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Together Retro: Virtua Tennis

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:12 am
by racketboy
Don't have a post yet, but here's an excerpt about the Dreamcast Virtua Tennis and it's follow up Tennis 2K2

"Virtua Tennis & Tennis 2K2
Having the essential quality of being easy to play and difficulty to master, Virtua Tennis was one of the sleeper hits on the Dreamcast. It is often overlooked as a killer party game — I have had many parties with both guys and girls of all gaming levels having a blast on a 4-player doubles tournament.

While other enjoyable tennis titles have come long since (Top Spin and Mario Power Tennis), Virtua Tennis still holds up as being possibly the best tennis game ever. The “sequel”, Tennis 2K2 is pretty much the same as Virtua Tennis except that the graphics are a bit more polished and it adds to the player lineup with a female roster (including the Williams sisters).

Not only is Virtua Tennis a great multiplayer game, but it also features an entertaining Soul Calibur-style single player game, where the player must progress through the ranks to become the world’s top player. Even if you don’t like tennis too much, this is still an essential game, and an example of multiplayer Dreamcast gaming at its best."


Also, here's an old thread on the topic I saw in google :)
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9701

Re: Together Retro: Virtua Tennis

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:47 am
by o.pwuaioc
Just got this in the other day and fired it up earlier today. It still looks really great even after 16 years.

Re: Together Retro: Virtua Tennis

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:50 am
by Derryck
This sounds very interesting! :) However, was this game Dreamcast exclusive? Would be quite over the top, if I buy a console just in order to play this game. :)

Re: Together Retro: Virtua Tennis

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:19 pm
by Nemoide
I finally decided to actually hook up my Dreamcast and play for a bit. (I've owned it for years but only played a little bit before.)

TBH I don't like this game as much as most folks. Maybe it would be fun with other players, but single player is kind of awkward. After losing many rounds, I finally got the general hang of what I was doing. I still don't REALLY have an idea of what I'm doing, but at least I won a number of games?
Doubles is really weird in how the AI sometimes makes it too easy. There were rounds where I won despite not even moving.

Anyway, it IS fun, but I don't have very strong feelings about it. I might as well keep playing through the World Circuit mode though?

Re: Together Retro: Virtua Tennis

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:34 am
by racketboy
Nemoide wrote:I finally decided to actually hook up my Dreamcast and play for a bit. (I've owned it for years but only played a little bit before.)

TBH I don't like this game as much as most folks. Maybe it would be fun with other players, but single player is kind of awkward. After losing many rounds, I finally got the general hang of what I was doing. I still don't REALLY have an idea of what I'm doing, but at least I won a number of games?
Doubles is really weird in how the AI sometimes makes it too easy. There were rounds where I won despite not even moving.

Anyway, it IS fun, but I don't have very strong feelings about it. I might as well keep playing through the World Circuit mode though?


I didn't mind single player too much, but multiplayer really is best.
Kinda like a fighting game, I suppose.

There were some interesting single player challenges other than the traditional matches that test and enhance your skills a bit.