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Happiness is a magical feeling that is unique to every person, but in the world of Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip, you bring smiles wherever you venture by whacking a felt ball past slow swingers. It's a silly premise, but the delight you dole out with your trusty racket isn't trapped in this fictional world. The fast-paced action on the court exudes joy, ensuring you are enveloped in the same good cheer as your competitors after a well-fought match. It takes awhile before you reach competition worthy of your lofty skills, but even when you're taking down ninjas or tribal villagers in straight sets, the responsive controls and charming atmosphere keep you invested in the lively proceedings. Everything isn't peaches and candy in Hot Shots Tennis, though. The cluttered on-court interface can serve as a distraction and the meandering story between matches drags on for too long. But the light always shines through the darkness, and there are so many unlockables to strive for that you'll be sucked into this happy world for hours. Your quest to bring happiness to the world starts at a small tennis club. One member thinks he's a real hot shot on the court, and you have to teach him some humility before he understands the cheering potential of his favorite sport.
Given the pick of a few choice, "desert island" games for PSP, I'd undoubtedly include Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee on that list. My fondness for the series was cultivated on PlayStation 2, but Open Tee made perfect use of its handheld canvas throughout, and still ranks as one of the most fulfilling and long-lasting experiences on the device. It's fitting, then, that the PSP also serves to improve the Hot Shots series' shrug-worthy PS2 spin-off, Hot Shots Tennis, via a new iteration that incorporates existing Hot Shots elements while introducing at least one new element I'd like to see carried over to the virtual fairways. While the PlayStation 2 Hot Shots Tennis lacked interesting characters (or even player customization) and play modes, Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip on PSP recognizes what makes this long-lasting franchise tick. Like Hot Shots Golf, the gameplay is simple and approachable, yet hardly dumbed down or trivialized. With different tennis swings mapped to various face buttons, it's easy to jump in, but advanced play requires smart shot selection and character placement. My only recurring gripe has to do with difficulty reading the spin and speed of some shots on the PSP screen, as some shots will die quickly after the first bounce, yet look similar to others that reach the back of the court.
For years, Hot Shots has been known as the go-to series for arcade-style golf. In 2007, Sony tried to expand the Hot Shots name by bringing its brand of goofy, anti-simulation entertainment to the world of tennis. The results were solid, to say the least, but without any sequels released in the following years, it appeared that the new game failed to catch on. Whatever the case, Sony and developer Clap Hanz have decided to take another swing at the franchise with Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip for PSP. This handheld sequel features a full story mode that will take players across the world as they search for new competitors, Pokemon-style. But instead of running into a bunch of snarky thugs dressed in the flashiest or quirkiest outfit they can find, you’ll battle a series of tennis players who manage to be both quirky and flashy, regardless of what they’re wearing. Unusual attire is the norm, however, and while Ash Ketchum may be stuck in a simple t-shirt and baseball cap, the athletes in this game can be customized to wear whatever the player desires. Customization is a big part of the Get a Grip experience, but it’s second to talking with NPCs. Luckily, their dialogue is a few steps above anything seen in the Pokemon series – just don’t expect it to be anywhere near the quality of an actual RPG.
Back in 2007, I reviewed Hot Shots Tennis on the PlayStation 2, and I couldn't help feeling disappointed. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee on the PSP won my heart – it's a game that I still fool around with today – but though the PS2 version of tennis had the characters and style I knew, it lacked the same spark that made the portable rock. There was no character customization, no crazy unlockables, and none of that monumental depth you expect from a Hot Shots game, which have been a staple of the PlayStation library for more than a decade. Clap Hanz is out to rectify its on-court reputation with Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip. For the most part, this PSP title does it. The controls here are easy to jump into, the horse head and grass skirts are here, and there are loyalty hearts to fill along with ranks to climb up. This is what a Hot Shots game is supposed to feel like, although there is a bit of "eh" by the time you get really good with your racket. The Helghast are in Hot Shots. New to Hot Shots? They're not-so-serious sports games that have cartoon characters, bright visuals and – best of all – simple control schemes so that people can jump in and have fun. That formula's intact in Hot Shots Tennis.
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