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Virtua Tennis

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Based on the arcade original
  • Realistic 3-D environments and fluid animation
  • 8 internationally ranked men's tennis players to choose from
  • Play on hard court, clay, grass, or carpet--each surface responds differently
  • For 1 to 4 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Sega Dreamcast
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004U2DH
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.6 x 2 cm ; 150 g
  • Release Date: 8 Sep 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,298 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Every year Wimbledon comes and goes, and for two weeks the country is crazed at the prospect of Tim Henman or Greg Rusedski getting past the first round. Then when Wimbledon blows over, us British folk seem to go back to watching football and playing rugby. Yet Sega have different plans for us--Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast.

To get it out of the way at the beginning of the review, this game is great, it's a must-have for the Dreamcast, one of those pick-up-and-play classics. Whether you are a tennis fan or not this is a smash.

To start with, the gameplay is outstanding. With only 2 buttons to get used to--a lob and a smash button--the game takes it for granted that you'll not going to be the best computer tennis gameplayer, but as the game progresses and you become a confident to try new moves you'll notice that every shot in a tennis players armoury is available; hold the analogue button longer in one direction and you'll get better swerve, want that slice and it's a different order of buttons altogether.

Virtua Tennis doesn't stop here either with not only boasting the original arcade version, but also an exhibition level to allow you to practise with the different players like Henman and Courier and courts like grass and clay, as well as a World Circuit arena.

The World Circuit arena, which is based on a similar option in Soul Calibur, allows you to compete in both training and match challenges to earn money to buy extra features like new players and courts, giving you a great single player options to complement the amazing multiplayer options that the game has.

The multiplayer option is probably the craziest on any console yet with Sega using the extra controller resources of the Dreamcast to the max, by allowing both two player and four player doubles matches.

This game oozes appeal, everything from balance between single and multiplayer options and gameplay to even the smooth and wonderful graphics. You'll approach this game with abated breath as whether a tennis game is for you, and you'll leave wanting to book those tickets for Wimbledon.

Product Description

Directly translated from the popular arcade stand-up, Virtua Tennis offers a light-year jump from the Pong-style tennis of yesteryear. Sporting rich 3-D graphics, crisp animation and realistic sound effects, you'll swear you're courtside at a grand slam. But, thanks to the game's simple controls, you won't have to spend years at a tennis camp just learning a backhand.

