Virtua Tennis 4

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Virtua Tennis 4
Virtua Tennis 4 cover.png
European cover art
Developer(s)Sega
Publisher(s)Sega
Producer(s)Jun Yoshino
Designer(s)Mie Kumagai
SeriesVirtua Tennis
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Xbox 360
Wii
Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • EU: April 29, 2011
  • AU: May 5, 2011
  • NA: May 10, 2011
  • JP: June 30, 2011 (PS3)
Wii
  • EU: April 29, 2011
  • AU: 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
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, although the Wii MotionPlus is required for actual motion-controlled gameplay in the Wii version, which is controlled with the Wii Remote held sideways if the accessory is unavailable. 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.

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]

World Tour Edition[edit]

An updated Vita port, entitled "Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition" was announced on June 7, 2011,[7] and was to simultaneously launch with the PlayStation Vita, along with being exclusive to Sony's new handheld.

The World Tour addition included many exclusive features. More mini-games were added, along with touch controllers. You can also play in first person mode, and control the game using the Vita's gyroscope. Players may use the handheld's front camera to take a photo of their face, and have the game construct a character based on the photo (Similar to the mechanics of the game Reality Fighters).[8] After the game downloads your image, you may edit your player in a light character customization screen. Different game templates were also added, allowing the user to play in various time periods, ranging from the early 20th century to one-hundred years in the future.[9]

Two players may now play using the same system, by turning it sideways in the style of Pong,[10] with each participant using a combination of touch control and buttons or analog to play. Augmented reality can be used to bring tennis players featured in the game to life on your system.[11] Simply select a player, and have them brought into onto your screen, with the background being whatever is facing the second camera on the system.

Online play had also been touched up on, allowing players to share stats, and allowing users to share comments on the other's game home screen.[9]

The game itself was enjoyed by players, critics, and actual tennis players alike (See Reception for more on the reviews). Tennis star Andy Murray stated that he enjoyed the game while playing against a representative from Sega, stating that he found it and entertaining, praised the graphics, and said his in game character was an accurate representation of him.[12]

As of July 2017, Virtua Tennis 4 is the only tennis simulation game available for the PlayStation Vita.[13]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(PS3) 69.64%[14]
(Xbox 360) 80.19%[15]
Metacritic(PC) 66/100[16]
(PS3) 69/100[17]
(PS Vita) 77/100[18]
(Wii) 65/100[19]
(Xbox 360) 70/100[20]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer8/10[21]
IGN7/10[22]

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."[23] GameSpot had reviewed the Xbox 360 version and gave it 5.5 out of 10. It stated that "In almost every respect, Virtua Tennis 4 is outclassed by its rival Top Spin 4" because Virtua Tennis 4 have annoying music, too simple controls and unrealistic sound effects.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VT4 coming to Arcades". Facebook. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  2. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 Kinect Review". Kinectronic.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ James Gallagher (2010-08-30). "A Few Rallies With Virtua Tennis 4 And PlayStation Move". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 – Trailer of Awesome". Sega of America. YouTube. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5. ^ Virtua Tennis 4 announced for Xbox 360, Wii + new trailer!
  6. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 in action". Sega Bits. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  7. ^ "#SegaE3 – World's Greatest Tennis Stars head to NGP in Virtua Tennis 4". Sega. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  8. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition Review". IGN. News Corporation. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  9. ^ a b Mie Kumagai (2012-02-21). "Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition Serving Up Tomorrow". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  10. ^ Jeff Rubenstein (2011-08-19). "Virtua Tennis 4 Serves PS Vita-exclusive Features, VT Apps". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  11. ^ Mie Kumagai (2012-02-16). "How Virtua Tennis: World Tour Edition Uses The PS Vita Cameras". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  12. ^ Alex Sloane (2012-06-28). "Virtua Tennis Meets Andy Murray And Serves Up Summer Competition!". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  13. ^ "PlayStation Vita Games by Category > Sports > Individual > Tennis". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  14. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (PS3)". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  15. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (Xbox 360)". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  16. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (PC)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  17. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (PS3)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  18. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (PS Vita)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  19. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (Wii)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  20. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 (Xbox 360)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  21. ^ Vítor Alexandre (2011-05-23). "Virtua Tennis 4 - Página 2" [Virtua Tennis 4 - Page 2]. Eurogamer (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  22. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 Review". IGN. News Corporation. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  23. ^ "Virtua Tennis 4 Review". GameZone. 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  24. ^ Mark Walton (2011-05-11). "Virtua Tennis 4 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.