Virtua Tennis 4

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Virtua Tennis 4
Virtua Tennis 4 cover.png
European cover art
Developer(s) SEGA-AM3
Publisher(s) Sega
Producer(s) Jun Yoshino
Designer(s) Mie Kumagai
Series Virtua Tennis
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • EU April 29, 2011
  • AUS May 5, 2011
  • NA May 10, 2011
  • JP June 30, 2011
Wii
  • EU April 29, 2011
  • AUS May 5, 2011
  • NA May 10, 2011
Microsoft Windows
  • EU June 24, 2011
PlayStation Vita
  • JP December 17, 2011
  • NA February 15, 2012
  • EU February 22, 2012
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer (2 to 4)

Virtua Tennis 4 (Sega Professional Tennis: Power Smash 4 in Japan) is the third sequel to Sega's tennis game franchise, Virtua Tennis. It was released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii and PlayStation Vita. Virtua Tennis 4 is also being produced for a four player stick based arcade.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The game supports the PlayStation Move controller on the PlayStation 3, the Kinect[2] on the Xbox 360, and the Wii MotionPlus on the Wii. All previously mentioned devices are optional. Virtua Tennis 4 allows the player to step into the shoes of some of the world's best tennis pros. The game supports stereoscopic 3D on the PlayStation 3. When the PlayStation Move is used, the character's left and right movement is automatic but each swing of the racquet must be performed by the player and one can drop back or rush to the net by physically stepping back or forward. There is a dynamic camera system in place, so when the ball is in the other half of the court, the camera pans out so that one can see one's position.

When the ball is coming towards the player, it glides into a first person viewpoint where the player can see their racquet in front of him and time their swing accordingly. The player can twist the racquet to adjust its face when it connects with the ball, allowing skilled players to apply spin.[3]

Players[edit]

On 1 January 2011, a trailer was released on the YouTube channel of Sega America[4] with a partial list of players that were confirmed for the game. On their blog entry published the same day,[5] it is announced that there will be seven new inclusions to the game.

Six days later, on the Facebook page of the game, the full list of players was released. On 31 March, on the same media, it was announced that 3 legends were included to the game. However, these will be exclusive for PlayStation 3 (along with 2 new mini-games).

As well as these players included in the game, the user has the option to create up to eight of their own players in the World Tour mode.

Key
New Players new to the series
PS PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita exclusive

Courts[edit]

Grand Slams

  • Australia Australia Challenge – Melbourne – Hard
  • France French Cup – Paris – Clay
  • United Kingdom England Tennis Classic – London – Grass
  • United States US Super Tennis – New York – Hard

Special Tournaments

  • United States The Tennis Hall (King of Players) – Dallas – Indoor
  • United States Grand Square (SPT Final) – Chicago – Hard
  • Brunei SPT Arena (Fancy Dress Matches at World Tour) – Bandar Seri Begawan – Indoor

Advantage Series

  • China Advantage Series China – Shanghai – Hard
  • Egypt Advantage Series Egypt – Cairo – Hard
  • Sweden Advantage Series Sweden – Stockholm – Hard
  • Canada Advantage Series Canada – Vancouver – Grass

World Tour Venues

Satellite Courts

  • United Kingdom Satellite Court London – London – Grass
  • Russia Satellite Court Moscow – Moscow – Grass
  • Spain Satellite Court Madrid – Madrid – Hard
  • Germany Satellite Court Berlin – Berlin – Hard
  • Argentina Satellite Court Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires – Clay
  • Netherlands Satellite Court Amsterdam – Amsterdam – Clay
  • Italy Satellite Court Rome – Rome – Hard
  • United States Satellite Court New York – New York – Hard

Not available at Exhibition mode

  • Montenegro Special Matches at World Tour –Podgorica – Indoor

PlayStation Vita Exclusive

  • United Kingdom England Tennis Futuristic - London - Grass
  • United Kingdom England Tennis Vintage - London - Grass

Development[edit]

This is the first game to be developed by the original Virtua Tennis team Sega AM3 since 2006.

Despite the fact that Sega opted to skip GamesCom, Virtua Tennis 4 was revealed at the convention at Sony's booth.[6]

On 7 June 2011, Sega confirmed that the game will be available at the PlayStation Vita as a launch title for the console, titled Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition.[7]

Reception[edit]

GameZone gave the game a 6/10, stating "By and large, Virtua Tennis 4 does adhere strongly to its roots, bringing enough excitement to lure a wider audience. However, it would be useful for a study to be conducted of similar titles, so that these updated features could find their way into the beloved franchise."[8]

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