It's a Tuesday afternoon which can only mean one thing: it's time for some midweek madness courtesy of Steam. Neil already gave you a sniff of the online vendors cuts this week with football manager this morning, but now I can bring you news that Virtua Tennis 2009 is also down as well, meaning you can snap up some arcade sporting goodness for a massively reduced price.
Steam have cut their listed price down by 75% to just £5, although considering that Steam generally lists games for three times more than anyone else anyway, you might think that it won't make too much of a difference. Well, you'd be wrong, in fact you're looking at a saving of just under £10, as the nearest competition is over at Direct2Drive for £14.95.
Unfortunately, Virtua Tennis 2009 on the PC is so mediocre that it verges on being classed as borderline crap. Anyone looking for any improvements on Virtua Tennis 3 will be sorely disappointed. everything from the graphics, to the grunts of the players, to the same old World Tour Mode and the painfully slow rankings crawl is almost identical to this game's predecessor.
The game is far too easy, the foreign language umpires have been replaced with a universal voiceover, and the entire thing reeks of a lazy console port, which it is. There's no tension in any of the matches as you really have to work hard to hit a ball 'out', ball placement itself seems to be about as precise as a tyrannosaur doing ballet, and the roster is pretty slim to be honest.
If you're a fan of the series and somehow missed out on Virtua Tennis 3, then this might hold some interest for you. If you're a console owner then I advise you buy it for one of them. To be honest, as a fan of the series, I can't really call Virtua Tennis 2009 a bad game, but it's so painfully mediocre that it just makes me want to shake the developers and bang their heads together. It's just about worth a fiver on the PC...but only just.