Virtua Tennis is a living legend. Everyone knows Virtua Tennis, everyone loves Virtua Tennis, we all adore its simplicity and universal flattery can be seen in the number of games that have tried to imitate its style. The original is back in the arcades right now in the form of Virtua Tennis 3 - and the magic still flows.
The way it plays has not changed. If it had, there'd be really big and very serious trouble. You have two buttons: top spin and slice. Press them together to do a lob. That's it, that's all there's ever been and that's all you ever need. Virtua Tennis is all about fast, swift, instinctive play, with skilled players able to force opponents out of position and take the win. You don't need 'special moves' when you've got VT's liquid gameplay pumping into your brain.
The look of VT3 has taken a huge step up, thanks to Sega's powerful new arcade system. Players have realistic shadows, their faces are alive and sparkling, the crowd detailed and animated. It looks phenomenal and with a comparable amount of processing power available on Xbox 360, expect the same level of shiny, enhanced realism to appear on your telly when this makes the leap home.
We can't explain it to you - the only way to really understand the simple genius of Virtua Tennis is to play it. Get down to your local arcade, stick a few quid in the slot, and dream about an arcade-perfect version appearing on Xbox 360 early next year.