must think of the Outlaw series of games (Outlaw Volleyball,
Outlaw Golf and now Tennis) as a Dean Martin Roast
of the actual sport it's based on. It's not meant
to be taken seriously but at it's core there is some
love for the subject matter. Generally the Outlaw
series has strived to appeal to gamers who wouldn't
go out of their way to play a real sports game and
therefore found its niche audience somewhere between
Tony Hawk Underground and Mortal Kombat. Outlaw Tennis
continues the onslaught of madcap violence and sexy
antics while holding court - tennis court that is
- and the end result is a mixed bag. It's not as refined
nor as fresh as the previous games in the series,
but it's okay for a few larfs. However if you're looking
for a quality quirky tennis game, Mario Power Tennis
should still be your first choice, with Top Spin ranking
as the current "real" tennis benchmark to
number of modes in Outlaw Tennis is certainly welcome,
although it's the hefty Tour mode that most players
will find themselves taking part in. Tour mode is
the meat and potatoes career mode in the game and
each character has their own Tour to take part in.
As you advance, other characters and tours will become
unlocked, therefore ramping up the overall play value.
Three difficulty modes are available as well and I'd
advise at starting at the lowest simply due to some
suspect AI advantages that your character won't have
the benefit of falling back on.
are seven funky match modes which contains your classic
array of ridiculous game modes such as Casino or Hot
Potato (exploding tennis balls anyone?) that will
entertain for a while but ultimately most players
will find themselves staying within the realm of Tour
mode. Outlaw Tennis also allows singles, doubles and
even Canadian Tennis which is two players against
one. Drill mode also features an assortment of skill
based minigames which will result in points earned
that can be spread between various skill-enhancing
attributes such as speed, endurance, accuracy, power,
and control. I didn't find that taking part in these
games of skill had any effect on my overall abilities,
even when I divied up the points I earned and placed
them into the selected skills, but it did pass the
time and gave me something else do to for awhile.
Perhaps that was the whole point.
is a lot to like about the game, which includes 16
characters, dynamic weather (rain, snow, foggy and
of course, sunny!) and nine different surfaces to
play on. The sheer amount of things to do is staggering
and you'll definitely feel as though you've received
your moneys worth thanks to the games budget price
probably wondering when I'm going to get to the "Outlaw"
portion of the game. Well, let's jump right in, shall
we? The outlaw games have always prided themselves
on the wicked interaction between opponents or teammates.
Feel like beating the crap out of the competition?
Want to piledrive your partner for missing a shot?
Go for it. I'm no dummy, and I think it's fair to
assume that most players will get off on the more
adult catfights of the female characters rather than
watching the dudes go at it. I'm not sure why Hypnotix
even includes dudes in this series in the first place.
I found the outlaw portion of Outlaw Tennis to be
tacked on, almost as if Hypnotix were getting to that
point where they were hoping to leave that calling
card out and willing to take the game into more respectable
some tweaks in terms of control, Outlaw Tennis could
have been a contender, but there are a few control
inadequacies that need to be addressed first. First
and foremost, OT suffers from button lag. In a game
that relies solely upon reflexes, even a split second
between button press and execution is an unwanted
hindrance. Having spent numerous hours of my life
playing Top Spin and even Mario Power Tennis, I can
tell you that Outlaw Tennis is the blacksheep in terms
of control. Sometimes the game just doesn't respond
or when it does, it seems to get crosswired and does
something you didn't intend it to do. The four button
setup (6 if you include the shoulder buttons) is easy
enough to master, but some might find the control
too "buttony" for their tastes.
you're talking about an Outlaw game in terms of visuals,
you're mostly talking about how hot the chicks look.
