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Modojo (Oct 12, 2005)
Virtua Tennis: World Tour is one of the best PSP games of the year. It's definitely a party favorite, and I hope Sega keeps the tempo up for future franchises.
Aside from its wireless multiplayer, Virtua Tennis is also essential as the slick action is perfectly suited to gaming on the go, giving you the option to play through entire championships if you’re stuck on a long-haul flight, or simply fire up your PSP for a quick blast on the hilarious mini-games when your bus is stuck in traffic.
1UP (Oct 27, 2005)
But whether you're sitting at home plugged in or on the go, battery in tow, Virtua Tennis provides exceptionally satisfying handheld tennis action. It bottles the lightning of the bigger versions while losing nothing in the transition. If the sunny clatter of feet on clay is your idea of a good time, you'll find no better than this.
Virtua Tennis is one of the most utterly addicting sports games I've ever played. It's balance in every game mode (Quick Match, Tournament, World Tour Matches, and World Tour Training games) makes it a enjoyable game to pick up and play, yet allows depth to the game.
Retro Gamer (May 25, 2006)
The only downside we could find is that the difficulty in the World Tour mode is a little inconsistent, other than that though World Tour is one of the finest sports games currently available for the PSP.
Resumiendo, se trata de un juego imprescindible para tu colección en Playstation Portable, ya que te ofrecerá horas y horas de endiablada diversión. Si te gusta el género no puedes dudarlo más, y si no estás muy seguro dále una oportunidad y no te arrepentirás. Por el momento no hay alternativas a este título, pero cuando las haya será con toda seguridad un duro rival a batir.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 16, 2005)
And that’s pretty much it. The World Tour mode will take an age to complete, especially if you want to stay at number one in the world and the three difficulty modes in the single player exhibition and grand slam matches are perfect for those looking for a quick fix. If you have a PSP and a hidden Virtua Tennis addiction, get this game; you will not be disappointed!
Boomtown (Sep 02, 2005)
Add superb WiFi multiplayer into the mix and you have one of the best games available for PSP. And unlike many on the handheld, it seems ideal for genuine out and about "just a quick go" kind of gameplay. So if you've bought a PSP this week and are wondering what your next game purchase should be, let me make it easy for you, buy Virtua Tennis World Tour.
Lengthy load times, like most PSP titles, mar Virtua Tennis every so slightly. But this game still deserves to a nice, warm, safe place in your PSP collection. Buy.
Gamestyle (May 10, 2007)
Undoubtedly a showpiece for the PSP, Virtua Tennis: World Tour offers something for everyone - and, despite the laborious loading times, it's a tried-and-true SEGA title that everyone should have in their collection.
This is a must-have title on PSP. World Tour shows how to combine sporting simulation with easy arcade style and accessibility. The Roger Federer of tennis games
Regardless of that, and the rather mediocre World Tour mode, this is a truly fantastic game, which plays just like it did in the Arcades and on the Dreamcast all those years ago. If you enjoyed it then, you’ll still love it now, it’s a superb tennis game, and definitely worth picking up for your PSP.
90 (UK) (Jan 09, 2005)
A tennis game might not sound like the most exciting game to rush out and buy for your shiny new Sony PSP, but when you're dealing with one of the most enduringly playable games of all time we're prepared to make allowances. You'd perhaps reason that we should have tired of the simple pick up and play gameplay after five long years slugging out the fuzzy yellow ball across Clay, Grass and Carpet. But like any true sporting classic, there's literally an infinite amount of fun to be had with Virtua Tennis. We'll still be playing it long after arthritis and senility have had their wicked way. It's simply too compulsive for words.
89 (Nov 04, 2005)
The game overall is an excellent tennis game. Fans of the Virtua Tennis franchise or fans of tennis will definitely find something to love in the game. World Tour mode is a great feature in the game and will keep you playing for hours.
MAN!AC (Aug, 2005)
Die packende Tennisschlacht hat nichts von ihrem Reiz eingebüßt! Trotz schnell erlernter Simpel-Steuerung kommen auch Profis auf ihre Kosten: Unterscheiden sich doch Asse wie Federer, Henman oder Roddick durch ihre Spielanlagen erheblich voneinander. Auch im Karriere-Modus bastelt Ihr durch gezieltes Training den Wunschspieler zurecht - ob Volley-Virtuose oder Rückhand-Rüpel. Die Xbox Referenz "Top Spin" mag zwar mehr Variabilität bieten, "Virtua Tennis" spielt sich einfach einen Tick flüssiger. Auch garantieren neue Minigames wie Früchtejagt oder Ballonbolzerei spaßige Stunden abseits des Alltags. Nach wie vor zu dominant empfinde ich die Returnschläge - zahlreiche Breaks sind die Folge. Ebenfalls nicht optimal: unschönes Nachladen am Ballwechselende.
games xtreme (Oct 12, 2005)
This is the 2nd time the game has ever appeared, it was released on the Dreamcast at the end of the consoles life so a lot of people would have missed it. It's widely considered to be the best tennis game but, if you dislike Tennis I'm not sure if this would sway you. It's by far one of the best launch games and seeing as it's in the PSP top 3 charts in Game most people would agree. It will last you forever especially in Multi Player.
