Review – Tennis World Tour 2

Remember earlier on this year, when I reviewed AO Tennis 2 and said that this game was the best tennis game of the entire generation? Well, it isn’t anymore. Coming from the same developer and publisher duo, Tennis World Tour 2 is now the best tennis game of the generation; a massive improvement over the embarrassment that was its predecessor. Why would a developer release two competing tennis games in the same year is beyond my comprehension, but as a tennis fan who was complaining about the lack of decent games in the genre, I’ll stop questioning and just rejoice. Let’s take a closer look.

Tennis World Tour 2

No, YOU’RE perfect!

The original Tennis World Tour was a mess with poor visuals and gameplay that felt like the game was playing itself, not unlike the original AO Tennis. I’m glad to say that this isn’t the case in Tennis World Tour 2. The gameplay feels smooth and precise. It has a small bar that can be filled up by holding down one of the stroke buttons, impacting your accuracy and strength. I felt like I was managing to place my shots wherever I wanted them to go. I could also easily use my favorite real-life tennis strategies, such as slicing the ball in order to get closer to the net and volley the next ball to the opposite side of the court.

There is just one thing that I definitely did not like about Tennis World Tour 2‘s gameplay: serving. The act of serving the ball isn’t clunky per se. All you need to do is press any of the face buttons whenever the cursor goes through a small green circle. However, I never managed to fully control my serve in order for it to go wherever I wanted. As a result, I’d often prefer games in which I was receiving the ball instead. I was scoring break points like nobody’s business, yet wasn’t feeling very comfortable serving.

Tennis World Tour 2

Yes, we all have a serve ritual in real life. And Tennis World Tour 2 just happens to include the same one I used to do back in my teen years.

Tennis World Tour 2 features a weird and slightly forgettable card system. It lets you increase your player’s stats for a brief period of time, be it a game or a set, with consumable cards obtained inside booster packs. When I first saw the inclusion of those random packs, as well as the inclusion of in-game currency, I shuddered. I thought this was going to become yet another “2K-fied” sports game with loot boxes and microtransactions. I thought it was going to face the same fate as NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. I sighed in relief when the game explained that you could only get currency by playing it, winning matches and completing objectives, however. Those cards add an extra layer of strategy to the game, but honestly, I wouldn’t have minded them not existing at all.

Tennis World Tour 2

Federer might be the greatest of all time, but Kuerten will forever be my favorite.

What impressed me the most about Tennis World Tour 2 however, is how meaty it is in terms of content. The original game was released with very little content and unpolished beyond belief, as the developers and publisher were aiming for the game to be ready by the time of the 2018 French Open. This is not the case in here. They took their time with this one. Tennis World Tour 2 features more modes, a character creator (which isn’t as deep as the one from AO Tennis 2, but still acceptable), and a TON of licensed players. Those range from your standard Nadal and Federer, to some classic players like Marat Safin and Brazilian legend Gustavo Kuerten.

Tennis World Tour 2

Serving isn’t as intuitive as I would have wanted.

I’m pleased with how robust Tennis World Tour 2 is. It looks decent, its framerate is great, its controls have been completely revamped, and it’s chock-full of content. I may not have cared that much for its card system, nor have I enjoyed what they have done to its serve mechanics, but as a whole, this is a fantastic improvement over its predecessor. Right now, this is easily the best option if you want a tennis game on your current-gen console. I know I’ve said the same thing a few months ago with AO Tennis 2, and I’m sure the next tennis game will shut me up once again. However, this is currently the best we’ve got and I’m very happy about that.

 

Graphics: 7.0

Some players look realistic, others don’t. Your created character will always look like an alien, no matter how much effort you put into creating your lookalike. The framerate is excellent and the courts all look like their real counterparts.

Gameplay: 7.5

It’s responsive and intuitive, a vast improvement over the original Tennis World Tour. I’m not exactly a fan of the serve mechanics, however.

Sound: 7.5

It’s a tennis game, so it needs to be pretty quiet during gameplay sections, with just some occasional grunts and scores being announced in different languages. The in-menu soundtrack is adequate, although not that impressive.

Fun Factor: 7.5

It has an interesting career mode, a decent character creator, and way more licensed tennis players than any other game out there. Tennis World Tour 2 offers the meatiest package while also featuring vastly improved controls over its predecessor.

Final Verdict: 7.5

Tennis World Tour 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.

Reviewed on Xbox One.

A copy of Tennis World Tour 2 was provided by the publisher.