NGT 2003 - Xbox

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NGT 2003 (Xbox)
Also for: PC, PS2
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Sport: Tennis
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Carapace Soft. Co.: Carapace
Publishers: Wanadoo (GB)
Released: 31 Oct 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


Following more than a year after its PS2 and PC counterparts, the Xbox version for Next Generation Tennis 2003 is finally getting a UK release thanks to Wanadoo. A direct sequel to 2002's Next Generation Tennis, 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, NGT 2003 is 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 yourself.

Gameplay in NGT 2003 is very much like every other modern 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 centered in the court to increase your chances of hitting a fast 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 lacking in depth; it's one of those games you can always come back to for a quick thrash.

NGT 2003 doesn't really stand out in the crowd of tennis simulators, but it is a fine game and excels in its multi-player offerings.