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Jeuxvideo.com (May 26, 2004)
La voilà la suite tant attendue du fameux Smash Court qui avait su éclipser Virtua Tennis 2 lors de sa sortie sur PS2. Aujourd'hui, la référence incontestée du jeu de tennis sur la console de Sony est sans conteste cet excellent Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2. Un titre suffisamment pointu pour faire office de simulation, bénéficiant d'un enrobage prestigieux, d'un contenu étoffé et d'un gameplay qui atteint un réalisme et une richesse susceptibles de rendre fous les adeptes de ce sport. A se procurer d'urgence !
90
Boomtown (Jun 10, 2004)
While tennis games do have a set type of person who will like them, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 performs so well that I can’t imagine anyone disliking it unless they want a much simpler version (in which case buy the original Smash Court Tennis for the PS one). Namco have proven once again that by sticking to an established formula and adding enough new stuff to bring back the fans, they can create another winner.
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GameCell UK (Jun 12, 2004)
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is a rare gem of a game, an arcade game with simple and addictive gameplay, but with enough power in its backhand to keep you playing long after the summer and our national interest in tennis fades into the distance. Good for first-timers to tennis, or for the die-hards, I recommend this game more than Anna Kournikova herself. She could certainly learn a thing or two from it, anyway.
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Armchair Empire, The (Sep 01, 2004)
I usually keep at least one tennis program for each system I own. Until recently, that game would have been Sega Sports Tennis for my PS2 collection. Now, however, I can safely say that Smash Court 2 will take up that proud spot, unless, of course, they get Smash Court 3 out before the PS2 fades into the past.
87
The only downside for Smash Court is the existence of Top Spin over on the Xbox. The rival game still has the edge, especially with the advantage of online play. But if you're looking for a fun challenge and one of the most addictive sports games ever conceived, Smash Court 2 is well worth a lob and volley.
85
PlayFrance (May 24, 2004)
Que dire si ce n’est que Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 est tout simplement le meilleur jeu de tennis disponible sur Playstation 2. Gameplay, graphismes, fun, mode solo béton, divers modes de jeux et des bonus en plus, tout y est ! Namco a fait les choses en grand pour que ce second volet devienne le PES du tennis ! Jeu, set et match !
85
Video Games Daily (Jun 15, 2004)
Is this a sure-fire summer hit? For you and you alone, the answer is almost certainly yes, but if you fancy taking on your friends and garnering some sort of satisfaction from beating them, the 4-year-old Virtua Tennis is still the King of the Court. As for Tennis fans, both games deserve a place in your collection, while Top Spin for Xbox is obviously still worth a look.
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VicioJuegos.com (Oct 10, 2005)
En resumen; es un gran simulador de tenis que puede enganchar a cualquiera que le guste el tenis. Como simulador es muy bueno. Se nota el gran trabajo que se ha realizado en este título. Quizás lo peor sean los temas musicales pero lo demás llega al notable.
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Fragland.net (Jul 13, 2004)
Wrapping things up, I can really recommend Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 to every tennis or sports fanatic. Even the "casual" gamer will enjoy this game a lot. The gameplay is excellent, the graphics look mighty fine and the sound isn't bad. The official license is another reason for you to buy this game. Too bad not every top player is included.
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Futuregamez.net (Jul 02, 2004)
Overall Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is a step in the right direction for the series. The graphics are improved considerably, the game modes increased and refined while everything is presented as a nice neat package. If you want a tennis simulation then you can't go wrong with Namco's Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2, if you want an arcade styled game then you may be better off which Sega's Virtua Tennis 2 which can be had for less then half the price of this game.
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Gamesmania.de (May 26, 2004)
Der anfänglichen Skepsis wich bei mir schnell die Begeisterung über den tollen ATP-Modus. Trainieren, mein virtuelles Alter Ego langsam hochpäppeln, Turniere gewinnen - Smash Court entwickelt auch wegen der spannenden und innovativen "Wendepunkte" einen riesigen Suchtfaktor. Zu schade, dass dieser Spielspaß durch teilweise nicht nachvollziehbare Matchausgänge deutlich getrübt wird! Da wäre sogar ein Hit drin gewesen
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Game Over Online (Aug 04, 2004)
All in all, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is a solidly entertaining recreation of the sport of tennis on a platform that is in dire need of just that. Namco’s willingness to deviate even more from Sega’s arcade style opus is a clear sign that the franchise is striving for something other than direct competition with the current genre leader. But it ultimately comes down to preference. Smash Court is a simulation style game any way you slice (no pun intended, again) it, while Sega Sports Tennis is strictly an arcade style affair. Both accomplish what they set out to do and both offer plenty of potential game time and enjoyment, but since Sega Sports Tennis has been around for quite a while, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is definitely worth checking out.
