Virtua Tennis 4 being delisted from Steam and other digital stores

SEGA is going to be pulling sales of Virtua Tennis 4 from digital stores including Steam on April 23rd, 2015. After this day you won’t be able to pick up a copy of the undeserved critically panned tennis game.

If you have a PC, I suggest you purchase a copy right now for $2.99 on Steam, I feel that the game is well worth it even if it has crappy Games for Windows Live tacked onto it. Its a great Tennis game filled with addictive mini-games.

There are reasons why SEGA could have delisted the game, most of the usually fall in licenses expiring. I wonder what this means for the future of the Virtua Tennis franchise?

Virtua Tennis 4’s PC version gets one last sale before it gets removed from Steam


SEGA announced today that Virtua Tennis 4 will be removed from the Steam store on April 23rd. So before it will no longer be possible to buy the PC version, SEGA has put the game on sale for 80% off the normal price. As with all games on Steam that were removed from the store, you will still be able to download it from your library after its removal. However, the game still uses Games for Windows Live, of which online services no longer work. So you won’t be able to play the game online.

Virtua Tennis 4 isn’t the first SEGA game to be removed from Steam. Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast was removed from the store back in 2010, and in 2011 Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm was de-listed as well.

Xbox LIVE for 360 has huge SEGA sale going on!


This week is as good a time as ever to save some cash on some great SEGA titles available at a super cheap price for the Xbox 360. SEGA’s got a huge sale on this week on Xbox LIVE for some of their biggest titles such as Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed, Virtua Fighter 5 FS, Hell Yeah and lots more. Plus, you can save as much as 75% off! Click below to see the super low prices on these great titles. (Geez, I’m starting to sound like an ad)

SEGA makes Kazuma in Virtua Tennis 4 on Vita

SEGA showed off some of Virtua Tennis 4’s create a character mode. Sure, we already played the mode on the console releases so we should know how it works. But SEGA is showing off new things you will be able to do when the portable title comes out. They showed off by make Yakuza’s Kazuma Kiryu and Black Panther’s Tatsuya Ukyo. You can see them both above.

Shown above, the Vita’s camera will be able to scan a human or picture’s face to re-create in the game. So you could take sexy looking Kazuma, put his face in the game. Pretty neat right? You can also take pictures with your 3D character you created, so you can create yourself and then take a photo side by side thanks to Vita’s argumentative reality camera. Hit the jump to see all the photos.

Virtua Tennis on Playstation Vita has exclusive content

Just like its Playstation 3 big brother, the Playstation Vita port coming around the launch of the new handheld, will have exclusive content. Here is a trailer showing it off and some details.

  • Touch Controls: Consoles had motion, this version has touch. Regular and touch controls will always be on together, so you can use both at the same time.
  • Touch Vs. Mode: A top down versus match against another player, played on a single Vita system.
  • VR Match Mode: Virtual Reality or ‘First Person’ view tennis will use the Vita’s gyroscopes for movements.
  • Rock The Boat minigame: Test your skill as you hit targets on a rocking boat.
  • Camera (augmented reality): Details on how SEGA will use augmented reality have not been detailed. But we do see the cameras at work in the create a character, with ‘face scanning’. Nice.

So if you haven’t picked up Virtua Tennis 4 on consoles, this might be one of the best options. Though, I don’t know how much I will use touch controls myself.

[Source: Playstation.Blog]

Rumour – PS:Vita Games List Leaked, Four Sega Games Listed!

Sega has already announced that they will have two games ready for the launch of the Playstation Vita, Virtua Tennis and an unannounced title which is widely believed to be Sonic Generations. Today possible new details have emerged in the forum of a list detailing games in development for the PS Vita from various 3rd party publishers has leaked and guess what? Yep, Sega won’t disappoint!

Hit the jump to find out what they are!

