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A review of Virtua Tennis 4 for the PS3

Released in Europe in late April 2011, Virtua Tennis 4 is the latest instalment of the hugely popular arcade series Virtua Tennis, available on the PS3, the XBox 360, Wii and PC.

The graphics of the new version have been dramatically improved, with massive and deep attention to detail given to every element of the game, from the folds of the players' clothes to the movements of the crowd.

Add to this the game's incredibly authentic sounding audio - the sound of players' feet squeaking on the surface of an indoor court, for example - and you have a pretty realistic and inviting game experience.

The controls system which has made the game accessible to gamers of all levels over the years hasn't changed a bit: it's still easy to get to grips with, and it won't be long before you can beat the game at a pretty high level.

For some more hardcore gamers seeking a serious, this can be something of a disappointment, but for most people, the enjoyment of the game experience - the realism of the presentation and the depth of the game's narrative (leading you through tournaments and training to reach the peak level) - is more than enough to keep players coming back for more and more again and again.

Indeed, the World Tour element, with its repeated seasons with competitions held on different continents around the world, and the variation of playing against new opponents on different surfaces, with different challenges and techniques, gives the game a genuine re-playability factor.

With all this in mind, it's fair to say that while Virtua Tennis 4 is not an innovative game in terms of concept or design, it is a worthwhile progression of a much loved series and a massively enjoyable game.

8/10.

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