This hyped up PS3 title was there to prove a point, that not
just football games or golf games could be a success. But is it?
The main game
mode is the career based World Tour mode, where you create your own
customized player and start at level 1 on your skill stats. To improve early
on you can go to tennis school, or play some of the mini games that focus on
improving one of the four skills in your game: ground stroke, volley, serve,
mini games can be fun, but not as much as the main career mode. One called
Pin Crusher is like a bowling alley where you try to knock down bowling pins
with your serve. The skill level in the mini games starts on easy, but they
get harder as you get better.
career mode you start ranked 300 and are on a mission to be first, which
isnít easy. Just to get to rank 100 is quite hard, but then it starts to
really get tough. Basically levels 300 to 204 are amateur, 204 to 100 is
intermediate, and then 100 to 56 is hard. When you get to rank 56 you can
only participate in four annual events
(the major tournaments)
boost your rank. Overall your rank only goes up if you do better in
tournaments compared with the year before. For example, if you got knocked
out in the semi finals of the French Open, the only way to advance is to
make the final in the following years tournament.
also have a stamina level which goes down as you train or play in
tournaments. If it goes down too much you risk injury, so itís best to have
a rest from time to time, even if it means missing a low key tournament.
The best thing about this tennis game is the control you have when playing a
match. When you play a shot it does exactly what you tell it to do, (I use
directional buttons as they are much more accurate). Whether you choose from
lob, volley or smash shots etc, or to add spin, your player will do whatever
you told it to do. This is really good, as from my experience tennis games
on PS2 could sometimes be a little unresponsive.
are very good. Players move around and play their shots pretty
realistically, and you will even see them slide if they try to change
direction too quickly. You will play both day and night games, and on grass,
clay and hard courts. Despite the high score here, I still feel that they
could have done a little bit better on the graphics.
sound effects and crowd noises are okay, but overall the sound is pretty
non-existent, apart from some relatively annoying background music.
lasts a long time because it takes a while to become the best. The career
mode is excellent, partly because the game gets gradually harder, while the
mini games are fun even after you have finished using them to practice your
skills early on.
game is definitely a worthwhile purchase for any PS3 (or Xbox 360 owner).
The lack of online play on the PS3 (the Xbox 360 has it) is disappointing,
but that doesnít stop the game from being great fun, and a good alternative
to the usual sports games.
Overall Score: 87%