Grand Slam Tennis first debuted on the Nintendo Wii. With it's overlay of cartoony visuals, it surly wasn't a game to take too seriously. With Grand Slam Tennis now making it's way to next gen consoles, EA have decided to go for a more realistic approach. Not only is it a more mature approach to the genre, it's also the most authentic, visually stunning and deep tennis experience you'll play. It's certainly one of the best games in the EA Sports genre yet, and it's going to take some serious beating.
With a nice selection of tennis games around, choosing the right one will depend on your gaming style, whether it's for realism, or a more arcade touch. But if you're after something that holds both, the realism of Top Spin, and the arcady feel of Virtua Tennis, Grand Slam Tennis 2 would be your correct choice.
The presentation in GST2 is hard to knock. It's authentic from the ground up.
All the licensed players are easily recognisable, and their performances are very close to real life. Each of the stadiums are also authentic, and the visuals are incredibly sharp and smooth. The sound is also at top notch, from the screeching of the trainers across the court, to the background commentary. It's very close to watching it on TV, and you wonder how much better it could really get.
The games most impressive addition is it's new control system, know as thumbstick Total Racket Control. The controls are designed to give you full control over your character, and it works surprisingly well. Simply using the right analog stick, you can control different shots, depending on what angle you have the thumbstick. You can also control how much power you want in your shots by pushing harder or lighter on the thumbstick. Mastering all the shots can take a while, but once you do you'll find it very satisfying and immersive.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 is very deep, offering a Grand Slam Tournament mode, Career mode, multiplayer component and more. Most of my time was spent playing the career mode. This gives you the chance to create your own tennis superstar. You can create a male or female character, select their appearance, choose their clothing, serving style and more. It's not a very deep portion of the game, but it's satisfying enough, and gets you on your way. The career spans across ten years, giving you the chance to travel the world and reach the tournament.
It's nice to see Grand Slam Tennis making a realistic approach to the next gen consoles. It's slick presentation, new thumbstick controls and deep career makes GST2 the best Tennis Sim yet.
Review by Gareth Smith