As someone who used to love Anna Kournikovas Smash Court Tennis, Virtua Tennis and Top Spin, I couldn’t wait to jump into a next gen tennis game. Tennis World Tour 2: Complete Edition repackages the previous gen version with improved visuals (ray tracing and 4K60FPS) and all the DLC. Pros such as Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova all feature as well as a bunch of other top names in the world of Tennis.
The game plays very similarly to the Top Spin titles, with a timing system controlling gameplay; hit the ball too early or too late and you notice a big change in the accuracy of the shot. Shot selection features the standard top spin/lob, slice and drop shots but also the ability to play precision or power shots based on how long you press/hold the chosen shot button. In game mechanics do a good job or accurately portraying a proper tennis rally with the ability to make your opponent navigate the baseline or making them charge the net to defend a beautifully sliced backhand drop shot.
One criticism I have is that the learning curve is all over the place. I started off on normal only to find myself on the end of numerous 40-0 games and hardly able to cover a return. Drop this down to easy and you find that the opponent seems to have forgotten how to play the game altogether!
Further additions such as new stadiums and tournaments like the ATP Cup and well as the existing competitions give a nice layer of depth to the game. The World Tour games feature a “card” system that gives the player temporary boosts to certain stats such as added stamina, more backhand power or added accuracy etc. Personally, I didn’t really see much difference in my player when I used the cards but that might just be my uneducated eye!
One massive improvement from the previous gen version is the loading times. This helps with the immersion and makes working your way through the career mode much more enjoyable.
Tennis World Tour 2: Complete Edition is a great next gen version of the original with crisper visuals, vastly superior load times and more things for the player to do. The MOCAP work could be a little better and perhaps some work is needed on the card system (or just scrap it altogether). Tennis World Tour 2 is one of the better tennis games I have played in a while, but it still needs a little work to take Top Spin’s crown.Become a Patron!
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.