- Publisher: Bigben Interactive , Maximum Games
- Release Date: May 22, 2018
- Also On: iPhone/iPad, PC, Switch, Xbox One
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May 31, 2018At its core this a decent tennis game, but the lack of content, the bugs and the lackluster presentation are concerning.
Jun 20, 2018Needless to spend too many words: Tennis World Tour is a total failure.
Playstation Official Magazine UKJul 2, 2018As big a letdown as Tim Henman's efforts at Wimbledon, it does a huge disservice to Top Spin's legacy. No amount of Pimm's should sanction you buying this. [Issue#151, p.96]
Jun 11, 2018The career mode is pretty entertaining but that's about the only quality of this game. Controlling your player leaves a lot to be desired for one. The lack of other modes, horrible commentary and the lack of an online option further put a final nail in the coffin; Tennis World Tour feels like an unfinished, rushed product. A shame.
Jun 10, 2018There is no point in paying 60 dollars for a Tennis game when so many better alternatives are already available. One of the worst games of 2018.
Jun 4, 2018You could reductively describe tennis as a sport where you hit the ball back and forth. That would be unfair, since it strips away the strategy and physical feats – which is exactly what Tennis World Tour does to the sport. In real-life tennis, when you're so frustrated that you yell and throw your racket like a brat, it's decorous for your opponent to ignore you and tighten the strings on their racket. At least the A.I. in this game mutely shares a sense of embarrassment, hoping that the moment passes.
May 29, 2018Tennis World Tour has been quite ambitious, but the game feels unfinished. The gameplay is clumpsy, its graphics are terrible and the physics are awful. This tennis game aimed high but it failed.
Mar 14, 2019Maybe one day the developer will have the opportunity to show us a completed idea, but based on the current build, Tennis World Tour is disappointing.
Jun 4, 2018Sadly, if BigBen Interactive has sold us Tennis World Tour as "The new game from the creators of Top Spin", it couldn't be further from the truth. Clearly rushed to be released during the french open, the game suffers from broken gameplay, vastly outdated graphics and minimalist content.
May 25, 2018Those hoping for an engaging, exciting Tennis game are bound to be disappointed. Tennis World Tennis World Tour is an unpolished, unfinished simulation that’s impossible to recommend.
Jun 19, 2018Tennis World Tour is a disappointment, plain and simple. It’s one thing to not have key features at launch, but the absence of solid gameplay puts the final nail in the coffin. It’s not only dull with its weak and monotonous presentation but frustrating as you watch your generic created character not swing at a ball they could easily hit across the court.
Jun 12, 2018I understand that release windows are a big thing that helps boost sales maximizes exposure. I’m sure that’s the reasoning behind Tennis World Tour’s release in this state because I can’t think of any other reason a developer would willingly release such a debacle.
Awards & Rankings
Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 20 out of 106
Mixed: 17 out of 106
Negative: 69 out of 106
May 22, 2018A preemptive tl;dr: Do not buy this game. This is no Top Spin 4, or even Top Spin 2, or even Virtua Tennis.
After waiting 7 years for aA preemptive tl;dr: Do not buy this game. This is no Top Spin 4, or even Top Spin 2, or even Virtua Tennis.
After waiting 7 years for a follow-up to the standard-bearing Top Spin 4, I had very high hopes for this game. I quickly discovered it is an all-around disappointment in every way. I could go into the glaringly poor audio, the lack of licensed events and tournament sites, the stilted commentary...and I didn't even bother with the career mode, not to mention the LACK OF ONLINE PLAY UPON RELEASE. But by far the biggest problem is the gameplay, the most critical component of the game.
This game represents huge leaps backward on every aspect of Top Spin 4. The animations are clunky and drawn out, and not particularly specific to the unique players. This leads to difficult, awkward movement, both along the baseline and to the net. A HUGE pet peeve: if you stretch to hit a flat shot or a topspin shot, the game repeatedly defaults to sliced shots, or little chip shots. By far, most shots struck, regardless of the button you select, result in chips down the middle. This is wildly unrealistic and in direct opposition to the user's control and wishes. The spin varieties end up becoming meaningless, as everyone simply chips the ball back and forth repeatedly (and the spins don't seem to impact the opposing player's reply shot). The rallies are repetitive and boring.
