Virtua Tennis 2009 for Xbox 360 Review

A Smash Hit or an Unforced Error?

Sega’s Virtua Tennis 2009 isn’t so much a monumental step forward for the tennis franchise as much as it is a very minor sequel. You get an updated roster of players, more international courts to visit, and a handful of mini-games to enjoy. The way you play the game is exactly the same, except you have a little bit of control over your partner in doubles. You can switch, on the fly, whether your partner is playing the net, playing normally, or protecting the baseline.

In the end, it’s hard to recommend Virtua Tennis 2009 over one of the older versions, since you can get those older titles for a lot less money. The graphics aren’t up to snuff (the clothes don’t seem to animate), the create-a-player tool is weak, and the game is very much biased toward winners (rather than forced errors).

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Virtua Tennis 2009, but it’s not really all that new. The World Tour adds some value and online play is a plus, but that’s about it. Save your money and buy an older version instead.

The Good

  • Great Virtua Tennis gameplay is back
  • Variety of mini-games to test your skills
  • Satisfying World Tour (career) mode
  • Support for Xbox Live online play

The Bad

  • Forced/unforced errors are virtually non-existent
  • Very weak create-a-player tool
  • Disappointing graphics compared to other sports games (EA)
  • Computer assistance can be frustrating

Rating: 6.5/10