Grand Slam Tennis 2 rounds the bases February 14

EA Sports' racket sim sequel dated; Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova to share cover space with John McEnroe.

Electronic Arts is serving up love-love for Valentine's Day. The publisher today detailed release plans for its upcoming Grand Slam Tennis 2, saying the game would hit store shelves in North America on February 14, preceded by international launches on February 10. (A Japanese launch is expected later in 2012.)

GameSpot regrets both the headline and the lead of this article. You deserve better.

Beyond the release dates, EA detailed region-specific cover athletes for the game. Most countries will see John McEnroe, Novak Djokovic, and Maria Sharapova adorning the box front, but gamers in France, Spain, and Germany will be getting different covers tailored to their tastes. Rafael Nadal will replace McEnroe on the Spanish and French box art, with the latter design also ditching Sharapova in favor of Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Germany's cover will keep Sharapova, but the Russian star will be accompanied on that box art by Teutonic tennis legend Boris Becker and Roger Federer.

As the name suggests, Grand Slam Tennis 2 will feature all four of the sport's biggest championships: the French Open, the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon, which will be exclusive to EA Sports' game. Grand Slam Tennis 2 will also feature more than 20 past and present pros, including the cover athletes, Bjorn Borg, and Serena and Venus Williams.

While this will be the first appearance for the series on the Microsoft and Sony systems, its debut is long overdue. In 2009, EA Sports announced that the original Grand Slam Tennis would be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a few months after it surfaced on the Wii (where it accompanied the Wii MotionPlus launch alongside Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10). However, the Wii version of the game underperformed, and the high-definition versions were delayed and eventually canceled.

For more on the original Grand Slam Tennis for the Wii, check out GameSpot's review.

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14 comments
valdarez
valdarez

Demo landed early. They have video on YouTube and posted to operationsports.com. Game looks bad, and not very sim. Bad movement/momentum with a lot of sliding (or ice skating if you're familiar with EASports other titles). There are notable missing animations as well with odd transitions. Gameplay appears to lean towards the arcade side, but they did add commentary which is nice addition and something we haven't seen in a single TopSpin game to date despite gamers requests.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'm beginning to think Dane Cook was hired to write all the awful "joke headlines". :roll: Wake me when you learn what reporting NEWS is. If I want comedy, I'll go watch a George Carlin tape.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Polybren & robfield Would someone mind filling us in then?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm no sports expert, but even I can tell the title of this article makes zero sense. How about something cliche like "Grand Slam Tennis 2 served up February 14." Maybe it's an internal joke. Maybe the authors of this article know next to nothing about sports.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Rounds the bases?" What the hell are you smoking, Gamespot?

Polybren
Polybren

@robfield THANK YOU. I was starting to worry it was lost on the audience.

robfield
robfield

The first comments have already been worth writing that headline. Some will get it, some won't, but I think it's awesome.

redzed24
redzed24

The NHL game has thousands of players... the MLB games have thousands of players.. NBA games have hundreds of players and NFL games have thousands of players.. so why can a tennis game only have 20 players? its time they take these sports seroiusly... I know those other sports have unions that license the entire PA... but come on.. 20 players? I'm sure it wouldn't cost much or anything to get some of the tennis players into a game.. I'd be psyched to be in a game..

DarthJohnova
DarthJohnova

@roboccs Indeed, how the **** do you 'round bases'? o.O

roboccs
roboccs

How can you tell that most gamers are out of touch with sports?? Read the headline of this article... Really?

kuda001
kuda001

Brendan I think you're confusing baseball and tennis. Looking foward to the game though.

hahamanin
hahamanin

oo awesome i hope its better than top spin 4..