Originally Posted by jhoff80
So, does anyone have more impressions on which tennis game is better?
I played both games all day yesterday and here are some further observations:
I played online and it was fun and easy to compete against other players. Lots of players with not much of a wait time--even at two in the morning. Sometimes I was paired up in matches with people who were ranked much higher than me and they mercilessly beat me. (I wish there was a way to play against people close to my rank. Maybe there is, but I haven't found it yet. I created my own character so he is a true amateur with little to no abilities. I'm not sure if the people I was playing against were using the stock pros in the game which have high levels of abilities. This could explain my many defeats. Then again, maybe I need more practice.)
For the most part, the superior players were just quicker getting to the ball than me. The game plays at a much slower pace than Virtua Tennis and sometimes it is frustrating when your player cannot get to the ball in time to return the shot. (I played with and without the nunchuck.) Sometimes I experienced online lag and sometimes I aced shots where the other player could clearly return the ball, but didn't.
I enjoy Grand Slam because I can make full hard swings. I often hit the ball out of bounds, but I never fault on the serves. There are times when the onscreen character does not react to the swing I am giving him and he swings late or doesn't swing at all. That is when the game is the most frustrating, but I hasn't prevented me from wanting to continue to play. (I think that Nintendo Power's score of 7 and their review is spot on. "While it mimics your racket moves well when you start a match, it suffer unpredictable disruptions over time...We tried several remotes on multiple systems, and the problem always arose during extended play sessions."
In a nutshell, Wii Motion Plus works in this game, but it doesn't work consistently or as well I would have hoped.
Initially, I liked Grand Slam over VT by a large margin. Playing more of the Wii VT, I remember how much I liked it on the PS3. It's fun to move your character up levels and play the mini-games and tournaments. Now, I like both Grand Slam and VT about equally, but for different reasons.
VT plays much quicker and it's easy to fault on your serves if you're not careful. VT has some nice moments where the Wii remote "speaks." (You'll hear John McEnroe complain on bad shots.) You also hold the Wii Remote at a different angle than Grand Slam. (There's a screen indicating that you have engaged the MotionPlus add-on to ensure you're playing the way you want. Grand Slam gives no indication that you are using MotionPlus or not.) Grand Slam requires a lot more button manipulation to make shots where VT reads your intents better and features virtually button free playing. (You need to recalibrate after each shot which might explain this.)
Finding someone to play online was difficult because there weren't many players. (Probably because most people have Grand Slam. In fact I'm ranked at #1 after winning just one match!) At first, I didn't think using full power swings or just flicking your wrist made a difference, but now I see that it does. Hitting full power gives much stronger shots with which you can dominate your opponents. Rallies can last a long time depending on how well you can play. In Grand Slam I haven't experienced many long rallies.
In a nutshell Wii MotionPlus works well in this game and the game plays at good speed. I wish there was more a first person feel to the game because I feel that I'm at a distance from actually becoming my character.
(I'll post more on VT as I play it more. I spent a larger percentage of time playing Grand Slam.)
Played some more VT on-line and the game really gave me a work-out. (Or I should say my on-line opponent did.) This game is more physically challenging than I first thought! I won two matches and lost one. They all had some good rallies. I'm not understanding how the ranking system works, though. My standings are the same from earlier in the day and my wins and losses have not been added. Maybe it tallies up at the end of the day? Okay. After I restarted the game, my new wins and losses were added, so all's good. (In Grand Slam, your record is updated immediately after playing.)