88 (Oct 31, 2005)
Can you play 'Virtua Tennis' on the move? Yes. But please watch out for lampposts and those new bollards that descend slowly into the underbelly of the road when a car wants to go by but then shoot up unexpectedly and without warning. The headphones that come supplied with the PSP allow you to try your hand at virtual tennis in bed at 3am in the morning without the other half realising. In short, a great game for an increasingly important console.
Jolt (UK) (Oct 31, 2005)
Can you play 'Virtua Tennis' on the move? Yes. But please watch out for lampposts and those new bollards that descend slowly into the underbelly of the road when a car wants to go by but then shoot up unexpectedly and without warning. The headphones that come supplied with the PSP allow you to try your hand at virtual tennis in bed at 3am in the morning without the other half realising. In short, a great game for an increasingly important console.
88 (Aug 31, 2005)
Spiel, Satz und Sieg für Virtua Tennis! Auch auf der PSP überzeugt der Sega-Titel durch das gewohnt erstklassige Gameplay und eine Präsentation, die bis auf die Ruckeleinlagen nach fast jedem Ballwechsel kaum Wünsche offen lässt. Die Welttournee sorgt für Langzeitmotivation während die anderen Modi immer wieder zu einem kleinen Match unterwegs einladen – sei es nun gegen die CPU oder mit anderen Mitspielern. Einzig die Beschränkung auf lediglich einen Satz pro Spiel sorgt bei mir nach all den Jahren mit Virtua Tennis immer noch für Kopfschütteln. Will Sega diesen Kritikpunkt einfach nicht hören, der schon seit dem ersten Teil immer und immer wieder von Spieletestern genannt wird? Trotzdem: Virtua Tennis World Tour ist ganz großes Tennis im Hosentaschenformat!
Sumo Digital really have done a fine job with Virtua Tennis: World Tour and fans of the Virtua Tennis series will love how good this PSP version plays. The game isn't perfect though and load times combined with no Internet play and pausing whilst you wait for the umpire to announce the score are issues that all count against the game and prevent it from earning a higher rating. Still, these niggles aside, it's a great game and it will surely be one of the most sought after PSP launch titles.
PSX Extreme (Sep 20, 2005)
As good as it is, there's still room for improvement: multi-player mini-games, more players, and more unlockables are must-haves for the eventual sequel. Also, the load times are reasonable, though there are occasional noticeable stutters here and there. If you've got even a passing interest in videogame tennis, then Virtua Tennis should be one of the next games you buy for your PSP.
85 (Aug 30, 2005)
Jeu, Set et Match, voilà ce qui résume en trois mots le dernier jeu de Sega. Virtua Tennis World Tour est à nos yeux le titre du lancement de la console portable de Sony, si tant est que le monde virtuel tennistique soit votre pain bien évidement. Sa prise en main immédiate et ses nombreux modes de jeux en font un titre long, fun et diablement accrocheur. Vos trajets urbains vous paraîtront beaucoup plus courts avec cette valeur sûre.
PlayFrance (Sep 01, 2005)
Retour gagnant pour Sega qui signe là l’un des jeux les plus marquants du lancement européen de la PSP. Avec sa réalisation graphique et technique exploitant habilement les entrailles de la portable de Sony et sa prise en main instantanée, difficile de ne pas succomber à ce petit bijou de fun et de longévité, même si l’on peut regretter l’absence de réelles nouveautés depuis Virtua Tennis 2. Un jeu tout simplement indispensable pour tout amateur de tennis !
Whilst Virtua Tennis: World Tour isn't exactly a new game, it's bloody good fun, and even better in wi-fi mode. One of the games of the PSP launch.
Game Over Online (Nov 29, 2005)
Virtua Tennis is one of those nice surprises that pulls in more players than just the die-hard tennis fan. Thanks to the numerous mini-games and the World Tour mode, anyone can become a tennis ace. While you’re not necessarily getting anything new in this installment from the older Virtua Tennis title on the Dreamcast, you are getting an excellent tennis title that you can take with you on the go.
