Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
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  1. Sep 22, 2020
    75
    Tennis World Tour 2 is a great new beginning, an unexpected glimmer of hope for the future of a sport for too long away from the limelight of the videogame market.
  2. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Tennis World Tour 2 is a solid all-round tennis game, and the inclusion of the wildcard system offers an additional and entertaining tactical layer to consider as you play. It's just a shame that some minor issues hold it back from being great.
  3. Sep 23, 2020
    70
    Tennis World Tour 2 captures the flow of real-world tennis well, but that comes with a steep timing-based learning curve. Overcome it, and you’ll be rewarded with a deep skill-based gameplay experience, that’s elevated by a strategic deck building accompaniment. There’s inconsistency to the presentation, with some awkward animations, physics, and art direction decisions – but the campaign is entertaining and online play will add longevity. As it stands, it’s the best tennis game currently available on the PS4, but there’s still room for further improvement here.
  4. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    Tennis World Tour 2 may look like a simple update, but proves to be a really deep overhaul, both from a qualitative and quantitative point of view. That translates into a much punchier feel with a more authentic rendering overall, thanks to a subtle management of timing and faults. While some lingering assistance still generates imprecision, filling such loopholes surely belongs to Big Ant's work. The Australian studio thus shaped the best tennis simulation on current consoles at least, because of far more experienced competitors on PC. Hence Nacon can develop legitimate eSports ambitions, as long as it stands away from balance or greedy issues through an artificial cards system for instance.
  5. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    A good tennis simulation that, despite a few flaws and frustrating controls, has managed to achieve a much better result than the original game.
  6. Sep 23, 2020
    66
    Tennis World Tour 2 is sadly yet another modern tennis game that falls short. Despite bringing Big Ant over from AO Tennis 2, the game ends up burdened by poor execution and gameplay. Even at a budget price, consider holding off until future patches potentially address these also expand the legends roster.
  7. Sep 24, 2020
    65
    Tennis World Tour 2 puts the series on the right track while still offering us the most successful gameplay of its kind on consoles.
  8. Sep 22, 2020
    65
    Tennis World Tour 2 has gameplay that takes a while to master, but the healthy roster and well-designed courts offers a lot for tennis fans.
  9. Oct 9, 2020
    60
    Tennis World Tour 2 offers rich content and lots of licensed athletes; however, the game has a steep learning curve that, along with its technical issues, make it suitable strictly for fans of the genre.
  10. Oct 7, 2020
    60
    Better than the previous entry in the series but still far away from masterpieces like Virtua Tennis and Top Spin.
  11. Oct 5, 2020
    60
    All in all, Tennis World Tour 2 marks a notable improvement over its predecessor. Though, admittedly, that’s not saying too much when you consider just how poor it was. This seems like a franchise on the right track now but there’s a long road ahead before it can match and compete with other top sporting videogames.
  12. Oct 5, 2020
    60
    Ultimately, Tennis World Tour 2 succeeds in what it sets out to accomplish. The authentic look and feel of the entire game is something that hardcore fans of the sport can appreciate. Unfortunately, the game is also limited in that same sense, as the learning curve prevents more casual players from taking the court in a quickly accessible way. That said, if you’re willing to stick with it, Tennis World Tour 2 serves as an overall satisfying tennis title.
  13. Sep 30, 2020
    60
    Tennis World Tour 2 isn’t necessarily the most robust or enticing offering when it comes to tennis games, but it’s one of the only simulation games out there. If you’re a die-hard tennis fan, it’s worth a shot to see if it can keep your attention. But casual fans should consider looking elsewhere.
  14. Sep 24, 2020
    60
    Tennis World Tour 2 has come a long way from the previous opus, with the use of timing-based gameplay. Lots of it is still wrong, from the ball physics to the way players slide on the ground, but the improvement is so massive that we're actually expecting to see a Tennis World Tour 3.
  15. Sep 28, 2020
    57
    Tennis World Tour 2 lacks focus and due to this, the game lingers in mediocrity. With inconsistent AI, a harsh timing mechanic paired with a stat-boosting card system, the game will turn away both hardcore and casual fans. Unfortunately, this is a double fault for the Tennis World Tour franchise.
  16. Oct 12, 2020
    50
    There's quite a lot of content here, though just one out of four Grand Slam titles is hard to swallow. As you start playing, however, you'll find that there's a lot more wrong with this game. The clunky controls never give you the feeling that you're actually in control of what you're doing, while the severely mediocre graphics are only passable from a distance. Shame.
  17. Oct 11, 2020
    45
    And yet another lackluster Tennis game. A lot of stars are playable, but the presentation is stiff and the mechanics are almost like the players are on rails.
  18. Sep 24, 2020
    45
    Tennis World Tour 2 offers some changes and improvements to the original game, as well as a bunch of licenses for pro players. However, the gameplay core is still rooted in the original game and fails to offer a satisfying experience. Tennis World Tour completes the double fault initiated in 2018.
  19. 40
    A highly unsatisfying and directionless tennis game, with an abysmal character creator and career mode. Steer well clear and buy AO Tennis 2, bizarrely made by the exact same team responsible for this monstrosity.
  20. Sep 22, 2020
    40
    As it stands Tennis World Tour 2 has a chance to wear you out more than an actual game of tennis.
  21. 40
    Tennis World Tour 2 is a great example of how not to make a tennis game. Virtua Tennis on a Dreamcast VMU gives a more satisfying experience. It fails wholesale to learn the lessons of the game it's a sequel to and isn't much fun to play. At least there's no microtransactions.
  22. Sep 24, 2020
    30
    Tennis World Tour 2 tries to copy the look and feel of other sports titles but ends up feeling lazy. There is no reason for its character creator, or the career mode, to be as shallow as they are. It also doesn't make sense to lock players into a single control scheme that causes problems, and the ball being hard to see in a game that is all about hitting it back and forth with accuracy is a huge misstep. This game could have been so much more, but Tennis World Tour 2 ends up being a disappointment, first and foremost.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 53
  2. Negative: 6 out of 53
  1. Sep 23, 2020
    10
    Such an improvement on the previous game. Gameplay, presentation and the look of the game is much better!
  2. Sep 27, 2020
    4
    The positive:
    - Challenging and rewarding timing base gameplay.
    - For once in a tennis video game, players hold their racket like they should
    The positive:
    - Challenging and rewarding timing base gameplay.
    - For once in a tennis video game, players hold their racket like they should (eg. eastern grip for forehand) and in the majority of situation, the swing movements are realistics. Don't get me wrong, there is no variety or specific player animation (appart from Nadal)...but it does look like real life tennis at least.

