The Basics: SEGA's seminal tennis franchise returns for another round next Spring -- only this time, it's making a simultaneous debut on multiple platforms (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP). Packed with new game modes, photo-realistic graphics, advanced player animations and a diverse selection of professional players, Virtua Tennis 3 is poised to deliver the most in-depth, definitive edition.
What we think? Intrigued. That's the best way to sum up my thoughts for this upcoming installment based on the available information released so far. Up until recently, tennis games have been a hit and miss with me. My experience with both editions of Top Spin was short-lived. They were just too technical and realistic for my tastes. I'm sure there's plenty of you out there who will agree.
It's hard to put it into words, but having played the arcade and PSP editions of Virtua Tennis, they just seems to have the right balance between simulation and arcade. It's also a lot more accessible. So while your game might not be on par with the likes of Andy Roddick, you'll bound to find the game a lot more enjoyable.
So what can fans expect from the next edition? For starters, Virtua Tennis 3 will again allow players to create their own tennis superstar to take part in a brand new iteration of the popular World Tour Mode. In addition to this the World Tour mode will include 10 brand new addictive Mini Games that feature all the hallmarks of the classic games fans know and love. And that’s not all! There are also two classic mini games that will help you perfect your skills on your quest to the top.
The next edition will introduce a new World Tour mode. By using the extensive player creation module, building up your stats and winning exhibition and tournament matches you too could become the world's number one player! The sequel will also feature a new multiplayer mode called "Court Games". Sadly, we haven't been given too many details to work with other than the keywords "innovative" and "quirky twist". [shrug] You don't suppose they're going to create their own form of basketball, huh? Mini-games will also be making a return, which will undobutedly be a delight to diehard fans.
Now, this is totally out of left field, but... I'd like to motion that SEGA do something totally unexpected and include some classic SEGA characters. Yeah, I know it's a pipe dream, but trust me -- this game would score tons of cool points if they included characters from the Sonic, Virtua Fighter, or Streets of Rage series. Don't front -- you know'd that would be awesome.
More highlights will be announced over the next several months. In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest screenshot gallery.