CNET Editors' review
Tennis Elbow 2009 is an incredibly realistic (and addictive) tennis game. It takes a while to get the hang of things, but once you do, you'll find it hard to stop playing.
The program's interface is not the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, and we found it a little overwhelming. There are a lot of options, and even though it's possible to play the game without knowing anything about tennis, such users won't get nearly as much out of it. We don't suppose it's the responsibility of this game to provide a crash course in tennis, but a glossary or basic explanation of the rules of the game would have been nice. The program does have a long online Help file that explains how the game's features work, but a lot of it won't mean anything to users who don't already have tennis knowledge. That said, the actual gameplay itself is quite impressive. Players are fast and responsive, the graphics are of very good quality, and the sound effects really enhance the experience (although we found it a little demoralizing to have to listen to the audience applaud every time our opponent scored). A guide showing the "danger zone" helps novice players position themselves so that they can actually hit the ball. The creators of this game paid tremendous attention to detail, even allowing players to throw down their rackets in anger. Overall, the game is a lot of fun, and should be pleasantly challenging to users at all levels.
Tennis Elbow 2009 has a 14-day trial period. It installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.
From Mana Games:
Created by tennis fans, which are regular ranked players, Tennis Elbow 2013 is a great tennis game for all tennis lovers, with a fun, realistic gameplay. With its ultra-realistic ball trajectories, an artificial intelligence that accurately replicates players' behavior, and a complete range of strikes and game situations, Tennis Elbow 2013 is the only game reproducing the impressions and the emotions of the player on the court with such realism. You can play on 9 different surfaces : clay, green clay, grass, hard, blue-green hard, classic synthetic, NewLine synthetic, indoor hard and indoor synthetic. In world tour, you will have you will have 300 tournaments to play, against 3000 players, over 36 years. With 60 difficulty levels, everyone will find a pleasing challenge. Its intuitive gameplay will let you easily control the player and the ball, and even if you're not a tennis fan, you will have a lot of fun.
What's new in this version: Version 1.0b adds :
- New Strike Styles
- Side Camera
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All versions:3.8 stars
out of 19 votes
Current version:3.5 stars
out of 2 votes
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"Average gaming utility"
Version: Tennis Elbow 2013 1.0b
This software has very attractive background sound and animation. It feels good when we play tennis match on its user interface.
Learning tutorial is of no use. Since they are not providing proper guidance.
"Sometimes fun, often frustrating"
Version: Tennis Elbow 2013 1.0b
-Lots of characters and tons of tournaments to play in.
-Ridiculously steep learning curve to truly master it
-Maddening, inconsistent AI
-Bad graphics, though this didn't bother me too much
-Speed of characters way too fast an unrealistic
Tennis Elbow is a highly overrated game that's even more frustrating than it is fun. Seriously, in the time it takes you to learn the nuances of this game, you could learn how to play tennis in real life, and I'm not joking. I don't mind a good simulation, but this takes it too far, at least on its default settings: Get set for matches that go anywhere from ten minutes for one set, all the way up to an hour plus for a five-set match.
My main source of frustration, however, is the AI that feels cheap and disjointed. Volleying opponents at the net take no time to recover, so they can reach all the way in one direction for a ball, then easily reach in the opposite direction to handle your return. Lobs are smashed back with ease, so that's not an option. Character speed on both sides are way too fast, so both you and your opponents can reach balls they should have no business reaching. Hit detection is terrible: Balls that look like they're on the ground or past an opponent are suddenly returned. There seem to be no rhyme or reason for double-faults, which occur even when you put no speed or angle on the second serve, which is supposedly a "100% safe" serve. Granted, double-faults will happen to everyone, but they only seem to happen at pivotal stages of the match. Matches also feel "staged", at least in certain parts, as if you lose a point you should have won, your opponent will sometimes make an immediate, uncharacteristic error as if to give you the point back. Plays feel pre-determined, as opponents go from missing everything and making constant errors, to hitting winners out of nowhere. I understand tennis is a game of momentum, and I could see if maybe the opponent got a second-wind after making an incredible shot, or winning an important volley, but most of the time, it just feels like it starts happening out of nowhere.
So why come to a site just to write a long-winded complaint? Because the game has lots of potential. When you aim to be a simulation, and force players to play for hours just to get through a single calendar year in-game, then you are open to more minute critique than games that are more arcade-y...that's just a fact. The core of a great game is here, but there are just too many inconsistencies that detract from what could be a fun experience. And I'm sure the game comes with sliders and pages full of options that I could adjust to get the perfect difficulty for me, but that should be the developer's job, not mine.
With just a few changes, Tennis Elbow could be an excellent tennis sim, but as it stands now it's just way too inconsistent and frustrating to be anywhere near fun.
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