Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
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  1. May 9, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 is still the undisputed world champion of the tennis mini games and the new game board career mode is a nice touch. However, the gameplay need some work since it feels like you are on the moon while playing tennis.
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    A deep and varied career mode collides with the poorest gameplay ever designed for a videogame of the series.
  3. May 26, 2011
    Both Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 are good games that have a lot to offer tennis fans. Part of me wishes there could be an amalgamation of the two, but as it stands I'll end with this: Top Spin 4 is a better game overall, but Virtua Tennis 4 would definitely be more fun to play for the casual fan. It's almost as if it's striving not to be taken seriously, what with the over-the-top mini-games and fancy dress events. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Absolutely not. Depending on what sort of experience you want, the choice is really up to you.
  4. May 24, 2011
    While both games more or less occupy the same video game space, Virtua Tennis 4 is less of an aggressive winner down the line and more of a straight, albeit simple, shot down the center of the court that lands deep enough to force players into a competitive but friendly rally.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    VT4 may be the most beautiful game of the genre, the most spectacular, thanks to the "Match Momentum" shots (even though they are less efficient in the game than on paper), but our favorite champions are not really playing Tennis. Sure, it's an arcade style that opens up for every possibility, and it's still great fun for newbies and hardcore players alike, but the series would really benefit from a little self-questionning, if only on its limited gameplay.
  6. May 24, 2011
    Fans of the series will play this and be content with what's on tap, but if you're looking to experience the popular sport in video game form, please try something else.
  7. May 2, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. May 11, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 seems more of an upgrade of lasts year's game, but with motion controls added. That doesn't mean that SEGA's new game is bad, only that it has little new to offer.
  9. May 10, 2011
    It's by no means perfect, but Virtua Tennis 4 shows there is still life (and maybe a few trick shots) left in the tennis simulator genre.
  10. May 10, 2011
    Because of the strong resemblance to its predecessors, Virtua Tennis 4 isn't very different from them, missing the much needed improvements. The isn't a follow-up , but more of a sidestep and can be considered more 'new' than 'better'. It's a blessing then, that all of this rests on the very enjoyable foundation of the previous instalments.
  11. 50
    It's an old truth that changing developers to the 2009 edition was a bad idea and the worst thing that ever happened to Virtua Tennis. Unfortunetly, it was an even worse idea to let Sega take back the developement. Virtua Tennis 4 is incredible uneven in every possible way and should have had much more polish before release.
  12. Games Master UK
    May 6, 2011
    It wins the wacky factor but technically and visually we much prefer Top Spin 4. [June 2011, p.75]
  13. May 17, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 is a weak tennis game that fails to bring the series back to its glory days.
  14. Jun 21, 2011
    At its core, Virtua Tennis 4 remains a game that can be casually enjoyed by anyone, but for the more serious tennis crowd, it feels outdated and even unresponsive at times.
  15. Apr 25, 2011
    On it's own Virtua Tennis 4 is a great game but contextualised by previous games in the series, you can't help but feel a distinct sense of deja vu. The perpetual game play can't be masked by slightly better graphics, in the same way that adding pointless elements to the game play can't excuse the fact it's a slightly shinier version of Virtua Tennis 3 with an extra side of clutter.
  16. May 11, 2011
    A fun tennis game, after you dig through all the fluff: Mini-games and a needlessly complex career mode.
  17. Jul 18, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 certainly offers gamers a lot of fun with its random selection of mini-games and off-beat career mode but there's definitely that more arcade feel to the game that may not provide as big a challenge for hardcore tennis fans.
  18. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 22, 2011
    Pure-bred tennis arcade game for the masses while initially fun but become boring very fast. [Issue#203]
  19. May 17, 2011
    A simpler party game compared to Top Spin 4. If that sounds good to you, this is probably your kind of tennis.
  20. Apr 27, 2011
    Top Spin 4 wins this year's tennis trophy but this more arcade style alternative is still a valid alternative with some great gimmicks.
  21. 60
    For Virtua Tennis to survive, it needs new ideas, and a more robust experience wrapped around the fast-paced experience.
  22. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 17, 2011
    It's still playable, but needs some extra coaching next time out. [June 2011, p.112]
  23. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    May 6, 2011
    Tennis 4 is fun, without being so serious. [June 2011, p.84]
  24. May 23, 2011
    SEGA sticks with the arcade gameplay for years and also in Virtua Tennis 4. It looks fine, plays well and the World Tour mode is pretty cool. But the audio sounds like it is coming directly from the eighties and it is a bit too easy.
  25. PSM3 Magazine UK
    May 9, 2011
    A hobbled World Tour mode and repetitive action kill the fun. [June 2011, p.80]
  26. May 25, 2011
    It's above mediocre. But it's just…blasé.
  27. Apr 26, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4, despite some new features and an entertaining new career mode, doesn't do enough to renovate the franchise.
  28. 70
    The revamped World Tour mode adds a touch of freshness and Move support has been dutifully applied to the PS3 version (albeit with a lack of content to leverage it) but nonetheless, at its heart, Virtua Tennis 4 is wearily familiar.
  29. Jun 12, 2011
    When the main reason I keep coming back is a thirty second mini-game, we have a problem. Really though, the game does the absolute minimum to be considered "good." While it's fun there's nothing that keeps you coming back for more. Shame, really.
  30. May 16, 2011
    This is a good sequel but it is far from the expectations it had generated. It doesn't change the formula of previous games, and the addition of the supershot may not be liked by series' fans.
  31. Jun 15, 2011
    Given such a large gap between Virtua Tennis 3 and this entry, you would hope that we'd see considerable improvements and a nearly flawless experience. Instead, we have yet another mediocre sports game with a bit of squandered potential.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  1. Nov 9, 2011
    I really enjoy this tennis game and its fun to play with others.. especially locally. Sure its not a true Tennis Simulation, but its the mostI really enjoy this tennis game and its fun to play with others.. especially locally. Sure its not a true Tennis Simulation, but its the most fun tennis game I have played in a long time and well worth its budget price. I do not have Move so I have no idea on the motion gimic stuff, but I see no reason to own a PS Move yet.. motion gaming is just lame.

    Anyway, Virtua Tennis 4 is a very fun Tennis game
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  2. May 21, 2011
    Too arcade, gameplay lacks depth. Definitely the worst Virtua Tennis game to date. The best are the first two on Sega Dreamcast. Top Spin 4 isToo arcade, gameplay lacks depth. Definitely the worst Virtua Tennis game to date. The best are the first two on Sega Dreamcast. Top Spin 4 is also a bad game (it tries so hard to be realistic, but it becomes a game of chance). So, this year's tennis games are really bad, we should stick to the old ones. Full Review »
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