Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. 90
    Kinect aside, it's genuinely smashing.
  2. Jun 22, 2011
    For what it's worth, however, this is a fantastic game by every stretch of the imagination. Those who have waited 4 years for another installment will not be disappointed.
  3. May 12, 2011
    It's simple, it's fun, and it's got lots to do between quirky Kinect sessions, online matches, a worldwide Tour mode and plenty of unlockables. We'll take a "good enough" sports game any day that we can get it – as long as the fundamentals that inspired it in the first place are in play.
  4. Jun 13, 2011
    All told, Virtua Tennis is a well-put-together tennis game with some strategic depth and an arcade flare.
  5. May 25, 2011
    Virtua Tennis doesn't take itself so seriously and that's great because gaming should be all about fun. The Kinect and Move support is pretty lame so it's best to stick with the classic controllers.
  6. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 20, 2011
    A classic formula tweaked for greater tactical variety. By and large successful, besides a needed AI tweak or two. [Issue#72, p.86]
  7. May 20, 2011
    All in all it's another winner from the guys at Sega. Enough has been added to make it worth buying, while not messing with the perfection that made it a hit in the arcades over a decade ago. If you want to play tennis on your console it doesn't get any better than this.
  8. May 4, 2011
    As an arcade game, Virtua Tennis 4 is great and has no major flaws. It's just a shame that Top Spin 4 is better in almost everything, making SEGA's effort almost incidental.
  9. Apr 29, 2011
    The core strength of the experience ensures Virtua Tennis 4 is best in class where it matters, on the court. Likewise, a well-structured World Tour mode, while slightly anachronistic in its straight Japanese presentation, provides a sense of journey and progression that is wholly engaging. But the motion controls, core selling points for many buyers, are woefully implemented and provide little interest or value.
  10. Jun 14, 2011
    If you haven't played a Virtua Tennis title before this is certainly good enough to get you started, and if you've been a fan of the series, there's not much here you won't like.
  11. 75
    Virtua Tennis 4 is a great tennis game that features more of an arcade like, less realistic feel when compared to the recently released Top Spin 4. The career mode is robust and very interesting, featuring some obscene mini-games that teach the player the ins and outs of the game. If I had to say, though, Virtua Tennis 4 definitely provides a much more accessible and less technical tennis simulation and it is bound to appeal to more people.
  12. Jun 7, 2011
    Overall, I'm going to have to call this one a winner mainly on the strength of its gameplay and visual aesthetic. Just don't go in to it expecting the depth or structural realism you might find in other tennis games.
  13. May 31, 2011
    But it's going to take a lot more than gimmicky motion controllers and Sega's negligence and to undermine the basic greatness of Virtua Tennis. And with the new adrenaline meter, new party games, and especially the new single-player tennis RPG, Virtua Tennis 4 is plenty new enough to obsolete the older Virtua Tennis titles.
  14. May 25, 2011
    Sega's Virtua Tennis 4 is by no means a grand slam winner, though it is certainly championship material as at it's core there is entertaining and and addictive gameplay on offer. The overall package may be tainted by the addition of the poorly placed Kinect functionality, though erase that from your mind and what we have here is a feature rich tennis title that no doubt belongs in the gaming collection of any tennis fan, or any gamer that gets a thrill out of hitting a little green ball both offline and on.
  15. May 20, 2011
    Not a bad game then by any stretch, but hopefully the last small iteration before Sega's inaugural next-next-gen outing.
  16. May 18, 2011
    If this is your first time in front of the net, Virtua Tennis 4 will make you glad you picked up a racket. However, if you already mastered your game in the last version, or you're looking for a full-on Kinect-enabled entry, you'll probably want to remain court-side for this one.
  17. May 10, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 is great fun for newbies and hardcore players alike, a good arcade experience, but Top Spin 4 is surely the best choice available among the tennis simulations.
  18. 75
    Ultimately, Virtua Tennis 4 tries to please everyone by walking a fine line between sim and arcade, but regrettably, it never commits to either camp. [June 2011, p.80]
  19. 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.
  20. May 10, 2011
    If you're into arcade gaming and perfecting your skills, Virtua Tennis 4 is worth a try. There's a lot of training in the form of mini games. Simulation fans better go with Top Spin 4.
  21. 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.
  22. May 20, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 is arcade rooted slammer that is pure at heart and an enormous amount of fun.
  23. May 11, 2011
    A fun tennis game, after you dig through all the fluff: Mini-games and a needlessly complex career mode.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. May 16, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 though feels like it was a little too safe after the backlash fans had towards VT09, and as such has not really taken the series forward in any way. Sure, it's still a more than enjoyable tennis game, but you could play any title in the series and get pretty much the same impression. Things are at risk of becoming a little too stale if truth be told.
  27. 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.
  28. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    May 22, 2011
    Not as accomplished as Top Spin 4, not as much fun as Sega Superstars Tennis. New balls please. [July 2011, p.103]
  29. games(TM)
    May 22, 2011
    Sega may need to up its game before the next iteration. [Issue#109, p.116]
  30. May 10, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 fails to give enough reasons to keep playing it for a long time, due to its unrewarding and quite dull gameplay, including the not very successful Kinect integration.
  31. 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.
  32. May 12, 2011
    Virtua Tennis 4 is a weak tennis game that fails to bring the series back to its glory days.
  33. Jul 14, 2011
    At the end of the day, Virtua Tennis 4 is a game that trades largely on its lineage-but given that this game, like VT2009, continues to muck up a really good formula, it's hard to imagine gamers continuing to be forgiving of Sega's recurring missteps.
  34. May 20, 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.
  35. 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.
  36. May 2, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  37. May 16, 2011
    Quick exhibition matches, both locally and online, as well as a few memorable minigames are enough for a quick fix. The odd career mode, however, is more frustrating than fun.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. May 11, 2011
    This is why people that actually play the sports of these games should only do the reviewing. Top Spin 4 may be a better game experience, butThis is why people that actually play the sports of these games should only do the reviewing. Top Spin 4 may be a better game experience, but it feels nothing like the tennis I played in college and futures. It's forced and nobody moves like that on a tennis court. Mini games aside virtua tennis 4 just feels far more like real tennis, and in the end, that's what it's all about in my book. Shrug. Full Review »
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    I sincerely hope that whoever decided that fancy animations should have priority over responsive controls never works in the game industryI sincerely hope that whoever decided that fancy animations should have priority over responsive controls never works in the game industry again. The number of times I have lost matches because the game felt the need to play a fancy windup is far too large, and that's not counting the times the game waits a full second before even registering a button press, if it bothers to register it at all. Even attempting the special move performed by filling your meter simply does nothing more than half the time. Even ignoring the fact that World Tour is based solely on your luck with the RNG, this game is basically unplayable because every time you try to do anything you have to cross your fingers and hope the game is going to bother to register it. Full Review »
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    stupid game,career mode is teribble,players don't look spin game is a lot better.
    gameplay is teribble,the 4 grandslams don't look
    stupid game,career mode is teribble,players don't look spin game is a lot better.
    gameplay is teribble,the 4 grandslams don't look so good as in top spin
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