except the whole time I played I got destroyed by my opponents. there really isnt anything exciting in online play besides some single player one vs one tennis.
The story mode is a little better. there really isnt that much tennis to be played until you unlock the tournaments in each level. I spent most of the time doing stupid tasks like hitting balls through rings.
If you want to play real tennis dont buy this, but if you are bored and want to get some easy gamerscore points then I would rent this for the weekend.
Only Hardcore Sega Fans Should Hit This Court
posted by monlienNH3 (AUGUSTA, GA) Mar 23, 2008
Member since Jul 2003
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
As a tennis game, it is very basic with only 2 buttons used for shots - but you'll find yourself mostly using one. The tennis gameplay could best be described as "Virtua Tennis Lite" - there's even a nearly impossible bonus stage after completing the tournament/arcade mode. Each character has their own power up (much like a Mario sports title), but they don't really add much to the action. The controls are responsive and work well, just suffer from being too basic.
The meat of the game is the Superstars mode. Here you play through Sega-inspired tennis mini games. You'll hit zombies in the Curien Mansion area (House of the Dead), break puyos in the Puyo Puyo Fever area, paint tags at the Jet Set Radio area, etc. As you progress through Superstars mode, you'll unlock characters, music, ballgames, and courts. I haven't completed the game yet, but it doesn't seem like it's going to take very long to make it through all the areas. Each mini game does provide a decent amount of variety though. And more importantly, the mini games are better than the actual tennis matches and make better use of the simple controls (I thoroughly enjoyed the Puyo Puyo area).
I would have liked to see more characters in the game - you start with 8, and unlock an additional 8. The Superstars mode lacks the depth and replay value it needs, and the tennis is on the basic side. But if "Jet Set Radio," "Space Channel 5," and "Samba De Amigo" bring back great memories for you, you'll probably enjoy the trip down memory lane. The colorful courts breathe the life of the games they were inspired by - but won't matter if you're not a fan of the games. Overall, it's a fun tennis game with little depth. Perfect for a Sega fan to rent, but probably not enough for anyone to purchase.
posted by kingdom8 (OAKLEY, CA) Mar 20, 2008
Member since Oct 2004
2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Fun for a short time
posted by Tophat (TACOMA, WA) Oct 11, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
posted by evince (MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ) Jan 2, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
A little fun, a lot of anger
posted by cicco132 (TUCSON, AZ) Oct 4, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
In addition, some of the missions are infuriating. The Jet Set Radio stage in my opinion is the worst part of any game ever. While a few missions throughout the game are fun and give the whole 'constantly playing tennis' thing a rest because they are new interesting little challenges, they quickly lose their luster as you will spend mission after mission after mission doing the same thing over and over with little variation.
All in all, it's a game that can provide entertainment, however little entertainment that may be. Playing with a friend is always fun, but besides that, you'll be finished playing this game within a couple days. So if you're looking for some easy achievement points and a little amusement for a day or two, by all means, give it a shot. Otherwise, I can't possibly recommend this game.
For A Specific Type of Fan
posted by Crator (HANSON, MA) Jul 12, 2008
Member since May 2008
The main issues I found with it were the controls were kind of hard to get used to and the gameplay itself was never really fast enough. I'm not talking about tennis itself being slow I know it can be. But the ball itself never really goes that fast.
There is Superstar Mode which is the main single player mode. It mostly consists of mini-games and some tournaments. This mode is where you unlock everything. There is a section for each series. Now the strange part about all this is there isn't really a lot of tennis going on it's mostly mini-games.
There is also your standard VS mode and online mode. Only problem is no one plays online, so yer gonna be alone in that area.
So overall it's a good game for the hardcore Sega fan (which I am) to rent. But even they will find problems in this stroll down nostalgia lane. Anyone else should stay clear.
