NGT 2003 - PS2

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NGT 2003 (PS2)
Also for: PC, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Sport: Tennis
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Carapace Soft. Co.: Carapace
Publishers: Wanadoo (GB)
Released: 30 May 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible


A direct sequel to 2002's Next Generation Tennis, also known as Roland Garros French Open 2002, Wanadoo's NGT 2003 brings the series up-to-date with a plethora of new features and gameplay tweaks. Aimed at both casual and ardent tennis fans, NGT 2003 combines responsive gameplay with incredibly realistic playing environments.

In many respects, it's similar to watching a match on the TV. The game features slow-motion replays, umpire comments, player behaviour and crowd noises and reactions. The obvious difference of course is that you'll be on the virtual court, fighting for the title of champion.

Physical gameplay in NGT 2003 is very much like every other current tennis game, whereby you have buttons for slicing and lobbing and you can set direction by aiming the control stick in the direction you want the ball to go. A good strategy is to keep your player centred in the court to increase your chances of hitting a difficult ball, but ultimately it's your call. Real tennis is a game for quick-thinkers and those with good instincts, and the video game equivalent is very much the same.

There are seven game modes altogether that include an extensive career option, singles matches, doubles matches and tournaments. Fulfilling certain criteria can in some cases unlock hidden extras such as new outfits, new players, new locations and wacky courts. NGT 2003 is by no means short on longevity; it's one of those games you can always come back to for a quick thrash.

NGT 2003 doesn't stand out in a crowd of tennis simulators, but it is a fine game and excels in its multi-player offerings. We're sure you can expect another update sometime next year.