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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Better with Kinect' - but very limited gameplay, 3 Jun. 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Virtua Tennis 4 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I say to myself time and time again - read the reviews first, read the back of the box first. But I get distracted by the shiny cover and here I am frustrated again.

That said, the kinect element of the game isn't that bad. The designers have come up with a way for your cyber-player to move around the width of a tennis court without actually running into the walls of your room. They have even found a strangely surreal way for you to approach the net and back up again - but it's not very effective and my player usually fluffs the overhead shot. The actual gesture-to-player operation isn't that good either. Top-spin seems to be okay, but slice is a train-wreck and the lob is non-existant as far as I can tell. Also directing the ball seems fairly arbitrary and you can't do a cunning drop-shot at all.

However, I'm actually rather hopeful - not with this game per se, but with the potential for tracking players using the kinect sensor. I can definitely see better and more effective sports games in the future Kinect world and await with bated breath the first golf simulator!

Purchasers should know that the Kinect content of this game is limited to an Exhibition match and one mini-game. For everything else you will have to revert to thumb-twitching. I've tried the regularly-controlled parts of the game and they're not really that good, but Virtua Tennis has always been an arcade emulator rather than a simulator.

The music is massively annoying - so I used options to turn it way down.

So 3 out of 5 for a reasonable attempt at using Kinect technology to recreate the feel of being 'inside' the game. But the anticipation of future and better-constructed titles is definitely there!
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 00:35:57 BDT
J. Singh says:
That's a very nice review. Thanks I've decided to continue my wait for a really good Tennis title for my Kinect !!!
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