Originally Posted by GKMad
How does sports champions 2 tennis compare to the other 3 tennis games? I played through the bronze cup so far but couldn't get 3 stars. I think I missed the training about holding trigger to rush the net (read about it after needing help)
SC2 golf has been cool, will play more when time and energy allow. Who wants to stand up to play video games, really? I picked up Hot Shots from PSN last month when the bundle and Plus discount made it super cheap. I put many many hours in on the PS Vita version last fall, looking forward to Move on this too.
I really enjoyed SC2 tennis so I picked up Grand Slam Tennis 2 from the Black Friday bargain bin a few months ago. SC2 tennis in comparison is much more natural, precise, and immersive, putting the camera at player level (over the shoulder) rather than the broadcast TV view GST2 uses. One advantage GST2 has, however, is you can control your player's movement on court with a second Nav/DS controller, and of course it offers very deep customization and multiple gameplay modes (exhibition, career, all-time classic matches, training, etc.) I believe GST2 was the first pro tennis game to enable use of the Move in all game modes, including online.
With SC2, however, power, speed, accuracy, and wrist movement (for top spin) come into play in ways GST2 just doesn't really offer. For example, in SC2 if I flail at or mis-hit a ball, it usually goes out, even on lower difficulties. In GST2, flicking the Move controller is almost as effective as carefully trying to place my shot. In fact, I find ball control/placement much easier with the DS in GST2 than I do with the Move. But perhaps the biggest problem with GST2 is a well-known issue with difficulty spikes in career mode and opponent AI. Serve-and-volley opponents will come to the net 95%+ of the time, and it's almost impossible to lob over them, usually resulting in them smashing the ball to the opposite side. I breezed through year 1 of career mode, having never played any video game tennis games before (other than SC2). But then in an early round of my first tournament of year 2, I was matched up against a no-name qualifier serve-and-volley player whom I just can't beat ... so little chance I'll fare any better against the likes of Sampras or Becker should I get that far in my next tournament.
Needless to say, GST2 is now collecting dust, but your post has renewed my interest in seeing how much farther I can go in SC2, having platinumed it last January. (I haven't really touched the Champions round.)Edited by Zookster - 5/1/13 at 10:41am