Video Games Daily (Dec 08, 2005)
If you have even the remotest interest in furry yellow balls, Russian teens or Tiger Tim there will be something here. Virtua Tennis starts off simple, but has the ability to grab and hold your attention for a very long time.
If there's one small complaint I have, it's that you can't book your male and female players for training/tourneys simultaneously during the same week. Also, the CPU AI lets out a brain fart every now and again. That aside, this is a fast and furious title that also allows for some exciting multiplayer doubles matches.
85 (Aug 31, 2005)
Voilà incontestablement le meilleur jeu de tennis qui soit sur une console portable. Largement à la hauteur de ses prédécesseurs, cette version PSP de Virtua Tennis nous rappelle que le genre doit beaucoup au titre de Sega. Avec sa réalisation époustouflante, son gameplay à la fois accessible et intéressant, et sa dimension spectaculaire, Virtua Tennis World Tour est l'un des meilleurs, si ce n'est le meilleur jeu du catalogue PSP à l'heure actuelle.
IGN (Oct 04, 2005)
Mobile gamers require brevity in a videogame. The ability to power on a device, play for five minutes, and then shut it off is usually the reason people buy handheld systems in the first place. You can play them at home, sure, but that's console territory. That said, when mobile gamers find themselves in transit, they want quick spurts of gameplay without fear of repercussion if the system's battery fails or the ride to school ends sooner than planned. And it's a known fact that certain games are better suited to this task more than others are.
Gaming Target (Oct 19, 2005)
Even if you don't like tennis, you should give this a try, as the gameplay itself is perfect for a video game – fast paced, twitch action that's incredibly addictive and simple all the same. It works for Hot Shots Golf, does it not? Most importantly, games like this are the kind of titles portable platforms thrive on – which bodes well for the future of the PSP.
Game Shark (Nov 30, 2005)
Overall, I have enjoyed my time with Virtua Tennis World Tour. The minigames are a blast although the replay value probably dies off once you have won the World Tour. If you can find someone else with the game, multiplayer can be a lot of fun. All tennis fans should definitely pick this one up, and even if you have a minor interest in the game, you’ll enjoy your time with this one.
Graphically the game is top-notch. The players are animated realistically and there are a lot of nice extra touches such as ball marks on the courts and shadows cast by the lights in night matches. Good shots are even shown with multiple angle replays, although you can bypass the replays if you’re not into that sort of thing.
Pese a todo, nos encontramos ante un notable juego, aunque con un olor a naftalina, que necesita que lo aireen para ver si se puede impregnar con las novedades y filosofía que impuso el primer Top Spin.
GameSpot (Oct 21, 2005)
If the sole objective of a game for a handheld system like the PSP were to emulate an existing console video game, then Virtua Tennis: World Tour would be a smashing success. Everything found in Tennis 2K2 for the Dreamcast (which became Sega Sports Tennis upon its arrival on the PlayStation 2) can be found in World Tour. Despite the relative age of the source material and the number of times Sega has trotted it out already, the gameplay is still zippy and fun, and the whole package generally feels pretty fresh, thanks to some subtle tweaks.
The simplicity of the gameplay hides some of the depth that Virtua Tennis: World Tour harbors, but that's the beauty of the game. This is a wonderful addition to any PSP owner's library, and if you are looking for a simple, easy sports title, this is a great place to go. Even if tennis isn't your thing, I recommend giving it a chance. It just might stun you like a big smash to the baseline.
80 (Sep 20, 2009)
Virtua Tennis ist Virtua Tennis, ob nun auf der PSP oder der Dreamcast. Dass diese Aussage durchaus positiv zu verstehen ist, wissen alle Veteranen. Die PSP Fassung befindet sich auf einem gleich hohen Niveau wie die Vorgänger. Der World Tour Modus motiviert, die Mehrspielermatches sind spannend und spaßig, die Präsentation stimmt. Lediglich die furchtbaren Ladezeiten und die etwas lahme Wirelessverbindung trüben den Spielspaß. Das ändert jedoch nichts an dem hervorragenden Spielprinzip, das einfach Spaß macht. Tennisfreunde sollten auf jeden Fall zugreifen. Sportmuffel können jedoch auch ein Spielchen wagen, es lohnt sich!
Darkstation (Oct 07, 2005)
Virtua Tennis: World Tour is a solid tennis title that ports what was great about the PS2 version and leaves it at that. To me they needed to add some more content in order to make it to the highest standard. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Virtua Tennis series, then now is a great chance to do that, and if you have, don’t expect all that new of an experience here. With all of this being said, World Tour is a great game that is definitely one of the brighter points to the PSP’s rough start.
AceGamez (2005)
Portable gaming is all about pick up and play - short bursts of fun action. Virtua Tennis: World Tour captures that spirit with style - games last a few minutes and practice sessions are under a minute, yet it never feels lacking or rushed. With a nice visual style, decent ambient sound and a recently lowered budget price, this is a great game to own for the PSP to grab for some solid tennis action when you have a few minutes to spare.
80 (Aug 29, 2005)
Virtua Tennis: World Tour is a fine sports title for the PSP. It combines rich, colourful visuals with simple, but addictive gameplay. The single-player and multiplayer game modes on offer should please anyone interested in the sport, and while there are a few problems that prevent it from being a true classic, it still ranks among the best launch titles for the handheld. So, like Tim Henman, not the best in the world, but pretty damn good.
Yahoo! Games (Oct 11, 2005)
Much like the Dreamcast game before it, this slick conversion should please just about anybody. It's at its best with a crowd of friends, but the single-player mode does have enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase even if you don't anticipate much chance for group play. In short, it deserves to be a smash. Sorry.
Bordersdown (Oct, 2005)
The stunning – while still slightly zombified – visuals remain close to fully intact, with no qualms as to the loading times, nor any kind of loss of use of the Tour Mode. It’s one of those games that shows off just what the PSP can achieve both graphically and the proof that the control system can work with a fast-paced game.
GamerDad (May 17, 2006)
Virtua Tennis: World Tour captures that spirit with style, games last a few minutes, and practice sessions are under a minute, yet it never feels lacking or rushed. With a nice visual style, decent ambient sound and a recently lowered budget price, this is a nice game to own for the PSP to grab for some solid tennis action when you have a few minutes
Gamezine (Sep 18, 2005)
Etant donné que je suis persuadé qu’un nouveau Virtua Tennis sur PSP pourra être encore meilleur, je n’attribue pas une meilleure note à ce Virtual Tennis World Tour. Et puis, il ne faudrait pas oublié que le fait d’avoir chacun le jeu pour profiter du multijoueurs risque d’en rebuter plus d’un. Sinon, rien à dire, on approche la perfection.
With a built-in fan base, Virtua Tennis in portable form is an obvious seller. When the translation is handled like this, it's even better. Lacking online play is forgivable since the single player title takes weeks to get through. With a dry software library, it's all the easier to accept this one as a necessity.
G4 TV: X-Play (Oct 27, 2005)
There's no better reminder of how far the industry has come than while playing Virtua Tennis: World Tour on the PSP. Impressive graphics, tight gameplay, and a wealth of content has all been jammed onto a platform that's smaller than your father's wallet around the time Pong was released in the '70s. Even by today's standards, it's a near-perfect sports game for handheld consumption.
GamePro (US) (Oct 07, 2005)
Despite some obvious shortcomings, World Tour is the best bit of tennis software the PSP is going to get. Period. Four-player Wi-Fi multiplayer runs buttery, while quick play options and Tetris-style ball games give the casual racqueteer the option to jump right into the action. World Tour's animations are simply spectacular--possibly the best of any current tennis title--meaning over-the-shoulder forehands and under-the-leg returns blend in fluidly with a player's step. A line-up of tennis pros are on-board, including Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, and Venus Williams, though the stepped-up AI may have you changing the channel come Wimbledon 2006. You'll pay Roddick. My thumb hurts.
GameSpy (Oct 05, 2005)
The Dreamcast is long dead, but its legacy lives on. Virtua Tennis was one of the shiniest gems in its crown, and has had a decent career since leaving its Sega hardware nest. Coming to PSP is perhaps the most exciting thing for this series yet, and tennis fans have every reason to be pumped up.
Factornews (Sep 01, 2005)
Virtua Tennis World Tour est tout ce qu'on attendait d'un vulgaire portage d'un jeu de console de salon vers la PSP. Aucune retouche dans un gameplay qui a quelque peu vieilli depuis les passages de Top Spin et Smash Court, seules quelques innovations mineures sont présentes pour la forme. Ceux qui n'ont jamais touché à un Virtua Tennis seront aux anges, les autres verront là la possibilité de rejouer n'importe où à l'un des jeux de tennis les plus marquants de sa génération. Certes à 50 euros le portage, on comprend aisément qu'ils aient un petit goût amer dans la bouche.