The controls of the Nintendo Wii can either be a godsend or the
bane of gamers and after the last tennis game to be released for
this console, things have been looking a little shaky. In terms of
accuracy on the Wii, the Wii motion controls have been a little “off”, however
Nintendo have released the latest upgrade to this system called Wii MotionPlus that is truly a huge evolutionary jump for the console in
terms of accuracy and overall enjoyment.
Thankfully EA are one of
the first developers to release a game that supports this innovative
new feature and needless to say, this may be the most accurate
sports game on the console to date. Do I need a Wii MotionPlus addon to play
this title? The answer is “no”, however if you want to play the game
how it was meant to be played, the answer is definitely yes as the
Wii MotionPlus is far superior than the standard Wii motion.
all good EA games, many of the world’s tennis stars are present in
the game which include Roger Federer and Serena Williams with 23
stars to be exact. There are even some classic players such as John
McEnroe, obviously still in his prime for this game.
Grand Slam Tennis is a game that supports all the bells and whistles
of a decent tennis came which include a variety of gaming options
that also supports online play and even career. There are even some interesting
mini-games that serve as the perfect party-game food, even a calorie
straight to the controls, the title is basically just a timing game
with the standard Wii controls, however once the MotionPlus is
connected, the experiences is probably as close as you can get to
stepping on the court and having played tennis before, it’s quite
This means that when you hit the ball, you have more say in where
you want it to go and how much power you hit the ball with. Although
timing is still a vital element, the accuracy is tenfold. Best of
all, gamers of levels will be able to pickup the controllers and
start playing and for that added enjoyment, this game can even be
played as a party game. Although the basics are easy to learn, the
title does become a little complicated when you need to master the
variety of hits so if you have some decent coordination, this should
be no problem at all.
Even though we’re reeling with compliments, the new MotionPlus
control system does have some issues which will hopefully be worked
out as developers become more familiar with the system such as it
becoming confused to what swing the player is doing or sometimes
where the player is located which is dependent on movement. You need
to train yourself to stop after each point as the unit automatically
Most gamers will probably tackle the career mode first that allows
you to start from the ground up and even use authorised branded
merchandise. In the career mode, the gameplay is similar to a quick
match, however as you progress in the various Grand Slam Tennis
tournaments, your competitors do give you a run for your money.
are also awarded medals and stars during play which is almost like
an RPG sporting simulation. Although your character is quite average
at the start, the more players you defeat, the higher your ranking
becomes and your tennis prowess.
The question for Australian gamers
is can I play the Australian Open? You betcha! What about our US
readers and the US open? You betcha! And yes Wimbledon is also
there. The learning curve is a little higher in career mode but with
the WiiMotion Plus, it’s definitely worth it. The game boasts some
interesting special moves that can be unlocked through arduous
gaming, however once unlocked it definitely assists with the overall
gameplay and defeating your foes. By the power of Grayskull... err..
Wonder Twin Powers Activ... err, how about the Serena Williams Bash?
reference to online play which is actually quite entertaining, the
game features a great online mode that includes leader boards and
even a nations list of the best online gamers and top 100 players in
the world for both single and double tournaments. Although we did
notice some speed problems on our ADSL2 connection, the majority of
the time, the game showed quite decent connection speeds which is great news
for online gamers.
Graphically, the title is a little sharper than most tennis games on
the Wii with detailed gaming environments, especially the stadiums
and some great character animations. For an EA games, it’s
interesting to see the cartoony graphics on a sports game but it
actually suits quite well. The sound effects go hand in hand with
the gameplay and graphics, making this one of the better looking
sport games on the system. It’s a shame that there is not much
in-depth commentary in the game, however it’s a small price to pay
for such as accurate sports game on the Wii.
sum it up, EA Sport’s Grand Slam Tennis is definitely one of the
best sport games that we have played on the console, thanks to Wii MotionPlus. Although this new control system needs a few more tweaks
and adjustments, it’s considerably better than what was previously
available. With great gameplay modes, a truly epic online
experience, Grand Slam Tennis is definitely the leader of the pack.
Check it out!