Virtua Tennis 2 - Dreamcast

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Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Sport: Tennis
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Hitmaker Soft. Co.: SEGA
Publishers: SEGA (DE/ES/FR/GB)
Released: 23 Nov 2001 (DE/ES/FR/GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Vibration Pack, Visual Memory Card

Summary

Even though Sega has given up on the Dreamcast, we haven’t. Can we be honest? We loved the original Virtua Tennis. We wouldn’t say we were massive tennis fans before it came along, but Virtua’s pure playability converted us. Many hours were happily given to the single and multi-player games. Virtua Tennis is back once again, now with the added attraction of women players. Mixed doubles, anyone? The DC is going out in a blaze of glory.

The control method is a lot more responsive than the original game; you have far greater control of where you want to place the ball. Drop-shots are easier to execute, there’s a new slice button, your lob can be charged, and there are more possibilities for your service game. Virtua Tennis 2 still manages to find that delicate balance of being simple and complicated at the same time.

The World Tour mode has been improved with a ‘create-a-player’ feature, a tour calendar and even better mini-games. You can make a virtual version of yourself, male or female, and go into training. The mini-games help your technique and are necessary to get your character’s skill levels up. One game is similar to darts where you have to score points by hitting the target with your serves. If you score enough points, secret items can be unlocked such as comedy rackets.

With amazing graphics, excellent multi-player malarkey, a challenging single-player World Tour experience, sub-games, hidden characters, costumes and the Williams sisters, Virtua Tennis 2 is a must-have title. Even if you don’t like tennis.