The AI player wanders into "no man's land" (the large rectangle behind the service boxes) to return all shots consistently--another massive no-no in tennis, and another thing that most people would notice after watching a pro match for ten minutes. This means that timing seems irrelevant--you have no idea where to go to get the best strike on the ball. Sometimes players rip a shot into the corner with the tiniest racket movement right off the bounce, other times they don't swing at all.
The players may as well all be the same, as they all play the same. You don't get a feel for Federer's silky movement and forehand, the weight of Wawrinka's shots, McEnroe's impeccable volley, etc. etc. They might as well all be the same avatar. Top Spin 4's brilliant combination of precision shots (made with a simple tap of the button) and power shots (made by holding the button), which equipped players with full control of their avatar and allowed them to maximize the unique strengths of their selected players, are ditched in favor of a confusing mix of the two--again, with little measurable feedback to know what shot you hit and when it is best.
Serving is sensitive and it seems users have little control over power and placement.
Some of the animations are downright embarrassing; at least one Twitter user posted an image of a ball fully one to two feet behind a player, followed by another frame of the ball being returned, without *at all* being struck by the avatar. There are also framerate issues--unacceptable for a game that isn't exactly too sophisticated visually.
Dear 2K/Sony: Please port Top Spin 4!!!… Full Review »
May 22, 2018DO NOT BUY:
This is embarrassing given what was expected and promised during development. I paid for the legend edition on PSN i'd say atDO NOT BUY:
This is embarrassing given what was expected and promised during development. I paid for the legend edition on PSN i'd say at the moment this is more of a PSN title than fully fledged game.
The game is lifeless both in it's delivery from commentary to umpire down to the overall look of the courts and crowd engagements. The ball kids don't move to retrieve the ball and no matter where the event is the umpire and crowd reactions are appalling even in exhibition mode playing at their version of Wimbledon.
We see big Eurosport signs but this has no enhancement to the games feel or delivery it's purely aesthetic which when having a major global broadcaster of Tennis you would of expected to feel like you're there! However in career thus far I've been nothing short of feeling like I'm down a local park not a tournament.
The mechanics are very clunky. The control is feel totally unresponsive and prone to bring caught in animations which prevent you from returning an easy shot. If you approach the net (running on to the ball) the players seem all to often to stumble and this seems unavoidable and like the game is built for baselines only.
Serving is very difficult. With no knowledge of arch system to detect where the ball is being placed it's impossible to attack or place serve without committing a fault. Simerily with in game shots, I can feel as though I've put the ball in a corner with my analogue stick and the ball not go anywhere near. As for some training drills I don't think they're possible with the control system being how it is coupled with the mechanics of player movement.
The events structure in career is also confusing. Only allowing players to partake in one event per month is baffling when we know players have to juggle multiple events and practice sessions.
You're advised to rest but then the only way to develop in career is to play and win events (rankings) so I feel although it's our career we're dictated to by the linearity of the season's structuring.
There is no online, I know the game has been delayed till June first but for US and PSN users this should have been delayed also to endure the title is fully completed.
It's very basic with only tournaments and exhibitions and career. No challenge moments no historical challenges.
In career you're advised to use coaches and agents to develop your player although I feel they've been put there to feed trophies via unlocks and level ups instead of actually enhancing a players career.
At present I would advise against the purchase of Tennis World Tour. Having seen reviews for AO tennis I expected a great deal from this title under the impression that Top Spin 4 members were in the development. In my opinion unless things change via patches or the price decreases if you want to experience tennis on console play Top Spin 4. For 2018 this game lags severely behind the expectations of today's era of console games in the sports genre!… Full Review »
May 25, 20181 point because it helps stabilize my bed. Despite that, i don't see anything good about this game, graphics are bad, animations are bad,1 point because it helps stabilize my bed. Despite that, i don't see anything good about this game, graphics are bad, animations are bad, gameplay is bad, variety of players is bad, ia is bad. Please 2K revive Top Spin license or port top spin 4 on current gen console, no more of this awful wanabe games.… Full Review »