Virtua Tennis 4 is a Sporting game available on the 360 Wii PS3. It can be played in Singleplayer Competitive Cooperative modes.
Virtua Tennis 4 is a Sporting game. Sports games recreate a wide variety of real life competitive activities. Depending on the sport, these will either have an action or strategy focus. Popular sports games are often released on an annual basis, each year the game receives new player rosters and game improvements.
Virtua Tennis 4 can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Virtua Tennis 4 can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Virtua Tennis 4 can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Virtua Tennis 4 PS3 combines accurate motion controls and 3D video to promise an immersive experience. The key will be getting these technologies to work together to nuanced play without the sluggish motion controls we suffered in Virtua Tennis 2009 Wii.
Virtua Tennis 4 PS3 will be built around the new PlayStation Move controller and 3D display. Rather than their previous motion controlled effort from Virtua Tennis 2009 Wii, this is developed by the original Virtua Tennis Team.
Virtua Tennis 2009 Wii
if i told you that the only improvements Virtua Tennis 4 can truthfully boast over its three year old predecessor (Virtua Tennis 2009) are slightly updated graphics and a motion-control-enabled arcade mode that plays only slightly better than Wii Sports Tennis (from 2006), then you might start to wonder what on earth the people at Sega have been playing at.
Virtua Tennis 4 motion controls create enjoyable family moments. These are hampered by the one-size-fits-all approach that hampers the Wii implementation because of the Kinect limitations (such as only supporting two players).
Virtua Tennis was a revolution in the arcades. Whereas previous tennis games had left all the work to the player, this game offered a simulation approach where you worked with your character to achieve the desired shot. Not only did the resulting gameplay look realistic, it also meant you could focus on your tactics and execution rather than wrestling with buttons and pixel perfect positioning.
Virtua Tennis 4 offers an exuberant Kinect mode that initially impresses. However, because it's not integrated into the main game, and doesn't support more than two players it was more a novelty than ongoing interest.
Kinect is something of a mixed bag for gamers like me who mostly want to play with friends. It's good at involving more people in what's going on in the game - seeing anyone playing a Kinect game is enough to make you stop and stare - but it's not as good at accommodating more people in the action simultaneously.
Virtua Tennis 4 creates a realistic tennis experience with its new PS3 Move controls. Even without being integrated into the main game and a lacklustre application of spin, the joy of real tennis is convincingly recreated for those with a genuine interest in the sport.
If you follow tennis videogames as closely as I do you will no doubt have realised that the last few instalments of Virtua Tennis (Virtua Tennis 3 and Virtua Tennis 2011) have been less than convincing. The heady days of the power and importance of the Virtua Tennis arcade experience are long gone, as competitors like Topspin steal ground.
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