Virtua Tennis World Tour (PSP)
- 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
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 Dent
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The first option available is a one off Exhibition mode, where you can choose between sixteen ATP and WTA players including the likes of Federer, Roddick, Hewitt and Maria Sharapova. Each character is classified according to their strengths, and this is uesful when choosing the right player for your playing style. The exhibition mode also allows you to choose any of 29 World Tour locations, the majority of which have to be bought in the World Tour mode before they are accessible for exhibition matches.
The World Tour mode features a character customisation feature, where you create a male and female player, tweaking everything from their build to their hair colour. The players begin with abysmal levels of skill, which is increased through mini-games designed to tweak certain aspects of your players' style. This is a great feature, as it allows you to develop your players' style to your own customisation, right up to the 'master' classification of maximum stats all round.Read more ›