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: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The graphical flare is only trumped by the awesome music, which brings in all the familiar tunes from each title represented. The Samba De Amigo court is indescribably cool. There are plenty of tracks to unlock, so the worry of one song getting repetitive fades away. Aside from the music, the on court sounds do their job, and each characters voice sounds exactly as it should.

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As far as the negatives are concerned, there are a few troublesome spots. The control can be a bit sticky at times. Too often you swear you hit the swing button only to see your character run past the ball. Things could have been tightened up just a little bit on this end. The A.I. has its fair share of problems, with doubles partners ranging from Roger Federer to complete idiots. A.I. opponents can also be unbelievably stupid as some matches they fail to even return a serve, while other matches they are stroking balls down the line like a champ.

The aforementioned Superstars mode, while serving as a great trip down memory lane, becomes stale after a short period of time. Playing the same mini-games over and over again can get a bit monotonous. Knocking over zombies is fun at first, but when you have to continually do it, the appeal of it all pretty much fades away. It would have been nice to see more singles matches included. Players of Virtua Tennis 3 will be especially bored with some of the games here, because they are exactly the same challenge with a Sonic and friends makeover. Tasks such as hitting the balls into specific zones are just altered to feature Jet Set Radio spray paint cans. Thus, instead of just hitting to the corresponding sections, you have to mark them the right color as well.

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In the end, Sega Superstars Tennis is a pleasant surprise. Those thinking the little blue guy had nothing left are sorely mistaken, as he does serve up a pretty good game of tennis. Fans of either classic Sega or Virtua Tennis will immediately feel comfortable with this title and find more than enough to satisfy them. Others may become bored with the repetitive mini-games. Regardless, Sega Superstars Tennis is worth a look because although for some the fun may not last, there is still a good time to be had.

By Tom Kelly
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Each Sega favorite looks great, and despite the variety of games they all fit together nicely
3.5
Control
Not as tight a package of Sega Standout Virtua Tennis.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is fabulous, bringing all the charm of each represented game.
3.3
Play Value
Yeah, there is online play, but unless you have friends the fun only lasts so long.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Take to the courts with several of your favorite classic Sega characters, each stocked with their own unique abilities.
  • Intense Tennis action plays out in classic locales from several Sega classics, including House of the Dead, Sonic, and Nights.
  • Boundless mini-games keep the party rolling, whether you are playing solo or with friends.
  • Engage in single matches, tournaments, online play, and mini-game throw downs, or tour the fabulous world of Sega in the Superstars mode.
  • Plenty to unlock from soundtracks for each stage to additional characters.


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