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Virtua Tennis World Tour (PSP)
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- Play as an Internationally-ranked tennis star
- Play up against the best in the world or play as a star and challenger
- Four unique court surfaces to play on
- Multiplayer Wi-Fi function
- Competition with other PSP system owners for up to four players
- Three different play modes: World Tour, Exhibition and Tournament
- Create your own player. Accessorise your character with the virtual cash you win in tournaments.
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- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Players can now take the addictive fast-paced action of Virtua Tennis with them wherever they go. The PSPTM portable entertainment system version of this critically acclaimed game tightens up the series' already superb gameplay and treats fans to a new set of inventive mini-games. Fun alone or with friends this is the ideal sports franchise for the handheld arena. An impressive roster of licensed world stars bring realism and authority to this accessible arcade-style game. Players can take any of these pro athletes through two core gameplay modes: Exhibition and Tournament. Exhibition mode lets players jump straight into the action with their favorite player while Tournament mode challenges gamers with five pre-set singles stages and three pre-set doubles stages. Once a player has prepped with the pros they'll feel ready to tackle World Tour mode. This mode allows players to create a custom tennis star train them through a range of fun mini-games up their stats and then build their rank in a lengthy series of tournaments. Both custom and pro stars can then be used with the game's Wi-Fi feature which lets up to 16 friends challenge each other in rousing singles and doubles matches. 14 internationally ranked tennis pros. Challenge your favorite tennis all-stars or play as them. Play around the world on hard clay and grass courts. Multiplayer Wi-Fi function. Competition with other PSP system owners for up to 16 players. Three different play modes: World Tour Exhibition and Tournament. Create your own player. Customize your character with the virtual cash you win in tournaments.
Video games publishers have an uncanny knack of ensuring that the only time of year a new tennis game is never released is during the middle of Wimbledon. Of course, in the case of Virtua Tennis: World Tour they had to wait until the PSP hit the shops, so its autumnal appearance is largely unavoidable.
What is curious though, is that despite being regarded by many as the best serious tennis simulation, the Virtua Tennis series has only made fleeting appearances on the current generation of consoles. Its getting in on the ground floor with the PSP though, with what will likely become the definitive portable tennis game.
The gameplay is largely the same as the previous Dreamcast and PS2 versions with an apparently simplistic arcade style control system revealing surprising depth and subtlety over time. It translates well to the PSP controls and the graphics are almost identical to the home console versions.
Virtua Tennis features three basic game modes -- World Tour, Exhibition and Tournament -- plus four mini-games and a 16 player (although obviously not all on the same court) wireless multiplayer mode. You can create and customise your own character but 14 "real" tennis players are also included, such as Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Lindsay Davenport and Tim Henman. Obviously youll need at least a passing interest in real tennis to really appreciate the game, but as long as thats the case theres no need for new balls here. -- Harrison DentSee all Product Description
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Virtua Tennis World Tour is a conversion of the old dreamcast game, Virtua Tennis 2 (later converted to the PS2.) However, there are extra features exclusive to the PSP which will not disappoint fans.
The games graphics are trully incredible. I'm amazed at what the PSP can handle, and other than the occassional glitch (where you can see through the person etc) the graphics are just as good as its PS2 counterpart. Every character and court being beautifully rendered onto this handheld masterpiece. The music is quick and catchy and is welcome on the PSP.
The gameplay is basically the same. There is quick match mode, tournament, world tour (where you create a male and female character) and complete mini-games to increase your serve, footwork, volley etc and then compete in tournaments to become the world Number 1. Mini games include serving to knock bowling pins down, dodging balls being blasted at you whilst tagging flags, and volleying balls at targets. There is also a new set of mini games found in ball game mode, which are just more of the same mini games, but welcome to the game too.
Because of the simplicity of the controls (the analogue makes the game flow well) and the fact that the x button will be the one you use 90% of the time, the games natural fast pace, and good looks makes this a most definite purchase on your PSP. However, if you've played virtua Tennis 2 (all mini games in world tour are taken from Virtua Tennis 2) and you want something truly original, than perhaps another game should be considered. However, this is an excellent game for anyone else.
Firstly, I was amazed at the graphics. If you owned a Dreamcast (like me), the graphics are just as good. Lets please not look at the PS2 version of the Virtua Tennis 2 Graphics, as they were nothing to rave about. The core gameplay remains the same...as simplistic as ever, 3 buttons; top spin, lob, qnd slice, and using the analogue stick is just a joy.
The World Tour mode is incredibly fun, with four new mini games that are exclusive to PSP, the rest are strait from VT2. Fortunately, the characters have been upgraded, and true superstars are there to pick, maybe the only exception is Vaidisova, that even people who watch Tennis may have trouble knowing. For the rest, they are all big names, the only exception is that of Marat Safin, but thats being picky.
Downsides? Well, there arent any really, the only minor gripe are some graphical glitches, like seeing through people, but you really have to be picky to say its bad. For the rest, everything is tip top.
This was by far my best PSP buy to date!
The world tour is excellent and really makes the game. Design and dress your players and improve your ability in all areas including: volleys, surves, strokes and movement. As you get better you can enter into more and more tournaments which improve your ranking untill you reach the number 1 spot! Earn money from winnings and purchase clothes and accesories, aswell as a doubles player which you need to play in doubles tournaments.
If there was to be one glich in the game it would be the small amount of players there are on offer to play with. All the main players are there but the lower ranked players aren't. However, this is far from enough to let down the game. Buy it!
Benjamin Long, 13
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game, really absorbing. Both me and my daughter play it. Delivery was fast and arrived in great condition. A bargain!Published 4 months ago by David McColl
I love the game but the conditions of the disc weren't good as described, it had a small crack which means it doesn't always spin as smoothly as it should when in the PSP device. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Gabriel
game is good in many ways - graphics, controls etc but its sooooooo difficult.
i have my psp to pick up for then mins here and ten mins there and this game needs serious... Read more
the game is fantastic, my kids and I enjoy very much. there are lots of levels you can do and lots of different games. the tournament mode is excellent.Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by antonella
This is a nice game as it feels very realistic. The characters are limited and I'm finding it hard to save any data. Other than that, this is a good game.Published on 9 Jun. 2012 by A.G.E.
this is the 2nd one he's had as he wore out the 1st one he'd played it that much,so with that i'd say it must be a pretty good game.Published on 11 April 2009 by Mrs. S. J. Thurland
I recently wanted to get rid of my PSP because I was so bored of all it's racers, uninventive rpg's and same old action games. Read morePublished on 28 July 2008 by E. S. Oguzturun
This is an awsome game with amazing graphics and really fun to play. its muchbetter than the ps2 version with added players such as Andy Roddick, Roger Federa and Sharapova!!! Read morePublished on 13 July 2006 by Rahim