The demo actually plays really nicely. The controls feel just right. I guess the poor career mode and lack of famous pros let's this down.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 Review
Good visuals and accessible controls can't mask Grand Slam Tennis 2's weak career mode.
- Only tennis game with all four Grand Slam venues
- Various control options that are all easy to grasp
- Great roster of classic players.
- Weak career mode
- Only a few court locations
- Female roster lacks top stars.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 comes to the sports gaming sphere when fans of the sport already have two other options: Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4. To stand out from its competition, it's coming onto the court as the only game with all four Grand Slam venues and a deep roster of legendary players, featuring names that people from all walks of life should recognize. While these two elements are good, a weak career mode and a lack of additional courts cause Grand Slam Tennis 2 to land in the middle of the tennis gaming landscape.
For starters, Grand Slam Tennis 2 is extremely user-friendly thanks in part to two different control options. EA Sports games have never been afraid of letting you use the right analog stick to control things. Here, it's used for swing mechanics. Flicking the stick in a different direction will result in a different kind of shot. The stick is used for all aspects on the court, including serving, and it works well in all regards. But for those who want simple button presses to dictate shots, that option is also available and can be grasped in no time.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 also takes a different approach to serving. While other tennis games have you pay attention to the height of the ball or a meter to maximize speed, here you have a bell curve that determines power. Before initiating the serve, holding the serve of choice for a period of time dictates how much power you want. Based on your serving skill, a sweet-spot marker appears on the court. Once it's set, a bar moves and your goal is to stop the moving line at the peak of the bell curve to get the strongest shot possible. It isn't necessary to hit that sweet spot to have a successful shot, but the closer the line is to the peak, the more likely it is that the serve will result in an ace.
One of the highlights of Top Spin 4 is its fantastic and deep career mode, which includes a plethora of tournaments and game types to take part in, not to mention that your created character earns experience regardless of the mode being played. Grand Slam Tennis 2's career mode entices you by giving you the opportunity to play at all four Grand Slam venues. While other tennis games have included three of the four, Grand Slam Tennis 2 is the only one that also includes the famed All England Club in Wimbledon.
While the inclusion of all four Grand Slams is nice, it's the only real highlight of the mode. Each year spent in the 10-year career is broken up into quarters for each Grand Slam. Before each one, you have the option to take part in up to two different activities, such as entering minor tournaments. Alternatively, you can try to complete training exercises while famed tennis player John McEnroe yells at you, or take part in exhibition matches that unlock additional gear and attributes.
There are a few problems with the career mode. The first is that it's limited. On top of the fact that there are only a few match types, there are only four major and four minor events available. This means that once the year is done, you may have seen everything the mode has to offer. The other problem is the way the difficulty increases. Rather than restricting what you can do based on your player's rating or career ranking, the game's difficulty increases as you progress from year to year. The first year you play on the game's easiest difficulty, rookie; year two moves you up to amateur; year three takes you to professional; and then years four until the end are played at the superstar level.
@finalcross Looks like someone is a little testy. Let people make their opinions and just deal with it. Can't please everyone so just move on. My Son loves the Demo and wants to play this big time. I wouldn't spend full price for this anyways so until it becomes a bargain bin game the demo he will continue to play.
@finalcross - Yeah because Gamespot has never put a review up before a games release! And I wasnt having a go at anyone, no need to take it so personal and start name calling. I was just expressing how much I value Gamespots opinion and I reference it a lot before I purchase games. But if you wish to take offence to my post instead of taking it as a complement so be it, I wont loose any sleep over it.
After seeing the demo footage that was leaked early, I'm surprised the game even garnered a 6.5 rating.
I'm excited for this game and really look forward to playing against people online especially at Wimbledon. Gonna have to pick up some strawberries and cream Tuesday.
@Poidad - the game launches in Europe on Friday and in North America on Tuesday...what you're asking for is childish.
Roster size is a little overrated on the men's side. I mean.. What modern players do people care about other than Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Hewitt? Nadal and Djokovic are going to meet in every Grand Slam final this year, so they're the only ones who really need to be in the game, lol.
Now you tell me! Just bought this game yesterday and looked forward to it after playing the demo, but like the review said it is pretty shallow. Still would've been nice to have the review up before the game was released.
@ZOD777 - I make mention of that in the video review but a few more classic players (eg. Graf, Seles, Hingis) could have helped too.
If the female tennis players were more consistent at the top like the men's side, maybe it would have been easier to include the right ones.