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EA Hits The Grass and Clay Courts Once More In Grand Slam Tennis 2

EA really hasn’t said much about the HD port of Grand Slam Tennis for quite some time, but the game is finally coming – at least in the form of a sequel.  Coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year, Grand Slam Tennis will feature more tennis action, some of which will be enhanced on the PS3 by supporting the PlayStation Move so we can all get our full tennis action on.  Originally EA was prepping to do a HD port of Grand Slam Tennis since the game first made its debut on the Wii, but despite committing to the game EA subsequently cancelled it – likely in favor of starting things with a fresh slate with Grand Slam Tennis 2.

Say what you will about EA Sports games, but Grand Slam Tennis 2 does have a lot of potential. Along with common features like the inclusion of tennis pros such as Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova (I wonder if anyone remembers Anna Kournikova at this point), Grand Slam Tennis 2 will feature full analog racquet control and one major improvement: realistic visuals.  Instead of featuring stylized graphics like the Wii version did (I was fond of John McEnroe’s afro), Grand Slam Tennis 2 is aiming for a completely realistic presentation that you would expect out of a sports sim.

Grand Slam Tennis 2 will have a few exclusive features to set itself apart from the likes of Virtua Tennis 2 as the game will include the ESPN Grand Slam Tournaments Classics.  Since tennis has had a variety of classic moments in its history EA will be allowing gamers the chance to experience moments like when Bjorn Borg faced off against John McEnroe.  In total there will be twenty-five classic matches in Grand Slam Tennis 2 and if EA manages to include the Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs then I’ll be wholly impressed.

Another exclusive feature to Grand Slam Tennis 2 that may sell a few tennis fans on the game is the inclusion of Wimbledon. Exclusive to Grand Slam Tennis 2, gamers can step onto the courts of the iconic British tennis event and see if they have what it takes to become champion. Having Wimbledon included in Grand Slam Tennis 2 won’t make casual gamers purchase or take note of the game but it should make things feel authentic which is what matters the most.

Tennis may not be the most exciting sport out there to the general populace, but I find it nice that EA hasn’t abandoned the sport or merely pushed it aside as a region specific exclusive.  It’s too early to tell if Grand Slam Tennis 2 will be able to compete with Virtua Tennis or Top Spin but it’s nice to have another game on the market for people to check out instead of being limited to one option.

Grand Slam Tennis 2 will be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.  Kinect support for the Xbox 360 hasn’t been announced nor have Wii/Wii-U or PlayStation Vita versions.