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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis
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.
BAD POINTS: NO...
Published on 26 Dec 2001

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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. However, the game soon gets repetitive and loses its appeal.
Published on 29 Jan 2001


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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis, 26 Dec 2001
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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.
BAD POINTS: NO WOMEN
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 One of the finest Sports games on any platform to date., 11 April 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great sports title from the Gaming Masters, SEGA, 29 Nov 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY, but wont last long!, 7 Oct 2000
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Virtua tennis is one of those games that you enjoy immensely, but rather strangely find collecting dust 2 weeks after purchase. Its not that theres anything wrong with it, but once you've completed the world circuit and beaten everyone there is to beat - theres litte else to do. The games best feature is its 4-player mode, which reallys shows off how fun it can be (I've yet to find anything more satisfying than a backcourt smash that nutmegs one of your opponents!). I love this game, but the only thing that stops it from getting 5 stars is its questionable longetivity, its still the game that spends most time in my dreamcast, but then most of the games i own for it seem to find there way back to the shelf after a few plays! This was originally an arcade game, like crazy taxi and many other sega games, so it was designed for short plays, and despite the world tour, i just find that it doesnt have enough to warrant giving it 5 stars. When the dreamcast gets games like half-life, quake 3 and black and white it will start to appeal to those who like a bit more depth in their games, but until then games like this will have to do, and if games of this quality is what i have to put up with, then i'm more than happy to wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis, 12 Nov 2000
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Virtua tennis is truely the best sports sim game i have ever played. The players all look realistic and move smoothly and realsiticly. The game play is amazing and once you start playing this game you can't put the control down and want to keep on getting further and further intill you have unlocked all of the extra charactwers and stages.
There is even the added extras of changing your players kit. I think that if you havent actaully seen this game before and watch it, you could think it was an actual real life match for a split second as it really does look that real.
This game will last you ages and even after you have completed it you can have unlimited hours of fun playing the tow player mode with your friends. Four player action is also great fun as you can play a doubles match with you and 3 other players. The sound is also very good.
All and all i think this game is one of the best titles on the dreamcast so far and it will be tough to beat. It can be played by all ages and i think if you havent got it yet its a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tenis - an ace, 5 Sep 2000
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Virtua Tennis is a great game you can tell straight away when you go into your first match.
There are eight different players to choose from including extras that you unlock for doing certain tasks. All the players look like there real-life counterpart. The courts are amazing to look at too. Even though there aren't any licencesd courts you can imediatly tell what court they're mimicking.
There are extras added to the arcade version that will keep you coming back:
*Up to four player multi-player.
*World tour mode - a career mode (winning matches earns some money so you can buy extra gear or tennis partners)
*Challenges. These test your skill. Try hitting a strike with a good serve.
The controls for this game are easy too. Use the control stick or the d-pad to move around, the A button to hit and B to lob.
This is definetly the best tennis game ever. Fun for everyone - even non-tennis fans. Buy it now. One of the best Dreamcast games ever.
Shame there's no Anna Kournikova.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must buy, 2 Dec 2001
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P. Prior "prog5000" (Norwich - UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Game Set and Match Virtua Tennis, 6 Jan 2002
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Mr. Daniel Glenfield (Oxford) - See all my reviews
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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 The most playable game ever, 22 Nov 2000
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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 Tim Henman, Cedric Pioline, Jim Courier and Mark Phillippoussis.
The sound effects are great with the crowd knowing when to react and timing it spot on, the training mode is very useful with eight modes including pin crasher which is just like bowling but you serve to knock down the pins and drum shooter where you lob to hit the ball into very drum can.
You'll be surprised at how real the players act for example in doubles the players will congratulate each other on a good shot or be frustrated on a bad shot, all aspects of virtua tennis are flawless right down to the last string - it's a must for any DC owner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtua Tennis - Dreamcast, 19 Sep 2000
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If you like sport games, Virtua Tennis will not disappoint. The arcade conversion to dreamcast seems to have been pulled off without a hitch. What makes Virtua Tennis stand out from the crowd is that it's single player mode is as ruthlessly addictive as the multi-player feature. Although ideally more tennis stars would have increased the appeal of the game, the eight stars provided are executed with an accuracy unrivalled in any sports simulation to date. Any tennis fan will recognise Tim Henman's characteristic clenched fist on executing a pin-point smash, or Jim Courier's cocky snarl on rocketing a perfect back-hand down the trams. All in all this game is not to be missed if sporting simulations are your thing, in Virtua tennis we have the first truely great Dreamcast offering.
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