Sega has been doing a lot of things wrong lately. Cashing in on the lame sports games is not a good idea. I absolutely hated this. For someone who loved Virtua Tennis, this has horrible control mechanics. Right away I couldn't even hit the ball half the time. You have to be in the exact right place to get your character to hit the ball. Then quite often I couldn't even tell where the ball would hit the ground because there are no realistic shadows. I only played single player but that was enough to turn me off.
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.
This game tries to do for tennis what Smash Bros. does for platform fighting games. In some ways it succeeds, but ultimately falls short of being a great game. There are characters galore from many Sega franchises that I didn't even realize were Sega franchises. Each of these characters had their overall specialty (i.e. Spin, Power, Speed), however, I didn't really see a difference in any of these except with Speed. The game was very vibrant and the courts seemed to match the theme of the game it was representing. Sometimes, it became hard to focus on the ball with all of these other events happening in the background though. 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.