Pros The game is difficult and a tad frustrating at the start - however if you are like me and want to master the game, it becomes very reqarding.
The game plays very well and you can eventually start controlling your game even on hard mode.
Cons I agree with the Editor in that it could do with more training around precise controlling, however figuring it out for myself turned out to feel more rewarding especially when I read the Editors review.
Summary EA sports have done a great job - the game simply is not for kids which I love. There needs to be more games like this.
It would have been great to be able to add 'line ball challenges' to create more excitement.
I hope EA sports can follow through this control through to other sports games on Wii.
People who say the controls are too difficult are used to simple games that take most of your control away. If you were about to give up using Wii, try this as it has now given me the life to keep my Wii and not sell it.
Pros A fun way to get some exercise, get my tennis "fix" everyday, lost 30lbs already without trying
Cons would like more matches - maybe the option of starting as a qualifier if you want
Summary I bought this game for a total of $9 after turning in old games that I don't play anymore. I can't get to the courts as much as I want to, so this is a great substitute to get my tennis fix. Even though the grips are not really close to the real thing, it keeps me active as I make sure I use shoulder turn and serve motions while playing. I don't know why the Editor had such a problem with the learning curve. It only took me five days about an hour a day to win the final on one of the slams. I want to collect all the legends abilities, the swag, and beat all the slams and then move to a more difficult setting. I have to say that the replay value of this game is big - which makes a nice change. I also like the fact that you have a choice between using the nunchuck or not - I choose not for better realism.
Pros A definite improvement over Wii Sports tennis. Character design also better.
Cons Erratic control behavior makes game play frustrating.
Summary I like that you get a lot for your money - there are a ton of different games you can play. I also like that the character design eschews the blocky Wii Mii style for something that better resembles a human in appearance and movement.
The controls still need a bit of tweaking though. I like that you can aim the ball and put some spin on it, but there are some glitches that just drive me nuts. Continually, I will swing at a backhand shot but my character will do some akward forehand shot that lands like a dead bird on the other side of the net. Also, when the ball is coming at you and you move the remote in a certain way, it will make your character take a swing when you didn't want to - almost always causing you to lose the point. Character movement is really sluggish. I find there is usually a good half a second gap from between when I press a left or right arrow and when my character starts to move in that direction.
I think that I'll figure out how to work around these issues in time, but it's a shame that they couldn't get it right the first time around since there is a lot of playability in this game.
Pros The new Wii Motion Plus adds a degree of responsiveness to movement that I've not found in previous games. With a little practice court time learning basic shots and movements, I was up and playing (using the nunchuck right away) in almost no time.
Cons Would be nice if you could save a game mid-way as you can with other games. Character customizations are somewhat limited. Serve speed is slow, at least initially, though you can earn skills by winning some challenge matches.
Summary I can see this becoming one of my favorite games, thanks to the realism of play and sensitivity of the game to movements (with a combination of the Wii Motion Plus and using the nunchuck to control player movement). I had a very disappointing experience with another tennis game, so this was a real breath of fresh air - I practiced a bit on the Practice Court and then was up and playing full-blown matches without even starting withtout the nunchuck. Would advise setting your difficulty to easy initially, or you could become frustrated by getting beat constantly. With easy settings I'm probably up to about a 50-50 win/loss record, which is enough positive reinforcement without seeming too easy.
I've had several On Line matches already, which all flowed very smoothly with no delays or image problems. It's a game that will keep you coming back to improve your performance and move through the competitive levels. Don't hesitate to buy this game, it's worth the investment - just be sure to give it the full treatment by buying a Wii Motion Plus and using the nunchuck.
"No Control"on by wuzzy40
Pros Great characters, nice style
Cons too hard to control... not like tennis