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Release Date: Jun 24, 2011
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Sir Faulty's Scorecard

Personal Rating: "Worth purchasing during a sale"
Traditional Rating: 6 out of 10
Genre: Sport Simulation

Playing for keeps

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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=346122306
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 in order to advance through the competition stages. Whilst fun to begin with 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 which will aid you in your quest for Grand Slam wins. 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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=346122618
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?

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=346122883
Conclusion

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.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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

★★★★★
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
A hard hitting , ground stroking, grunting simulator 11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
113.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Best game ever. Just look at dat sexy Maria Sharapova booty :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Yes .
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Love tennis and this is fun to play.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Love this game. Used to spent hours in 2009 edition
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Nice game
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
worth playing
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Game sucks,

Delayed controlls,

Bad graphics,

Poor hit detection

Dont buy this mess of a game
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Tennis
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
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.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
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.
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4 of 16 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Moar liek Potato Tennis 4™.
Top Spin 2 is the way.
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Nothing works. Not worth buying.
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
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!
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I dowloaded this game last week, and installed it. I launched it and logged in my with Windows Live account, and it started doing updates. After the updates had finished, I tried to launch the game again but I get an error message. I can't get the game to load at all after these updates installed, so I've essentially purchased a broken game.
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