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  • Summary: Create your own player and join the new World Tour where you are trained by a real-life legend of tennis to compete for the #1 ranking against the biggest stars. Then take your character online and prove you're the best with the new online ranking system! With brand new courts, a new roll call of tennis stars to compete against and even more court mini-games, Virtua Tennis 2009 is set to be the #1 tennis title once again! New World Tour & Online Rankings - Take your career online and compete for the ultimate title of ‘Virtua Tennis Champion’ with the new PLAYSTATION 3 system and Xbox 360 online ranking system. With prize money you earn in online tournaments, you can purchase over 800 shop items in the new Tennis Store and upgrade your character. New Players / Courts - Play as or against over 20 of the world’s top players, including seven new to Virtua Tennis and three legends. All-new arenas and the officially licensed Davis Cup provide the most realistic tennis competition to date. New Player Creation System - You now have full control over facial, body and clothing customization, as well as the depth to populate the game world with hundreds of unknown opponents. More Court Games. Playing alone or with up to three friends compete in 12 mini-games, five completely new, and upload your hi-scores on the worldwide rankings in games such as Zoo Feeder and Pirate War. Improved Gameplay - Courtside action is better than ever, with extensive updates to the famous arcade-style Virtua Tennis match engine, as well as 3D crowds and a more realistic courtside experience. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Virtua Tennis 2009 is still a great tennis game, and it arrives at the right moment, far enough from the last installment for sports fans to want a little more of Virtua Tennis. The only thing to criticize is the few changes in comparison with the last game.
  2. Virtua Tennis supports the stamp typical of the saga with a dynamic, fast, accessible and entertaining game. Nevertheless, the absence of innovations in his playability turns it into a title with minimal attraction for the user who already knows the saga. Only the on-line modes and the Davis Cup they separate it from the previous games of the series. SEGA must think about where they want to take the saga, because the stagnation can start being dangerous.
  3. The top seed of tennis games made even better. [July 2009, p.83]
  4. The Top Spin series, despite its gameplay issues, at least made an effort. Virtua Tennis needs to try much harder if it’s going to regain its title as the preeminent tennis franchise.
  5. Despite the fact that all the evidence suggests Virtua Tennis is a series stuck in a rut, Virtua Tennis 2009 is still great fun, especially in multiplayer.
  6. 65
    While Virtua Tennis 2009 is still the best arcade tennis game around, it is hard to recommend for anyone who has any of the previous games. With too few changes and a faulty online experience, Virtua Tennis 2009 doesn't quite miss the ball, but it's certainly no ace.
  7. Simply put: do not buy Virtua Tennis 2009. There is absolutely no reason to buy this over the superior (and cheaper) VT3.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. PaulDisappointed
    Jul 8, 2009
    If u had the last installment, then u may as well buy that again and have two copies. There is such minimal changes to the game. The one thing I was excited about, Online play, was so laggy its practically unplayable. The other player appears on the other side of the court just as the ball is hit. And yes I have a fast ADSL connection. I still gave the game a 7 because it still is a good game, like the last one. So if u never played the other installments it really is worth buying. I will try out the online a few more times because I might have been playing people with slow connections in other countries ? If that is the case, they should be banned (lol). Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2010
    The game engine itself is fine but the lack of options or any 'real' career mode is unforgivable. Online is a poor experience. Why can't they make a real tennis sim where peopel start as a lowly amateur and work their way up. In virtua tennis you meet Federov after like one game.......hardly realistic. Looks pretty plays ok, better for a post pub bash with a mate. Expand
  3. BrianB.
    Jun 20, 2009
    This could have been a great game, as I'm a huge fan of VT3 and have been dying for online play. Unfortunately, this has to be one of the glitchiest games I've ever played. From minor stuff to major stuff, like a well known glitch messing up your character save file after putting hours and hours into your character. I'd advise to stay away until you read on message boards that Sega has fixed this gawd awful attempt at a videogame. Seriously, it's as if they let their Sonic team create a tennis game, that's how bad it is. Expand
  4. JoshK
    Jun 12, 2009
    Besides the roster, some courts, and other small changes this is literally the same game as Virtua Tennis 3. AND VT3 was the worst of the series imho.

    They seemingly tried to improve the game a bit. So you go from diving all over the place in VT3, to stumbling in VT2009. Also no longer do all top spin shots you hit at the net go long. Um..........there's new players.......and thats it.....

    The fact is that this series peaked with VT2 on the Dreamcast years ago. SEGA has not improved the immersion factor at all, the gameplay is exactly the same as VT3 (which was worse than VT2). They even recycled the music from VT3 (with was awful then and almost an insult now). Do not buy this game until it is $20 or less. Playing as Djokovic or Murray aint worth $50
  5. RogerR.
    Jun 13, 2009
    Are there any changes from the previous installments? "players will slide on the clay"? that's just an outright lie!!! you guys ought to be sued for misleading advertising! doubles matches will lag, stupid music, arcady gameplay that REALLY needs to be changed, no licenses. This game is such a let down. I've already traded it in and have reverted back to my Top Spin 3, and looking forward to grand slam tennis later in the year. Expand
  6. MohanFernandez
    Oct 1, 2009
    nothing new about the game really, gets boring, its too much of an arcade and doesnt allow much chance of perfecting game tecnique, its just a hit the button game, no skill required for it.
    its just like a game for time killing than really playing to enjoy.
    no improvements in the gameplay, i hate not to have a chance to hit the ball where i want to hit it, the ball might just go where the game wants it too.
    i have played games in JAVA that have better game play than this