Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Outlaw Tennis went well above and beyond my expectations. This is a game that is packed with quality play and plenty of adult humor. I was glad to see that the focus was not simply on digital T&A, but about making parodies of types of people we find within our pop culture.
  2. It's not as refined nor as fresh as the previous games in the series, but it's okay for a few larfs. However if you're looking for a quality quirky tennis game, "Mario Power Tennis" should still be your first choice, with "Top Spin" ranking as the current "real" tennis benchmark to beat.
  3. The online features, variety of characters and deep play modes makes Outlaw Tennis a keeper -- especially at its cheap price.
  4. Game Informer
    The other half of the Outlaw equation, the humor, left me cold. [Sept 2005, p.100]
  5. 75
    There is a wide and varied range of modes, which will keep you playing for ages. This also adds to the replay factor which will also be very high.
  6. More of the same for the franchise - a solid game, with an inspired (if a bit overdone) presentation.
  7. A fun and accessible tennis game with some playful gameplay touches, but it's hampered by a dully sophomoric sense of humor.
  8. 70
    The humor in Outlaw Tennis evokes the uncomfortable feeling of watching a rookie comedian bomb in front of a large crowd. Fortunately the gameplay and plethora of options combine to make for a fairly competent sports title.
  9. What’s really shocking, though, is that it plays as well as a regulation tennis game. It has the same responsive controls, and even lets you play online doubles with your friends—assuming they're more likely to chug a Country Club than apply to one.
  10. Despite Outlaw series games not being exactly the model of authenticity when it comes to sports games, they know how to make a fun game. Tennis is no exception. The issues I take with the repetitive animations, sound and the ball physics, are really minor when it comes to these games.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    There always seems to be a slight disconnect between the controls and the onscreen action, making it difficult to really get your timing down. [Oct 2005, p.106]
  12. 55
    It comes nowhere near Top Spin or Virtua Tennis, and what with the confusing control-system thrown-in, it can become annoying.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Worst of all, the gameplay is annoying, with shabby controls and an oddly high difficulty curve. [Oct 2005, p.92]
  14. 50
    The problem is, this disc probably won't offend anyone other than Hillary Clinton and it won't titillate anybody over the age of 12. Indeed, playing the game is like watching a third grader make farting noises: Both the game and the kid are trying like crazy to be offensive, but all they really want is a little attention.
  15. For the most part, however, Outlaw Tennis manages to pull off something I didn't think it could do: it blends goofball antics and serious tennis kind of nicely.

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