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Virtua Tennis: Challenge {USB}

Written by Barry G. Posted in USB Pad Optimised

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Developer: Sega
Genre: Sports
Online: No
Multiplayer:Yes
Price: £4
Move to SD: Yes
Size: 385MB Download
Compatibility:

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About

The worlds first ever smart phone version of Virtual Tennis by Sega has emerged and it is completely exclusive to SOny Xperia customers for the first few weeks.  High grade console graphics and performance is all you are getting with this game.  Take to the court for the championship or battle it out with your friends via Bluetooth multiplayer, for some hed to head challenges.  Virtual Tennis is the best Tennis game on the market, you will ever see.

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Review

WOW!  Just WOW!  What an incredible game.  We are currently half way through writting another article about real high grade console quality games coming to Android in 2012 and this just sets the standard for many to follow.  Our first impressions led to us picking up our jaws off the floor and we write this after a whole day of playing the game with the same admiration.  One of us is playing it on the Xperia PLAY and another on the Xperia S.  It doesn't matter which device you are playing it on as they both have their benefits.

On the Xperia PLAY you have the massive benefit of playing on the game pad as Sega have completely optimised it, well minus the analogue touch pads, but I am not sure this would have provided any better game play for this game.  Even though the PLAY has only FWVGA display and a single core CPU, I still boast to people that the PLAY is one of the most efficient single core performers around.  Sega have bought some serious graphics to the handset, probably one of the best looking games, at least within the top 5 anyway.

On the Xperia S, you have the benefit of having that lush HD 720p display and dual core 1.5GHz processor.  It isn't any different for gameplay, but it does look so incredibly crisp it has to be said.  The on screen controls are not too fiddly either, giving you a really comfortable console feel.  Perhaps as with Tennis games, you're player is always in the middle of the court which means that you are not covering up any of the action with the virtual buttons too.  Or if you wanted to continue playing at home, you can plug into your TV via HDMI (which on the Xperia S is full 1080p) and plug in a USB controller for a micro console set up.

I played Virtual Tennis on the DreamCast a good 13 years ago and I thought it was an incredible game for then also, but I never thought that I would having a similar privilegde on my mobile phone.  Sega have really set the standard compared to other developers out there.  The fact that an increasing number of their titles are bringing multiplayer too to the table.  Looks like Gameloft will be knocked off their perch soon, the lazy shites.

Anyway, these are just some thoughts on our earlier experiences.  We shall be updating this again soon with a more detailed review.  I don't even particularly like sports games and especially Tennis, but I love this game.  So for someone to make a tennis game so good that even non sports fans can enjoy it, thats a 10 out of 10 title for me.  

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