Tennis © Sega
amazing to see what Sega has done with a relatively uninteresting
sport into something rather enjoyable. I've been hooked to Virtua
Tennis in the arcade for quite sometime as it has been sucking down
all my quarters (along with World Series '99) for the past month. But
I didn't know what I was going to expect in the Dreamcast version. I
knew I'd get a straight arcade port, but would it hold my attention
enough to make it a keeper?
if you've never have or never will be a fan of Tennis, Sega couldn't
gotten it more on the ball for this game. To play the game, all you
need to know is how to move your player with the joystick and use the
two buttons, one for serve/volley, and the other for lobbing. 90% of
the time you'll just use the volley button. Unlike with many other
tennis games released to the market where you have to master the
controls and takes the fun out of the game by being a difficult
simulation, this puts in a good dose of arcade action along with
simulation. Once you get into the groove with Virtua Tennis you see
that it's a simulation as you can lay down baseline shots, learn to
attack the net and also control your shots after enough practice.
start playing on the court you can't help but notice the gorgeous
graphics on the screen. Sega has made sure everything is detailed
with streaks on the clay & hard courts from aces served and
streaks left behind with your shoes. If you put a side by side of
Virtua Tennis running and an actual tennis game, you'd have a
difficult time telling the difference.
are small things added to the game to help enhance the experience.
Every time you make a good shot you see an up close and personal
expression of your player that looks photo realistic, giving you that
ESPN feel to it. The default camera is an overheard view of both
players. While you can select a 3rd person behind the back, it isn't
suggested to use the 3rd person view as it blocks off your true line
of sight to the ball.
developers of Virtua Tennis must of been avid fans because they add
kinds of fan favorites like ability to dive after balls, do
unbelievable backhand shots (even between the legs!), and tons of
smash aces. With its easy controls, you can't but feel like you're
actually there on the court even if you've never picked up a racket.
Sorry, no cursing at the umpire since this is an all-ages game. You
can curse if you want in your own living room while playing the game.
player selection in Virtua Tennis starts with 8 relatively unknown
players outside of the Tennis community. There is one player from
each major country of tennis. Later on in the game you can unlock
other players and tennis courts.
you start the game you have three options: Arcade Mode (with infinite
continues), Exhibition Mode & World Circuit. This game isn't just
restricted to just singles as you can play in doubles mode if that is
your forte choice of tennis. If you do pick doubles mode, don't worry
about an idiotic Computer AI just randomly returning serves as it'll
actually play a good round of tennis with you.
the Arcade Mode you have to beat five players to win the Sega
Championship Trophy. You can set it up in options how many games each
rounds last but the default is two rounds. As you would expect the
difficulty of the Computer AI becomes greater as you advance. Even on
normal mode, the third round opponent would be a severe challenge
that'd it takes several attempts in order to progress.
mode allows you to setup your own quick rules and opponents. This is
where you can play multiplayer, which is where it really shines. You
can play against each other or team up in a doubles match. The joy of
it was seeing other player's actions/reactions in the game and making
boisterous comments about each others playing ability. There is no
round robin for you tennis purists; we'll have to see if a sequel
adds this feature.
hugely disappointed omitted feature taken from this game (but added
to the Japanese version) is the ability to use the Dreamcast's
on-line multiplayer capability. Please, Sega, I'm begging, have this
feature added when the official on-line site launches in September.
This is a game that sorely deserves the chance to test my tennis
powers against another foe on-line.
world circuit mode takes the idea of the "Crazy Box" from
Crazy Taxi and the arcade mode of Virtua Tennis then mashes it
together. You get to choice 1 of 8 players and start at the bottom of
the tennis rankings. You have to finish training levels like hitting
gigantic balls off the court and win tournaments all over the world.
You earn money for each training level or tournament you complete,
allowing you to go to the tennis shop. When you enter the shop you
can unlock different players, courts, even color outfits if you have
long-term factor for this game is learning the abilities to be an
excellent tennis player in the difficult but very enjoyable world
circuit mode so you can unlock the better players in
arcade/exhibition mode. If you'd rather play with your friends,
you'll have a blast with all your friends huddled around the
Dreamcast. Not since the usual yearly entourage of [American]
Football has a multi-player sports game been a huge hit with the friends.
took Virtua Tennis over to a friend's place, I think he best
described it the game, "I don't even like tennis and this game
kicks some serious..", well, you get the idea. Sega has even
turned non-believers of the sport into fans of this tennis game. With
it's relatively easy to get into controls and semi-addicting action,
this is another must own, if you can find it. Sega's first run of
50,000 copies has already sold out which just shows how popular it
has caught on with fans far and wide.
game of tennis you'll find anywhere