When it comes to sports titles there’s a tightrope to be walked between making the experience accessible and making it deep, with play ranging from pick-up-and-play arcade simplicity all the way up to a more complex and almost simulation-like feel. Whereas tennis has typically, especially on Nintendo consoles, erred on the side of super-accessible appeal to all ages and skill levels, World Tour Tennis 2 has its sights set very much on the other end of the spectrum. Now, to help complement that more serious take a lot of care has obviously been put into getting the televised match quality of presentation feel to everything, down to the camera angles, cuts to judges, or slow motion replays when appropriate. However, more casual sports fans looking to dive right in will find there’s a bit of a learning curve that represents a tough initial set of speed bumps to get over before you’ll feel competent on the court. Timing your stroke and then directing the ball are absolutely critical to success but aside from some brief tutorial training and simple repetition of getting it wrong a whole lot new players may feel a bit hung out to dry while they struggle. That struggle makes the inclusion of so many extraneous elements like cards you can use to boost your play in specific areas through careful deck management a bit baffling, as honestly the cards seem to add very little and that time could perhaps have been better spent on helping people come to terms with how to play effectively. If you’re looking for something to dive into with some passion and patience the journey to a tennis championship should be a rewarding one. If, however, you were just looking for a quick game of tennis to enjoy without a fair amount of investment you’ll likely find it a bit aggravating and picky instead.
Justin Nation, Score: