Game Room: April Roundup

Virtua Tennis 4
Photo: Sega

Virtua Tennis 4

Publisher: Sega
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

Virtual Tennis returns with a robust career mode and plenty of big-name tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Fedrerer, Andy Murray and others. The centerpiece of VT4 is the World Tour career that takes you around the globe as you work your way up through the ATP rankings and into major tournaments. In this mode you'll play singles and doubles tournaments, mini-games and briefly handle other off-court activities. As you advance your created character's skill levels increase, but early on your player isn't that good and neither is the no-name competition.

Virtua Tennis 4 is among the first games to offer Kinect, Move and Wii MotionPlus play support. The Kinect version alters the more traditional elevated perspective and puts you in the action with a net view. During play you see just the racket, which you control by swinging your arm in a normal motion. Lateral movement is handled for you, though you can control your movement to the net or away from it. The experience is more immersive, but it's undeniably easier to play longer and get more done with a standard controller.

The graphics and audio are pretty solid across the board from the player creation mode to game play. Multiplayer matchmaking is handled smartly so you're able to find competition suited to your skill level.

Score: 8 out of 10

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