I was really looking forward to this game, but it felt unfinished. The things I liked about World Tour in Virtua Tennis 3 (being able to upgrade your player, actual challenge once you start reaching the top of the rankings for example) were butchered. You no longer upgrade your character's speed, stroke strength, serve strength, ect., you can only unlock certain playing styles that really don't make much of a difference. Also, as previously mentioned, in Virtua Tennis 3, it actually got difficult once you got closer to the top. Here, the A.I. is mind-numbingly easy, so it's really hard to justify to go through the rankings. Also, if you choose to go pro early before you reach number 1 in amateurs, you will miss out on a trophy/achievement, so you have to start another character and put in at least 10 more hours of easy wins just to get that trophy/achievement. Also, all of the amateurs you face look too much like your created character. No matter how you create your character, they basically look the same.
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.
I got this game an played it for one night, put back in the mail the next morning. I play all sports game's and thought this was going to be really good. The graphics i give 5, game play 5, replay value 2. It is so easy to score an you cant be beat. The a.i is horriable just silly. The computer runs away from your ball plays like a person that has never played tennis. Some of the people you have to play look like zombies, the game is just bad. Dont wast your time on this one. If your a fan of tennis. Rent top-spin.
Too... cartoony? good for 6-10 yr olds the actual tennis is o.k. but you have to get past the practice, training, shopping cart dash?, pirate practice?, and etc.... plus your ranking starts at #100 and only move up 1 maybe 2 spots after winning the whole tournment without getting scored on once! Just not worth waiting the shipping time for.