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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
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Overall User Score (37 votes) 4.0

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It looks exactly as it should, and having real players is a major plus. It's a shame there aren't any female players in there (...) but this is a minor gripe since the gameplay is so fluid and engaging. The summer might be fading fast, but this'll keep you feeling warm for a long time yet.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 16, 2000)
No question about it: Virtua Tennis IS the best tennis video game EVER, and easily one of the most thrilling multi-player games of all time.
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
Virtua Tennis took a reviewer known for his love of wrestling games and UFC and turned him into a tennis pro. If you're not careful, it'll do the same to you. This is definitely one of the most purely fun sports games in a long time, up there with Sega Bass Fishing in the Games You're Embarrassed To Enjoy category. If you're a sports fan, go get it.
Sports Gaming Network (Jul 25, 2000)
If you are looking for the best tennis game currently available, Virtua Tennis wins by default; it is the only recently released tennis game on the least until Mario Tennis arrives in late August. However, if you are simply looking for another great-looking/great-playing game to add to your Dreamcast collection, Virtua Tennis is still the game for you. Make no mistake about it, Virtua Tennis delivers a very satisfying gameplay experience, which no video game fan should miss.
The training modes are an excellent way to test your true skills. Some of the training levels require you to knock over bowling pins, lob balls into buckets, and turn of tennis machines by smashing them. Each training level includes three difficulty levels, which increase in difficulty and the amount of money you can earn.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 08, 2004)
Sega has once again proven why they are king of both the arcade and arcade-to-home conversions. Whether you like tennis or not, this game is a visual masterpiece that is a definite must have for any Dreamcast owner's ever-growing library of games. Although there are some slight flaws in gameplay, they never take away from the playability, addictiveness and overall fun of this game. Virtua Tennis easily earns a joystick up from this reviewer and is bestowed with Da Gameboyz Player's Choice Award.
Power Unlimited (Sep, 2000)
Zelfs als tennis je geen moer interesseert en je de finale van Wimbledon niet op tv zou kijken dan nog moet je Virtua Tennis in huis halen. Deze game behoort tot de toppers van dit jaar.
95 (Dec 12, 2001)
El mejor juego de deporte del momento en consola alguna y difícilmente superable. Si tienes Dreamcast y no tienes este juego, no se a que esperas para comprarlo.
Meristation (Sep 12, 2000)
Si no tienes Dreamcast, ves ahora mismo y compratela junto Virtua Tennis. Si ya la tienes, hazte con este título sin pensarlo dos veces. Una obra maestra que solo una compañía de la experiencia de SEGA y un departamento tan genial como AM# es capaz de crear.
IGN (Jul 07, 2000)
While playing Virtua Tennis here at the IGN offices, one of the zanier editors commented, "It's simple... but that's one of its beauties." Nothing could be closer to the truth when describing Sega Sports' first attempt at Dreamcast tennis. In part due to this simplicity, in part due to a few exclusive home modes of play, Virtua Tennis ends up being one of the best single or multi player Dreamcast games out there, and yet another must have title.
TigerChainsaw (Jul 11, 2020)
Virtua Tennis is a must-play for fans of sports video games. The graphics and presentation were unparalleled at the time of its release and the addicting arcade action and world circuit modes offer gamers of all styles tons of fun to play. It’s a crown jewel in the Dreamcast library and a game that will get your competitive juices flowing with your friends or family.
When I took Virtua Tennis over to a friend's place, I think he best described it the game, "I don't even like tennis and this game kicks some serious..", well, you get the idea. Sega has even turned non-believers of the sport into fans of this tennis game. With it's relatively easy to get into controls and semi-addicting action, this is another must own, if you can find it. Sega's first run of 50,000 copies has already sold out which just shows how popular it has caught on with fans far and wide.
neXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
Es bleibt nur noch zu sagen, dass Virtua Tennis einfach ein Must-Have-Titel ist und als Multiplayer-Game fast schon in die Geschichte eingeht.
CyberGames (Jul 21, 2000)
A fantastic arcade-style tennis game. Great fun, but still very shallow and short. The World Circuit Mode helps add replay value, however.
90 (UK) (Aug 20, 2000)
Virtua Tennis is undoubtedly the summer sports title for the year 2000. Forget about all those football and golf games, there's nothing with as much punch as Virtua. The rocking audio, unmatched AI, multiplayer supremacy and wealth of options and play modes make it the most complete simulation of tennis ever seen, and the perfect killer app to encourage summer console sales before the PlayStation 2 tries to take hold in this country later on this year. Congratulations to Sega for playing such a trump card at such an important stage in the Dreamcast's life cycle.
Joypad (Sep, 2000)
Impossible de passer à côté de ce chef-d'œuvre, lorsque l'on aime le tennis. On y retrouve toutes les sensations désirées, et les parties en double sont souvent ponctuées de fous rire... ou de coups de gueule ! Un titre graphiquement superbe, rapide, fluide, puissant, et doublé d'un mode World Tour recherché. Seul bémol : un seul set maximum.
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 08, 2010)
Virtua Tennis is an example of sports gaming done right. Not only does it reflect the simplicity of its sport through a minimal arcade-inspired control scheme, but it also makes a strong appeal to fans of tennis and newcomers alike. This experience is well-suited to the simple and self-explanatory nature of hitting a ball back and fourth over a net. The production values are high enough here that it makes the sport seem competitive and exciting, even for people who’s only interest in tennis begins and ends with Anna Kournikova.
Vid det här laget har ni säkert förstått att mina högt ställda förväntningar har infriats. Virtua Tennis är ett modernt tennisspel som sopar banan med i stort sett alla konkurrenter. Dels därför att det räcker i princip hur länge som helst. Se till att skaffa det så snart ni bara kan. Ni kommer inte att bli besvikna. Jag lovar.
Gameplanet (Oct 20, 2000)
Another quibble is the amount of ridiculous rallies that take place at the net; both players smashing the ball at each other and still managing successful returns. Albeit that this is an arcade game, this should not occur. Admittedly though, things like that make multiplayer games that much more humorous.
GamersMark (Dec 18, 2001)
All in all, a first rate game by any standards. Trully revolutionary. As a state-class tennis player myself I loved it. As a couch potato who thinks tennis is a sissy sport,my brother loved it. As someone who could care less about tennis, my friend loved it. This game is a real smash!(and that was a real bad pun followed by another one)
90 (Sep 06, 2000)
En bref, Virtua Tennis devrait de loin surpasser l’ensemble de ses petits camarades pour devenir la référence en la matière. Chaque étape de sa réalisation semble avoir visé l’optimum pour nous livrer au final la simulation de tennis du moment. Une seule question subsistera : Pourquoi n’a-t-on pas le droit d’incarner les meilleures joueuses et de disputer des matches de plus d’un set pour le même prix ?
There has never been any tennis games that you'll spend this much quality time with before. This is not just a game for fans of the sport, but for those who are completely unsure of how to hold a racket as well. It won't take long for everyone to be hooked on this one. This is a game that will undoubtedly go down as a classic in a few years time.
Defunct Games (Jan 07, 2006)
A lot of time was invested in the production of this game, and it really shows. And when you think about it, tennis really is a glorified version of Pong, so sporting fans and gamers alike should find something to like here.
Gaming Target (Aug 22, 2000)
Whatever you think of playing tennis as a sport, you should consider at least renting this game. Trust me, it may not sound like your type of game at first glance, but once the power goes on, and you pick up the controller, you will fall in luv with this game.
Mega Fun (Aug, 2000)
Ich habe mir nach dem missratenen Virtua Striker schon ernsthaft Sorgen um Sega Sports gemacht. Doch was die Jungs hier abliefern, verdient allen Respekt. Ohne Zweifel trifft Virtua Tennis die Faszination dieses Sports genau auf den Punkt. Trotz des Arcade-Charakters gelingt es den Codern nicht zuletzt durch zahlreiche Mini-Games, einen großen Spannungsbogen zu erzeugen. Die technische Seite ist ohnehin über jeden Zweifel erhaben, so dass selbst Tennis-Hasser nicht um den Kauf dieses Games umhinkommen. Absolute DC-Pflicht!
Planet Dreamcast (Apr 24, 2000)
The fact that I have to nit-pick what language court-side announcers speak in should tell you that Virtua Tennis is a phenomenal game. The controls are easy to learn but offer enough depth to satisfy the most hard-core sports gamer. Graphically, the game is stunning. As you might have noticed, I keep returning to the Soul Calibur analogy -- a great arcade game boosted by new gameplay modes that add many more gaming hours. Virtua Tennis uses this formula to great success. It lives up to the hype, and then some.
