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. Game Informer
    78
    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]
  2. A breath of fresh air and certainly a game any tennis fan or PS2 owner shouldn’t be without.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Good but not great, Smash Court doesn't need much to evolve into an awesome tennis game.
  5. One of the most fun tennis games ever created, hands down.
  6. Play Magazine
    80
    Control is natural and fast, and a simple command interface makes Smash Court pure fun to pay. [Mar 2002, p.52]
  7. 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.

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 »