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Scheduled release date:

July 17th, 2002

  For those present at E3, Next Generation Tennis presented players with an authentic portrayal of the sport, while showcasing action filled sequences and a plethora of modes to satisfy any fan's style. Officially containing 10 modes with 4 being hidden, the Career mode is definitely one of the more innovating in the game. Player can create a profile of a male or female and compete against the greatest players on the professional circuit. It is one's goal to achieve stardom within twenty seasons. Training sessions and singles and doubles matches will significantly improve a player's status, as they strive for absolute perfection. 

  In most modes, the player can unlock bonuses related to their performance, such as new modes, court types, locations, players, kit, and videos. Multiplayer abilities is utilized in the Challenge mode, as players can even create their own tournament to battle for supremacy. Along with exciting an challenging modes, the development team of Next Generation Tennis were able to create very accurate models of the most famous courts at Roland Garros and the US Open, as well as of 6 other courts. Each offers a variety of playing surfaces, including grass, clay, and synthetic surfaces. 

   The crowd reactions to each play is very well done and changes depending on the performance of the athlete. To better accomodate this facet, each character has a distinct player profile that determines their actions and attitudes while you control them. Each personal playing style and tactic was focused upon in order to increase the game's realism. 

Premier game features:

A true tennis simulation

  • 2 official licences: Roland Garros and US Open, with 6 faithfully recreated courts 
  • 4 main types of shot available (lob, top spin, normal, slice) as well as side spin 
  • Ball behaviour tailored for different surface types 
  • Realistic player behaviour based on their playing styles and preferred surfaces 
  • Over 500 animations created with motion capture 
  • Artificial Intelligence developed with the co-operation of a professional trainer 
  • F.T.F sound banks used for background sound effects + Surround sound

Rich and varied content

  • 12 courts and 4 different surfaces + different locations + 3 training courts + 2 hidden courts (sand and ice) 
  • 10 professional players (including 4 women) with playing styles modelled on their temperament and faithfully recreated physical appearances 
  • The possibility of playing a man against a woman in singles or doubles 

Official game modes:

  • Arcade: play successive opponents in singles or doubles
  • Exhibition: singles, doubles, or two against one
  • Challenge: create your own tournament
  • Career: create a player and aim to reach the highest level after 20 seasons. Compare performances on the Internet 
  • Race: defeat as many opponents in a row as possible in one-game or one-point

  Next Generation Tennis is scheduled for a July 2002 release date. The game is also 4 player compatible.

6/17/2002 Matthew Stensrud

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