Virtua Tennis 4 Grand Slam
A Grand-Slam Ace or just a ‘Foul Ball’?
©2011 Kent Sobey
Believe it or not, Virtua Tennis 4 is not actually the fourth Virtua Tennis game. It is actually the fifth and follows the last one which was released in 2009.
The world tour takes place on a map of the world – who would have though? Much like a board game, you get random travel cards. Each ‘travel card‘ takes you a certain distance between 1 and 4 spaces. You can carry up to 3 travel cards at a time and you have an extra 2 slots available for cards that you buy at the ‘Management Office’.
You can also get ‘Energy Recovery Cards’ or a card that switches up all your other cards and give you another three randomly selected ones. But be careful when you use them though, because they use up a complete day of your time period and you only have a limited number of days to get to the Final for each of the four continents you play in.
Throughout the World Tour you will also come across the mini-games which serve as a way for you to practice and upgrade your World Tour Player. The more you play, the better he or she gets, so it’s worth your while stopping at them whenever you have a chance. We will take a closer look at the mini-games separately a little later on.
You also get to play ‘Special Matches’, ‘Fancy Dress Matches’ and of course ‘Practice Matches’ on the World Tour between big tournaments. The Special Matches put you up against one of the well known stars in the tennis world and the Fancy Dress Matches have everyone dressed like a fool in order to raise money. Strangely, it raises money for yourself which is a little odd.
The money you have can be spent on new super-shots which you build up during play, or new outfits. There are literally thousands of outfits that you could put on and including the fancy dress ones, some of which are very weird indeed. You can even play with a baguette or a big fish instead of a tennis racquet if you want, now that is weird.
You collect stars for winning matches and doing press and charity events. The more stars you have in your possession, the higher your rating. It may not seem very important at first to get the stars, but once you get to the end of the World Tour, you will find it is really quite important.
You need at least 750 stars after the four legs of the World Tour to unlock the last leg where you will compete in another two tournaments. One is the SPT final where you will be matched up against all the world-greats, including Jim Courier and the other is against the Virtua Tennis boss if you will, King. He is always the last person you play in any VT game.