Local Legend and cool as ever, Jean Engelbrecht aka IceGamingRSA, has served us a review of Tennis World Tour 2 review. Read on and see what he has found about this one.
So imagine this, the scene is set, the crowd roaring as two of the worlds greatest tennis players, Legends, walk out on the clay court…. The final of the Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer!!! Walking out of the tunnel, the sun glaring through the clouds falling, almost mystifying the stadium…… on screen, the past results between these two heavyweights….. All focus set as the match starts. Serve for serve, set for set as these two matches each other point for point…. With Roger defying the king of clay by serving for the match… Both giving 110%….. Roger throws the ball in the air pulls back and fires a serve that blasts past Rafael without him getting a chance to return a shot….
Roger drops his racket and falls to his knees face down flat on the surface as he prays softly then rising up fists clenched jumping and celebrating a well-earned victory over the great Rafael Nadal, the stand set up as the Trophy is handed over to Roger, he stares deeply at the cup as if he is lost in space, kisses the cup then he lifts it up towards the heavens, the camera shifting up out of a packed stadium all standing on their feet celebrating with the victor. Fading into a screen that shows the stats of this amazing match.
So guess what…NONE of this is felt in this game. First thing that you realize is that the players do not look like them… That is one of the most sought after things for any gamer out there… the opportunity to go on the court as one of the legends of the game and battle it out. Just to be disappointed by seeing a plastic-like doll on the pitch.
Player customization is not as much fun as it looks like to be, from selecting how tall the player is to the way they take the serve to their stance when returning serve, then the facial features where you have options to select from. First glance it is difficult seeing changes between the options and you need to study some of them to actually find the differences.
Then the second thing is the player skill cards, these are focused to boost player stats for a certain period, making the return shot more accurate or faster, or make your serve better or faster or to make player movement faster. This takes away the perseverance from learning the game and upskilling your ability to start taking on the best in the game. The only way to serve an ace in this game is by using these cards…I have not been able to serve an ace without using one of these cards.
There is also a lack of upskilling your created player, your skills are not increased by participating in tournaments or events, it is by buying upgraded equipment which is unlocked by XP gained from matches. In a way this is OK, however, skill is something one gains from experience out on the court battling it out with the best. I feel that they should have focused more on this than on the equipment itself. Yes, have equipment also give a player a stat increase, a basic increase of 2-3 on each stat per attribute and keeping the player battling it out to become the best.
The stadiums are rushed off, especially the backboards. If you play at the stadium in South Africa there is a logo and jersey picture of one of the local football clubs, Kaizer Chiefs F.C., and by the looks of it, they googled a picture of this clubs details and found a 12x12px image and enlarged it. It looks pixelated and not like it is something they spend time on trying to improve.
On to the gameplay, Stepping onto the court the first time without going through the training is not something I would suggest doing. The serve looks easy, however, if you don’t do the training you would slam the A button and the serve would start hitting it again when the ball is at its peak as it makes sense seeing a line and a circle at the top of the peak. However, this is wrong, you will only achieve a speed of around 126kp/h, If you participate in the training you would know to press and keep the A button pressed in as the serve starts until the ball hits it peak and release the button as the ball is in the circle this will get speeds up to 165kp/h.
Next up is returning the shot, yet another learning curve, there are different shots each linked to a different button. From baseline shots like topspin and slice shots to advanced shots like the lob shot to drop shots to place your opponents under pressure and get them into making mistakes. Keep in mind this is no easy task as there are some factors to take in consideration, like stamina, the more you run side to side or front to back, this tires the player, If you are not tiring your opponent, he/she is doing it to you.
The next step is to master the timing of each of these shots, each shot with its own timing requirement else you end up with a slow shot, a shot not going where it was intended of going, ending in playing a shot outside the boundaries of play, losing a point or the match. They really got this part of the game spot on and deserve 10/10.
The game can be enjoyed while having friends over batling out as either 1 vs 1 or take it on as doubles and have friends teaming up against other friends or have a couples night indoors and see who is the best couple at World Tennis 2.
The game has more than enough modes to keep it interesting and make sure time is well spent mastering each angle of the game whether it is climbing the ranks of a long career mode or setting up tournaments or chilling it out on exhibition mode even going online and see if you were in the world you match up to finding that ultimate battle.