    The Negative:
    - Unresponsive player movement. Basically, the AI moves for you, sometimes, making strange decision, like going forward to force you to play a half volley, leaving you completely vulnerable in the middle of the court. Often, players don't even try to reach the ball. Going to the net is too hard. There should be a shoulder button (L1 for ex.) to force your player to play a net approach by going forward and playing his shot at the same time.

    - Some shots still don't match the input. I'm guessing because the animation were juste never created. You won't be able to enjoy finishing the point with a big forehand swing when the ball is over your shoulder. It doesn't matter if you press the flat or the lift button, your player will always do a lame slice forehand, even if you hit with the perfect timing.

    - In career mode, character creation and progression is uncommonly bad. Every new created player have the same starting stats and each time you level up, you have only 3 attributes you can improve (defense / attack / precision). Why can't I create a serve & volley type of player with a weak forehand like stefan Edberg? For me, it just kills any incentive you might have to do a second playthrough.

    - The cards system is not compatible with a simulation. Worst idea ever. On the same level of crazyness, the boosts the different rackets give you are completely unrealistics.

    - Edit: card system is actually broken atm. Sometimes, small effects will stack in the weirdest way making you either a superman serving at 250km/h or a total loser incapable of hitting the ball. I'm level 14 and it happened already in 3 matches. Hence, my note changed from 6 to 4.

    In conclusion, don't expect top spin 4 quality here, it is clearly still a work in progress. Wait for patches or for the next tennis game.
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  3. Sep 24, 2020
    4
    There's some potential but overall it's a mess... again.

    - Shots frequently still don't match the input. You'll get a slice shot when
    There's some potential but overall it's a mess... again.

    - Shots frequently still don't match the input. You'll get a slice shot when you've press for top spin or a flat shot when you want a slice etc. and this happens even when you've supposedly timed the shot as "good" or "perfect".

    - Pro players seemingly have no identity or specific animations other than Nadal. Even Federer has a generic serve and swings, and NO ONE has realistic or personalised celebrations. For a game that wants to present itself as a tennis "sim" this is simply unforgivable. You want to feel like you are these players and the character model just looking (a bit) like them isn't enough. Federer with a massive, cheesy (and terrifying) smile after winning a point just looks so, so wrong.

    - Net play is completely broken. If you go to the net you will be passed, regardless of the difficulty level or who you're playing against, because the game simply does not respond to input at the net whatsoever. I've played just under 4 hours and haven't been able hit one volley at the net, nor has an animation even been initiated to lunge for the ball as it passes.

    - Similar to above, all too often your player will simply refuse to respond to a ball when moving side to side at the baseline that falls close enough that you realistically should be able to at least lunge for it and make some sort of play. Completely unresponsive.

    - The AI seems incapable of getting above 40% first serves in, regardless of who you're playing against or what difficulty the game is on. Fault after fault.

    - Impossible to hit aces even using the best players. I haven't yet managed a single one on my time with the game.

    - Single handed backhand animations are honestly beyond abysmal. Similar to my first point, you'll try and play a top spin backhand and it'll hit some bizarre looking, dodgy slice that looks completely unnatural and unrealistic.

    - Ball physics at times are completely nonsensical in terms of trajectory and velocity. One minute you'll hit a top spin forehand that looks great, the next you're playing a strange, lunging volley that somehow goes into super speed with heavy top spin despite the animation not matching this at all.

    - They may have "doubled" the animations, but it's still nowhere near enough and the game still completely lacks any real fluidity. You'll see the same animations over and over again (as well as ones that make literally no sense considering the button you've pressed, as above) and players will awkwardly transition from one shot/position to the next in an unrealistic way.

    - The sound is still sub-par. Crowds don't react to some winners and generally are still underwhelming and, seriously, how hard/expensive could it be to just pay some decent, professional umpires and line judges to record for the game? Because they still sound AWFUL. Again, it ruins the immersion of it all.

    - Zero customisation. It's 2020 and yet we can't create and share courts/arenas/tournaments/players and we can't edit pro players stats and overall ratings to our liking. AO Tennis manages it, so why can't Tennis World Tour? It completely takes away from the realism and how replayable the game is, especially considering the base game without DLC has ZERO official tournaments and a number of huge omissions in the roster such as Djokovic, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka etc.

    Overall I'd give the game 4/10 so far, at a push. Unless there's huge improvements to the responsiveness, animations and content via patches (here we go again) then it's yet another failed tennis game.
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