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GameSpot (Feb 19, 1999)
If you're absolutely dying to play tennis on your PC, Extreme Tennis might satisfy for a while - but your desperation won't change the fact that it's simply not a very good game.
Its a shame that one of the nicest touches in EXTREME TENNIS, the graphics, are a bit of a letdown—mainly because it’s a crap-shoot to get the game to recognize your 3D card. The controls are more of a problem, because they cry out for a gamepad (as opposed to the keyboard defaults); yet, when you install a pad, you still have to use the keyboard for some functions—huh? Worst of all, the players are all cut from the same mold: “Pret Xampras” uses a two- handed backhand, just like any baseliner from Bolivia. Oh well, looks like it’s time to dust oft GAME, NET AND MATCH, where you can kid yourself that you’re actually playing tennis.
Die Grafik wirkt teilweise leider ebenso schlecht wie die Ballphysik: Die Kugel kommt schon mal vom Gegner zurück, auch wenn dieser sie gar nicht mehr erreichen konnte... Mit den Schlagvarianten (Topspin, Lob, Stop) können Sie immerhin ein abwechslungsreiches Spiel aufziehen und Ihrem Gegner die Filzkugel um die Ohren hauen.
PC Joker (Mar, 1999)
Nomen est omen: Diese Tennissimulation ist wirklich extrem schlecht! Dabei würde es an Spielmodi nicht fehlen, denn man kann zu „Single“, „Double“, „Mixed-Double“, „Turnier“ und „Training“ nicht nur gegen 16 internationale Digi-Cracks (mangels Lizenz mit verballhornten Namen wie Vorys Fecker oder Pret Xampras) antreten, sondern im Netzwerk oder per Null-Modem auch gegen menschliche Sportler. Wer aber möchte sich schon durch eine total verkorkste Menüführung quälen, nur um dann mit einer Grafik bestraft zu werden, die selbst mit 3D-Reschleuniger grottenhäßlich ist? Kaum Details, und die Zuschauer bestehen gar bloß aus zweidimensionalen Bitmaps! Dazu gesellen sich eine wenig exakte Steuerung und popelige Soundeffekte - ein glatter Doppelfehler.
Electric Playground (Oct 20, 1999)
There is nothing “Extreme” about this tennis game from HeadGames. Quite the opposite. It is a bargain title that plays like a glorified version of Pong: move to the spot, the player swings automatically, move to the next spot, the computer hits the ball by itself, move to the spot …
IGN (Jan 26, 1999)
Tal: I gotta quit man. This game bites. Trent: Yeah ... it really didn't turn out to be very EXTREME at all. Tal: Oh wow ... it even locks-up my system when I exit the game. Trent: 'EXTREME' must be another word for 'suckass' dude. Tal: I think we better get somebody to perform an extreme unction on this game. Trent: Word.
Extreme Tennis is exactly how not to make a game. The DOS engine is laughable, and the control is just horrible. The game is nearly unplayable, and EXTREME-ly frustrating. If you're looking for a tennis simulation, go pick up BlueByte's Game, Net & Match. Bottom Line: Avoid like the plague.