Sega Superstars Tennis

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Sega Superstars Tennis
SEGA Superstars Tennis.jpg
Developer(s) Sumo Digital
Feral Interactive (OS X)[1]
Publisher(s) Sega
Feral Interactive (OS X)
Composer(s) Richard Jacques
Series Sega Superstars
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Mac OS X
Release date(s)
  • NA: March 18, 2008
  • EU: March 20, 2008
  • AUS: March 27, 2008
Mac OS X
  • WW: October 17, 2013
Genre(s) Sports game

Sega Superstars Tennis is a tennis video game developed by Sumo Digital and published by Sega.[2] The game was released in 2008, and includes sixteen playable characters and ten courts from various Sega franchises. In total, fifteen Sega franchises are represented in the game. Along with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, it was announced that SEGA Superstars Tennis would be ported to Mac OS X by Feral Interactive.[3] The Mac OS X version of the game was released by Feral Interactive on October 17, 2013.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Superstar Mode allows the player to play missions which include exhibition matches, tournaments and tasks based around a specific Sega game including Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Pop Fever and Virtua Cop. Completing missions unlocks items such as courts, stages, soundtracks and characters. Exhibition Mode offers the chance to challenge a character to a match on one of many courts, including Sonic's home court of Green Hill Zone, or Amigo's Carnival Park court. Whichever court is chosen, there are a host of Sega celebrities cheering them on from court side. Tournament Mode allows the player to play in a series of matches against opponents chosen at random by the computer in an arena also chosen at random. There are several playable minigames in Sega Superstars Tennis, including ones from Sega games such as a House of the Dead meets Space Invaders game, in which the player has to hit moving targets in the form of zombies, a Space Harrier game, a Puyo Puyo game, and a Virtua Cop game.[citation needed]

Each character has its own unique 'special attack' giving the player more chance of scoring a point. For example: Gilius throws a magic bottle in the air and covers the opponent's side with thunderbolts, if they touch one the character will be stunned for a brief moment, or Sonic's signature "Super Sonic" attack, which causes the tennis ball to zig-zag in various directions around the court when he hits the ball.[citation needed]

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions both have online play, while the Wii version has three different control schemes (Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Wii Remote sideways and the Classic Controller).[citation needed] The Nintendo DS version of the game can be played with the standard control pad, or utilize the stylus.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
DS PS2 PS3 Wii Xbox 360
Destructoid N/A N/A N/A N/A 7/10[5]
Edge N/A N/A N/A N/A 7/10[6]
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A N/A 7/10[7]
Game Informer N/A N/A 7.25/10[8] 7.5/10[9] 7.25/10[8]
GamePro 2.25/5[10] N/A 3/5[11] N/A N/A
Game Revolution C−[12] N/A D[13] N/A D[13]
GameSpot 6.5/10[14] 7/10[15] 7/10[15] 7/10[15] 7/10[15]
GameSpy N/A N/A N/A N/A 3/5 stars[16]
GameTrailers N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.5/10[17]
GameZone 6.6/10[18] N/A 5.5/10[19] N/A 6.9/10[20]
IGN 6.9/10[21] 6.4/10[22] (US) 6.4/10[22]
(AU) 6/10[23]
6.2/10[24] 6.4/10[22]
Nintendo Power 8/10[25] N/A N/A 8/10[26] N/A
OXM N/A N/A N/A N/A 6/10[27]
PSM N/A 4/5 stars[28] N/A N/A N/A
Wired N/A N/A 6/10[29] 6/10[29] 6/10[29]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 65/100[30] 70/100[31] 67/100[32] 71/100[33] 67/100[34]

Sega Superstars Tennis received "mixed or average reviews" on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[33][31][32][34][30]

Eurogamer praised the Xbox 360 version for its fan service.[7] Official Nintendo Magazine reviewed the Wii version, saying that it had great gameplay and fun minigames and was enjoyable in multiplayer. However, the game just missed out on a Gold Award (which is given to games that score 90% or higher in their reviews) due to the lack to Nintendo Wi-Fi support and blasted Sega for the omission due to Wi-Fi being supported on the Xbox and PS3, commenting that as Nintendo Wi-Fi had already proven its capabilities with other games, it appeared that Sega simply couldn't be bothered to include it.[35] IGN called the Wii version "a tennis game that should have been better than it is." They criticized the lack of detail in the graphics, the muffled sound effects, simplistic gameplay, and the lack of an online mode, which is present in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Game, set and Mac! SEGA Superstars Tennis out on October 17". Feral Interactive. October 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Randy (February 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis: Sega serves up fan love". PlayStation: The Official Magazine (3): 36. 
  3. ^ "It's going to be a Sonic Summer on the Mac!". Feral Interactive. June 20, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ace! SEGA Superstars Tennis slams onto the Mac today". Feral Interactive. October 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sterling, Jim (April 10, 2008). "Destructoid review: Sega Superstars Tennis (X360)". Destructoid. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Edge staff (April 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis (X360)". Edge (187): 97. 
  7. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (March 18, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Vore, Bryan (May 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3, X360)". Game Informer (181). Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ Vore, Bryan (May 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis (Wii)". Game Informer (181). Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ Balistrieri, Emily (March 18, 2008). "Review: SEGA Superstars Tennis (DS)". GamePro. Archived from the original on March 20, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ Gori, Andrew (April 11, 2008). "Review: SEGA Superstars Tennis (PS3)". GamePro. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ Rowe, Brian (June 2, 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis - DS Review". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Tan, Nick (April 16, 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis Review (PS3, X360)". Game Revolution. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ Thomas, Aaron (March 25, 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis Review (DS)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d Thomas, Aaron (March 24, 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis Review (PS2, PS3, Wii, X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Graziani, Gabe (March 28, 2008). "GameSpy: Sega Superstars Tennis (X360)". GameSpy. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Sega Superstars Tennis Review (X360)". GameTrailers. April 2, 2008. Archived from the original on April 7, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ David, Mike (March 26, 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ Bedigian, Louis (March 30, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ Grabowski, Dakota (April 6, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ Harris, Craig (March 18, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis Review (NDS)". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c Geddes, Ryan (March 19, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis Review (PS2, PS3, X360)". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  23. ^ IGN AU staff (March 27, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis AU Review (PS3)". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  24. ^ a b Casamassina, Matt (March 18, 2008). "SEGA Superstars Tennis Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Sega Superstars Tennis (DS)". Nintendo Power. 227: 89. April 2008. 
  26. ^ "Sega Superstars Tennis (Wii)". Nintendo Power. 227: 85. April 2008. 
  27. ^ McCaffrey, Ryan (May 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Review: Sega Superstars Tennis (PS2)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine (7): 81. June 2008. 
  29. ^ a b c Cavalli, Earnest (March 26, 2008). "Review: Sega Superstars Tennis Is Not Quite Super (PS3, Wii, X360)". Wired. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Sega Superstars Tennis for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  31. ^ a b "Sega Superstars Tennis for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  32. ^ a b "Sega Superstars Tennis for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ a b "Sega Superstars Tennis for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  34. ^ a b "Sega Superstars Tennis for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  35. ^ Scullion, Chris (April 2008). "Sega Superstars Tennis Review (Wii)". Official Nintendo Magazine: 70. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 

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