The original Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast was seen as being an excellent title, and one which further proved that Sega had that magic touch when it came to sports games - luckily Sega have kept all of the best bits from the first game, and added several new features.
Women now feature in VT2, and this doubles the number of players which you can choose from, including Serena and Venus Williams, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Jelena Dokic, and Mary Pierce, who join up with the male players including Tim Henman, Pat Rafter, and Yergeny Kafelnikov - an impressive line-up of 16 world class tennis stars.
One of the few improvements which becomes noticeable is that the ball sounds have been improved - they sound much more realistic than in the first Virtua Tennis, where they sounded a bit tinny and unrealistic, but not any more.
A number of courts are available, from the grass courts of London, to Clay courts of Paris, and the indoor events of Tokyo and New York. Each court plays very differently, with the ball reacting to the surfaces, and also players shoes squeaking on the surfaces and generally adding a bit more variation.
Training modes also make up a large amount of the gameplay, and totally new challenges have been included for the sequel. All of them test varying skills, and some can prove quite hard for the first few attempts, but they all add massively to the overall gameplay and enjoyment.
An addition to Virtua Tennis 2 is that you can make your own player, setting features such as the face, hair, height, weight, racket and clothing colours, and then put them on the world circuit in an attempt to take on the proper tennis stars.
There really is very little to fault when it comes to summing up Virtua Tennis 2 - the only real annoyance being that you can't play full length matches. It's all the good points though which leave a lasting memory, such as the fun arcade style gameplay, easy to pick up controls, looks great, and will be enjoyed by a wide audience.Overall score: 8 out of 10
Recommended Price: £29.99
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