Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    85
    Grand Slam Tennis is as slick and professional a tennis game as you could hope for, and though it lacks something of Top Spin's passion for the sport, the inclusion of Wimbledon and the wider roster really do make a difference.
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    85
    Grand Slam Tennis is as slick and professional a tennis game as you could hope for, and though it lacks something of Top Spin's passion for the sport, the inclusion of Wimbledon and the wider roster really do make a difference.
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    84
    Tennis isn't the most varied sport, but Grand Slam Tennis 2 tries to make the most of it. Key is the Total Racquet Control: a great idea for precise ball control, albeit classic arcade controls are more effective in some situations. It's small things like the lack of objection opportunities or the spectators, liefeless by EA Sports standards, that hamper the overall impression. The lack of motion controls on Xbox 360 is okay, though – Kinect can't offer the precision through which Total Racquet Control makes the game a good experience.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    83
    A very good tennis game with fight night-esque racquet controls. It needs a one more difficulty level between amateur and pro, though. [March 2012]
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    83
    All in all, EA's first effort took long enough to get here, but it is a welcome one indeed. While the other two games struggle with being an arcade game and not enough sim, or too much sim and not enough arcade, EA has the mixture just right by taking the sport and representing it seriously, yet making it viable for a casual or new fan to jump right in and take a whack.
  6. Feb 20, 2012
    82
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a tough one to call. While I have enjoyed other tennis games more, there is something surprisingly complete and authentic about not only the gameplay but the overall presentation. There are no cutesy mini-games or diversions. This is all business, and despite a few nagging issues, the overall mix of the new Total Racquet Control combined with the PRO AI and all the Grand Slam events including Wimbledon make this the most complete tennis experience you can play on your Xbox 360.
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Career mode and online play offer up what you'd expect from a tennis game, albeit an uninspired experience that doesn't distinguish itself from its competitors. The game is helped by two unique and effective control schemes that offer up a completely new way to play.
  8. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    If tennis is your game, you'll love Grand Slam Tennis 2. If it's not, it's worth taking a look anyway.
  9. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    A great step for the series and finally a solid tennis experience for both casual and sim players from the EA Sports line.
  10. 80
    Playing alone feels slow and soulless, but the great controls and multiplayer features still make Grand Slam Tennis 2 well worth a bosh.
  11. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    While it's not a perfect product, EA knows how to make deep, full-featured sports games with high production values. In Grand Slam Tennis 2, developer EA Canada applies some of the lessons learned from the company's other franchises to create a game that excels in many areas while coming up short in a few important ones.
  12. Feb 10, 2012
    78
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 is not a flawless game, especially if compared to the excellent Top Spin 4, but it is clearly a good step in a right direction. Innovative controls and the possibility to play in all of the four main tournaments make it a choice to take seriously in consideration by tennis fans.
  13. Mar 14, 2012
    76
    Exhaustive tennis sim with fantastic gameplay modes but lacking the depth of its rivals. [Apr 2012, p.84]
  14. Mar 7, 2012
    75
    The context-sensitive commentary by Pat Cash and John McEnroe has a casual, often comedic tone that starts off strong but quickly grows monotonous to the point of frustration.
  15. Feb 25, 2012
    75
    All told though it's a solid performer, typical EA fare really, but that's just its problem. Yes it's a decent game; yes the graphical representations of the characters are excellent, yes in the main it does what you tell the game to and the controls are easy to follow after a game or so but it's just missing that something special.
  16. Feb 24, 2012
    75
    The right analog stick controls make the game a joy to play, but everything else surrounding the gameplay doesn't have that same labor of love.
  17. 75
    Despite EA Sports leaving itself plenty of room for improvement in future iterations of Grand Slam Tennis, what's here is enjoyable. Perhaps a little too easy for tennis veterans, the experience of being out on court, thwacking the ball around is great fun. It's just the Career Mode that lets the game down.
  18. Feb 10, 2012
    75
    The new control system is promising but it needs some more improvement and requires a good amount of time to be mastered properly, which could discourage casual players.
  19. Feb 19, 2012
    72
    A mixed bag, with immediate and easy to learn controls but lacking depth and challenge. Even the depiction of great historic players succeeds only in part, with each player behaving too similarly to the others. A good starting game for begninners, but not enough for hardcore fans.
  20. 70
    Quite a good result for a first try. Tennis simulation comes with legendary John McEnroe both on court and behind the microphone. Three different styles of control let you choose the one that fits you best. [Feb 2012]
  21. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    In the end, Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a solid tennis game that sits below Top Spin 4 in terms of quality. The gameplay mechanics are more simulation than arcade, but it isn't too technical to the point that you need precision to execute moves well. It looks great but flawed, and the same goes for the commentary.
  22. 70
    In order to trade blows with the best in the genre, all the minute details have to be in order, and sadly, this is where Grand Slam Tennis 2 stumbles. While it's a good effort, there's little reason to pick this game over the other, better tennis games out there.
  23. Feb 15, 2012
    70
    A surprising effort by EA Sports. In its current state Grand Slam Tennis 2 is clearly behind Top Spin 4, but with interesting ideas, like the Total Racquet Control scheme or the Classic Grand Slams, it promises to become a serious and strong contender if EA believes in its product and keeps polishing it.
  24. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Despite a complex control scheme, Grand Slam Tennis 2 is not a simulative game. There are few reasons to prefer it rather than Virtua Tennis.
  25. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    The only game that offers all four Grand Slam tournaments also boasts interesting controls. I expected better animations though and the AI also needs some tweaking. [March 2012, p.61]
  26. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    A good approach to tennis made by Electronic Arts that offers the four official Grand Slam and a career mode which should have been more complex. It has several control options that will satisfy everyone.
  27. Feb 12, 2012
    70
    The game is steady like Tim Henman but lacks the imagination and true greatness of Roger Federer.
  28. Feb 12, 2012
    70
    Grand Slam Tennis has a fantastic engine, it plays an amazing game on the court, however it is surrounded by an uninspiring career mode and a sterile feel to the whole thing. It is a great base to start a new franchise but there is still a lot of work to be done. Going to a fifth set against Rafael Nadal can be a real tense affair, mistakes start to creep in and there is a fine line between winning and losing. It really does capture the drama of professional tennis. Well worth picking up as there is plenty of fun to be had, despite the flaws.
  29. Feb 9, 2012
    70
    The one and only certified Grand Slam tennis game has solid gameplay mechanics and a good amount of game modes... but it remains one, maybe two, steps behind Top Spin and Virtua Tennis.
  30. 70
    The setup could have been less repetitive, but all in all, this is one addictive tennis game.
  31. Mar 2, 2012
    69
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 brings together a solid cast of real world champions and courts with dual analog controls and a balance between arcade physics and realism.
  32. Mar 12, 2012
    68
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 has the makings of a great tennis game because the tennis simulation at its core is a good one. Everything else about it is rather bland, though, and the career mode that should be its showcase is poorly put together. I think that the potential for a great Grand Slam Tennis 3 is here, but 2 lands just outside the baseline.
  33. Mar 12, 2012
    68
    I would recommend it to somebody who craves a proper tennis experience without being an over the top comedic look like Virtua Tennis, and is sick of the Top Spin series. Otherwise, casual gamers looking for that fun sports title to play with their friends for hours should pass. Give EA another year or two to work this one out.
  34. 68
    As possibly the only tennis game to be released in 2012 (no others are announced yet), and the only tennis game released in almost a year, Grand Slam Tennis 2 will definitely suffice, just don't expect a game-changer. There's a bit of work to be done before EA climbs to the position of number one seed.
  35. Feb 9, 2012
    65
    Good visuals and accessible controls can't mask Grand Slam Tennis 2's weak career mode.
  36. Apr 28, 2012
    60
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 doesn't compare to the bigger tennis francises. Te career mode is strangely put up, and it doesn't pay off to specialize in one specific play style. The online modes and Classic-games keep it from being awful, but that's all there is to it.
  37. Mar 10, 2012
    60
    By no means a bad game, but it's lacking in anything to draw you back in or to take the game beyond what Top Spin and Virtua Tennis already do better. [Issue#82, p.90]
  38. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 is built on a solid foundation but there's nothing special about it. There are better tennis games out there.
