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User reviews: Mostly Positive (124 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 24, 2011
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About This Game

  • The world’s top stars return – The top players in the world return, joined by some of the most exciting up-and-coming contenders. An all-star line-up of 19 players includes Nadal, Federer, Murray, Sharapova, Wozniacki and Williams.
  • Tennis stardom awaits – A totally new World Tour sees the VT career mode go 'RPG'. Designed to encourage replay value and with an element of off-court fame, each decision affects a player’s career path meaning no two careers will ever be the same.
  • A true online hub for our community – The new online centre will offer the world’s first engaging online tennis experience. Designed using the popular Virtua Fighter 5 technology, the matchmaking system promises more competitive games, and online tournaments will seek to find the ultimate Virtua Tennis champion.
  • Experience the drama - A brand new on-court feature making for more dramatic matches. Build up your Match Momentum gauge over the course of a match and revel in your form as your player grows in confidence, allowing them to play shots mere mortals can only dream about.
  • Putting the fun back into mini-games – Breaking the mini-game mould to include new weather conditions and put a real focus on multiplayer action, the VT mini-games will give players a real alternative mode to compete in both multiplayer and online.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 / ATI Radeon™ X1800
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 / ATI Radeon™ HD 4870
Helpful customer reviews
112.4 hrs on record
Despite criticism about the few innovations that the game brought in my opinion this the best version released of VT series until now. OK they could have added more new and interesting things to this version after the 2009 which is already similar in many ways to 3, but the gameplay for example I thought is really better and smooth, in this version is not totally arcade like before, it is noticed a little more simulation on movements and the way you have to positioning yourself to hit the ball, which I really enjoy, but in same time I think they shouldn't have put that super shot with annoying animation. And about the animations, the worse thing in the game undoubtedly is in online playing where there is NO WAY to skip the replays, this simply mess up any chance to have a good online play since almost every point you have to wait the boring slowmotion replay of a not spectacular point in many occasions.

Also about the online mode I can't let to mention that there are almost no people playing, maybe due a problems as the non-skip replay and connection delay which often occurs.

The World Tour mode this time is differently, with a system that resembles a board game where you have tickets with randomly number of steps to lead you up to the four major tournaments, which is the main objective of the four seasons, there are training lessons, exhibition and special matches, mid-scale tournaments, a shop mode etc, but is too short as it only have four seasons to complete and finish the mode, you even can play again from the start with the same character and abilities acquired, but all the way is the same again, so this was another thing that disappointed me.

For those who really enjoy a tennis game and despite the negative points I still recommend it, since PC players don't have a more titles as console gamers for now this is the best option available, and let's hope for a VT5 in a near future.
Posted: October 1
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Personal Rating: "Grab it during a sale"
Traditional Rating: 6/10
Genre: Sport Simulation

Sega lets you deck it out on the world's tennis court circuit with some of the biggest names in the sport. Starting as a complete newbie it's up to the player to rise the ranks of the top tennis player listings and go for all four big grand-slam wins to become tennis champion of the world.

I was a little disappointed that you could not select any of the world's top tennis players as your character but given the context of the actual game the idea is that you rise the ranks not start immediately at pole position. Virtua Tennis 4 employs a board game style grid complete with dice rolls. Often you will find you don't have a particular roll (or ticket as its referred to in game) so you will miss some of the more interesting squares on the board. Whilst I realize this was trying to add an element of strategy to the game it really doesn't work in a tennis simulator. After I had gone around the board a few times (represented in years) I was honestly fed up with the game mechanics.

I did, however, really enjoy the myriad of mini-games on display that are designed to increase your skill level and incrementing in levels each time you get enough training points, these mini-games get incredibly challenging the higher the level you go.

I didn't find any of the big name stars on-board very challenging with most having a play pattern that is easily recognizable which lead me to eventually winning all four grand-slams repeatedly. The game does have multiplayer but you are forced to work your way through the dreadful Games for Window Live in order to hook up with some other real life players and of the players I did match up with it was very clear some of them were hacking and cheating with their tennis chars zooming around the court like a superhero. I just don't understand this logic - are you really that hopeless a gamer that you need to cheat against other players?

Virtua Tennis 4 graphics are not bad but they are not particularly good either and some of the animations are very stiff. The audio is what you would expect from a tennis game with the crowd cheering during all the climaxes. I wouldn't pay full price for this as its certainly not the best tennis simulator to grace the PC. The mini-games are incredibly fun though and should you wish to pick up this title I would recommend you pick it up when it goes on sale.

