• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2005
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Fast, fluid and thoroughly absorbing, Virtua Tennis World Tour is not only as essential a purchase as "Lumines," "WipEout," "Ridge Racers" and Co., it’s a reason to buy the PSP itself.
  2. 100
    AI. Multiplayer is what really makes this game take off, so see if you can track down three friends who own a PSP and a copy of the game. That shouldn't be too hard.
  3. One of the most addictive and fun-going games you’ll ever play, and the simple elegance to the gameplay couldn’t have fit any better on the PSP.
  4. This is a must-have title on PSP. World Tour shows how to combine sporting simulation with easy arcade style and accessibility. The Roger Federer of tennis games. [PSM2]
  5. Minor quibbles aside, Virtua Tennis World Tour is close to a ten-out-of-ten game on the PSP, and in many respects it deserves top marks for being the best game on the system, and one of our most played games in 25 years of repetitive straining.
  6. Undoubtedly a showpiece for the PSP, Virtua Tennis: World Tour offers something for everyone - and, despite the laborious loading times, it's a tried-and-true SEGA title that everyone should have in their collection.
  7. The grace and speed of the animation coupled with the near-flawless controls make for a very engaging gameplay experience.
  8. The real jewel shining within Virtua Tennis: World Tour is the multiplayer, via a wireless connection. Remember coming home from the pub with 3 drunken mates, loading up the tennis on the PS2 and playing until you passed out? Just imagine sitting, well, anywhere really, drunk or sober, with 3 mates within a few metres of each other, playing tennis. Insane? Absolutely! Fun? Hell yeah!
  9. There's not even a tennis game on PS2 this good. [Dec 2005, p.116]
  10. Sega's VT World Tour takes not only intuitive control but reactive animation to the next level... [Nov p.98]
  11. 90
    Exceptionally satisfying handheld tennis action. It bottles the lightning of the bigger versions while losing nothing in the transition.
  12. 90
    The brief matches make this a great pick-up-and-play game, and the "deep career mode" has enough meat to keep your fingers busy on your morning commute for the next decade.
  13. Forget tennis elbow – the only tennis-related injury you’ll be complaining of from now on is Virtua Tennis thumb.
  14. when you've got a game this good, "just a port" is all you need. [Dec p.93]
  15. 88
    Virtua Tennis makes full use of the PSP's graphics capability and delivers perfect miniature replicas of today's tennis titans for you to mould and manipulate with your fingertips.
  16. The perfect game for the PSP. The mini-games make it a good option if you’ve only got three or four minutes, and the World Tour is deep enough that you can spend an hour with it – never feeling limited by the fact that you’re playing a handheld game.
  17. 85
    Packs everything fans of the series could want in a portable package. It's fast, fun and thoroughly engrossing. Plus, the inclusion of well-designed mini-games pushes World Tour's intrinsic level of addition to new heights.
  18. A fast and furious title that allows for some exciting multiplayer doubles matches. [Nov 2005, p.182]
  19. One of those nice surprises that pulls in more players than just the die-hard tennis fan. Thanks to the numerous mini-games and the World Tour mode, anyone can become a tennis ace.
  20. Virtua Tennis isn’t quite the killer app for the PSP but it earns itself the honor of being one of the first definitive sports title for Sony’s handheld.
  21. 85
    Whilst Virtua Tennis: World Tour isn't exactly a new game, it's bloody good fun, and even better in wi-fi mode. One of the games of the [Australian] PSP launch.
  22. The gameplay itself is perfect for a video game – fast paced, twitch action that's incredibly addictive and simple all the same.
  23. The minigames are a blast although the replay value probably dies off once you have won the World Tour.
  24. Despite the relative age of the source material and the number of times Sega has trotted it out already, the gameplay is still zippy and fun, and the whole package generally feels pretty fresh, thanks to some subtle tweaks.
  25. Graphically the game is top-notch. The players are animated realistically and there are a lot of nice extra touches such as ball marks on the courts and shadows cast by the lights in night matches.
  26. 80
    It’s one of those games that shows off just what the PSP can achieve both graphically and the proof that the control system can work with a fast-paced game.
  27. Portable gaming is all about pick up and play - short bursts of fun action. Virtua Tennis: World Tour captures that spirit with style - games last a few minutes and practice sessions are under a minute, yet it never feels lacking or rushed.
  28. This PS2 tennis game port plays superbly on the handheld, with all the current players and tons of game modes. Online play would have been perfect, but not a cause for complaints.
  29. There was no doubt that Virtua Tennis World Tour would appeal, but the developers have accomplished to create a game that does strike a balance between short and long-term play.
  30. 80
    The best bit of tennis software the PSP is going to get. [Nov 2005, p.130]
  31. The controls are fluid enough that you'll feel like McEnroe in his fit-throwing prime, while the PSP's lil' nubbin gives you better ball control than Jenna Jameson.
  32. It's at its best with a crowd of friends, but the single-player mode does have enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase even if you don't anticipate much chance for group play. In short, it deserves to be a smash. Sorry.
  33. 80
    Even by today's standards, it's a near-perfect sports game for handheld consumption.
  34. It's hard to hit with finesse, not much outside of deep world tour mode. [Dec 2005, p.138]
  35. 80
    Speaking of graphics, Virtua Tennis: World Tour looks almost identical to "Sega Sports Tennis" on PS2 -- which is a compliment.
  36. Loading times and a clumsy menu system are disappointing, but building your ranking is satisfying.
  37. It's "Pong" on steroids, with lifelike graphics, technically deep controls, and awesome sound effects - I love hearing my player's feed shuffle on the court and that satisfying thwop of a well-hit ball. [Nov 2005, p.154]
  38. Though its stellar looks and innately satisfying play (especially in multiplayer) continue to serve aces, World Tour’s rallying skills leave something to be desired. [Oct 2005, p.96]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. AlexA.
    Jul 5, 2008
    7
    Ok the gameplay and graphics are excellent the problem is the controls are faulty and the world tour mode gets boring very fast.
  2. SalB.
    Jul 16, 2007
    10
    I have played the game and it is great. the graphics are good and itts fun to play. right from the start from when you create your own character up t the part where you are rank 1 (king of players tournament). Full Review »
  3. Assimovlinux@q
    May 18, 2007
    7
    Ok, it's a good virtua tennis game. But it's not a good PSP game. Why? Because: 1. it don't use Game Sharing, letting who buy it to play with other PSP users than don't own the game. 2. Don't have online play. So you can't play with other game owners not near you. So, its difficult to find someone to play with. And that's what sport games are better for. And remember that PSP is a portable system designed with connectivity on mind from day one. After all , the game is OK, but play with the computer ever can be bored after some weeks. The graphics are Ok but could be better. I hope sometime we will have a tennis game with PSP players in mind, so give me the options to play easily with others. Full Review »