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Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament is a fully licensed title that features eight top-ranked tennis professionals. You can take the court as Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, or Anna Kournikova. There are also four original players. You can compete in four tournaments, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. Other features include realistic motion-captured animation, accurately modeled and textured players, and authentic sounds. Five game modes include arcade, pro tournament, challenge mode for beginners, exhibition mode, and time attack mode. The game supports up to four players, with a multitap for doubles competition. There is also a bonus Trophy Room where you can win prizes based on your winnings.
Having already proven themselves in the PS One tennis-game arena, Namco's developers have transferred their skills to their new PS2 release, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament. And while they've dispensed with the cartoonish look of their earlier efforts, they have retained the crucial playability and fun factors.
The PS2 gives the developers more scope, and they've clearly taken advantage of it. The graphics, front end, and audio are all a bit smarter, while the choice of players and tournaments has been broadened. Indeed, the expanded single-player game--complete with bonus challenges, such as point targets for a certain match--is a real delight to play. Naturally, in multiplayer, things get even more fun, and it's well worth buying a Multitap to enjoy the game to maximum effect with four players.
The one thing that slightly holds the game back is the quality of the competition. The game lacks some of the pace and energy of Sega's excellent Virtua Tennis 2, so while Smash Court Tennis is more than enough fun, it's not quite the number one seed.
Yet, replete with official tournaments and players, Smash Court Tennis is an easy game to get into, and one that offers a significant challenge. Its predominantly arcade-style approach ensures that it can be enjoyed by fans of the sport and more casual players alike. And it's worth buying simply because it's one of the most compelling multiplayer games to date for the PS2. --Simon Brew -- Amazon.co.uk