|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: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Pete Richards
The Sega gaming empire has built a solid following of hardcore fans with its original concepts and loveable characters that have become iconic symbols in the world of video games. And while Sega Superstars Tennis is definitely going to get the attention of dedicated fans, you don't have to be a Sega fanatic to enjoy this lighthearted, fun game.
Keep in mind, however, that Sega Superstars Tennis is undoubtedly built around the Wii. The motion controls and elaboration on over-the-top tennis gameplay is definitely geared towards Wii Sports and Wii Tennis fans with a soft-side for the Sega gang. But the game works fine on other consoles (such as the PS2), offering lighthearted cartoon tennis for people of all ages to enjoy. While it does seem somewhat gimmicky of Sega, this is more than an attempt to rehash old characters and cash in on the current popularity of party gaming.
The game starts you off with eight playable characters - Sonic, Tails, Dr. Eggman, AiAi, Ulala, Beat, Amigo, and NiGHTS. When first starting, you can choose from playing quick-play tennis matches, a tournament mode, the Planet Superstars mode, and several mini-games. Progressing through Planet Superstars will allow you to unlock the remaining eight characters - Amy, Shadow, Reala, Alex Kidd, Gum, Pudding, Gilius Thunderhead, and Meemee, four more mini-games, and other bonuses like extra music.
The tournament mode is pretty short, as you are pinned against five opponents or teams, depending on whether you choose to play singles or doubles. It doesn't really take long to complete the tournament in Sega Superstars Tennis, though the game is definitely geared for multiplayer, whether online or in a party setting.
Planet Superstars is the real fun for single players. Under the Planet Superstars menu, each game is set in a different Sega world, and you will have to complete unique challenges in each one to progress and unlock new levels. You will have to win single matches, short tournaments, and mini-games to move on. Unfortunately, the games become a tad redundant after a while. You will find yourself playing through repetitive challenges, and while they are time-consuming, they don't really offer enough variety on your journey to unlock goodies.
One of the most fun mini-games is the House of the Dead themed game where you must knock down zombies with the ball as they rise from the ground on the opposite side of the court and make their way towards you. While a simple target knock-down game isn't the most original concept, the way the ghouls rise up and lurch towards you is pretty cool. You must also avoid hitting pedestrians who jog along the court in groups, which isn't really logical but makes the task all the trickier.