A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game is all about playing tennis and competing and sends a message that playing sports is a positive thing.
Positive Role Models
Top athletes are shown as being good competitors.
Ease of Play
Mastering the Wii MotionPlus controls, which involves closely mirroring real tennis movements, takes time. If players are used to playing other Wii racket games, this can be challenging.
Products & Purchases
The game uses some corporate sponsorships and players' skill is rewarded with branded gear.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sports game is a friendly experience with no objectionable content. The steep learning cure using the Wii MotionPlus controller could create some frustration in younger players, but it is otherwise, a solid, safe game.
Is It Any Good?
While there's great family fun to be had here, mastering the controls can be a frustrating experience; stance, and "racket" tilt and swing angle all influence the shot. Variation and inconsistency in these factors can easily flub your game. On the plus side, users can place the ball with great accuracy, and there's real skill and effort involved in playing well. Unfortunately, poor graphics and sometimes choppy visuals will prevent you from executing precision movement expected, and that's irritating.
Still, the Virtua Tennis games have always had great variety of play, and this iteration is no exception. You'll find Exhibition and coaching modes, and a host of terrific training games in the World Tour mode; these include fun (and funny) diversions like "Meat Defender" in which you hit your ball at crocodiles to scare them away from hunks of beef.
Online interaction: The game is playable online, although there is considerable lag so the experience is poor. No chat on the Wii version, but open chat is available through X360 version so kids could hear profanity.
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