We take an in-depth look at Grand Slam Tennis 2 on the PlayStation 3 with Move controls. This follows up the Wii MotionPlus version although on PS3 and 360 rather than the Wii platform.
Previously on FGTV...
Pilot Episode: Pestridge Family Start Gaming
Episode 1.1: Pestridge Family Try Kinect
Episode 1.2: Pestridge Family Kinect Favs
Episode 1.3: Pestridge Family Tries PS3
Episode 1.4: Skylanders visit in San Francisco
Episode 1.5: Emmens Dad Kids Starts Gaming
Episode 1.6: Pestridge Mum Talks Kinect
Episode 1.7: Pestridge Super Young Gamers
Episode 1.8: Pestridge Dad uDraw and 3DS
Episode 1.9: Pestridge Mum tries Mario 3DS
Episode 1.10: Pestridge Mum Skylanders
Episode 1.11: Emmens Family Lego Games
Episode 1.12: Your Shape Fitness Part 1
Episode 1.13: Your Shape Fitness Part 2
Episode 1.14: Pestridge Mum Disneyland
Episode 1.15: Emmens Try Forza 4
Episode 1.16: Emmens iPad Gaming
Episode 1.17: Emmens Try 3DS and Mario
Episode 1.18: Guided Tour of the DS
Episode 1.19: Mum's Gaming Reality check
Episode 1.20: Emmens Plays Kinectimals
Episode 1.21: Emmens Try Skylanders
Episode 1.22: Season One Outtakes
Episode 1.23: Emmens try AppMates
Episode 1.24: Hilsons try PS Vita
Episode 1.25: Skylanders Giants
Episode 1.26: Skylanders Giants Devs
Episode 1.27: Kinect Rush Devs
Episode 1.28: Grand Slam Tennis 2
Episode 1.29: Skylanders Giants CEO
Episode 1.30: Hilsons try Runescape
Episode 1.31: Mum talks WiiU and Layton
Episode 1.32: Kinect Rush Gameplay
Episode 1.33: Kinect Star Wars
Episode 1.34: Right to Play Kinect
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Grand Slam Tennis 2 brings tennis to PlayStation Move but ends up being jack of all controllers and master of none. Great fun for families but for grownups more promise of things to come than a fully fleshed out motion experience. I suspect Grand Slam Tennis on Wii U will be the de facto version.
I was a big fan of the original Grand Slam Tennis game. It was the first title to make use of the Motion Plus controls on the Wii, even released before Wii Sports Resort, and was the first time I experienced the sort of one-to-one controls promised (but not previously delivered) by Nintendo's motion controlled console.
Grand Slam Tennis was a revelation on the Wii. Not only could you control the direction and weight of your shot by the direction of your swing (more than timing as in Wii Sports Tennis and Table Tennis) but your on screen character perfectly matched your real-world motions in an uncanny way.
For Grand Slam Tennis 2, EA have decided to switch to the PlayStation 3 and 360 and not offer the sequel on the Wii. This approach is mirrored by their Tiger Woods golf series that will this year not be coming to the Wii.
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