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4Players.de (Jun 03, 2004)
Nicht nur angesichts einer verschwindend geringen Konkurrenz hochklassiger Titel schafft es SCTPT 2, auf breiter Linie zu überzeugen. Die vorhandenen Spielmodi sind genauso zahl- wie abwechslungsreich, Ballphysik und Steuerung sind gut und der lang motivierende Karrieremodus mit seinem (wahlweise) Missions-basierten Gameplay eine willkommene Abwechslung im altbekannten Tennis-Trott. Dass man abgesehen von den Missionen in der Karriere auch bei Namcos neuestem Spiel Innovationen vergeblich sucht und z.B. mit Varianten bekannter Mini-Games vorlieb nehmen muss, wird dabei sicherlich nur die wenigsten stören. Viel mehr dürften sich die Spieler über die staubtrockene Präsentation und die grafischen Unzulänglichkeiten aufregen. Doch sei´s drum: Smash Court bietet schnörkellose, spannende Filzball-Action, die man auf der PS2 seit längerem vergeblich gesucht hat.
80
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 25, 2004)
The court graphics are decent, the crowd is predictably poor and wooden in a PSone 2-D kind of way and the music is an unsurprising mess of wailing arcade riffs. But at the same time, the game on the whole is more than adequate to have a good game of tennis and that's all you really need. I have to admit, I quite like Smash Court Pro 2 and it will be my Tennis game of choice until something better comes along, but the best console tennis game? I don't think so. I can't comment on Xbox tennis titles because I haven't played any, but as far as the PS2 goes Sega Smash Tennis is probably more of a multi-player crowd-pleaser. Mind you, even that is outshone by the benchmark title of the DC's Virtua Tennis 2 (yes, even though I know they're practically the same game). Still, until Sega inevitably updates the Virtua Tennis franchise under whatever name, Smash Court Pro Tournament 2 provides a decent alternative. You could certainly do a lot worse.
80
Yahoo! Games (Jun 07, 2004)
Presenting audiences with a comprehensive simulation that's been specifically crafted for mass-market consumption, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 has every right to sell like hotcakes. Whether it's rapid-fire one-off matches or a protracted solo mode that floats your boat, the game has you covered with a brilliant mix of rowdiness and realism. The sort of game that any joystick jock can appreciate, this title deserves a choice spot in your trophy case.
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IGN (Jun 08, 2004)
Then again, there are still the problems with the depth perception and the slightly wonky control that can leave characters locked in a little animation. This is more realistic, but hinders the game from being more of a game. Overall, it still isn't the best thing out there, but it's definitely a solid update and holds rather strongly by itself.
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Jolt (UK) (Jun 16, 2004)
The biggest deciding factors are whether you can live with the strange Pro Tour mode, and can handle the more demanding, albeit more realistic, controls after the sheer joy of Virtua Tennis’ splendidly fluid system. If so, your search for a tennis game to accompany the Wimbledon season is over. Of course, you could always try getting your arse out of your chair and going down to the park with a real tennis racquet...
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Daily Game (Jul 25, 2004)
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is the longest name I've ever seen for a tennis title. Unfortunately, the name will probably outlive the amount of time you'll spend with this game, since it's lacking enough meat to keep you coming back for more. A few rounds of career mode, and the casual gamer will hang up his racket and find something else to play. Maybe that sounds a bit harsh, since this is a good game that tennis fans will appreciate. But it lacks long-term appeal, and so, its final score likewise suffers. As for SCPTT2 outdoing Pong, after 20 years, people still play Pong, but by the end of 2004, very few will play Smash Court 2.
78
Game Chronicles (Jul 03, 2004)
Since 2002, there have been a handful of tennis titles released – most notably Microsoft’s Top Spin Tennis for the Xbox. In one fell swoop, Top Spin redefined the tennis genre – first by changing the game mechanics, then kicking in super AI, topping it off with killer graphics, and then by bringing the whole package online. In certain circles, Top Spin has became the new king of tennis – but to be honest, I didn’t like it all that much at first. And although it has grown on me since, I still think it lacks that excitement that I used to feel from the Davis Cup games of yore.
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Mygamer.com (Aug 03, 2004)
But besides a few little niggles, SCT2 really is head and shoulders above the rest. Whilst Virtua Tennis and Top Spin both provide strong competition, SCT2 feels like the fresher experience. The unique system for hitting the ball works extremely well, and the career mode is engrossing. Whilst it may take a while to build up your character, when you finally win a tournament, you truly feel like you've hit the big time; and that all your hard work has paid off. The little things like receiving fan mail, having to enter qualifying rounds if you're ranked too low, and the stamina system not only add to the realism of the game, but draws you into it, making you feel like a professional tennis player.
