I have to admit, with having a pretty nice sized, diverse gaming collection (on all consoles and handhelds), I LOVE the tennis in Wii Sports -- it's royally addictive! But I wanted to also try a different tennis version that had more realism in the graphics. After reading reviews of Grand Slam Tennis and Virtua Tennis 2009, I chose Virtua Tennis and I'm glad I did. I found I had to adjust my play style as certain controls work a little differently (i.e. the serve, the timing on returns, etc.). The graphics may be faulted in comparison to PS3/XB360 standards, which is illogical. For the Wii's abilities, the game provides wonderful graphics. The celeb-athletes designs, mannerisms and play styles are easily identifiable and distinct. The court settings are located all over the globe and are very well done, creating atmospheres that make you feel like you are right there on the court. Speaking of which, the sound greatly adds to that experience, giving you realism when hitting the ball, as well as vocals from the players upon serves, volleys, etc. And the crowds respond just like any raucous crowd at a great tennis match. Designing your player is fun and detailed. You start off by creating your player's name, entering the birth date and selecting the height and weight, then you choose the gender, skin color, hair style and color, and facial features (which are VERY detailed). Then you save it -- they allow you up to four save slots. The interface in World Tour could be a bit better, or should I say, a little easier to find the area you want to go to when rolling around the "Earth”; it can get dizzying. And the game needs to be a bit more clear how to get a practice partner. I somehow did it the first time but when I created an additional player save, for the life of me I cannot remember what to do/play in order to attain a practice partner. And without a partner, you cannot move forward in certain areas in World Tour. They could've been a bit more clear on that in the booklet. There were moments of aggravation, not because of the increased difficulty due to the speed of gameplay, which is invigorating, but because of the return controls. The swings didn't always hit the ball when it was clear that they should've and it wasn't about timing (I've become a Wii Tennis pro). So I said, let me try the Wii Motion Plus. At first I thought, there's no difference at all... but then I noticed that I was going toe-to-toe with the celebs -- FINALLY! So surely, the Wii Motion Plus made a difference. But I do have a concern. Does this mean that games that use this controller feature are always going to be made with subpar control sensitivity in order to "coax" gamers to utilize/buy the Wii Motion Plus? I certainly hope not. The Wii Motion Plus takes a bit getting used to as it extends the length of the WiiMote (obviously)... but it's just an adjustment, nothing you cannot get used to. But what I found to be somewhat annoying is where the handle now hangs. Because it's no longer hanging directly from the bottom (it comes out of the back of the skin about a half inch to an inch), it tends to get in the way of the palm of your hand, which often distracted me. It'll take getting used to. But all in all, I have a blast with this game and it's a GREAT workout (and addictive!); I've had it since the day after it came out and I've played every day since. My only dislike thus far is the lack of ability to immediately replay in certain game modes after you lose a match. It's a pain to have to go all the way back to the screen and re-enter. I give this game a BUY mark and I'm looking forward to online matches :-) See you around the tennis courts!
yes: I recommend this product