• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. Fast, fluid and thoroughly absorbing, Virtua Tennis World Tour is not only as essential a purchase as "Lumines," "WipEout," "Ridge Racers" and Co., it’s a reason to buy the PSP itself.
  2. 100
    AI. Multiplayer is what really makes this game take off, so see if you can track down three friends who own a PSP and a copy of the game. That shouldn't be too hard.
  3. One of the most addictive and fun-going games you’ll ever play, and the simple elegance to the gameplay couldn’t have fit any better on the PSP.
  4. This is a must-have title on PSP. World Tour shows how to combine sporting simulation with easy arcade style and accessibility. The Roger Federer of tennis games. [PSM2]
  5. Minor quibbles aside, Virtua Tennis World Tour is close to a ten-out-of-ten game on the PSP, and in many respects it deserves top marks for being the best game on the system, and one of our most played games in 25 years of repetitive straining.
  6. The grace and speed of the animation coupled with the near-flawless controls make for a very engaging gameplay experience.
  7. Forget tennis elbow – the only tennis-related injury you’ll be complaining of from now on is Virtua Tennis thumb.
  8. Undoubtedly a showpiece for the PSP, Virtua Tennis: World Tour offers something for everyone - and, despite the laborious loading times, it's a tried-and-true SEGA title that everyone should have in their collection.
  9. 90
    The brief matches make this a great pick-up-and-play game, and the "deep career mode" has enough meat to keep your fingers busy on your morning commute for the next decade.
  10. PSM Magazine
    There's not even a tennis game on PS2 this good. [Dec 2005, p.116]
  11. The real jewel shining within Virtua Tennis: World Tour is the multiplayer, via a wireless connection. Remember coming home from the pub with 3 drunken mates, loading up the tennis on the PS2 and playing until you passed out? Just imagine sitting, well, anywhere really, drunk or sober, with 3 mates within a few metres of each other, playing tennis. Insane? Absolutely! Fun? Hell yeah!
  12. Play Magazine
    Sega's VT World Tour takes not only intuitive control but reactive animation to the next level... [Nov p.98]
  13. 90
    Exceptionally satisfying handheld tennis action. It bottles the lightning of the bigger versions while losing nothing in the transition.
  14. Computer Games Magazine
    when you've got a game this good, "just a port" is all you need. [Dec p.93]
  15. 88
    Virtua Tennis makes full use of the PSP's graphics capability and delivers perfect miniature replicas of today's tennis titans for you to mould and manipulate with your fingertips.
  16. The perfect game for the PSP. The mini-games make it a good option if you’ve only got three or four minutes, and the World Tour is deep enough that you can spend an hour with it – never feeling limited by the fact that you’re playing a handheld game.
  17. 85
    Whilst Virtua Tennis: World Tour isn't exactly a new game, it's bloody good fun, and even better in wi-fi mode. One of the games of the [Australian] PSP launch.
  18. 85
    Packs everything fans of the series could want in a portable package. It's fast, fun and thoroughly engrossing. Plus, the inclusion of well-designed mini-games pushes World Tour's intrinsic level of addition to new heights.
  19. Game Informer
    A fast and furious title that allows for some exciting multiplayer doubles matches. [Nov 2005, p.182]
  20. Virtua Tennis isn’t quite the killer app for the PSP but it earns itself the honor of being one of the first definitive sports title for Sony’s handheld.
  21. One of those nice surprises that pulls in more players than just the die-hard tennis fan. Thanks to the numerous mini-games and the World Tour mode, anyone can become a tennis ace.
  22. The gameplay itself is perfect for a video game – fast paced, twitch action that's incredibly addictive and simple all the same.
  23. The minigames are a blast although the replay value probably dies off once you have won the World Tour.
  24. Despite the relative age of the source material and the number of times Sega has trotted it out already, the gameplay is still zippy and fun, and the whole package generally feels pretty fresh, thanks to some subtle tweaks.
  25. Graphically the game is top-notch. The players are animated realistically and there are a lot of nice extra touches such as ball marks on the courts and shadows cast by the lights in night matches.
  26. There was no doubt that Virtua Tennis World Tour would appeal, but the developers have accomplished to create a game that does strike a balance between short and long-term play.
  27. Loading times and a clumsy menu system are disappointing, but building your ranking is satisfying.
  28. 80
    The best bit of tennis software the PSP is going to get. [Nov 2005, p.130]
  29. The controls are fluid enough that you'll feel like McEnroe in his fit-throwing prime, while the PSP's lil' nubbin gives you better ball control than Jenna Jameson.
  30. 80
    Speaking of graphics, Virtua Tennis: World Tour looks almost identical to "Sega Sports Tennis" on PS2 -- which is a compliment.
  31. 80
    It’s one of those games that shows off just what the PSP can achieve both graphically and the proof that the control system can work with a fast-paced game.
  32. 80
    It's at its best with a crowd of friends, but the single-player mode does have enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase even if you don't anticipate much chance for group play. In short, it deserves to be a smash. Sorry.
  33. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's hard to hit with finesse, not much outside of deep world tour mode. [Dec 2005, p.138]
  34. 80
    Even by today's standards, it's a near-perfect sports game for handheld consumption.
  35. This PS2 tennis game port plays superbly on the handheld, with all the current players and tons of game modes. Online play would have been perfect, but not a cause for complaints.
  36. AceGamez
    Portable gaming is all about pick up and play - short bursts of fun action. Virtua Tennis: World Tour captures that spirit with style - games last a few minutes and practice sessions are under a minute, yet it never feels lacking or rushed.
  37. It's "Pong" on steroids, with lifelike graphics, technically deep controls, and awesome sound effects - I love hearing my player's feed shuffle on the court and that satisfying thwop of a well-hit ball. [Nov 2005, p.154]
  38. Edge Magazine
    Though its stellar looks and innately satisfying play (especially in multiplayer) continue to serve aces, World Tour’s rallying skills leave something to be desired. [Oct 2005, p.96]

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#37 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. May 19, 2020
    Excellent tennis game. Holds up to this day. Requires skill. Fun mini games too
  2. Jul 21, 2015
    The modern pong with all the modern gaming frills. This game is simple but fun with amusingly real sound design and TV coverage likeThe modern pong with all the modern gaming frills. This game is simple but fun with amusingly real sound design and TV coverage like cinematics in between points. You can play as any of the top seeded pros on the circuit circa 2006. Full Review »
  3. AlexA.
    Jul 5, 2008
    Ok the gameplay and graphics are excellent the problem is the controls are faulty and the world tour mode gets boring very fast.