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I've played on clay, I've played on grass and I've played on concrete. Now I can say I've played on a picture tube. With all this behind me I feel I can be a fair judge of the "tennis biz". I say all you need to play successful tennis is a good joystick. When it comes to tennis for the 2600, Michael, love means having to say point, set, match, 2600.
The game doesn't have a realistic scoreboard, you can't punch in your initials, and the advanced play is still slower than regular play in the 2600 version. But the graphics are so much more detailed— (the animated players really look like they're stroking that sphere)— and the sudden shifts of offense and defense make Tennis almost as much fun to watch as it is to play. Sorry. Margie— advantage 5200.
The fact that RealSports Tennis can even handle comparisons to an Activision game is remarkable. But what's really amazing is that Atari finally one-upped Activision with a release that beat them at their own game.
Im Gegensatz zur Intellivision-Cassette spielt man weniger mit Köpfchen, simuliert nicht
annähernd so realistisch, was in Wirklichkeit auf dem grünen Rasen abläuft. Hier hat
man es mit einem Spiel zu tun, das man allein gegen den Computer oder als direkten Wettstreit mit einem menschlichen Partner spielen kann. Schnelligkeit ist Trumpf.
Only two tennis games exist for the Atari 2600 - Realsports and Activision's Tennis. Both are surprisingly good, and it's a tough call to determine which is better. Realsports definitely has the edge in graphics, with multi-colored players and a scoreboard that can actually display your name! There are several types of hits at your disposal, although the lob doesn't attain enough height to be effective. The main problem with Realsports Tennis is how you can't hit the ball at a sharp angle, resulting in endless volleys and long games.
Overall, RealSports Tennis is easily the better of the two tennis games on the Atari 2600. That is not to say that Tennis is bad, only that better exists. If you are a fan of tennis and of the Atari 2600, RealSports Tennis is probably the tennis game to look for although it is somewhat less common than Tennis. Granted, even RealSports Tennis is not a game that you are going to play in long bursts all of the time, but it is a nice game to play every once in a while.
La nouvelle référence en matière de tennis. Les figurines ne sont pas aussi fouillées que chez Mattel, mais le jeu est d'un réalisme fantastique. A chaque moment 9 coups du droit ou du revers sont possibles. Moins fatigant que le vrai!
Wer ein unkompliziertes, flottes Tennis-Spiel sucht, ist mit Real Sports Tennis gut bedient. Einige spielerische Feinheiten fehlen zwar, aber im großen und ganzen kann man mit dieser Version durchaus zufrieden sein.
Neste jogo de tênis, seu adversário é um dos maiores tenistas da atualidade. Muito cuidado, pois ele é rápido.
The controls are responsive, but it's hard to put any "mustard" on the ball. As a result, contests tend to degenerate into endless, boring volleys. Even when playing the net, your returns are awfully weak. The only way you can "smash" the ball is by standing far back and letting it bounce very high before hitting it. It's possible to execute lobs, but those aren't very effective either. Despite its flaws however, Tennis offers some interesting features. You can display your full name on top of the screen, which was pretty nifty in 1983 (not so much now). There's a doubles mode, but sadly, two human players can't team up against the CPU. Atari seemed to be on the right track with Tennis, but just came up a little short.
Alles in allem ist dieses Spiel recht gelungen. Gerade diejenigen, die die ständigen Abschuß-, und Labyrinthspiele satt haben, sollten sich dieses Spiel einmal ansehen.
Atari must have been pretty intent on making use of their controller's keypads. They completely ruined Realsports Tennis by forcing you to press numeric keys to aim your shots! Having to use the joystick, keypad, and fire buttons at the same time is ridiculously awkward. There's a clue in the manual which suggests Atari may have realized this was a bad idea. On page five, there are suggestions like "place the controller in your lap" and "if you have large hands, try to maneuver the joystick with your thumb". If you have to include suggestions like this in the manual, something is very wrong. As far as aiming your shots, since you can't hit the ball out of bounds, why would you ever want to aim anywhere but down the sidelines? These graphics aren't really much better that the Atari 2600 Realsports Tennis game, with a blocky court and no background. Realsports Tennis is a complete letdown!