With Sega Superstars Tennis, Sega offers us a below average title, and most of the game can be completed within one seating, minus the borderline impossible missions. Don't get me wrong, it is a fun little game, but there could have been more done with it. The 'Superstar' mode of the game takes you through tennis court missions that take place within one of Sega's games. After playing for a little, you realize that, wow, Sega really hasn't made anything worthwhile since Sonic the Hedgehog. Not only that, but the characters are horrible. I only knew who 6 of the 16 (yes, only 16!) characters were, and 5 of those were out of Sonic the Hedgehog. And not only did they leave out the best character from that series, but instead of adding old greats such as Toe Jam and/or Earl, or Kid Chameleon, etc, they decided to throw in a bunch of ridiculous looking characters that no one knows.
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.
I can really only recommend this to hardcore Sega fans. If you never owned the Sega consoles and loved them or played their arcade stuff, your just gonna find this to be a bad Mario Tennis clone.
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.
posted by iou2much (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Jun 30, 2008
Member since Dec 2005
The game itself is enjoyable, and simplistic at best. It's a decent tennis game, but nothing amazing. The control on the ball seems to be lacking in comparison to other tennis games. Personally, I enjoyed Hot shots tennis (PS2) more. I found it more challenging and with more in depth control on the ball.
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