Hot Shots Tennis PlayStation 2


Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
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  1. 76
    The title is asking its simple gameplay to be the sole reason you keep playing. You can't customize your character's appearance or stats, so it's going to come down to you beating the bejesus out of everyone in an attempt to unlock some umpires you're never going to use. Then, the game'll be over.
  2. A must play for anyone who likes tennis games. Hot Shots Tennis has done for this sport the same things it did for golf – bring out the essence of the sport and leave everything else behind.
  3. Game Informer
    The gameplay mechanic itself is ultra smooth and simple, yet satisfying even after hours of play. [July 2007, p.99]
  4. With the three different ways to play Hot Shots Tennis, including single player challenge mode, the co-op versus mode, and a training mode for those of us that need that extra little bit, the game brings the fun to the PS2.
  5. A spunky game with enough depth to make things interesting, yet it still retains a goofy arcade charm.
  6. Games Master UK
    Beneath that cutesy exterior lurks a game that's superior to "Virtua Tennis." Believe it. [June 2007, p.72]
  7. Thanks to its depth and ease of use, it can be greatly enjoyed even by folks who aren’t usually into tennis games, as it’s got an easy learn curve and even includes a training mode that concisely explains things for players who might feel overwhelmed by the intricacies of the game.
  8. AceGamez
    Almost an amazing game; with a little more variety and a few extra game modes, this would have been a real classic. However, for those of you looking for a very entertaining arcade game that's great fun alone or with a friend, this comes highly recommended.
  9. Hardcore Gamer
    If you like tennis games and you have a Playstation 2, it belongs in your gaming library. [July 2007, p.62]
  10. Play Magazine
    Bottom line, as with all the Hot Shots games (I have had enough golf though, thanks for the change Sony) Hots Shots Tennis is big on fun, end of story. [July 2007, p.63]
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Despite the uber-cute looks, Everybody's Tennis isn't a game that wants to hold your hand, and that only adds to its considerable charm. [May 2007, p.119]
  12. The Hot Shots series proves once again that it can serve up addictive, accessible gameplay with its first foray into the realm of tennis. This simple approach is fine, but the lack of modes, online multiplayer, and character customization leave Hot Shots Tennis stuck in the last generation of expectations.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Thoroughly enjoyable. [Aug 2007, p.84]
  14. It’s not going to blow anyone away with the features, but Hot Shots fans should definitely check it out along with fans of tennis games in general.
  15. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Cute, accessible and fun, but lacking oomph. [May 2007, p.78]
  16. A sports game with a sense of fun and, perhaps crucially, provides a great series of single player matches to work through. Most notably of all though is the fact that it’s made its way into our pile of games to be dug out at parties, alongside "SingStar."
  17. Overall, Hot Shots Tennis does the job just fine for someone looking for a cheerful tennis game on the PS2. It doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but is entertaining as long as you aren’t expecting anything deep.
  18. Hot Shots brings its fantastic gameplay and cutesy characters to the tennis court. We would have liked more character customization, but the fun factor does not disappoint.
  19. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Maintain's the "Everybody's" good name by being a deceptively brilliant sports sim that constantly surprises and challenges. [May 2007, p.78]
  20. Hot Shots Tennis is as fun and challenging as you want it to be.
  21. It’s a solid if shallow title that lacks in content and difficulty but has a really well implemented engine.

Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. GeoffreyPJr.
    Dec 16, 2009
    The reviews were mixed from critics everywhere, and its clear to me that I will now play a game before I listen to everybody else. The The reviews were mixed from critics everywhere, and its clear to me that I will now play a game before I listen to everybody else. The gameplay is incredible for a tennis game - It's got a bit of a learning curve, but I've been in some very satisfying tennis matches with the game. The characters were quirky and cute, and the courts were decent enough with some memorable background music. The problem with the game lies with content and unlockables. There isn't a very large campaign mode, and it feels like with a little bit more polish, the game could even be better than Mario Tennis on N64. Granted, the PSP version of Hot Shots tennis aims to better itself by introducing rpg elements. But all in all, this PS2 outing has a great personality, and is sure to make you giddy every time you pop the disk into your player. Full Review »
  2. Andyman
    Jul 23, 2007
    I just love how these supposedly "professional" reviewers so casually dismiss the Hot Shots series. Had they given HST more than a passing I just love how these supposedly "professional" reviewers so casually dismiss the Hot Shots series. Had they given HST more than a passing glance, they'd have found themselves drawn into a tennis game that is superior in every way to every tennis game ever made. Yes, even the outstanding Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast. HST's learning curve would be considered steep, but it has a very impressive Tutorial mode that makes getting accustomed to its innovative control scheme a breeze. In other words, HST may very well be the last genuine PS2 must-have game. Full Review »