Virtua Tennis 2009
|Release||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer|
Virtua Tennis 2009 includes World Tour Mode and includes a fully integrated online ranking system. All new create-a-player options give the gamer the ability to create anyone. The game features more than 40 different courts to play on, including locations such as Dubai and Shanghai, etc. Mini-games are back in this iteration, with 12 court games, including new entries: Pot Shot, Pirate Wars, Block Buster, Count Mania, Zoo Feeder, and Shopping Dash.
Virtua Tennis 2009 enhanced all of the features from VT3 although some are mostly kept the same:
- New create-a-player system is improved and fun to use as giving out the birthday date, a new posture feature to choose player service stances, waiting positions and others. (A player may enter the first and last names like the other players; e.g. Lewis Bentley)
- New players such as Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Svetlana Kuznetsova as well as legends like Boris Becker and Tim Henman. (Henman is chosen to be the player's coach)
- Enhanced courts and new-operated ball boys and ball girls (A similar feature in Smash Court Tennis 3.)
- New environment sounds, crowds, background music and low-pitched grunts.
- Two new camera views with Normal view: Audience view. and a Low-view camera better known as over-the-shoulder camera
- All new online-ranking system. A player can join and play with friends and in-game opponents to maintain ranking (No online play is available on the PC version)
- New home-select feature with nationality-detector (the player's nationality depends on their home).
- It has a new weather-system that makes clouds move.
- There is a new generated 3D crowd and people. They move and cheer whenever players give a winning shot and they also make noise whenever the players stumble during long rallies.
- Court Feature: New speed of balls like high and slow balls in clay courts, faster and lower in hard and grass courts.
- Dives from the male players is now replaced by a stumble for less recovery and less chance of noise.
- Smashes from lobs of other players could be now missed more for more realism.
- Service or serves is now sensitive to control especially in Wii for harder control of making MAX serve to make it more realistic.
- Service sometimes goes out, goes wide, etc. to make it more realistic.
- When turning off in-game or match music, it gives the player more concentration and more realistic experience.
- Items are not anymore collected from tournaments and may buy them in the tennis shop.
- Extra Feature: Tennis Store: Players can use money earned in tournaments to purchase equipment such as racquets and clothing in stores.
- Tennis stars have more details and their features are more realistic.
- There is a new Main Menu design and changed Character Selection screen.
Virtua Tennis 2009 brought new players to use and play (With 11 male players, 9 female players, and 3 male legends to choose from.)
The game received a somewhat mixed reception, with an average Metacritic score of 75% on next-gen consoles, and 70% on the PC. Play UK called it "the best in the series so far", but also admitted that "the action may feel far too familiar to owners of Virtua Tennis 3". IT Reviews said it was "a terrific tennis game yet, conversely, an unnecessary one", also concluding that "it adds too little to Virtua Tennis 3". Eurogamer pointed out that the online multiplayer had been improved, but otherwise complained about a "general lack of ambition".
There were concerns that the competition was too easy, taking as much as 10 hours of gameplay before facing a competent opponent. Even the online action often suffered from lag and jitteriness and players "teleporting" to instantly jump across the screen.
- "SEGA dates Virtua Tennis 2009". videogamer.com. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
- RubyEclipse (2009-05-08). "Virtua Tennis 2009 moves to June ship date". Sega of America Boards. Sega of America. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
VT2009 has now been pushed back to a June ship date […] Right now the goal is still June 2 […] the date push is for the US specifically
- Virtua Tennis Official Twitter
- Steve Lycett confirms Sumo Digital is developing the game.
- http://www.itreviews.co.uk/games/g580.htm IT Reviews
- http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/virtua-tennis-2009-review_4 Eurogamer