developer: Big Ant Studios
publisher: Nacon / Bigben Interactive
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen / common screen, players: 1-4
AO Tennis 2 is a realistic tennis simulator and a sequel to a game from 2018. The title was created in cooperation with the sports organization Tennis Australia (organizers of the Australian Open tournament). The game was developed by Big Ant Studios, the creators of the previous installment. This time, Bigben Interactive (known for its WRC and V-Rally racing game series) took on the role of the publisher.
AO Tennis 2 attempts to realistically reproduce the competition of athletes on tennis courts. This can be seen in the advanced physics system, responsible for ball movement, player animations, as well as attention to detail - the type of surface or weather is also important.
The title is licensed under the Australian Open license, so we can find the names and images of tens of thousands of real players from ATP and WTA rankings (including Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty and Angélique Kerber), as well as several hundred faithfully reproduced courts (these are all places used for AO meetings in 2020).
The game also offers a powerful editor, which enables us to customize almost all elements of the game. Importantly, AO Tennis 2 is compatible with the content created for the first part. We can also expect a number of improvements in the game mechanics.
AO Tennis 2can be played solo or together with others. Single-player mode fans can play single matches (1 vs. 1 and doubles). The game also offers a career mode, which this time - unlike in the first part - features a story background. We play the role of a young player who is just beginning his adventure in the world of tennis. There will also be a multiplayer mode, both online and local.
AO Tennis 2 features nice, three-dimensional visuals. Both the environment and the models of the individual players have been prepared and animated with great attention to detail, based on source material from thousands of video tennis matches from the Australian Open.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-4200M 2.5 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 970 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon R9 390X or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2120 3.2 GHz / AMD Athlon II X4 555 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GT 710 / Radeon HD 6670 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit