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Grand Slam Tennis
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game is just fine for players of all ages who are old enough to play tennis. There is no controversial content in this game other than exposure to branded products displayed as advertisements in the playing forums. And though it stars John McEnroe, you need not worry about profanity. You can purchase the game for $50, but the bundle with the Wii MotionPlus it is only $60 -- a steal.
What's it about?
Nintendo Wii owners got a taste of motion-controlled tennis with Wii Sports, one of the five games bundled with the console. But those who crave a deeper experience on the virtual court won't be disappointed with EA Sports' GRAND SLAM TENNIS. While the game is hardly a grand slam when it comes to graphics, this Wii exclusive feels terrific thanks to authentic tennis motions aided by Nintendo's new Wii MotionPlus peripheral, an add-on that attaches to the Wii remote). This tennis game lets you play as or against some of the most famous tennis pros in recent memory -- including John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Maria Sharapova -- in both single-player and multiplayer modes (including supporting online play for head-to-head matches over the Internet). Grand Slam Tennis is the only video game where users can play at Wimbledon, plus the U.S. Open., Australian Open and other coveted events.
Is it any good?
What this game lacks in graphics, it makes up for in feel. By holding the Wii Remote (with the Wii MotionPlus attached) like a tennis racket, players can perform real life tennis strokes in front of the TV -- including forehands, backhands, topspins, slices, lobs and slams -- and the motions are mirrored in the game in real-time. When plugged into the Wii Remote, the Nunchuk controller moves the player around the court, but younger or more novice players can unplug it and have the game's A.I. handle player movement -- a very nice feature. Between its many game modes, multiple tennis players and locations, and intuitive motion control, Grand Slam Tennis is worth making a racket over.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether the gratuitous company or product logos in the game takes away from the experience or adds to it? Is it fair for video game companies to sell ads in games or do you feel that your $50 or $60 spent on the product should be without advertisements?
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