Video Games (Aug, 2000)
Wer in Sachen Gameplay nicht sämtliche technischen Finessen erwartet, die der weiße Sport eigentlich bietet, der darf sich auf ultra-spannende Matches und hochkarätige Multiplayer-Sessions Deluxe freuen. Segas versorgt das DC mit einem weiteren perfekten Arcade-Port, der wie bei Crazy Taxi mit einigen exklusiven Features aufgepeppt wurde (Training, Tour Mode). Virtua Tennis steuert sich extrem simpel und spielt vielleicht gerade deswegen seine Trümpfe auch bei Leuten aus, die nicht tagtäglich ein Joypad in der Hand halten. Bis auf einige Nervereien im Arcade-Modus (die CPU-Spieler erlaufen auch tödliche Volleys scheinbar mühelos und spielen selbst gehechtete Notbälle als Lob mit einer Konstanz auf die Grundlinie, dass einen die kalte Wut packen könnte) hat man mit der KI stets seinen Spaß, was jedoch niemals ein zünftiges Doppel mit vier menschlichen Mitspielern ersetzt, bei dem das Spiel zu seiner Höchstform aufläuft. Wer irgendetwas mit Tennis anfangen kann: Kaufen!
The Next Level (USA) (Jul 24, 2000)
For all intents and purposes, Sega has definitely developed what is the game to beat currently in the tennis world. Although Super Tennis still reigns supreme, Virtua Tennis gives it a good run for its money, and it provides aspiring developers something to aim for when creating the next big tennis game.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 27, 2001)
Virtua Tennis ist ein absolutes Highlight in der Spielerwelt. Super Grafik, geniale Spielbarkeit und ein kreativer Spielmodi. Neben den verschiedensten Einzell- oder Doppelspielen, kann man auch mit einem populären Spieler eine Kariere starten. Hier sind viele Matches und Übungslevel integriert. Kaufe deinem Spieler wichtige Utensilien, wie Fitnessdrinks, Schuhe, Schläger, Trikots und sogar neue Partner. Das Gameplay ist einfach super und gerade mit drei Freunden ein heiden Spaß.
GameSpot (Jul 10, 2000)
Tennis fans should be in heaven after playing Virtua Tennis. While the game doesn't exactly have a simulation-styled approach, it's definitely a blast to play, and the multiplayer and world-circuit options give it replay value regardless of how many controllers you have.
80 (Sep 20, 2009)
Virtua Tennis ist ein grandioses Spiel. Dank segatypischen (einfachem wie genialem) Gameplay spielerisch eine Klasse für sich und durch herausragende Technik der Wirklichkeit sehr nahe, vermittelt dieser Arcade-Titel wirklich perfektes Tennisfeeling mit allem was dazu gehört: Jubelarien, spannende Stimmung und auch Frust. Dank dieser Qualitäten sind gerade Multiplayerpartien immer wieder sehr spaßig! Leider bin ich eher selten zu diesen gekommen und habe mich meistens an den fiesen CPU-Spielern im World-Circuit-Modus geärgert. Daher auch meine verhältnismäßig niedrige Wertung! Zu bemängeln wäre sonst noch das Fehlen von offiziellen ATP-Tunieren, mehreren Spielsätzen sowie weiblichen Stars und etwas bekannteren männlichen Spielern. Das sind aber eigentlich nur Nebensächlichkeiten bei diesem Sportspiel-Knüller!
HappyPuppy (Jul 16, 2000)
Despite its numerous single-player problems, Virtua Tennis remains one of the best multiplayer games for the Dreamcast. It's easy to get into, and it's hard to put down. For two or more players, Virtua Tennis can't be beat.
GamesFirst! (Jul 31, 2000)
While Virtua Tennis is much more fun than I ever expected, it’s not a perfect game. What makes it good is that you can load it up with a bunch of friends and participate in some fairly mindless multiplayer action. Beyond that it doesn’t hold up too well. The single-player mode is lackluster unless you’re a real tennis fan, and the arcade mode is just doofy. Still, the exhibition mode is worth a good chunk of gaming enjoyment, and as I’ve said repeatedly, this is a really fun multiplayer game.
Gaming Age (Jul 18, 2000)
In spite of all these problems, Virtua Tennis is still getting a B. Why? Well, it?s not because the graphics are nice. You?d expect them to look at least this good on a system with the Dreamcast?s kind of specs. It?s more because the core mechanics are so well designed and immaculately executed. Were it not for the simple yet amazingly intuitive control interface, this game would have rated much, much lower. Virtua Tennis is far from perfect ? that much is certain. However, it has broken so much new ground in terms of control and gameplay that it is an example for other developers to follow by.
Gamekult (Aug 30, 2000)
Très amusante à plusieurs, mais vite terminée en solo, l'adaptation du jeu de tennis d'arcade de Sega sur Dreamcast bénéficie d'une excellente réalisation, qui n'a pas grand-chose à envier à son modèle sur borne d'arcade. A conseiller à tous ceux qui veulent enchaîner les matchs entre amis.

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