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PS3 version better than Xbox 360's due to Move support,
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This review is from: Grand Slam Tennis 2 - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
The sequel to Grand Slam Tennis has finally arrived after EA postponed it's efforts to release it on the PS3 and Xbox 360 following it's June 2009 Wii release. As a whole, the game is solid but with some flaws. The original version on the Wii was a cartoony version with a big ball, etc. Fun & best they could do on the Wii. This one takes full advantage of the graphical power of the PS3 but fails in other areas. Nonetheless, if you're a tennis fan -- the game's worth your while as it's fun to play.
Presentation: As usual, EA delivers on presentation. Most importantly, this is the only tennis game with the Wimbledon license and that's important since Wimbledon is considered the Super Bowl of Tennis. As with most EA games, menus are slick and easy to navigate. Lots of ESPN branding also, which is good or bad -- depending on your love/hate for ESPN. On the downside, the lifeless commentary from Mac & Cash gets very repetitive (as with most sports games but worse). On the plus side, it can be turned off once you get tired of it. Camera angles can't be changed & replays can't be automatically skipped (you can do so by pressing a button each time they pop up).
Roster: Arguably the best among all tennis games with the understanding that unlike NFL/NBA/MLB, there's no Players' Association, therefore you never get a full roster. Nonetheless, most player likeness' are spot on -- Current stars: Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray, Tsonga, Roddick, Sharapova, Williams' sisters, Ivanovic & others. Legends: Coverboy Johnny Mac, rival Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova & more. Overall, the men's roster is way better than the women's. Most stars look great, especially Williams' sisters but some are a little off, particularly Chris Evert.
Gameplay: Solid -- Somewhere between Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4. Lots of game modes including an easy career mode (10 seasons), online & ESPN Classic Matches, which are lots of fun! Create mode features Gameface, where you can download your own face from EA servers. The PS3 version also features PS Move compatability (Xbox does not feature Kinect). This is where I belive the PS3 version is slightly better than the Xbox 360's. Move works very well -- particularly if you're a real life tennis player & know how to control the racquet well. As for the Dualshock, you can play the game with EA's total racquet control (rewarding once mastered). Like other EA games, no buttons just thumb sticks. The good news is you have a choice to play it with the buttons or a combo of both (which is my preference). I particularly enjoy serving as it requires good timing on your toss/hit as in real life. A bit unrealistic in the fact that's it's net play dominant.
Graphics: The game shines in this department. People will walk in while you're playing and think you're watching a real tennis match. Most player models (read above) are spot on, good animation and beautifully designed courts/stadiums. Best ever on a tennis game IMO. However, celebrations and such are a bit weak as the game, as a whole, lacks emotion.
Overall: 7/10 (3.5 - round up to 4 stars). Good but overemphasis on net play. The game offers lots of modes and choices on how to play it. It features a deep roster with nice graphics. After having owned all 3 tennis games (TS4/VT4) at one time -- for my money -- I'd choose Grand Slam Tennis 2 slightly over it's closest competitor, Top Spin 4 -- because Move controls work better, the Wimbledon license & I simply had more fun with it (probably due to replaying the ESPN Classic Matches -- ie. Borg vs. McEnroe, '80 Wimbledon Final).
**UPDATE** After 3+ weeks with the game, the inability to contruct a point due to the overemphasis on net play really takes away from the game. Everyone rushes the net soon enough so it becomes a game of who can get there first. EA needs to patch this!
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2012 12:24:02 PM PST
Louie the Italian Jew says:
Tennis and Move have always been a match made in heaven in my opinion. this is the game I've been waiting for. great review.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 3:38:55 PM PST
Does it have sliders that let you adjust the AI behavior like Fifa and Madden?
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 4:15:08 PM PST
Dr. D says:
Why do you say that this game is better than Top Spin 4? What makes it better?
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 10:11:34 PM PST
Mark -- No sliders, just difficulty settings... Dr. D -- Top Spin 4 is a very good tennis game. I prefer GS2's gameplay (ie. serving), career mode & Wimbledon license is a plus. You can't go wrong with either, just my personal preference.
Posted on Feb 15, 2012 1:16:51 PM PST
R. Mercer says:
This game is not a 5* or 9/10 ... Any time you can win a grand slam in your 1st year on tour with a rating of 35 is garbage & pure comedy. Sooooo many issues with this game. Come on man
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2012 7:53:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2012 8:09:04 AM PST
It's enjoyable to me. It's not a perfect game but it's fun. I've enjoyed replaying classic matches & pinning today's stars vs stars of old:) I did edit my review a little after getting more time in. I still think it's good but more of an 8. Good not great but most importantly to me, fun overall.
Posted on Feb 16, 2012 10:40:29 PM PST
Sidharth Das says:
Hello - Need a quick help. I am able to configure the move. but not able to select move as the option to play instead of the dualshock, as in i am unable to shift the PS3 move icon over to the player details.. so that it accepts PS3 move as the controller.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2012 9:41:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2012 9:42:31 PM PST
Make sure the Move & dualshock/navigation controller are both active. You need both.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2012 11:22:49 PM PST
Sidharth Das says:
thanks OJ. Got it working now. Appreciate it!