You might not think it by looking at my about page but I do like sports, okay watching them and with the football season recently coming to an end and a few weeks away till the Euros start. Gives me time to watch some other sports and play some video games, which are also a sport.
Last year I reviewed Tour De France on PS4 and it wasn’t too bad, it’s clearly made for fans of cycling not casual fans like myself when the Olympics starts.
The PS4 has so far got a wide variety of sports games including your regular yearly series but then there’s Casey Powell Lacrosse 16, Handball 16.
Not two of most well-known sports or watched, yet fans of these sports get these games.
Now at the time of writing this, Nicole Gibbs v Heather Watson is currently happening in the first round of the French Open.
If you have no idea who those two women are or what I’m talking about, well the French Open is the first of the four majors in Tennis.
I’m not going to say I’m the biggest Tennis fan or I follow it but when it comes to a major event like this I do like to watch and at the same time play a Tennis video game.
Tennis has a long history with video games going all the way back to 1972 with PONG. Over the years I’ve played a great many Tennis game on consoles, handhelds and even the arcade.
But now almost 3 years into the PS4 life, I’ve got a Lacrosse game to play but no Tennis game. I do own other systems but the recent offerings on 3DS & Wii U with the Mario series haven’t been anything special.
This has been a problem for a while as looking back at the PS3’s & Xbox 360’s library the last Tennis game came out in 2012 which was Grand Slam Tennis 2 from EA.
Looking at things like sales number and scores on metacrtic, sales numbers and scores seem to be always about the same. That a massive dip didn’t happen but maybe now a game selling about 500k units isn’t enough by the time licenses have been gotten.
Which makes me a little sad that this great sport with a long history in video games doesn’t continue to get games and I can’t take my created character from the bottom of the world rankings all the way to the final of Wimbledon in a career mode beating Andy Murray along the way.