Sega and 2K games have always dominated the sports genre when it came to tennis. The original Grand Slam Tennis (GST) was released only on the Wii, but now the series is getting the full HD treatment on the PS3. GST 2 comes to the court with an intuitive control scheme, the ability to play as past tennis legends, and today's top stars.
GST2 features two control schemes for players to choose from. You can either choose the standard scheme using the square, triangle and circle button or you can play using the right analog stick. You can change the type of shot (i.e. flat shot, top spin and slice) your player plays based on which direction you move the right analog stick. The right analog stick control scheme works great, but it takes some practice. Prior to jumping into the game you're best served trying out the game's tutorial mode where you practice different shot types and try to hit targets in order to upgrade your characters skills and unlock merchandise. John McEnroe also provides some constructive feedback as to how well you are doing in the training academy.
GST2's main draw is the career mode, which spans ten seasons. At the beginning of the career mode you create your tennis player, which you can then upload online for others to download. The set of options for creating your player is quite robust as you can even choose what type of player you want to create. So, if you want to create a player with a hard service like Andy Roddick or a power game like Rafael Nadal, the game gives you that option. And in addition to that, you can also model your player after past legends as well. Past this point, you can then customize your characters appearance in terms of what brands of clothing you would like them to sport.
Aside from the career mode is the Classics Mode, which throw you into real life and fictional situations over the past 30 years of the sport. It's a nice touch and will be appreciated by those who love the history of the sport.
GST2 is a solid effort, but falls short in several areas. The career mode, opponent AI and presentation still need to be fine tuned. If EA can sort out these issues then there's no doubt GST3 could be the new Grand Slam Champion of tennis.
- Siddharth Masand
- Great control scheme
- You can play as classic tennis legends
- Great variety of options for creating a player
- Commentating can get a little repetitive
- Career mode feels unbalanced
Score: 7.0 / 10