Virtua Tennis 2009 - Wii Standard Edition
- For the Nintendo Wii
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii
Virtua Tennis 2009 [Nintendo Wii] For the Nintendo Wii
Step out onto the court and get ready to face off against some of the world's top players. Virtua Tennis 2009 serves up intense tennis fun that brings the action on the court to life with incredible realism. Demonstrate your control and accuracy with the series' trademark pinpoint gameplay mechanics that lend every stroke, volley and serve real-life power and immediacy, and show you've got what it takes to compete for one of the sport's most coveted prizes.
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The online play is rubbish if you want to play tennis online get Grand Slam Tennis it's way better for that.
Other than those 2 problems it's very good.
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Here's a comparison.
Tournament mode: Grand Slam wins by a kilometer --- In Grand Slam Tennis you play the Grand Slam tour and do some exhibitions. No stupid "shopping races" like in Virtua Tennis. This part of Virtua Tennis is highly annoying. I don't want to run around a court on a shopping spree and jump through arbitrary hoops in order to play in a tournament. This part of Virtua was so annoying it took Virtua from 5 stars to 4 stars for me. Grand Slam exhibitions / mini games are fun while Virtua is annoying. On the other hand, you can just press "play" and choose tournament in Virtua but the experience is not as full as Grand Slam.
Graphics: Virtua Tennis wins by a meter. The crowd is better and players movement's are much more realistic to the player's style. Grand Slam's graphics are more cartoonish but with the announcers and the angles and replays it is more like participating in a match while you watch it on television... the presentation is better but does not make up for the better Virtua movement and detail.
Speed of play: Virtua Tennis by a kilometer. Your character moves at a more realistic pace and the match is just a more entertaining, fast action pace.
Controls: Grand Slam by a centimeter: Grand Slam's controls are easier to master. Virtua's controls have less tolerance for error. You MUST complete the training coach with Virtua to master any advanced shots, even then the drop shot leaves me wanting to smash the controller! Grand Slam's topspin, backspin, and fade are more true to real tennis, while Virtua's serve, lob, and dropshot are much more true. Grand Slam allows you to "cheat" somewhat by using the nunchuck to help with your crosscourt winner, while Virtua requires you to nail it perfectly. While I appreciate Virtua's effort, sometimes my intentions do not translate, but I suppose that's true in real tennis too.
Overall experience: A tie. Really. I appreciate Virtua's pace and effort at control realism, but Grand Slam gets the top spin and back spin nearly perfect... and that's a huge part of a real tennis player's game. Grand slam lets you cheat using the A button for a lob and B for a drop shot, and the nunchuck for crosscourt slams. Virtua has great realistic smash and lob controls, but the drop shot is just too hard and overambitious. The tennis stars in Virtua are more current and broader. Grand Slam gives you classic stars and current stars. Virtua's graphics are killer but the career mode is like throwing Jar Jar Binks into Star Wars... annoying and distracting. I want to play tennis, not the Sims! They both have room for improvement, but for a quality virtual tennis experience both beat the "plug and play" Wii Sports. Both require a bit of patience to learn. I'll come back to both for different reasons. 4/5 for Grand Slam. Note: I originally gave Virtua 4/5 stars. After playing it more see my warning below! And I now have to say if you are just going to by one, buy Grand Slam.
Edit after playing both for about 1 week: I can't win one game playing Virtua with a nunchuck. It is meant to only be played with the Remote. If you want to play a souped up, fast paced version of Wii Sports Tennis, this is for you. If you want to play a game with the nunchuck that requires thought, anticipation, and Strategy, play Grand Slam Tennis. If I could re-rate Virtua tennis after one week. I'd give it a 2.5 or 3 stars. If I could re-rate Grand Slam after one week, it would get a 5 star rating.
I loved the Wii Sports Tennis and spent hours and hours playing, but always wished there was more to it. Virtua Tennis is the answer to my prayers. First off, the graphics are really beautiful. You have a choice of places to play like New York, Paris, Melbourne and others. The players look and move like real people. Not that I'm knocking those cute little Mii's but you know what I mean. There are lots of characters to choose from if you want to just play online matches or you can start your own career in the World Tour. You select a basic character to start and then refine their looks with a whole bunch of different options. You actually have quite a bit of control over the way they look and this "me" looks like a real person. Then you have a bunch of options to train and develop your player and enter tournaments around the world while you move up (hopefully!) in rankings, pushing to become Number 1.
One of the many things included in this game is the Tennis Academy where you can learn and brush up on techniques like serving, strokes, and footwork. You can choose which ones you want to work on. You can change your character's ability and play styles or unlock more by completing different Tennis Academy Missions. You can also select challenges from the global map to help improve your game skills.
Other options are competitions where you can play practice matches or sponsorship matches. In the sponsorship matches you can win prize money that you can use in the Tennis Store to buy more clothes, rackets, court passes and all kinds of stuff. It's just one of the little things things that add to the realism of the game.
There are also several Court Games in the World Tour mode, with names like Alien Attack, Avalanche, Court Curling and mnay more. The ones I tried just seemed kind of goofy and I'm more interested in playing tennis so I haven't really tried many of them yet. There is also online play where you can play matches with friends or anyone who has the game and is online. Imagine coming home from work at night and playing a match with a friend on the other side of the country. Or having a regular Saturday morning tennis game with a kid away at college or a friend in another state.
This game is great fun even if you're not a kid or if you're a 60 year old one like me. My reason for buying a Wii was exercise that's fun and this is exactly that. It'll get you up and moving and it's realistic enough that there's probably the chance of tennis elbow if you play long enough. If you enjoyed Wii Sports Tennis but always wished it was "bigger and better" I think you'll really enjoy this game.
