You might think travelling around the globe perfecting your tennis game is a lonely pursuit, but thanks to the online features of Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour, you never know when you’ll next run into a familiar face.
In World Tour mode, your friends can drop in on you via PlayStation Network and leave you messages of encouragement – or playful needling – as you make your way around the tennis circuit. You can share stats too, which helps spur you on to refine your game.
Challenge your friends to do their talking out on the court in Network mode, either online via PlayStation Network or by creating an Ad Hoc Room, which lets you take on nearby friends in quick-fire thrillers or five-set marathons. And just so you can call upon crucial evidence when it comes to bragging rights, all of your stats are recorded in special online leader boards.
Alternatively, why not look into the whites of your rival’s eyes as you limber up on the court? In Touch Versus mode, you’ll be able to do just that. The game switches to a top-down perspective, with shots and movement controlled at opposing ends via the touchscreen. That way, when you slam a rocket of a return past your opponent, you can see the crunching impact it has at first hand.