***Note*** Virtua Tennis 4 uses GFWL and since that is being decommissioned in July the online-matchmaking will cease to exist. As far as I know this is one of those titles that is not getting GFWL removed so if you are looking at getting this to play online with people you may have to look elsewhere for that.
Posted: June 11
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Virtua Tennis 4

it's a great game! with lots of options when friends are visiting me then it's a perfect 4 player entertainment.

Producer(s) Jun Yoshino & Designer(s) Mie Kumagai

★★★★★
Posted: June 30
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
A hard hitting , ground stroking, grunting simulator 11/10
Posted: July 30
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Best game ever. Just look at dat sexy Maria Sharapova booty :)
Posted: July 16
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
worth playing
Posted: July 15
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Horrible techical trash. Updates never ends, after two days game won't start. Have to reinstall it, which I probalby won't do.
Wasted 15 $. Stay away from it!
Posted: July 21
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
358.0 hrs on record
Sports game can be a lots of of online. VT4 has all attributes to be success but it failed. Many games has ceating problem but ni matter how many times you report SEGA does nothing. On the top of everything they made a mistake with allowing the varied shots play style to be stronger then the rest and everybody is using it. Even that they do not change. Everything seems like the game abandoned by the manufacturer but FB page is alive and asking us for more money.
Posted: May 2
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Tennis
Posted: July 1
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
I used to play all Virtua Tennis series for Arcade and Xbox 360 and I have to say that this game is beautiful at graphics but the late player movements and ball control are awful compared to previous versions. It would be nice to have an update, but I think that it's not going anymore.
Posted: June 8
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I have Windows 8.1 and Virtua Tennis 4 will not work on my computer. Every time I try to launch it it says "failed to initialize games with Windows Live." If anyone knows how to resolve this please share.
Posted: June 5
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Nothing works. Not worth buying.
Posted: June 28
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Moar liek Potato Tennis 4™.
Top Spin 2 is the way.
Posted: June 19
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0.5 hrs on record
I bought this game because I thought it would be essentially an updated version of the dreamcast game "Virtua Tennis", while the core of the game is the same, the gameplay is much worse. When playing doubles against 3 AI, sometimes your teammate will just stand there without trying to hit the ball, even though it goes right next to them and there is no way you could hit it. Other times you press the button to hit the ball, and your character just doesn't swing at all, or trips over their own feet. Players will no longer dive for the ball.

Also, this game requires you to use Games for Windows Live, or you can't save your game. I've always had problems with GFWL, I really dislike it.
Posted: June 17
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1.1 hrs on record
Love this game. Used to spent hours in 2009 edition
Posted: June 20
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23.2 hrs on record
Unfortunately this is the only tennis game on steam but its pretty good. The world tour is fun but can get a bit repetitive at times.
Posted: August 23
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12.9 hrs on record
The Virtua Tennis series by sega has had a preety long run for tennis game standards. I do think the general game mechanics lack as with all the other games in the series, but in saying that the game itself looks reasonbly good even to this day. The story mode is fun for the 1st playthrough, but after that instead of having a career you have a season than replaying preety much the exact same scenario the next season but reseting in rank and keeping the attributes that your'e character has. Overall SEGA once again have produced another average tennis game with sub-par mechanics with a bland career mode. 5.5/10
Posted: September 22
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190.8 hrs on record
Honestly this game is highly addicting and highly fun and entertaining. I can't really find much that I don't like about it. probably the only thing wrong is there arent more pro tennis players. but this is def worth the 15 bucks. 9.9/10 for me easily
Posted: September 17
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6.2 hrs on record
I'll admit: This title, despite not being that good overall compared to other ones, is fun for a short while. However, when it's not being repetitive it's being annoying with its frequently-unresponsive controls and its weird, somewhat luck-based career mode. The only thing this title has going for it is the lack of competition on PC - there's no Top Spin 4 to recommend here, sadly, so it's either this or... well, nothing, from the looks of it.

Also - and this is something people should keep in mind if they want to purchase it - it requires Games For Windows Live, so keep this in mind if you do decide to buy it anyway.
Posted: June 20
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11.5 hrs on record
Love tennis and this is fun to play.
Posted: July 27
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