Since Virtua Tennis was released on the Dreamcast, several publishers have been trying to create a better tennis game while Sega has been working away on the PS2 conversion. Out of all the wannabes Sony's Smash Court Tennis has come closest, but Virtua Tennis 2 is better looking, has more modes and features some fantastic deep absorbing game play.
The main problem with sports games is that you need to have some sort of interest in the sport to get anything out of them. This is not the case with Sega's tennis game. The controls are pretty much straight forward and it's easy for novices to pick up and play, but the game play is never compromised. Virtua Tennis 2 is the definition of acrcade style game play. It's fast and forgiving, but it's also a skill based game that will punish you for bad and sloppy play. The X, square and circle buttons are used for top spin, lob and slice shots, you have complete control over the balls speed and height and when used in conjunction with the D Pad skilled players will be able to play the ball anywhere on the court.
The three game modes in Virtua Tennis 2 are as follows, tournament, exhibition and world tour. The tournament mode is the most basic arcade style mode in the game, putting you up against a series of real world tennis pros. There are a total of 16 different pros to choose from, eight male and eight female.