How anyone can copmpare this to Wii sports is beyond me. This is much better, with more control and representing a real challenge. Equally, this is no gym replacement! LOL
The best thing to do is to dive straight into the tournaments. It took me a while to get used to the controls, and not without frustration. But after a while they become second nature; then the fun really starts.
The key to this game is to watch the other player - as you would in real life. Their stance before they strike gives a lot of info about the speed and direction they will shoot. It's a nice, realiistic touch, but it's most immediate use is to cope with the control lag. Although I use the Control Freak configuration, it is primarily the early timing of your swing, rather than player's position that determines success. Unfortunately, this can lead to some mechanical play during the longer (and often very enjoyable) rallies.
I experimented with holding the Wii remote like a pen, as a professional might hold his bat. That would appear to offer the most realistic sense of control, but I usually revert to a normal hold when the action is getting high. My laziness perhaps?
My verdict is - very good game - funa nd addictive, but ultimately not challenging enough.
I would like to see a sequel with online mode and more intuitive controls (i.e. bat-wielding). The rest is just fluff reallly - gameplay is king here.
And yeah - the loading times are a bit ridiculous.