Hitmaker brings the popular Sega Dreamcast title Virtua Tennis to the PC and serves up seven international stars competing in four gameplay modes: Arcade, Exhibition, World Circuit, and Multiplayer (up to four players via LAN or on a single machine). Players can maneuver stars Jim Courier, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Cedric Pioline, Tim Henman, Thomas Johansson, Carlos Moya, and Tommy Haas on clay, grass, or hard courts.
Using shot buttons and power-gauges, players determine court position, ball direction, and power (or finesse) while controlling types of shots (flat or kick) during volleys and serves. Options include rushing the net, playing the baseline, playing drop shots, aiming shots, and competing in singles or doubles matches. Arcade mode (one to four players) offers a "win and advance" style against computer-controlled opponents consisting of five-stage matches, while World Circuit provides a tournament setting where players train and shop for tennis wear around the world.
Customizable settings include the number of games required to win a match, the strength of computer-controlled opponents (easy, normal, hard, or very hard), play with or without deuces, and computer partner strength in doubles (normal, strong, or very strong). Gameplay in World Circuit mode requires equal attention to training and trial matches, in preparation for tournament action. A world map allows players to select various tournaments throughout the world where they earn money to purchase new tennis equipment (racket strings, clothes, recovery drinks). Eight unique training sessions increase in difficulty as new techniques are learned: cannon ball, smash box, drum shooter, pin crasher, bull's eye, return ace, big wall, and giant ball.
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