|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|
What sets Sega Superstars Tennis apart from other tennis games is it offers more unique, over-the-top gameplay, especially with the implemented Superstar move. Each character is marked with a star around their feet, which fills in color as you play on and continue to make good shots on your opponent. Once the star is filled, your character can perform his or her Superstar move to slam the ball or distract your opponent. Sonic, for example, turns into Super Sonic and puts a spin on the ball to make it change direction. Dr. Eggman throws bombs, and AiAi from Super Monkey Ball hurls bananas at his opponent. If you wish to turn this function off for a more straightforward tennis match, you can do so as well, which is a nice option. When playing for the first time, the button setup is a bit tricky. Various face buttons are assigned to hitting ground shots, fast shots, lobs, and drop shots. It takes some getting used to, though developers at Sumo Digital have done a nice job of setting up a number of ways to return the ball.
But aside from gameplay and the amount of unlockables included, where this game really stands out is with its brightly-lit, detailed playing areas. Each of the Sega worlds features its own highly-detailed court and often a majestic, colorful backdrop - notably, Sonic's Green Hill and Super Monkey Ball. The game offers fun atmosphere with nostalgic music from classic Sega games, humorous sound effects, and cartoon-like settings. But as lighthearted this game is in nature, the tasks you will have accomplish become more challenging as the game progresses, and the button setup allows lots (take out lots) for lots of fun for the more mature gamer.
Online multiplayer is definitely one of the other high points of Sega Superstars Tennis. Mini-games and matches can be played with up to four people, and Sumo also implemented the TV function from Virtua Tennis 3 which allows online players to watch highlights and live matches from around the world in real-time.
With its extremely attractive environments and selection of great characters, Sega Superstars Tennis is definitely a fun time for those looking for an eccentric back-and-forth tennis game. While the Wii may offer the definitive Sega Superstars Tennis experience, it definitely does not disappoint.
CCC Freelance Writer