Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. Compares favorably to "Tennis 2K2" in many respects but lacks its overall level of polish and spot-on controls.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    The so-so visual and sound package contributes to the middling quality of the game, too.
  4. 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.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    This is so pick-up-and-play that it's perfect for first-time gamers. [May 2002, p.102]
  6. PSM Magazine
    60
    The game seems a bit slow in the response department. [May 2002, p.26]
  7. Namco has blatantly stolen every single positive aspect of Sega's Hitmaker tennis games to create its own, and that's just sad.
  8. Because it demands a lot of precision during play, sometimes the fun gets lost in the shuffle.

Awards & Rankings

#98 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. TicoT.
    Apr 28, 2003
    8
    I think the gameplay and the level of the AI is awesome. I think the graphics could be much better and smoother. Can't wait for the I think the gameplay and the level of the AI is awesome. I think the graphics could be much better and smoother. Can't wait for the sequel. I have Virtua Tennis 2 (T2K2), I also think it is a great game, but it's to easy to win. Also T2K2 doesn't have the real grand slams in it. Anyway if you like a challenge and are prepared to out smart the computer with tatics and real tennis then BUY THIS GAME! Namco hurry up with Smash Court 2 ! Full Review »
  2. AlexR.
    Dec 12, 2002
    2
    A decent enough tennis game but unfortunately Namco have tried to dress it up too much. Rather than just playing tennis in the tournament A decent enough tennis game but unfortunately Namco have tried to dress it up too much. Rather than just playing tennis in the tournament mode you have to do certain challenges. For instance; scoring four points with volley shots in a game will give you more money? Why? Surely winning a match should mean you get prize money, the fashion that you did it in should not matter. If this were the case in true tennis than Pistol Pete Sampras wouldn't have earnt half of what he has. This game also lacks characters you can either be four men or four women, (listed above) which means during tournament mode in the first and second rounds you play no-hopers with names like 'Red Rage' or summit. This enables you to win the first two matches but when you face Sampras in the Q/F he thrashes you. I was going to give this game a 4 but since writing this, all SCTPT's faults have been brought to the forefront of my mind. Buy it and be disappointed! Full Review »
  3. TrevorY.
    Aug 30, 2002
    2
    Poor, no depth. You play first to win three games and not even one set... I got to the semi-final on me first try. I wouldn't even give Poor, no depth. You play first to win three games and not even one set... I got to the semi-final on me first try. I wouldn't even give this game away as a gift. Full Review »