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Everybody's Tennis (Sony PSP)
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- Platform: Sony PSP
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Platform: Sony PSP
Make the most of Challenge Mode and Training to master controls and tennis technique and establish your own play style. Use those skills when you play versus matches, and think of the CPU players as your "warm-up". Meanwhile practise doubles formation and polish your teamwork to get the most enjoyment out of team versus matches.
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Everybody's Tennis has two modes of play:
-Story Mode, in which you begin with two characters and play tennis throughout the world unlocking customisable items and more playable characters along the way. The story is really lame in which your goal is to make people happy by playing tennis, but thankfully not a chore to get through and is ultimately quite charming and fun. I might add that it is surprisingly long too for a game based solely on tennis.
- Exhibition Mode is the basic pick up and play mode which lets you jump right into a game vs the computer with varying levels of difficulty spanning from Level 1 - GOD! You can also choose to play a friend via wireless play if your lucky enough to have a friend....
The gameplay of the tennis itself is excellent. Really really good! It may take you a few games to become accustomed to the timing of hitting the ball (unlike some tennis games that registers your button bashing before the ball is anywhere near you), and how best to position yourself as the ball approaches.
The depths of the gameplay in my opinion is well balanced and very well thought out. For instance, the run and gun type approach to playing may well win you games if your positioning is spot on, but the game encourages you to anticipate where the ball will land and to take your shot while stood with a firm footing. Positioning yourself correctly while receiving a ball enables a charge shot; the longer you're stood stationary the more your shot will charge and the more likely your return ball will be hit with both power and accuracy.
As well as charge shots, there's also stamina to be aware of. The more running, returning, diving etc you do the more your stamina gauge decreases, which in turn decreases your return balls accuracy and power. You'll find that facing the upper echelons of the tennis world decreases your stamina pretty quickly.
For the most part there are, thankfully, not many bad things I can say about Everybody's Tennis. It would of been nice to see some Tennis related minigames to play in the style of the ones found in Virtua Tennis, but that's about it.
All in all, Everybody's Tennis is fantastic and easily the best Tennis - if not best PSP sport - game I've played. With hundreds of customisable items to unlock, 15 characters to play as (including a Helgast soldier from the Playstation Killzone series!), a well thought out system of play and bags of charm, Everybody's Tennis should be experienced by, well....everybody!