No one cares about the backgrounds; it's all about
the chicks. Not a lot has changed in terms of animation
(aside from the obvious choice of using tennis animations
instead of say, golf or volleyball animations from
previous games) and the characters look as though
they were pretty much yanked from one engine and put
in this one. The soundtrack is easily disnengaged
if you have an Xbox thanks to the Custom Soundtrack
support, but PS2 owners will have to make do. Commentary
provided by The Daily Show's Stephen Colbert is quite
a welcome friend. He has the perfect dry, smart ass
delivery and some great lines. The only other actor
I could see out doing him is perhaps Bruce Campbell
who would be perfect for this series. Mind you, Dave
Atell did a decent job in Outlaw Golf 2.Character
voices are hit and miss. The voices are at the most
well-suited to the stereotypes they are portraying
onscreen and at the least completely lacking in humor.
But you can't have everything.
you've got here is a cheaply priced tennis game that
is packed with cheap laughs and cheap thrills. Considering
Outlaw Tennis is jampacked with modes and options,
it would be pretty hard ass of me not to recommend
a go around, especially for those who enjoy and understand
what the series has to offer in the first place. Those
looking for Top Spin 2 should not apply.
At this point though, the antics of the Outlaw crew
are pretty tired and I'm hoping that Hypnotix will
drop the shtick and take the plunge into making more
credible gameplay experiences. They definitely have
the talent and like those comedians who eventually
grow out of the goofy roles and start winning Oscars
for their abilities, Hypnotix has paid their dues
and it's time for them to take it up a notch.
out the gang from the Outlaw series are about to put
their own spin on the game of tennis. It looks like
the game will never be the same again! Fans of Outlaw
Golf where surprised when they found out that the
series was expanding to Volleyball. The result was
the same humor and over-the-top action however; just
like the golf games the game had a solid game engine.
It was a great Volleyball game. Now can Hypnotix do
the same with the sport of tennis? I think so and
just like the last Outlaw Golf game this one will
be online and priced at $19.99.
a look at the screen shots and you may notice a new
character. Of course Summer, Suave, Trixie and the
rest of the gang are all going to be back in this
one. While I don't know who the new character is going
to be I am sure Hypnotix has something a little special
to add to the game. Of course the game will also feature
the "Outlaw Style" of fighting and game
play fans of the series have come to expect. The game
will also feature an online mode and allow for custom
wanted to be able to tell you who would be the announcer
and play-by-play person. However, the last preview
I wrote for the series I was wrong and they changed
it to Dave Attel. While Dave did a decent job I am
hoping for another well-known comedian who is also
well known on Comedy Central and was scheduled for
the last game. If I can find out before the game is
released I will update the preview. So while I can't
tell you everything the game is going to hit both
the Xbox and PS2 around May. Here is the new screenshots
and a list of features. It certainly looks like the
game of tennis will never be the same again!
-15 regular characters, 1 surprise character
o Customizable outfits per character (Mix and match
tops, bottoms, shoes)
o Customizable Accessories
o 6 improvable attributes
10 regular unlockable courts, 1 drill court, 1 surprise
patterns include sunshine, rain (thunder & lightning),
snow and fog.
Surface Types - Including Concrete, Black Top,
Hard Polished Wood, Indoor Carpet Marble, Clay,
Dirt, Natural Grass and Snow.
o Tour (50 Tour Matches - Singles, Doubles &
Canadian Doubles mixed)
o Random Play
o Network Play
o Singles Match
o Doubles Match
o Canadian Tennis (doubles vs. single player)
Match Modes including:
Classic Tennis, Hot Potato, Casino, Baseball, Football
Rules, Cash Zones, and Ping-Pong.
Shot and Serve Types
The amount of momentum you have in the game determines
how quickly a players Turbo Meter regenerates. Turbo
Power allows players to use their Turbo Run, Turbo
Serves, Turbo Shots and Signature Shots. Each player
has a momentum meter that is prominently displayed
in the top corners of the screen. Momentum decreases
with every volley that is lost and increases with
every volley won. It also regenerates over time
so that players that are losing badly still have
a chance of staying in the game.
Tracks- Outlaw Tennis comes with an existing
catalog of songs and allows for custom soundtracks
Play: Play online with up to 4 friends and play
in tournaments with Xbox live.