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Reviewed by Inkhands This will probably be one of the last tennis games I review, considering this is the seventh one I have written. Others review many RPG's, but I get bored with those. I'm terrible at shooters. Other sports games are okay and I'll review one or two basketball or baseball games, but tennis is my favorite sport. I play a lot of tennis video games, therefore I have reviewed more of them than any other type of game. I am giving this game a 7 overall, even though maybe it deserves a 6. I'm giving a 7 partly because I enjoyed it more than I do an average tennis game. So while this game doesn't quite have as many options as I have seen in other tennis games, I still ended up enjoying it more than some of those other tennis games I have played. Most tennis games are usually very similiar so it's hard to think of something new to say about them, but I will just try to describe this game as best I can without feeling I have already said the same things about another game. There are three basic modes in this game and you also have the ability to create up to four players. You have an exhibition mode which is where you only play one match. There are 12 women to choose from, including Capriati, and 12 men to choose from. You can also choose one of the players you have created, if you have created any. The 23 players other than Capriati are all made up and have made up names. There are three courts to play on - hard, clay, and lawn. You can play a one player game in this mode, a two player game, or let the play the and you can watch. There is also a very basic training mode. Your coach is hitting balls to you and you have to return them. You choose where your coach will be standing on either the left or right side of the court or in the center. You can be in the near court or the far court. You can practice on either of the three courts. You can make the ball be flat or a drive. You can exit this mode any time you want and adjust any of these options to suit your training needs. I don't really feel this adds much to the game. If you want to practice you could just play an actual match. That's always been my logic on getting better at any game. However, the training mode is here, and you can play it if you want to. You can create up to four players and save them. This game only has a password feature though. You name your players, decide if they are male or female, right or left handed, if they hit some of their swings with a single hand or both, and if they have a flat or a drive spin on the ball. You are given 12 points and you add these 12 points to one of 4 categories - power on their forehand and backhand, their footwork, and their ability at the net. You can't put all 12 into one category though, the limit is five points per category. Not that you would really want to put all 12 into one category. It's better to try to balance them out anyway. Once you create a player you can then begin playing as him or her in the other modes. The circuit mode isn't a very complicated mode. You simply choose one of the 24 players, or a player you have created. You are entered into the Sydney Open to begin with. This would be the same as the Australian Open in reality. There are only 8 players and you only have to win one set to win the match. This means to win the entire tournament you only have to play 3 sets. This is probably one of the easiest setups I have ever seen in a circuit mode. You move on to other touranments after that, but they don't get any more difficult. If you play as a player that is ranked 12th you can certainly tell the difference than if you played as the number 1 or 2 ranked players. Also the rank of who you are playing varies and that makes the challenge of the match vary, but not too much. The graphics of course are nothing spectacular at all. They are less than good. The players are small and have very undetailed moves. They look very undetailed and very unrealistic. Basically you can tell the color of their clothes and hair. Other than that, there isn't much to the look of the players. The view is slightly overhead and from the back of the player in the near court. The chair umpire actually sits at court level, which is very unusual. There isn't really any crowd that I saw. The courts are all very nondescript. They look like clay or grass as little as they can and still get by with it. Lackluster graphics found in this game. The sound is equally bad in this game. The sound effects are weak and sound very much like something out of an NES game instead of a Genesis game. The crowd has that same ringing sound that is found in Nintendo games. The person that calls the game sounds like a very bored Australian. He says the scores and calls the shots, but other than that, you're not going to find much sound at all in this game. What you do find is very poor. So I really don't care much for the sound in this game. Controls in tennis games are usually easy to figure out, but much harder to actually master. Not in this game. Usually it takes me a few matches to get used to the way a tennis game plays, but halfway through the first set I had figured out how not to fault on my serves or go wide on my backhand. You get the usual shots in this game, such as the lob and the regular swings, but the actual shot placement is probably better in this game than I have seen in many tennis games. The ball went where I wanted it to go almost every time. The only real flaw with the controls is the diving. You can dive in this game, but doing that usually makes the ball drop short of the net, and you lose the point. It's better not to make a diving play at all, but you really have no control over this. If you swing at the ball from too far away, you will dive whether you want to or not. That's the only thing I saw wrong with the controls. This is one of the easiest tennis games I have ever played. It's easy to master the controls. Shot placements are easy. All my tennis strategies worked as well in this game as they have in any other tennis game and better than some. It's really easy to win a tournament, considering you only play three matches and only one set per match. This is a very easy tennis game, at least for me anyway. If you are inexperienced though and this is the first tennis game you have ever played then it might pose more of a challenge. Otherwise for anybody with basic tennis skills, not a challenging game at all. All tennis games are fun for me, and this one was quite enjoyable I must say. The replay value is a little low considering there is so little to this game. Even the circuit isn't hard to play. It plays more as one tournament instead of four. There are better tennis games and once you play this one you'd probably go looking for one of those to play again. While I'd say the fun factor was a little high for me in this game, I would have to say the replay value is lower considering the lack of both options and challenge. Overall this is a nice tennis game and I may seem biased because I love tennis, but I'm usually hard to impress when it comes to tennis games. They really have to stand out in some way for me to really love them. I'm giving this game a 7 because although it's easy and not very special, it still was fun to play and not frustrating. Not a must have tennis game, but not a bad game either. Graphics - 5/10 Sound - 5/10 Control - 7/10 Gameplay - 8/10 Fun Factor - 6/10 Challenge - 5/10 Replay Value - 5/10 Overall - 7/10

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