Virtua Tennis: World Tour
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European cover art which includes Tim Henman, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova
Virtua Tennis: World Tour was first released on 1 September 2005 in Europe with a North American release following shortly afterwards on 6 October 2005. It was later released in Japan on 26 January 2006 under the title Power Smash: New Generation.
The game features 14 real-life professional tennis players, four court surfaces (with multiple arenas of each surface) and multiple game modes.
This is the main 1-player mode of Virtua Tennis: World Tour. In this mode, you create one male and one female character and attempt to win all the tournaments in the game to reach your goal of becoming the no. #1-ranked player in the world. In between tournaments, skill levels may be raised by competing in a variety of quick minigames.
As it sounds, Quick Match just throws you into a match, automatically selecting the players and court.
These are a few minigames, perfect for a short play time. These are Blocker, Balloon Smash, Fruit Dash and Blockbuster.
You select a player and attempt to play through 6 matches in order to win a tournament. Courts are automatically selected. There is also a retry option which enables the player to try to win again and again.
You can select a player and select your opponent. You can select a court.
Using the PSP's Wi-Fi capabilities, up to 4 players can compete in a tennis match.
In a GameSpot review, Virtua Tennis: World Tour received a score of 8.2. IGN gave the game "8.5". However, many critics were disappointed by the added element of two fictional female players, on the account of the high numbers of top players in the WTA.