Update 6/14/09 - I'm posting a video because it's difficult to see from the trailer what the game is really like, although it looks much better in person. It loses something when you take a picture off the TV and compress it in order to post here, but I'm hoping it'll give you a better idea of the game and some of it's features. (I cut the scenes where I knocked the camera off the tripod with the WiiMotionPlus trying to hit the "ball")
Give yourself time to get used to the motionplus. If you are used to just having to flick your wrist and do a killer shot as you could for the first wii tennis games, you will soon realize that form does matter here. And that's a good thing. Like a real tennis game, how you hold the racket and position yourself and move makes a lot of difference and the motionplus, like magic, picks it all up.
It brings realism into the tennis game.
Give it a day and you'll realize how tremendous the motionplus is.
That said, I agree with tbe other reviewer who stated you MUST complete the training section in order to master the controls. And I also agree that it seemed like I mastered them easier playing Grand Slam tennis.It's worth it.
For the non-tennis buff vs. the expert: We have both in this household. One loved the shopping mode during tournaments because it added fun to it, the expert did not and just wanted pure tennis. You can turn that off but it's a positive if you are still learning the game or want a little more added to it.
The graphics are better in this than Grand Slam. Grand Slam's players are a bit like Speed Racer cartoons...you get who they are but they aren't as real as this. This denotes further realism.
I agree that the 1:1 reaction time of the motionplus seemed more evident on this one. We had a few issues where it didn't seem that way on the Grand Slam tennis. However, another review commenter noted that if we have an HDTV you either need special cables or to set some wii games otherwise you wont get the appropriate reaction time. We did that and it did seem to improve. Still, this one seemed better from the get go on reaction time when compared one after the other last night.
The cost of this game, as of this writing, June 13th, is the best buy for the new games that are motionplus compatible. However, this one does not come with a motionplus and it should be noted that Tiger Woods does, as does the upcoming Wii Sports Resort. If you plan on ordering any of those games and have the motionplus, you'll wind up with a spare for friends if you buy one separately with this game. If you dont have one and are thinking of getting any of those games, it makes it free with Sports Resort as of today's price. If you get it with the Tiger Woods game it is now ten bucks more because the cost of that game shot up ten bucks the day after it's release due to demand. The moionplus was originally free in that game.
This enables a new era in gaming for tennis playing and truly improving your tennis skills because you can make the ball do soooo much more with the motionplus and how you control your racket totally matters now so you are more a part of the game than before.
So which one wins? I say this one does. My honey says the Grand Slam tennis. It comes down to personal preferance I believe. Honey is the expert player and I am not if that helps your decision.
UPDATE: We just got two more votes from friends who are both tennis players. They both chose this one as the best. But also agreed it was almost too close to call. They also played with and without the wii motionplus for comparison (bear in mind, it is not included with this game) and they agreed it took a day to master but paid off in more realism in the end.
This is another great tennis game for the wii. We are actually glad we got them both as it's fun to switch them out and get some variety. Unlike the old school wii tennis games, you'll come out of this one a better player...not just better at flicking your wrist to get a shot!
Rating: A plus as played after mastering the motionplus
First, the pop-up on the screen that is suppose to help you time your shot is great idea - except the fact that the pop-up actually conceals/obscures the ball so you can't see it.
Secondly, the speed of the game is ridiculous. Perhaps a professional athlete could keep up; but for the 99.9% of the people who will play this game, they will not be able to keep up.
Lastly, regarding the speed of the game, it is so fast that you have to play basically with reduced arm and body movement - essentially use your arm and wrist (like racquetball).
Anyone who plays tennis (and is any good at it) knows that footwork and torso and shoulder rotation is what generates the power, accuracy and placement of a tennis ball. This game is so fast, there is just no way to move the body into a correct tennis position. I actually think it could hurt one's physical game to play this virtualized version.
In someways Wii Sports tennis better mimmicks the physcial movement of tennis than this game.
I'm hopeful Grand Slam tennis will be an improvement. If you are looking for a virtual tennis game that matches the physical movement of tennis, this isn't it.
Some will say get over it - it isn't suppose to match the real life version. I say, that is what the Wii franchise and Wii motion plus are suppose to be about and from that perspective this game misses the mark.
The similarities and differences are clear though. Both games require for you to recalibrate the Wiimote back to the ready position before each swing. Grand Slam Tennis requires you take a full swing backwards, while in Virtua Tennis you can play like you are playing Wii Sports Tennis and just flick your wrist. While I am using my stationary bicycle, I always prefer to play Virtua Tennis, and when I'm ready to stand up and change stances I play Grand Slam Tennis.
One of the best features on Virtua Tennis, that Grand Slam doesn't have is the shot gauge. The shot gauge is VERY helpful, and almost makes the argument that Virtua Tennis is better, if not easier. This assists the player with the timing of the swing. In Grand Slam, there isn't a gauge, and if you don't time your shots accurately, the ball will go out and your opponent will gain a point(after much practice with GS Tennis though, this won't happen).
The speed of the game is also a BIG difference. Virtua Tennis is MUCH faster, and you must react much quicker. The addition of the Court games are really a waste of time though, and more than anything frustrating. The problem is if you want to play the World Tour, you must complete these games. Grand Slam wins in this area easily. The Court Games break up the mindset of the player in my opinion.
Finally, in Virtua Tennis spinning the ball seems nonexistent, while in Grand Slam there is a noticeable spin.
I'd say that whichever tennis game you buy, you'll enjoy, because both are quality games and will give you a good workout. I can't recommend one over the other. Enjoy!