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Smash Court Tennis was one of the major success stories on the Playstation.
It was sort of like a Disney film, because while Smash Court Tennis wasn't exactly beautiful it oozed playability and thankfully many saw this, and it wasn't long before Smash Court became a cult hit. For the sequel Namco have splashed out by placing a big game license behind the game, hoping that many will notice the title simple on the merits of Anna Kournikova's name being on the case. And believe me this may work as I have heard many males claiming that they only watch a very boring game of tennis to see players like her and Martina Hingis bob about. <br><br>Like it's predecessor, Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis isn't gonna beat Ridge Racer Type 4 in the graphics department, in actual fact it doesn't beat many games in the graphics department but it makes up for this with tremendous gameplay. Namco are the masters of making great games. <br><br>There always seems to be some hard little twist in the gameplay, which makes it that, bit harder and which makes us play the game till we master it. In RR Type 4 it was powersliding, in Tekken 4, it was the wonderful combos but in Smash Court it's the thunderous down the-line winner. As with every tennis game (and real-life), your position relative to the ball when you take a stroke determines the kind of shot that shoots off your rocket. <br><br>But Smash Court also places more emphasis on which button you press the height of the ball and how you press the D-pad. Given plenty of practice, you'll soon be knocking out half-volleys, overhead bats, slicing returns and impossibly curvy top spin cross-courters that soon leave your opponent eating grass. <br><br>You'll probably spend most of your time playing Tournament mode trying to unlock various secret characters (the player roster can be doubled from 24 to 48) and novelty items. Some great fun comes from modes like 'Smash Blast'. This mode involves the ball becoming a ticking time bomb, which you must hit about till it explodes. There's also the novelty rackets, which can see you setting the ball on fire with each hit or literally making waves on the court. And then there's the option to unlock secret characters from other Namco games. If you've ever wondered is Yoshimitsu any good at tennis then you will finally get your answer. <br><br>There's also a Practice mode but the real fun is found in Exhibition mode. Simple get three friends and a Multi-Tap together and you'll have the time of your life. And unlike many other multi-tap games, Smash Court is just as much fun with one or two players. <br><br>Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis is a fantastic title, which redefines the tennis game. Apart from the odd video clip or two the license doesn't bring an awful lot to the game. The real appeal of Smash Court Tennis is the jaw-dropping gameplay.<br></P> <br /> <P><a href="mailto:email@example.com">Noel Brady</a></P> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p> <p> <br /> <br /> <br />