Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. Edge Magazine
    60
    Other than some disappointing visuals, there's little to complain about in arcade, exhibition and mutliplayer modes. [July 2004, p.109]
  2. The major problem with the game is that you have to learn how to use it. The beauty of the likes of "Virtua Tennis" and, to a lesser degree, "Top Spin," is that you don’t.
  3. 60
    Those who enjoyed "Tennis 2K2" or "Top Spin" probably won’t appreciate Smash Court Tennis as much, since the game isn’t nearly as accessible. Yet if you felt these titles were lacking in realism and challenge, Smash Court will easily satisfy your inner Roddick or Williams.
  4. My biggest problem is the fact that you can't hold down a shot button to pre-load a swing - the computer takes the backswing for you - something that seems contrary to the way most tennis games have operated in the past. [July 2004, p.115]
  5. 70
    Even with the clever new “missions” and spruced-up visuals that make watching a ball go back and forth worthwhile, control is the most important part in tennis; and in this game, Smash Court faults once again.
  6. Praise does have to go to Namco for trying a new idea, and one that will surely be copied across all sports games in the coming years, but it unfortunately isn’t implemented quite as well as we could have all hoped for.
  7. games(TM)
    60
    All manner of multiplayer modes play out fairly well and even the single-player competitions are, while tough, as enjoyable as just about any other tennis title this generation…once you get to grips with them, that is. [July 2004, p.123]
  8. The creative Pro Tour Mode, visuals, and timed button gameplay are highlights. Though you’ll probably want to fast forward past the limiting pro player controls and dull Pro Tour AI.
  9. Merely an above average tennis game that doesn’t replace leaders in the genre like "Sega Sports Tennis" or "Mario Tennis."
  10. GMR Magazine
    60
    A more technical take on tennis - or at least it tries to be. [Aug 2004, p.89]
  11. One of the better tennis games to grace the PS2, and is by far the truest representation of the sport.
  12. It packs a good amount of depth through the wide selection of shots available and the Pro Tour mode is extremely enjoyable and well thought out, however it lacks that instant appeal and addictive qualities of SEGA’s landmark series.
  13. For our thoughts on Doubles in Smash Court 2, take the implied criticism of the last sentence, breed it with a retarded monkey suffering with diarrhoea, square the answer and you'll have some idea how awkward a mode this is.
  14. A giant leap ahead of its predecessor. It looks and feels much better than the original.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. SteveS.
    May 12, 2006
    10
    Best tennis game on the PS2. Gameplay was very realistic and smooth. Graphics were good as well. Plus there are quite a few real top players Best tennis game on the PS2. Gameplay was very realistic and smooth. Graphics were good as well. Plus there are quite a few real top players which feature in the game which is an added bonus. Overall an extremely fun game, especially if you have someone to play with/against. Full Review »
  2. SI
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    This is the best and most realistic tennis game yet! Superb gameplay and very enjoyable! By the way, you can choose BETWEEN Mission Mode (has This is the best and most realistic tennis game yet! Superb gameplay and very enjoyable! By the way, you can choose BETWEEN Mission Mode (has turning points) *OR* Normal Mode (it plays as you would expect) for the Pro Tour Career Mode. In Normal Mode, you play the match normally as you would expect, with no turning points. Just change it in the 'Settings' menu. Full Review »
  3. BenM.
    Jul 9, 2004
    6
    I was really looking forward to this game. The gameplay is great but the stupid 'turning point' feature in career mode bugged the I was really looking forward to this game. The gameplay is great but the stupid 'turning point' feature in career mode bugged the crap outta me. I just wanna play the full match. Full Review »