Critic & User Reviews
Keep it for sure
posted by Murph48 (OCEAN CITY, NJ) Jun 14, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I have never written a review before but at my standards of a 25-year-gamer this is top-notch, party or solo, online or off, solid fun. It is why I play video-games. Games like this don't have a hype train or a blip on a radar and surpass most blockbusters that fade in a month.
The graphics had a huge update, the career mode follows unbroken VT standards, and the training games still fit in the to-easy for now very challenging later frame (with a slue of new ones).
My qualms with the game are the same as last, the am career is so horrowing to get through but does give it lasting value. The character creater still let's you make funny characters but all of the Ams still look like your inbread siblings.
The best major change to gameplay is that while still stuck with stamina and injuries in career mode; the player does not loose juice that has been earned in XP.
I'm going to keep it, and if you have been a virtua tennis fan like me (it actually made me start playing tennis) it is well worth the discount through gamefly. One constant thought is going through my head when I play, "will dlc and trophies make it better or worse?" but then I realize that this is the sleeper hit of the year and in a month I will have to battle with people in Eurpope.
A lot of Potential that falls short
posted by LaptopGuy (ROANOKE, VA) Sep 29, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The Graphics are improved and I like the newly added camera angle for singles matches.
The world Tour is pretty in depth and allows you to play online, something that wasn't allowed in VT2.
While the graphics are improved, gameplay took a large step back. Your player will lunge for the ball even when the ball is clearly within his/her reach.
Even on the hardest difficulty, the game still isn't overly challenging either.
The online feature is nice but it really doesn't work that well. I have a great internet connection at my house and it was still a little laggy at parts which can be frustrating at times.
The world tour mode requires a lot of patience as the computer AI is so awful that if you allow a point, you probably shouldn't be playing this game. Since this is really the only feature this game offers, it should be a lot better than what it is.
Even though this game does have a few short comings, it's pretty fun if your playing against another person instead of the computer AI. Other than that, you will spend probably a day or two of your life trying to work your way up through the World Tour mode beating every competitor 2-0 in a 3 match set.
Ok for sports fans excellent for tennis fans
posted by ajerdley (MILLMONT, PA) Feb 22, 2011
Member since Jun 2007
Addicting: But A Step In The Wrong Direction
posted by Adams4190 (CORAOPOLIS, PA) Oct 6, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
- The controls are simple and easy to learn. Within a game or two almost anyone should be serving and volleying or crushing ground-strokes from anywhere on the court
- The World Tour mode was originally way too long, only going up 3 or 4 ranks every tournament even if you won both singles and doubles. However, a patch has since come out that makes it go much faster and makes it more enjoyable. World Tour itself is where most people will spend their time. Ranking up to get on the Pro Tour, and eventually becoming number 1 in the world. There is a fun mix of mini-games and matches and you have to rest now and again to keep your player from getting injured. Also, you unlock new outfits and raquets. One thing I really liked was that raquets actually have stats
-Different surfaces actually play differently. So slower bounces on clay and really fast bounces on grass, just like it should be
- There is just something about the game, that keeps drawing you back. I'll find myself saying I'll only play one more match and playing 10 more because it is just generally fun.
-Most of the clothing you unlock is terribly animated. Character customization in general is pretty much a joke because your character always looks bad.
- Virtua Tennis 3 had you level up in minigames, but you actually had to work on stuff in the minigames. Wanted to get your backhand better? You had to use your backhand in practice. This has been replaced by Skill Types that are a great idea if they were implemented alongside leveling up different parts of your game, or if they felt significantly different from each other. Sadly, they all feel the same
While I only give it a 6, I will admit this game is hard to put down. It just could have been so much more.
I clicked "Keep it"
posted by ImportBros (COLUMBIA, MD) Aug 19, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
posted by cord339 (BROOKLYN, NY) Jun 22, 2010
Member since May 2010
it's above averge?
posted by crypt1 (LAURIUM, MI) Dec 6, 2009
Member since Aug 2008
posted by jreid2488 (SALEM, OR) Sep 14, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
Fun For A Party, Disappointing Alone...
posted by NiN814 (OIL CITY, PA) Aug 26, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
posted by awsemo (WEST PALM BEACH, FL) Aug 11, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
long story short, gets boring really fast, has bugs and no fun at all. save you time and money for something better
Virtua Tennis 2009 - Great for a Group
posted by BryanFear (AURORA, IL) Jul 22, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
I didn't play the single player portion as I rented this just for the multiplayer.
posted by MWong12 (CALDWELL, ID) Jul 19, 2009
Member since Oct 2007
It's the same on both consoles, everything I enjoyed in VT3 were butchered. A lot of the additions to VT09 feel very half done. Hopefully the next installment is better, because like many I have loved this series since it was on DreamCast.
All in all the game is good, but if you were looking for an enhanced version of Virtua Tennis 3 this isn't really it.
posted by jrv7104 (COLUMBIA, MO) Jul 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
I thought online play would help save it, but unfortunately it really didn't. Your player moves fine, but your online opponent looks like he or she is lagging (even if they really aren't), and because of this, your opponent can somehow reach out-of-reach shots and hit the ball back on the second bounce.
Basically, the things I enjoyed in Virtua Tennis 3 were butchered, and the additions to Virtua Tennis 2009 were only halfway done. I was disappointed with it that I returned it in a week. Some people might like it, but I would at least rent this or check out other tennis games before buying this one. Hopefully this helps you out.
posted by bulldog83 (BEL AIR, MD) Jun 30, 2009
Member since Nov 2008
Virtua Tennis by.... SEGA! says it all
posted by NicksN (Auburn, WA) Jun 28, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
Not Even close to TopSpin3
posted by beweekly (VALLEJO, CA) Jun 16, 2009
Member since Jan 2007
Rent Top Spin 3 instead
posted by Araxen (LA SALLE, IL) Jun 12, 2009
Member since Jul 2006
Not much different than last version
posted by keeler (KATY, TX) Jun 12, 2009
Member since Jul 2004