Virtua Tennis 4
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: 1
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The main bulk of the game is identical to the PS3 version so go take a peek our review to check out the World Tour and other modes.

In this review we’ll concentrate on the Vita features of the game.

You can play using the front touch screen or rear touch panel (turned off by default). Basically you tap where you want your player to run then tap and hold where you want to hit the ball. For me it wasn’t very functional and offers nothing over traditional button play.

The game also features 4 mini games tailored to the Vita’s features. Found under the ‘VT Apps’ section of the main menu you’ll find ‘VR Match’, ‘Touch Vs.’ ‘VT Cam’ and ‘Rock the Boat’. VR Match interestingly lets you play exhibition matches in first person view; all controls stay the same except you can change your viewpoint by moving the Vita. Touch.

Vs. lets you play a 2-player match using touch controls and is fun for a game or two. VT Cam is strange. It puts the player model of your chosen tennis star into the real world using the rear camera so you can ‘take a photo with a player’. Finally ‘Rock the Boat’ lets you tilt a boat covered in targets while you smash balls at it trying to break them.

Visually the game looks great and is well suited to the gorgeous screen of the Vita. Menus look really sharp and the tennis action looks like you’re playing on your home console.

Overall the PS Vita-specific controls on offer don’t really add much to the mix, but that’s not really what it’s all about. Virtua Tennis 4 Vita brings a full home console game looks n’ all to a portable platform and that’s just great!

Best Bits

- Looks almost as good as its console brother,
- Well suited to the Vita screen.
Worst Bits

- Vita controls don’t bring anything to the court.

by: SteMacD

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