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“Sega Superstars Tennis” Demo Impressions

Sega Superstars Tennis is a bright, colorful tennis game staring all of Sega’s finest. In the recently released Xbox 360 demo, players can take control of Shadow (Sonic games) or AiAi (Super Monkey Ball) and battle it out on one of two courts – Soinic the Hedgehog‘s Green Hill Zone or Curien Mansion from The House of the Dead.

Not to be outdone by Nintendo’s Mario Tennis series, Superstars attempts a similar concept – combine normal tennis mechanics with the fantastical and cartoony qualities of Sega games. Every so often, characters will be able to go into “Superstar Mode”, which might change their appearance and give them access to special moves. Shadow changes the ball so that the opponent gets warped to a different spot on the court when they try to return the ball, and AiAi hides the ball in several slippery bananas.

One minigame, which takes place at the Curien Mansion court, is available for a shortened amount of time in the demo. The player must repel an oncoming horde of zombies with nothing but well-aimed shots from their tennis racket. It’s fun, but hitting the zombies can sometimes get difficult once they’ve reached the very bottom of the court.

Several songs and one court can be unlocked through multiple playthroughs of the demo, but unfortunately no more characters. The demo tells you that you’ve run out of time whenever you get to “Match Point” as well.

The main tennis mode don’t have the most responsive controls, but after a while you’ll get used to it. However, with only two ways to hit the ball (fast or slow, but why would I ever choose slow?) and the expected lobs and overhead shots, there isn’t a whole lot of depth to the game. Curving the ball is essential to win, but many times I found my character moving to the side instead of aiming the ball a certain direction when I moved the control stick and held the shot button. If you’re really focused on winning, the best thing for beginners to do is to sit still and hit it back and forth repeatedly, without trying anything risky.

Still, despite some unresponsive control problems and horrendous voice acting (no wonder AiAi was always locked in a ball), Sega Superstars Tennis looks to be fun for Sega fanatics and the 10-and-under crowd, but just average for everyone else.

By Josh60502

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