75
Netjak (Aug 26, 2004)
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is a quality title, though it's hard to figure out a way in which this game is actually special. Everything about it simply seems above average, like a filler tennis game for those who are waiting for the next ultimate tennis game. However, if you don't have a Dreamcast to play Virtua Tennis, or an Xbox to play Top Spin, then there's no reason not to buy this game.
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Game Revolution (Jun 25, 2004)
But these aren't deal breakers, and considering the paltry number of offerings out there right now, it's about as good as tennis gets on the PS2. Net fans should feel confident in Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2's ability to deliver a solid match.
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GameSpot (Jun 09, 2004)
Though the game largely comprises the same pieces that we've encountered in other tennis games, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 still helps establish the series as more than just a Virtua Tennis clone, even if just marginally so. Though a lot of players will find the less-forgiving-gameplay style of the game to be a bit of a turnoff, this is still a solid game of tennis, and it's the best one to have appeared on the PlayStation 2 in years.
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Gamekult (May 28, 2004)
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 reprend les bases posées par son prédécesseur pour les multiplier par deux. Deux fois plus de joueurs, deux fois plus de finesse, deux fois plus de couleurs, le jeu de Namco dégage un bon feeling tennis, qu'il s'agisse de son gameplay, fait de finesse et de placement, ou de sa réalisation, particulièrement réussie. Il lui manque hélas quelque chose pour s'imposer comme la référence absolue, ne serait-ce que davantage de sensations dans l'échange, sans parler d'un mode en ligne. A défaut de faire oublier la concurrence, Smash Court 2 s'impose comme l'un des meilleurs représentants du genre sur PS2.
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GamePro (US) (Jun 07, 2004)
Even with the clever new missions and spruced-up visuals that make watching a ball go back and forth worthwhile, control is the most important part in tennis; and in this game, Smash Court faults once again.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG) (May 28, 2004)
The overall result is an enjoyable game that Tennis fans will enjoy; it packs a good amount of depth through the wide selection of shots available and the Pro Tour mode is extremely enjoyable and well thought out, however it lacks that instant appeal and addictive qualities of SEGAâs landmark series.
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Gaming Age (Jul 26, 2004)
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 has its moments. The creative Pro Tour Mode, visuals, and timed button gameplay are highlights. Though you?ll probably want to fast forward past the limiting pro player controls and dull Pro Tour AI.
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Worth Playing (Jul 01, 2004)
Smash Court Pro Tennis Pro Tournament 2 is a giant leap ahead of its predecessor. It looks and feels much better than the original. In an industry where minor roster updates and small graphical brush-ups equal million selling sequels, the new Smash Court is a welcome upgrade, and a sorely needed one, at that. Still, there are problems that need to be fixed, mainly the slightly buggy and exploitable animations and the depth perception issues. As a matter of taste, I also think the realism should be toned down just a little bit. This is a video game, after all – and because of Sega's choice to keep the electronic medium firmly in mind, their tennis game is undoubtedly better than Namco's latest contender.
50
In the end you can tell that Namco is onto something with their tennis series but so far they haven't been able to make all the pieces come together. If Namco could bring it all together and make the deeper Tennis experience they are attempting to provide than I believe that Sega Sports would have real reason to be worried. Until then though, Smash Court 2 is just a game to be played by tennis aficionados.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 15, 2004)
So there you are. Englishman almost had a great day at the courts, but lost badly and eventually did the only sensible thing by smashing his racket to smithereens and retiring for 10 pints of Stella and a quick lobstering in the beer garden. Same as every year.
50
Tennis is a tricky sport to review, because a huge part of what makes a racket title great is that elusive and hard-to-define quality called "feel". It's something that anyone can sense within playing a game for five minutes, but try to describe it and you end up sounding like some tweedy old music professor pontificating about John Coltrane.
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Gaming Nexus (Aug 02, 2004)
I do not want seem too disapproving of this game. As far as tennis games go, this is a quality game. The ball physics are very good, the player animations are decent, and contrary to the multitude of tennis games I have run across in my lifetime, you can hit the ball out very easily if you select the wrong shot type, or direction based on your player’s direction of approach. That said, it is still a tennis game, and unless you play in the real world, it gets boring quite fast. On the other hand, if you are a tennis fan or are still hopelessly addicted to Pong, you would want to give this title a look.
40
I will give the game some credit, as there are a nice selection of licensed players and some decent graphics, but overall, it offers little to no enjoyment.