posted by ABBA1972 (GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL) Jun 21, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
For the controls of the game when I play it, it keeps getting mixed up with the backhand and forehand. You can't really hit what you want and its kinda hard to volley. Also its kinda hard to hit what direction you want. The arcade games are harder than the previous Virtua Tennis games but its kinda more confusing. This game has a little bit better grafic but its an o.k game.
When Top Spin 3 came out for the Wii, hard core gamers had a tennis simulator that they can play (unlike Mario Power Tennis or the tennis in WiiSports which are for the casual gamer)
The biggest complaints against Top Spin 3 was that it didn't have online play or character creation.
Now comes Virtual Tennis 2009 on the Wii, which corrects these shortcomings. But not all is good in this game.
You get the standard modes of play: a quick match against the AI or player, a career mode where you rise from amateur to professional tennis player, and online matches against your friends (and only your friends).
The problems start with the controls - this is not a pick up and play game.
Virtual Tennis 2009 is all about timing. When you get in place to make a shot, a bar appears just above your avatar and a line zips through that bar either from left to right or right to left (don't know how that's determined).
At the time you make contact with the ball, if the line is on the left section of the bar, the shot will go left. If it's on the right side, the ball will go right. And if it's in the middle, the ball will go straight up the middle.
Problem is, the line moves very fast, and it is easy to miss a shot. Also it's, hard to place shots with such a short window of oppertunity.
Adding to the headaches are the slice and drop shots. To make those, you hit the ball at the right time and swing softly.
Many times, I either hit the ball to hard, or the game didn't register the swing, and I lost the point. The AI, of course, doen't have to deal with these problems.
This game will take a lot of time and practice to nail down the timing and the swing techniques.
But if you do get it down pat, this game become a lot of fun, and there's a lot to do here - tournaments, mini games, online play and multiplayer modes.
Virtua Tennis 2009 is one game you should try before you buy - just to see how well you deal with the timing and controls. RENT IT
This game has everything, you can play as one of the pro's or start as an amateur. There are many facets to the game and having played it since it came out I'm still discovering new shots and different plays. It mimics the various professionals in minute detail. The mini games are fun especially the alligator one.
Having been a tennis player myself, this game is realistic and follows typical strategies and plays. You can run by using the arrows on the Wii remote and I found this easier than using the Nunchuk.
Two things that keeps it from getting a ten is that it is very difficult to climb the ladder in the amateur ranks and the coaching could be improved.