The game features hard-top, grass, and clay surfaces, all with distinct ball-bounce and sound responses. Choose one of eight internationally ranked tennis pros and play against advanced computer opponents, or plug an extra controller in and play a friend head to head. Just as in real championships, ball boys, chair umps and even spectators react to your game.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis 26 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This is a masterpiece of a game , and one that has been described by many as reason enough to buy a dreamcast.
GOOD POINTS: Brilliant graphics and animation, with a smoothness not found in any other sports game.
Great selection of tournements and matches.
THE BEST multiplayer game on the Dreamcast, and a great end to any party.
Small selection of players
Can be too difficult on higher settings and when progressing in a tournement
Overall, this is one of maybe only 5 must-buys on the dreamcast, although upstaged by the sequel, it is still a classic that must be owned
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant tennis game 24 Mar 2004
By john
this is the closest you will ever get to a realistic yet playable and enjoyable tennis game. it is so addictive to in the world circuit mode especialy. if you enjoy sport games this is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Game Set and Match Virtua Tennis 6 Jan 2002
A very arcade-style approach to tennis, and it works wonderfully. Fast-paced matches, simple controls, and great fun in multiplayer.
There's enough challenge to keep you going, special note should be given to the World mode, where you play ever-increasingly hard matches to win trophies and money, which can be used to buy costumes, new players, doubles partners, sports drinks, and other things. There's also the training events which involve a range of tasks, such as knocking over balloons and lobbing balls into bins.
Things can get boring after a while, but if you've always got a couple of friends available you'll always have a good time.
Considered by many to be an essential DC purchase at the time, but with the sequel out you may want to spend that bit extra for that version instead of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must buy 2 Dec 2001
This game continues the legend of Sega Sports Arcade titles and is sure to keep the most dedicated tennis fan riveted to the net. A perfect translation of the smash arcade hit, the Dreamcast version serves up the same grand slamming gameplay and rich 3D graphics. Crisp animations and realistic sound effects add to the game's immersive power. Spectators, ball boys, chair umps, everyone gets into your game and reacts to the scores. Play on realistic courts with surfaces such as clay or grass, and adjust your game as the ball and players respond differently on each. Four-player mode lets you get a fierce game of Doubles going. Eight of the top-ranked players in the world are included in the game, choose one, and volley your way to the Championship.
This game from the start to the finish is the best around when it comes to tennis
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By A Customer
SEGA launched the Dreamcast with high hopes. The public awaited the Dreamcast with high hopes. The games around at first were good, but there was very little in the way of sports titles except for the just-above-par Virtua Striker v2000. The system needed something to grab attention. The answer: VIRTUA TENNIS.
In a very under represented genre, VT managed to redefine what was expected not only of tennis games but of the whole sports group. Superlative graphics courtesy of the Naomi board in the arcades transferred seamlessly to the Dreamcast. Unfortunately, the crowd were a bit of a let down in this department, being two dimensional and pixelated, but the players looked great.
Sound, as you might expect from an arcade title, featured weird, stereotypical Japan Rock and very obvious ball hitting noises and foot squeaks. This was all well and good but got annoying after a while.
Another feature that was very interesting was the challenges/training section. These were very challenging but some, notably the target shooter, were indescribably tough.
In terms of actual all round gameplay, however, the game comes up trumps. The players respond well but not quickly, the ball strike area is well mapped to the raquet head meaning not weird 'hitting with the air' or 'going through the racquet' syndrome. The AI was great also.
In general, then SEGA managed to pull off one of the greatest and most original sports titles of all time. LONG LIVE SEGA!
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With crispy, gorgeous player models and superb textures, gameplay that harks back to the original compulsively addictive days of pong, and more options than a top of the range Mercedes, this is one game I defy anyone not to be able to pick up and derive instant gratification.
From the in house development teams nurtured by Sega themselves (AM2), this title just oozes quality and - to be perfectly honest - is one of *the* best sports releases of recent times. Not since Kick Off or the original John Madden Football series have I devoted so much time to a game, much to the annoyance of my girlfriend. The one player experience offers 3 modes of play, mandatory Arcade and Exhibition modes, but the hook is the Championship mode that takes the player to compete in various tournaments across the globe, competing in singles or doubles events. As you progress through the stages, you earn money that can be used to unlock additional arenas, players and tennis wear which - asides from thrashing Tim Henman 6-0 - adds another sense of achievement. Mini-games within the championship mode are also a welcome distraction, in the same vein as crazy taxi they see you serving to knock down a set of bowling pins, or returning shots aiming to hit a huge bull's-eye painted on the opposite court half.
The multiplayer mode supports up to 4 people, this just serves to add value to what is already a fantastic solo experience.
I could go on, and on, and on about how good this game actually is, but it wouldn't help convey the beautifully simple - yet intrinsic - gameplay. Regardless of whether you like the sport or not, I implore you to at least give this game a try, if only for 5 minutes, then try and put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis
Not a bad tennis game. Its graphics are stunning and it is fun to play using the two player mode. The one player mode has plenty to extend the life of the game. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game - but frustrating at times
Basically I would say Virtua Tennis is one of the finest sports games on any system - and definitely one of the best games on Dreamcast. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis:- Greatest Sports Sim ever
Virtua Tennis, in my opinion is the greatest sports sim ever. You don't even have to like tennis to love this game! Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dreamcast game!!!
Only Sega can get a game with this amount of playablility using only 2 buttons. The brilliant graphics and sound are just the icing on the cake for this single and multiplayer... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2001 by Big Balbowski
5.0 out of 5 stars play and play and play
when i brought this i didn't really like tennis games, i got it do to lack of other games, since playing it i now can't stop it's the best game on the dc by far!!!! Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars SImply Incredible!
Only Sega seem able to perfectly blend realistic visuals and compelling gameplay. Virtua Tennis is one of the best examples of this. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2000 by "stephenmackintosh"
5.0 out of 5 stars The most playable game ever
Stunning visuals with the smoothest and most addictive gameplay yet makes this the most playable game ever, sega have put together a great line up of licensed players which include... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2000
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