  39. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    It's damn hard to talk about video game tennis without bringing up Virtua Tennis, particularly when a game, like Grand Slam Tennis 2, hems so close to that original arcade formula. It's a facsimile that's executed well enough; there just aren't any good reasons to recommend Grand Slam Tennis 2 over the games that it cribs from.
  40. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    EA is trying hard to compete with the masters of the genre, but there are still much to be done with the Grand Slam franchise. On the other hand, Xbox 360 owners will get one of the most clever controller set-ups in this category of games.
  41. Feb 17, 2012
    60
    Does Grand Slam Tennis 2 compete with Top Spin 4? On the surface it does give the reigning king a run at it but manages to fall short. The career mode is limiting, the analog stick controls need refining, and the game itself doesn't have the depth that sports games have become accustom to in recent years. Although I enjoyed my time with Grand Slam Tennis 2 there is still plenty of room for improvement and my hope is that EA doesn't give up on the young series and comes back with an ace in its follow-up.
  42. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    Right now, Grand Slam Tennis 2 echoes the debut of the Fight Night series, a franchise that has consistently galvanised its quality. Would you bet against EA to do this again?
  43. 60
    Quite simply, there's little reason to choose this game over the far superior Top Spin 4.
  44. Feb 22, 2012
    58
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a collection of great ideas, but the focus feels a little too stretched and each individual feature is missing the hook it needs to keep the attention on it.
  45. Mar 15, 2012
    42
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 has a good visual product with quality stadiums and good gameplay. However, there is a lot of work that needs to be done with the career mode to make this game have a much higher replay value than what it has currently. After three years of releasing the first title, it is concerning that this was the final product.
  46. Feb 15, 2012
    40
    All the licensing in the world can't help you if the core gameplay is faulty, and in the case of Grand Slam Tennis 2 it just keeps serving double faults. The more you play it the less you find to like about it until eventually you just wish you hadn't started at all.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 15, 2012
    5
    If any other company made this garbage of a tennis game it wouldn't of even scored a 71 overall.I'm actually quite disappointed with Game Informer and IGN for giving it decent scores.It's like playing tennis on the Atari all over again but a prettier version.Top spin 2,3 and especially 4 trumps this game like you wouldn't believe.No EA this wasn't a good effort,at all!Stick with the Wii cause that game was ok ,at least.People don't waste your money on this garbage just because it has commentary and pretty graphics.Top Spin 4 is so good almost perfect in the sense of a tennis simulation.Top Spin 3 was so good and real,it was too real so 2K toned it down and Top Spin 4 is the final product and man is it good.This game deserves no more than a 5 and it's lucky I'm in a good mood today. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2013
    6
    Still searching for a proper tennis simulation. Would say that Grand Slam falls slightly to far into the Arcade area. There are some nice ideas, such as the shot stick using the right analog for doing different types of shots, that work well. However i found far to often the timing to get perfect strokes off. I play tennis and just feel that is a bit simplified. The AI was not all that great and it was so easy to win tournaments against the top professionals with a very poorly developed player. It took on a better side when playing people online as they actually used challenging tactics. Think Top Spin is still the best tennis series out there for Simulation of the sport but EA's effort does have some merit for what it tried to do and its very accessible to people who are not 100% familiar with the game. The tennis genre is never going to be perfect as I just don't think the audience is there to put alot more time and effort into development. Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2012
    7
    I'm a big Tennis buff, and I know that when it comes to Tennis Games, they're out there, they're just not good. I enjoy Virtua Tennis and Top Spin, but they certainly are not completely authentic to the sport the way other sports games are to their sport. Out comes Grand Slam Tennis 2 and I think it's the most authentic Tennis game out. It bodes a nice roster, mixed with current stars and past legends, it's nice to have both. The graphics are very good, animations are on point. My problems lie within 2 pretty big modes if you ask me. The online mode and the Career mode. Obviously, the game can lag and certainly does and it hurts the game. It's not fun hitting the ball with a delay, sometimes even missing the ball when you were in position to hit it. On top of that, players tend to rush the net a lot, looking for easy, cheap points. Can I fault the game for that? Not sure. The career mode, like many career modes, provides a good amount of customization and realism to it, but damn is it boring. I love Tennis, but this process is so elongated and winning matches becomes way too easy, too fast. Full Review »