SEGA has two games coming for Vita’s launch

Mike Hayes has confirmed that SEGA is planning on having 2 titles ready to release at Playstation Vita’s launch. One of the games is obviously the Virtua Tennis 4 port.

“On Vita, we can came out pretty early on and said we were going to give support to the hardware.

And we will have at least two titles at the launch of Vita. When exactly that’s going to be of course, we don’t know, but we’re assuming it’s going to be by the end of the Sony financial year, we guess, so we’ve got that.” – Mike Hayes, CEO of SEGA West

I would think it might be another port. I would not mind Valkyria Chronicles 3 for the West with trophies.

[Via: PlaystationLifestyle]

SEGA releases more Virtua Tennis 4 Vita footage

SEGA has released just under 6 minutes worth of footage for their Playstation Vita version of Virtua Tennis 4, and the title still looks as good as its console version. The trailer only showcases some match footage and tries to show how the touchscreen function will work in the newest Virtua Tennis title.

[Source: TheSixthAxis]

SEGA-Sammy report net income loss of over $28 million

The first quarter of the year hasn’t been to kind to Japan and its video game industry. What with the tsunami and earthquakes that ravaged the lands. Its not that surprising seeing SEGA-Sammy post about losing revenue.

“During the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, some uncertainty prevailed in the Japanese economy due to various impacts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake that took place on March 11, 2011, including the concern for the availability of parts and materials and the struggle to cope with the shortage of electricity supply which is now likely to be prolonged”

This means that operating their Japanese studios, pachinko slots and arcade buildings cost more than previously, thus where some loses come in. But what about SEGA, the consumer division?

Review: Virtua Tennis 4 (PS3)

SEGA’s lovable arcade franchise returns, this time with the original series creators behind the development. Many fans have been asking how much new things the team could bring to the table, after already having 2 Virtua Tennis releases on HD consoles this generation. Well, let’s crack open this review and see how the game stacks.

Virtua Tennis 4 rallies back to fifth in British charts


Thanks to the conclusion of Wimbledon over the previous weekend, two tennis games saw a jump in the charts and it was SEGA’s Virtua Tennis 4 that triumphed over rival Top Spin 4. It has been reported by a NeoGAF member, using some calculations provided by Chart-Track, that Virtua Tennis 4’s combined sales last week was no more than 9,300. Whilst not as impressive as Djokovic was against Nadal, it is none the less a good number of sales in this time of year as the British market is often sluggish during June. Expect to see Virtua Tennis 4 in the British charts for a few more weeks to come.

[ Source: Chart-Track and NeoGAF]

Virtua Tennis 4 Move demo hits PSN today

SEGA already released a Virtua Tennis 4 demo right before PSN went down. That demo didn’t have Move support, they promised that in the upcoming months they would release a Move demo for the game. Now its been months, they plan on delivering today.

SEGA has released two demos on PSN and a mini game on Playstation Home. I hope the game sells enough on PS3 to make up for the exclusive content. (including 2 players, 2 mini games being exclusive).

[Source: Playstation.Blog]

Playstation Home gets Virtua Tennis 4 promotional mini game

When Home launched everyone thought it was a tad shit, because it was basically that. Now it has tons of spots and stuff to do. Sony has even said they will be streaming their E3 event from Home. Now SEGA is using Home to promote Virtua Tennis 4 with a free Home game.

The mini game they made to promote Virtua Tennis 4 isn’t a tennis game, it’s a galaga shooting game that takes place on a tennis court (with you taking control of the tennis ball machine). The spot and game are 100% free, and also look pretty fun. So log in and enjoy. This is a Europe announcement, so we might have to wait for the US home release.

[Source: SEGA.Blog UK]

SEGA releases Virtua Tennis 4 (PS3) Commercial

SEGA has released what looks like the North American TV commercial for Virtua Tennis 4, which they’ve posted to their blog and on Youtube.

Just in case anyone’s confused, yes, this is actually a multiplatform game, though you can’t tell it from the commercial.

[Source: SEGA]