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fortytwoeyes | July 8, 2013 | Review of Virtua Tennis 4

Got bored within about two hours, and the main reason is the frankly bizarre career mode. It's set up like a board game, where you have a certain number of moves that you have to take. The result of that is that early on you never get to play in any of the tournaments you could enter, because you can't construct your schedule in a way to fulfill the requirements. In my opinion, the career mode in a tennis game should first and foremost allow me to play tennis, and that doesn't happen here. Also, when you finally get to play, the matches are massively shortened, usually only over two games. Presumably to make it easier for casual players who don't want to spend a lot of time, but it has the unintended consequence of making it much harder to win - if you make a mistake you hardly get a chance to make up for it because the matches are so quickly over.

The actual gameplay is fine, which accounts for the 50% I'm giving the game, but I didn't buy this game just to play exhibition matches. I wanted a career mode that actually motivates me to keep playing, and this doesn't fulfill its promise.