Sega Superstars Tennis Review
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Sega Superstars Tennis box art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Sumo Digital 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Sega 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 18, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Okay, let's forget about tennis for a moment and move on to Sega. What is it about Sega that has allowed them to have such a strong foothold in the world of video games? Could it be their legacy with the Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast? Perhaps it is their undying devotion to their respective line of games?

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According to fans, it is devotion so deep that the game nostalgically presents characters and stages from over ten of the company's finest installments. Whether it is a court covered in zombies from the House of the Dead or musical tracks from the Sonic series, Sega doesn't disappoint on the fan-service. Surprisingly enough, even forgotten favorites such as Alex Kidd and Gilius Thunderhead make their own return appearances (why a monkey boy and a Viking would want to take place in a tennis tournament is beyond me). Arriving at the end of the tunnel is a mini-game mode lets you participate in a number of scenarios. These range from a Space Invaders-type game where you have to hit moving targets to a puzzle themed Puyo Puyo event. With so much fan-service present, you have to wonder why companies don't do this kind of thing more often.

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What companies should do more often is provide players with a better presentation, and Sega Superstars Tennis doesn't disappoint too much in that regard. The music is pleasant without being overbearing or repetitive, and the sound effects are traditional tennis fare. Characters have little sound clips that help bring out their personalities, though they mostly just jabber on after a point or fault.

Visually, the DS version obviously lacks the interaction and flare of the console versions, but you typically can't fault it for that. The mini-games, especially the House of the Dead and Virtua Cop ones, are vibrant enough that you can tell what is going on. Character sprites are a little blocky, but not to the point where it is distracting. As you can probably surmise, the game isn't a visual masterpiece, but what more can you expect from a handheld tennis title. In the end, you take what you can get.

When it comes down to it you have to ask yourself these two questions: "Do you like Sega?" and "Is tennis something that you enjoy either as a hobby or pastime?" If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Sega Superstars Tennis is a solid purchase. Sadly there is no online play, so the only way you are going to be able to play with a partner is through direct connectivity. Even without a friend, Sega Superstars Tennis holds up well because of its fan-factor, solid presentation, and replayability on the road. Sure, it isn't as good as Mario Tennis, and occasionally the game feels a bit too linear, but ultimately you get what you pay for. With niche titles like this you were either excited about this from the start or never cared to begin with; let that be your guide.

By Branden Barrett
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.1
Graphics
Nothing fantastic, but the environments and sprites are recognizable. The action is fluid, but there could've been a bit more going on in the background.
3.4
Control
Just use the control pad and buttons and everything will be alright.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are really what make the game here. Recognizable clips from past characters and games really bring out that nostalgia factor.
3.5

Play Value
With four game modes, characters to unlock, and a two player option, Sega Superstars Tennis will give you plenty of entertainment. The only catch is . . . you should probably like tennis. Also, an online mode would've been nice.

3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Up to fifteen characters are playable, with many taking part in several of Sega's greatest titles over the years; Sonic, Tails, Robotnik, Alex Kidd, NiGHTS, and more.
  • The game's arcade style matches are played out on courts based on environments from Sega games of the past such as the lush tropics of Sonic's Green Hill Zone or the street fair fiesta of Amigo's Carnival Park.
  • Choose from a mission mode, tournament mode or mini-games that take you back through several Sega universes.


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