Virtua Tennis 4 Looks Stunning On PlayStation Vita, Touch Controls Need Work
Tapping the screen to hit the ball not as good as the old reliable face buttons.
If you need a showpiece for Sony's PlayStation Vita, look no further than Virtua Tennis 4.
Sega revealed a port of its critically acclaimed console sports title on track for Vita's launch. Even better, the game looks stunning, with 22 of the world's greatest tennis stars (Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic) expertly recreated to resemble the real deal. The developers also deserve high marks for the courts, which feature a high level of detail that pulls you into the experience.
Of course, the biggest star is the addictive play that has made the franchise irresistible, and we're happy to report that Virtua Tennis 4 is one heck of a game. We had a blast firing 100 mile per hour serves at our opponents and then rushing the net to deliver a winning shot.
That said, we don't think highly of the touch controls. It's clear that Sony wants developers to feature the Vita's front and rear touch pads, but in the case of Virtua Tennis 4, this hinders the action instead of enhancing it.
It all boils down to pressing different areas of the screen to make your character move to that location and then tapping again to hit the ball. It's a novel idea that at this stage doesn't feel nearly as intuitive as using the face buttons. We quickly went from being down 0-40 with the touch control scheme to winning the game with the buttons.
On the positive side, Sega still has several months to make everything work, so we'll remain optimistic that Virtua Tennis 4 on Vita turns out to be a fun launch game.