- There are a few licensed players for you to play with and on the whole they’ve done a good job with them which means playing as them can be fun at times.
- In terms of the content in the game there is a decent amount for you to be getting on with and the replayabilty is not too bad because of this.
- The presentation side of the game is actually pretty good and the game can provide you with some immersive tennis sometimes.
- Whilst the difficulty can be a problem at times I appreciate that they make each match feel different especially against the higher players.
- Sometimes the controls can be unresponsive and the player goes for shots you didn’t play for.
- The hit detection is a little off and this can frustrate you a great deal at times.
- I found the AI in the game to be a little unrealistic and they don’t always play the shots you would expect them to play which harms the immersion levels.
- Unfortunately the game lacks polish in several areas and it definitely needs work in the coming months.
All in all we haven’t had many tennis games in recent year’s so I must admit that I was excited to learn that we would be treated to two tennis game’s within a couple of weeks of each other. Unfortunately AO International Tennis failed to hit the mark in several areas so I was hoping that Tennis World Tour would do a bit better. It does do a bit better than AO International Tennis but this game is far from being a masterpiece and it does suffer with quite a few shortcomings, which ultimately hold the game back. It does however get a few things right and I especially found that to be the case with the licensed player’s that are available to you. Playing as them can be quite fun and they’ve done a good job of including each player’s quirks and mannerisms, which is great. Unfortunately though you can’t trully enjoy the players available to you because the controls don’t always remain responsive and sometimes you end up playing shots that you never went for which can be very frustrating. There is also a problem with the hit detection as well and sometimes my player just completely left the ball and this was infuriating to say the least. I can see some people being put off by the game’s difficulty because it can be a pain to finish off and win a game, especially against the top players. I however found the challenge to be pretty decent and when you finally win a tournament or beat a top player you do get a great sense of achievement. You will however have to put up with some unrealistic behaviour from the AI though along the way. The AI plays shots that don’t look real at times and this is not only frustrating but it also harms the immersion levels as well. In terms of content the game has a decent amount for you to get to grips with, but it does need some more. The content also needs more polish in certain areas as well because at times it does play a little rough. Thankfully though the presentation side of the game is not too bad. Visually the game can look decent at times and if more variety was placed into the courts it would be even better. The sound design whilst also good needs a little more variety as well because it can get a bit tedious hearing the same commentary over and over again. At the end of the day Tennis World Tour isn’t a complete failure and it does provide you with some enjoyable moments from time to time, but in the end it just has too many problems at this stage. I will say though that if you want a recommendation about which tennis game you should pick between this and AO International Tennis then I would recommend this, but they’re both a very long way from being perfect.
I rate Tennis World Tour 5.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Release Date (Xbox One): May 22, 2018