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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 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
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
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  1. You’d be extremely hard-pressed to find a more complete tennis package on Wii – Virtua Tennis 2009’s offline and online career modes offer the most engaging representations of the sport on any console.
  2. The best version released this year. Wii MotionPlus turns this game from average to excellent.
  3. A really good tennis game, primarily due to its variety of satisfying game modes. Unfortunately, the game is weighed down by several glaring flaws.
  4. Virtua Tennis 2009 is a solid, enjoyable game however lacks the finesse of other Wii tennis titles in the market.
  5. Virtua Tennis's motion control satisfies with a trademark pick-up-and-play experience that nevertheless mirrors the sport to an authentic degree. [Sept 2009, p.127]
  6. Grand Slam Tennis was a false start after all, as Sega demonstrates the full potential of Wii MotionPlus.
  7. It's a pretty lackluster effort overall, and not at all what I was anticipating. I'll stick to my fonder memories of the original, and hope that at some point Virtua Tennis can bring back some of that excitement and fun that I had with the series when it began.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. GarethM
    Jun 16, 2009
    Best tennis game on the Wii! It's great without the motion plus and the motion plus just makes it all the more fun.
  2. lukes
    Jun 12, 2009
    Very happy with the game. Wii motion plus works very well, but does does take some skill to get to work with you.
  3. MaxC
    Jul 13, 2009
    This game looks awesome but i hear alot of good reviews aswell as bad ones but one thing that bugs me is J S made me think that in 2 player its NOT even split screen and also ive seeen the gameplay and the scoreboard thing J S was talking about would start to annoy me too, for me its a toss up between this and grand slam , but my brother hates games with bad graphics soo even though grandslam might have better gameplay the graphics are too cartoony for me i just hope wii motion + will actually work and make it a more realistic fun game :) Expand
  4. BenD
    Aug 2, 2009
    I love the way the game plays & how each of the professional's personal body motions have been incorporated. What I'm finding annoying is the on-line play. I've only had a couple of games but I'm guessing the ping times are too high between players so there's lag. It means for many missed shots you easily could have returned. Surely just putting a caveat in that it won't connect betweem users if the ping times are greater than (whatever doesn't work) should be included. On another point it's far to easy to beat the AI players - should be a lot more challenging. Expand
  5. JS
    Jun 15, 2009
    I bought this game based on good reviews but was very disappointed. I play the Wii games with my 5 year old son and although a good video game this is not a good "Wii" game. For multiplayer there is no split screen so you are essentilaly playing backward if you are in the far court (I would think for the Wii this would be a no brainer) (and half the time your player is obstructed by the scoreboard that overlies the back upper area of the screen which I found extremely annoying. The online multiplayer was not of much use as I could not find someone to play with (this may change as more people buy the game). The game also does not take advantage of the motionplus (main reason i had bought the game) (Compare with Tiger Woods 10 and Grand Slam Tennis (which I bought after this). Overall for a single player it is OK but for multiplayer look elsewhere. Expand
  6. Obs
    Apr 8, 2010
    Awful. Do not buy. The graphics are pretty poor. There are frame rate issues which make it difficult to play when using Motion Plus, which is surprising because it's not a pretty game. Animations seem to bear little resemblance to the shot actually being played. The game itself is rather shallow, offering little beyond what you'd get playing Wii Sports Tennis. Motion Plus certainly doesn't help, since what your player does seems bizarrely disconnected from your actual motions - to aim your shots you sometimes have to swing well before the ball even reaches you, and it just feels really strange when you swing and then sit and wait for a second before anything happens. Also, as mentioned, the stuttering frame rate can make it difficult to time shots properly when using Motion Plus. Expand
  7. SteveH
    Dec 28, 2009
    This is a ridiculously easy game. It is impossible to hit the ball out wide and opponents are awful. So far I have won every tournament entered. It's a shame because the idea is great but it's much much much too easy. Expand

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