I've been playing tennis games on one system or another since I was 10 years old. In that time, they really haven't changed all that much, except for the graphics. I enjoyed playing them just as much then as I do today. Here are the 6 that became my favorites.
At the time it came out, Virtua Tennis was hands down the most compelling and realistic version of tennis available. It was also just a blast to play. To this day, it remains one of my absolute favorite video game adaptations of the sport. Similar to Top Spin, Virtua Tennis was later followed by several sequels of varying quality but, in my opinion, the original is still the best.
Like so many other great ideas Microsoft has had over the years, the XSN line was abandoned entirely too early. The Top Spin franchise was acquired by 2K and three sequels have since been released. They were all okay, as far as tennis games go, but sadly, not one of them has managed to come close to being as good as the original.
SEGA Superstars Tennis, while not quite as fun and engaging as Mario Tennis, was still a valiant effort, that is more than worthy of the attention of Sonic and tennis fans alike. Being the Sega enthusiast that I am, putting this one on the list was basically a no-brainer.
While I never got a chance to play the PS2 version, I can assure you that Get a Grip is pretty exceptional. Even though it is just a touch less accessible than their golf games, Get a Grip does offer up a great tennis experience and is a Hot Shots game through and through. I don't know which other sports (if any) Clap Hanz will try to tackle next (football?), but so far, they are on a roll.
What about you? What are your favorite tennis games? Which ones should I be chastised about for failing to include in this list? Please share them in the comments.