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I'm not going to make the case that AO International Tennis is a great tennis game. It's not. The only great tennis game that exists today is Tennis Elbow.

外围体育投注I'm not even sure I would say that AO is a "good" tennis game, at least not without significant caveats. The game's animations are jerky and often weird. And I don't like the idea of accuracy based on timing -- I much prefer Tennis Elbow's system of basing accuracy on how well your player is positioned relative to the ball. And my biggest caveat of all: the ball-striking sound is comically bad. [EDIT 6/29/2018: The devs have fixed the ball-strike sound in the PC version of the game; presumably the console versions will get that patch soon.]

That said, if you need to play a tennis game on console, I think AO is clearly the game, miles above TWT. The game takes some getting used to, and it took me a while to get to this place, but it's not a close call in my opinion.

  • 外围体育投注Player creation customization is insanely deep. If anything, it's almost too deep, because you can get lost in it.

  • You can create your own custom arena, if that's your thing. Haven't tried it yet but glad that it's there to try. My understanding is that you can use those arenas in online play.

  • Because you can create and share players, you can download essentially any player you want from the online community. So as a practical matter, you have every player in the game, and a ton of legends. (I got my ass kicked by Lendl in an online match the other day.)

  • 外围体育投注It has a functional online mode.

  • Gameplay sliders let you tweak most aspects of gameplay. You can speed up or slow down the game or the ball speed for each type of surface. You can increase or decrease the movement assist. Etc.

  • Players actually slide on clay.

  • The pace of the game is more or less (depending on how you tweak the sliders) like the pace of actual pro tennis. Play AO for a week and come back to TWT, TWT literally feels like it's in slow motion. In a bad way.

  • If you want to make your player hit a forehand with topspin, or a flat backhand, or a slice, he will, or at least he'll try to. You have absolute control over shot selection.

  • Apparently since the last update, players can dive on volleys. Haven't seen this happen in a game yet.

  • No sprint button, just like in TE (and as it should be, in my view).

  • The AI hits a normal amount of unforced errors.

  • 外围体育投注The devs pump out at least one patch a week, sometimes multiple patches per week. And they actually respond to queries. It’s clear they have devoted resources to improving the game.

  • Above all, you control where your player goes on the court and what kind of shot you hit, without feeling the AI tugging your player all over the court.

For these reasons and probably others, AO is easily the better game than TWT. It's not even close, in my opinion. And again, I’m not even saying AO is a great, or even a really “good” game. Given how flawed AO is, this review is ultimately more of a statement about how awful TWT has been thus far.

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