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  • Tennis is a weird sport. I’ve never met anyone who watches tennis with the expressed

  • purpose of watching tennis. It’s background noise, the screeching of shoes and the grunts

  • of people usually too attractive to grunt like that. You don’t have a horse in this

  • fight, but it’s a sport, so you watch it. Every once in a while, youll pick up on

  • a name, like Agassi or Nadal or the Williams sisters, and you can feel like you know something

  • about tennis. Oh, and there’s love involved. Somehow. You can’t even sell jerseys or

  • nothin’. Maybe shoes. That’s it.

  • Then, all of a sudden, they jam a bunch of Mario characters into a tennis game, and it’s

  • a big thing. ‘Course it is. It’s Mario! Mario Tennis! Who wouldn’t want to see a

  • giant dragon thing serving to an ape wearing a tie? But why does Nintendo get all the fun?

  • What about a sassy hedgehog versus a futuristic retro news reporter? (Don’t think on that

  • too much.) Or how about... several really creepy-looking monkeys? Or this guy? (I think

  • it’s a guy. Don’t hold me to that.)

  • Behold, Sega Superstars Tennis. When in doubt, pound together characters from Sonic the Hedgehog,

  • Space Channel 5, Super Monkey Ball, Samba de Amigo, Jet Set Radio, Nights into Dreams,

  • more Sonic the Hedgehog... heck, drag Alex Kidd and the dude from Golden Axe out of mothballs.

  • They need some air. Handem all tennis rackets. Letem go to town. Cart racers

  • and fighting games have been done, man. Tennis is the wave of the future. Your primary challenge

  • in this competition is to stay awake during a tennis match, which trust you me is no easy

  • task. Fortunately, there’s a Space Channel 5 stage which offers a big, brassy rendition

  • of that seriestheme, which just might do the trick.

  • From a functional standpoint, I can’t say this is among the better tennis games I’ve

  • played. Sure, the cast is interesting, but theyre animated poorly, the controls and

  • timing are almost inexplicable at times, and the vocal samples are repetitive and annoying.

  • (Not unlike real tennis.) Fortunately, the somnolent nature of the game itself is subverted

  • by the challenge of putting absurd and oftentimes physically dubious spin on the ball, unleashing

  • big, flashy power shots (which may confuse or mildly inconvenience your opponent), and

  • of course, giving the entire premise a miss and crafting strange, inexplicably tennis-based

  • mini-games like - and I can’t make this up - THE TENNIS. OF. THE DEAD.

  • This, to me, is one of the game’s prime selling points. Ulala, beating back a shambling

  • hoarde of monsters, with a tennis racket and gargoyles that fire... tennis balls. Just

  • sit back and drink that one in, folks. That’s crazy at its best. Even worse? CIVILIANS RUNNING

  • ACROSS THE COURT! Who do they think they are? Ball boys? THERE ARE ZOMBIES AND DANCERS AND

  • TENNIS HERE. GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN! Man. No getting through to these people. Anyway,

  • in addition to directly accessing the minigames and basic matches, there’s a mission-centric

  • Planet Superstars mode which takes you through various Sega-flavored competitions and challenges.

  • If youre really looking for a tennis game that doesn’t have any Mario characters on

  • it... this is one ofem. And it can be yours on PS2 or 3, 360, Wii, or DS! Get your

  • tennis-and-gogo-dancing fix wherever you go. What’s love got to do with it?

Tennis is a weird sport. I’ve never met anyone who watches tennis with the expressed

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CGRundertow SEGA SUPERSTARS TENNIS for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

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    尤弘志 posted on 2013/09/02
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