#35 Enviado: 16:57 01/04/2009
Virtua Tennis 2009 First Look Factoids
Australia, March 31, 2009 - We popped by SEGA Australia's offices a couple of days ago for a quick – and we do mean quick – look at Virtua Tennis 2009. Expect a full rundown on the game soon, but for those of you craving a quick info-hit, this should tide you over for the moment:
* VT Factoid #1: It's once again being developed by Sumo, the UK-based studio behind the last Virtua Tennis, as well as the Outrun reboot. As you may have gathered from its previous games, this team likes mini-games with oversized fruit and comical alligators… a propensity which hasn't changed in Virtua Tennis 2009.
* VT Factoid #2: 23 of the world's top players are included in the game. Many return from the last game, but there are eight newcomers and three legends. For the former we're talking about Djokovic, Murray and Ivanovic. For the latter, Boris "Boom Boom" Becker, Tim "Does he really qualify as a legend yet?" Henman and Stefan "Hot-stuff coming through" Edberg are all in the game.
* VT Factoid #3: Lleyton Hewitt is not in the game. We can't see how this could be interpreted as a bad thing. Players that do return include Nadal, Federer and Sharapova, and as you'd expect, they have their signature stroke styles. Nadal's groundstrokes are immediately recognisable, for instance, as is Murray's jumping backhand and Roddick's serve.
* VT Factoid #4: The game has 40 courts to choose from, including vaguely exotic locations such as Dubai, where the court is high up, surrounded by skyscrapers, with a huge arching metal structure reaching over the court, and Shanghai, where play takes place on some variety of rectangular pitch, with lines marking out the borders. Innovative!
* VT Factoid #5: Virtua Tennis 2009 introduces an additional camera perspective on top of the normal and baseline views. This over-the-shoulder perspective is far more dynamic, sitting lower and moving about subtly as players move about the court.
* VT Factoid #6: If you're a fan of the series you're going to be able to jump right into this game, but there are a number of important changes to the gameplay. Importantly, positioning comes into play even more than in previous games, allowing you to generate power and angle. Fail to get in position, however, and your player will no longer theatrically dive – that's been taken out, replaced by a stumble, which leaves you on your feet and with less recovery required to stay in the point. Serving has also been made more sensitive – and thus requiring more skill.
* VT Factoid #7: World Tour mode has apparently been given an overhaul, but we weren't really shown this. From what we've been told, however, there's a new player creator, with much improved fidelity, allowing you to create everyone from Hitler to Fidel Castro. Fidel-ity indeed! You'll also be trained for your journey from amateur to card carrying professional by two of the aforementioned legends, and they'll set targets to meet and challenges to achieve. The World Tour can now be taken online, and is fully integrated with your single player World Tour.
* VT Factoid #8: Playing the mini-games are the only way to raise your stats. That's right, once again, the actual process of playing has no bearing on your skills. We're disappointed, but hopefully the mini-games will be more engaging in VT 2009. There are now twelve of them, six of which are completely new. We saw a couple, and they deserve their own bullet points…
Sadly, we couldn't get any shots of alligators or meat or zoo keepers. Sorry.
* VT Factoid #9: One of the mini-games is called – in all seriousness - Meat Defender. There's a big Golden Axe-style rack of meat on the court – the opposite end of which is, for some reason, some kind of swamp, pond or bayou. Alligators waddle out from amongst the reeds and you hit them with tennis balls to stop them getting to the meat.
* VT Factoid #10: Another mini-game goes by the name Zoo Keeper. On either side of the court is a zoo keeper and they throw out fruit to you. There are several animals at the opposite end of the court, each of which wants a different type of fruit. You must hit the right piece of fruit to the right animal. Okaaaay.
* VT Factoid #11: We may not be in love with the mini-games, but there's no doubt the gameplay looks as fantastic as you'd expect from such a venerable series. The visuals have also been given a nice tweak, with great player models, first rate animations, sophisticated lighting and shadows, and fully 3D crowds.
Traducción rápida de cada punto:
1- Lo desarrolla SUMO, como el anterior. Mas minijuegos.
2- 23 jugadores, Edberg, Becker y Henman (?) son los leyendas.
3- Hewitt no está. Fácilmente reconocibles los movimientos de los jugadores (golpes de fondo de Nadal, saque de Roddick, revés en suspensión de Murray).
4- 40 pistas, algunas sorprendentes, como una que no tendrá medidas oficiales y los bordes marcará las lineas.
5- Nueva cámara encima del hombro del jugador.
6- Sin problemas para dominarlo para los seguidores de la saga, pero novedades importantes. Importará mucho la colocación, servicio con mas posibilidades.
7- Cambio total del modo World Tour, gran creador de tenistas, se podrá jugar online (no se sabe como).
8- 6 nuevos minijuegos que no innovan, será la única forma de subir el nivel de tu personaje.
9- Tonterías sobre los minijuegos (1)
10- Tonterías sobre los minijuegos (2)
11- Gran salto gráfico.
Luego actualizaré el post oficial, lo de Henman como leyenda es de broma (por cierto, la noticia es de ayer, no del April fool's day), los minijuegos me la sudan, a ver si se detallan mas cosas sobre la jugabilidad, porque esperanzas de que se hable del modo online ni siquiera en la review, total, eso parece que no importa, bendito el día en el que la prensa en general se empiece a tomar en serio eso en los juegos deportivos, veremos una página entera sobre los chorrijuegos de golpear cocodrilos y con suerte 2 lineas sobre el juego en red.