Average Tennis Game
posted by iou2much (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Jun 30, 2008
Member since Dec 2005
The characters - There's I believe 16, most of which are pretty much the same. Either one is speed/power/control or all around, from my playing there's no difference between the characters who are of the same stats - minus the superstars form.
As for the superstars form - that's what separates the game from most others. Sadly, they are not very impressive, most of them are not very useful, but some of them are very good. It's always fun to watch other players panic when you hit a crazy ball in superstar mode, but it's actually not that hard to return.
As for on line play - I saw very few people playing on line, so I don't have much more to say besides that. The 1 person I did play with, it was very laggy.
Mini games - The game has a plethora of mini-games to unlock levels/characters/music. They are ok, some are fun, most of them are annoying though. Some of the missions have 10+ missions while others are a single mission.
Music - I was disappointed here, I was looking for music from the retro days, but instead it was mainly newer stuff, which wasn't bad, but not amazing either. Selection for music was decent, at least 2-3 different choices for a stage.
All in all, the game is a good rent, its fun to play with friends, especially the Curien Mansion (House of the dead) mini-game with friends. Great fun
Makes Viva Pinata seem awesome...
posted by JJofHyrule (BAKERSFIELD, CA) May 20, 2008
Member since Jun 2007
Superstar Tennis 360
posted by dagerbers (MISSOULA, MT) Apr 27, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
It could use tighter controls but its very decent
posted by andmill11 (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 22, 2008
Member since Feb 2007
The controls are basic utilizing just the "A" button for the forehand swing and "X" as the backhand swing (It doesnt actually make much difference which you use both still hit the ball) and the left analog stick or the D-Pad to move your character.
There is quite a wide variety of characters to choose from including: Sonic, Tails, Aiai, Dr. Robotnik, and Shadow just to name a few. There is also a wide variety of mini-games as well as singles,doubles,single match, and tournament tennis play. My favorite was the world from "House of the Dead" where you have to hit the oncoming zombie horde with tennis balls, the requirements to pass the mini-games are ALL very doable to advance but to get the AAA score it might take a few tries.
Its highly recommended for fans of tennis games and want a more laid back approach to virtua tennis or top spin and possibly a throwback to the old mario tennis or for those of you looking for some easy achievement points.
Graphics 7/10 - This is VERY leniant but the graphics DO get the job done and they are cute i suppose
Gameplay 8/10 - Its a tennis game. If you dont like tennis games then chances are you're probably NOT going to like this.
Sound 5/10 - Reused voice acting throughout matches and repetive songs playing in the background but seriously... its a tennis game what do you expect?
Final score: 7/10
Stick to virtua tennis
posted by protox (LAKEWOOD, CO) Apr 22, 2008
Member since Mar 2005
If you like tennis, play virtua tennis. I would have thought this game would be a lot better since Sega makes one of the best tennis games. Nope, it's just something to make you buy another shelf placeholder.
posted by LexVader (SAN ANGELO, TX) Apr 8, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
The sound was good for a tennis game, I suppose. The music of some of the courts starts to wear on your nerves after a bit. Voiceovers were neat, but I really repetitive.
Now I come to the topic of controls. I was very upset with the controls of this game. Now this might be from not playing a tennis game since Mario Tennis for the N64 or even Super Tennis for the SNES before that, but I thought button responsiveness should be most important in a game that sometimes requires twitch skills. Sometimes my character would pause for a second before swinging after I pressed the button. Other times, he wouldn't even swing. This almost ruined the whole game for me, but I eventually worked through this handicap after several matches of frustration.
Since I don't want to end this decent game on a bad note, let's move on to the mini-games. This seemed like a highlight feature that wasn't very highlighted. Some of the mini-games were frustrating, but most were just fun (especially the Virtua Squad games). These games also helped work on my accuracy in the main matches. These were definitely the best part of this game.
I would recommend this game to those who appreciate a small bit of nostalgia, especially with their tennis. I don't recommend this to people who get frustrated with controls and quit games immediately due to that aspect.