Review: Tennis World Tour: Legends Edition (PS4)

Review: Tennis World Tour: Legends Edition (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Tennis World Tour: Legends Edition
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (3.8 GB)
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developer: Breakpoint Studio
Original MSRP: $59.99 (US), €59.99 (EU), £49.99 (UK)
Legends Edition: $74.99 (US), €74.99 (EU), £59.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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One of my favorite tennis games is the brilliant Virtua Tennis 4 on the Vita. The PS3 version was great too, but there was something special about that portable version that has kept me playing to this day. Even more now since I began to review this title.

Gameplay:
Tennis World Tour is frustrating. The worst thing has to be the Serve Preparation animations when the player bounces the ball a few times before serving.

This is unbreakable and lasts several seconds, which doesn’t seem like much but it mounts up and infuriates me.

To make things worse, as soon as I move my character along the serve line, the animation kicks-in again. Then I press and hold the button to do a power serve and sometimes nothing happens so I press again and that starts the normal serve.

With almost every other tennis game I push in the direction of where I want the ball to go during a serve and it only rarely would go out, even if I held it for too long. This game seems to pick and choose, even if I barely touch the darn thing, with the majority of serves going out by a long way. So, I tend to just not touch the stick at all on the second serve for fear of a double fault and a point lost.

In most matches, I have also suffered from unresponsive controls. Several times in a match I would watch as my character does nothing as the ball lazily bounces by, all the while I’m pushing on the stick and cursing at the idle buffoon.

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At first, I thought it was due to my inexperienced character so I played an exhibition match with some well-known and established players. Disappointingly the same issues arose, although the frequency was marginally less. So it might improve as the character skills increase, but most players want to have fun and not fight against the game in the beginning.

I went back to my newly created player and had a go at some of the skill improving sessions. These were quite dull and felt like some more of the tiresome tutorial that doesn’t even let you know if things are going well or how to properly improve things.

During the writing of this review, a patch was released that seems to have fixed, or at the very least lessened, the severity of the problems I have been facing, apart from the Serve Preparation – that apparently isn’t going anywhere.

It still feels like I’m trying to control a stubborn child who knows what they should be doing but sometimes like to plant their feet and not budge. Plus, some of the shots still go anywhere but the place I’m pushing toward.

Increasing the skill levels of my created character seems to have no little or no effect on the following games and the likelihood of continuing any further once this review is complete is very doubtful. All of this has made it sound really bad but it isn’t.

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Visuals:
Tennis World Tour looks okay but I’m sorry to say, I’ve seen better on the PlayStation 3 and even Vita. Character creation is also very bland and lacks any real depth. With only ten faces to choose from in each gender, many people will not get their own distinct look.

Some of the animations look stilted and due to the lack of face variety, I ended up playing the same character for three matches, just with different clothes on. Ball boys are the laziest I’ve ever seen, not once have they even glanced at the ball, let alone run for it.

Audio:
I’m slightly unsure about the music selection in the Tennis World Tour menu but once I’m on the pitch it becomes the expected crowd cheers and clapping and the usual tennis umpire vocals. Then we have the commentator and his ten or so lines of dialog which, as you might guess, quickly becomes repetitive. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to…

Wow, that one had some pepper on it!

I am grateful for the option to alter the volume on everything from the sound effects and music, but most importantly, the commentary. So I no longer have to hear…

She’s sending bombs!

Online/Multiplayer:
Tennis World Tour has local competitive play but seeing as the issues I mentioned above do not go away, this became an unused mode. Online play is coming according to the greyed out menu section. I’m not sure when but I hope it’s after the annoying bugs are ironed out.

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Conclusion:
Tennis World Tour is okay and could become a fun game if the developers at Breakpoint can sort out the minor issues. It might be worth considering for fans of the sport who are desperate for something to fill the void and the problems might eventually get fixed, but for me, I’ll just grab my Vita and play a far superior tennis game.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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