Anyone for mixed doubles? Fans of the superlative Virtua Tennis series will probably be dubious as to whether another tennis title out there could come close to matching the incredibly accurate gameplay and graphics of the classic franchise - and quite rightly so. But the latest contender to have a crack of the whip, Oxygen Interactive, has managed to create a rather impressive slice of racket on ball action.
If the prospect of another British summer is enough to put you off digging out your racket and heading to the local tennis courts, then Perfect Ace could just be what you're looking for. An ultra-realistic sporting sim, Perfect Ace features extraordinary levels of graphical detail, amazing in-game physics, and a range of modes for both single and multiplayer action.
The main meat of the game is the Pro Tournament Mode, which allows you to represent your chosen national team, either alone or as a pair, and work your way through to the nail-biting finals of the championship. There's also Single Match Mode for fast and frenetic ball-bashing antics with up to four players, and a two-player Tournament Mode too.
In addition to all the stuff you'd expect from a top tennis sim, Perfect Ace contains a Player Editor mode, so that you can personalise your game, right down to the character you play and opponents you take on, complete with stunning photo-realistic faces and features. Motion-captured animation adds extraordinary levels of depth to the proceedings, with remarkably life-like player movement and realistic in-game physics.
With more than 30 different players to choose from, and 16 amazingly detailed clay, grass and carpet courts to show-off your mad ball skills in, Perfect Ace is a cracking bit of tennis action.
- Tennis consultancy provided by David Felgate, Jason Goodall and James Davidson (Coaches to Jennifer Capriati, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Tim Henman)
- Single and Multiplayer Modes allow you to take on up to 3 mates in doubles matches
- Truly individual players, complete with their own strengths and weaknesses