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Video: Virtua Tennis Meets Andy Murray on PlayStation Vita

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129w ago - Sega Marketing Assistant Alex Sloane has posted up a video today spotlighting Virtua Tennis meeting Andy Murray on the PlayStation Vita handheld console.

To quote: This year's exciting summer of sport is well underway and has this week arrived in London for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships!

To celebrate this, some of our friends at [Register or Login to view links] met up with World Number 4, Andy Murray to see if he was ready by getting hands on with Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on PlayStation Vita, but how did he fare?

Andy also talks to us about Virtua Tennis, PlayStation Vita and his gaming exploits on tour. To catch the full interview with Andy, go to the Virtua Tennis Facebook page [Register or Login to view links].





In a further celebration of summer Tennis excitement we are pleased to offer you the chance to win a signed Andy Murray training shirt and copy of Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on PlayStation Vita, plus three runners up prizes of a signed copy of the game.

To enter the competition all you have to do is pop over to the Virtua Tennis Facebook page and answer one simple question. Best of luck!
 

Touch Controls in Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on PS Vita

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150w ago - SEGA Executive Producer Mie Kumagai has detailed the touch controls in Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on the PS Vita today.

To quote: When we were developing the game we wanted to incorporate the new features of the Vita into Virtua Tennis as much as we possibly could, whilst obviously making the best game possible.

One of the key features for the PlayStation Vita is front and rear touch. Virtua Tennis takes full advantage of this technology and allows players to play the most precise and responsive shots with a touch of their fingertips.

With a single touch of the screen you can tell the player where exactly to move to on the court, before taking one of a variety of shots by swiping your finger across the screen towards the area of the court you wish to hit the ball to.

A simple forward slide with your finger will play a top spin shot, a backward slide will play a backspin shot and a sharp backwards movement followed by a forward slide will play a lob shot.

Virtua Tennis also includes a match momentum system which rewards players for good shots by slowly filling the match momentum bar.  Once your match momentum bar has completely filled up you can also play a 'special' shot by hitting the shot with two fingers.

There is also the option...
 

Video: Virtua Tennis 4 PS Vita Exclusive Features and VT Apps

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174w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has made available some video footage today of Virtua Tennis 4 for PS Vita which showcases the game's exclusive features and VT apps below.

To quote: Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita first stepped onto the court at E3. Even at that early stage in its development, the game showed signs of ambition.

It seems that Sega is taking great care to adapt the tried-and-true gameplay for PS Vita by extensively leveraging the handheld's hardware strengths, all without dumbing down the series's winning formula.

Now, at Gamescom, I finally got to see some of these game modes in action.

Virtua Tennis 4's core experience is nearly identical to its recently-released PS3 counterpart; you can create a character, start a career, and participate in tournaments while enhancing your skills through all kinds of bizarre tennis-related skill tests. Likewise, you can jump into the shoes of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, or other real-world tennis stars.





What PS Vita brings to the court is a new, yet optional way to control the main serve-and-volley action, plus a series of "VT Apps."

The core gameplay opens up considerably thanks to the PS Vita touch screen. Tap on the screen...
 

Video: Virtua Tennis 4 Serves Up Exclusive PS3 Tennis Content

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194w ago - Today Virtua Tennis 4 Brand Manager David Kempshall has shared some videos on the game's upcoming Virtua Tennis 4 exclusive PS3 Tennis content.

To quote: Firstly let me introduce myself to those of you who don't know me. My name is David Kempshall and I'm the Brand Manager for Virtua Tennis 4 and have worked on the game since the original version became available in 1999 on arcade machines across the world.

This is the first of a series of blogs about Virtua Tennis 4, which is out on May 10th, but I'd like to start with a few words about the big earthquake that hit Japan on March 11.

Everybody over here deeply appreciates your concern and consideration for us. Things have still not gotten back to normal, and areas around Tokyo are suffering from planned outages due to electricity shortages, but we are doing our very best to deliver Virtua Tennis 4 to you.

Hopefully you'll enjoy the game when it's released!

Today's blog is geared up to tell you all about what's new for Virtua Tennis 4 on the PlayStation 3, there are a host of new features including PlayStation Move compatibility, a brand new World Tour and online centre, plus plenty of others.

However, I'm happy to announce that on the PlayStation 3 VT fans can expect some extra...
 

Sony on Virtua Tennis 4 & PlayStation Move, Hits PS3 Spring 2011

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225w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has shared details on Virtua Tennis 4 and PlayStation Move today, and confirmed it will be hitting the PS3 entertainment system in Spring 2011.

To quote: I recently spoke to the game's Executive Producer, Mie Kumagai, and asked why she had chosen to develop a tennis game when she served us the first in the Virtua Tennis series, back in 1999.

"When we first started the series, we wanted to make a casual arcade game that everyone could pick up and enjoy," she said.

"Sport seemed like a good place to start because it appeals to many people that wouldn't usually play games. That was the start of the series, but we reached a point where we were looking for something new; it's around this time that we heard about PlayStation Move."

Virtua Tennis 4 lets you step into the shoes of some of the world's best tennis pros. Every swing of the racquet can be performed with the PlayStation Move motion controller and you can judge the approach of the ball better than ever, thanks to stereoscopic 3D support. I asked Kumagai for her thoughts on Move and her philosophy behind working with a motion controller.

"I saw PlayStation Move at quite an early stage in its development," she replied, "and I remember being curious...
 
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