Impressions: I can see myself playing Virtua Tennis 2009 for a long time

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Virtua Tennis 2009 is a lot like Zelda: The Twilight Princess—it starts slow, but once you get the hang of things, it absorbs you. It’s not the Roger Federer of tennis games (I’m looking at you, nagging callibration between every point), but it trumps the excellent Wii Sports Tennis in almost every way imaginable.

Thanks to the new MotionPlus peripheral, Virtua Tennis on Wii features responsive shot accuracy (read: the ball usually goes where you want it to). On top of that, the game boasts the deep “World Tour” single player mode the series is known for. Having played the game during my lunch break today, here’s what I like most about it:

  • Aiming for the corners. In Virtua Tennis, if you time your shot right, you’ll hit the ball where you want it to go more often than not. Unlike Wii Sports Tennis, it’s easy to force your opponent to either side before setting up a winning shot. You can also charge your shots for greater power by holding the controller behind you for an extended period of time before swinging. Just remember to hold the Wii Remote side ways like a racket, with the face of the controller acting like the strings of an actual racket.
  • Multiple control options. Fact: you can play Virtua Tennis with either a stand alone Wii remote or with the MotionPlus attachment. You can also play with the nunuck on either configuration to control the player. Currently I’m playing with MotionPlus only (no nunchuck) until I master all the shot types. I can only imagine how much deeper the game gets when introducing the nunchuck, which is a must for the mini-games you’ll be playing in campaign mode to boost your abilities. The stand alone Wii Remote (without MotionPlus) behaves precisly like Wii Sports Tennis, although you can charge your shots with this option as well.
  • Incredible depth. If you’ve ever played Virtua Tennis before, you know how addicting it can be to level up your player so s/he can become the number one ranked tennis player in the world. Same applies here, but in addition, there’s a complete quick play mode, four player mode, and online multiplayer (which I was unable to try as no one on at the time). There’s a whole lot to do here.
  • Great crowd build up during long rallies and key points. While the graphics look solid (the Wimbodon court in particular looks similar to Xbox 360, PS3 counterparts), Virtua Tennis 2009 features excellent sound effects. In the event of a long rally, you’ll start to hear the crowd shuffle, ooh, and ahh, as you play on. It really adds to the experience. Overall, it’s a very fun game.

Stay tuned for a comparison review with Grand Slam Tennis later this week.

9 Responses to Impressions: I can see myself playing Virtua Tennis 2009 for a long time

  1. bbelt says:

    Thank you. Ive been waiting for a comparison of the two motion+ tennis games before buying one. Looking forward to it.

  2. gojiguy says:

    Between the two tennis games, I’m leaning slightly towards this one (better look, more modes, better company IMO) but I’ll wait for the comparison review to find out.

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  4. Brian says:

    I bought it today and will give it a go tonight.

    I couldn’t find Wii Motion Plus (aka) I wasn’t about to pay Gamestop’s $5.00 mark up for it. Jerks. As if that wasn’t enough, you wouldn’t believe the stink Gamestop put up that I wouldn’t buy their one and only (hairline scratched and open) copy Of Virtua Tennis, as new.

    I love how they think recently opened is new. I told them no and took my money elsewhere.

    Sorry for the Gamestop topic detour. I’m really looking forward to playing the game and I believe it will still make me happier than EA’s “Loony Toons” game could have. I’ll give my thoughts at some point.

  5. jagsrock95 says:

    yep this game rocks whats ur guy’s FC mine is 0474-5216-1988

  6. XCWarrior says:

    Sounds great, I think I’m leaning toward this over EA’s GST based on reviews so far.

  7. ac says:

    i bought grand slam, but i’m still not sure if i bought the right one. it’s hard to tell which one is better without any comparison articles at all on the net!

  8. Dustin says:

    Does the online for this allow you to just play a friend?

  9. Brian says:

    I am having a BLAST! I just submitted my review to Infendo. I think most of you will really enjoy this game. So far I have found very little to complain about.

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