|System: Xbox 360, PS3*|
|Release: February 14, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Unfortunately, there are a few flaws. First of all, the game does get a little repetitive. It doesn't feel like the playstyles of your A.I. vary enough to seem as if you are actually playing different opponents. Second of all, it's easy. On the base difficulty you can fly through your matches with relative ease, In fact, I would say that the difficulty curve is the biggest downfall of this game. A.I. opponents are either too easy or too hard, and there is absolutely nothing in between.
Grand Slam Tennis 2's graphics are a big improvement over its predecessor on the Wii. Animations are smooth, models are realistic, and even the crowd has this vibrancy to it that accurately simulates a professional tennis match.
And speaking of realism, there is advertising all over this game. From the ESPN logo being absolutely everywhere to the bank logos that plaster the court walls, this game has all the rampant ad pushes that a normal ESPN tennis match would have.
In the end, Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a competently put together tennis game that stands up to competitors such as FIFA and Virtual tennis. It's fun, it doesn't overstay its welcome, and it has just enough features to keep you coming back for more. If you are a tennis fan, you'll gush over the realism, and if you are a more casual sports game player, you'll simply enjoy the brand new control scheme which is easily the game's biggest selling point. If I really needed to nitpick, I'd say that the lack of Kinect compatibility with the Xbox version is a little annoying considering the PS3 version is compatible with the PS Move. However, after I complained about the PS Move controls practically requiring me to be a pro tennis player to use, wishing for Kinect compatibility strikes me as slightly hypocritical.
Here's my final word on the game: As someone who is admittedly not a tennis fan, I enjoyed my time with Grand Slam Tennis 2. That being said, it won't convert me into a tennis fanatic, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone other than existing tennis fans. However, if you just so happen to be a tennis aficionado and you want an alternative to some of the other tennis games on the market, Grand Slam Tennis does just fine.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: February 16, 2012