Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A breath of fresh air and certainly a game any tennis fan or PS2 owner shouldn’t be without.
  2. 80
    Good but not great, Smash Court doesn't need much to evolve into an awesome tennis game.
  3. Some clumsy colouring on the USA courts also means the ball can often get lost on screen making returns a gamble. Add in waif-like character models and it can often become a chore to keep an eye on the action.
  4. Control is natural and fast, and a simple command interface makes Smash Court pure fun to pay. [Mar 2002, p.52]
  5. One of the most fun tennis games ever created, hands down.
  6. Sadly, the aforementioned stars look a little chunky, due to the odd character models, and move like they've hit the Wimbeldon locker-room buffet one too many times, giving the game a much slower feel than "Virtua Tennis." [Apr 2002, p.74]
  7. It’s not as fluid as the "Virtua Tennis" series, but its timed gameplay plus pro player and tournament package make it a solid effort.
  8. While Smash Court isn't quite as polished or deep as "Virtua Tennis," there's still plenty of fun to be had with this game.
  9. A hard working tennis game that has lots of guts, but not so much finesse. However, the plusses do outweigh the minuses by quite a bit.
  10. 70
    The so-so visual and sound package contributes to the middling quality of the game, too.
  11. This is so pick-up-and-play that it's perfect for first-time gamers. [May 2002, p.102]
  12. Compares favorably to "Tennis 2K2" in many respects but lacks its overall level of polish and spot-on controls.
  13. Because it demands a lot of precision during play, sometimes the fun gets lost in the shuffle.
  14. The game seems a bit slow in the response department. [May 2002, p.26]
  15. Namco has blatantly stolen every single positive aspect of Sega's Hitmaker tennis games to create its own, and that's just sad.

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