Virtua Tennis 4 Serves Up New Features Just For PS Vita

Virtua Tennis 4 smashes onto PS Vita with exciting new features, including touch controls, a first person virtual reality mode, a Touch Versus multiplayer mode, camera integration and more.

The VR mode doesn’t look so hot — it reminds me of the horrible first-person view used during the PS3 version’s awful PlayStation Move mode. But Touch Versus looks like classic Virtua Tennis turned into a top-down air hockey experience, with two players taking up their own end of the screen and using their fingers to swat the ball back and forth. That’s wicked awesome, as long as the multi-touch functionality works with proper responsiveness.

The PS Vita’s cameras will also be used to take pictures to use for faces in character creation, and although it’s not shown in the trailer, a mini-game called Rock the Boat is in the works which will use the gyroscopes for rocking the system back and forth as a control method. The touch screen control option for regular match play sounds promising, too. Both traditional and touch screen controls will be active at the same time, so players will be able to mix and match on the fly to suit their needs.

Virtua Tennis 4 didn’t knock my socks off on PS3, but I’m eager to give it another go when it ships as a PS Vita launch game early next year. Like I said: I can never have too many tennis games to play!

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