Tennis games have faulted in recent years
This console generation has probably been my favorite ever, but it hasn't been perfect. My biggest disappointment is there has not been a single good tennis simulation.
It's a very first-world problem, I know.
Considering the first ever commercially available video game ("Pong") was essentially a digital version of table tennis, it really shouldn't be much of a surprise that there have been some great tennis games over the years.
Tennis is a perfect sport to make the jump to a video game. Its core mechanic of hitting a ball back and forth between two or four people is pretty simple, but there's so much depth and strategy involved in the way the top players approach the game.
My brother and I spent hours playing heated matches against each other in "Super Tennis" for the Super Nintendo back in the early '90s. It was the cause of and resolution to several arguments.
During the past two console generations (PS2, Xbox, PS3, Xbox 360), the "Top Spin" series was consistently putting out great games, but there hasn't been a new entry in the series since Part 4 came out in 2011.
In the past year, two tennis games have come out for the PS4 and Xbox One, "Tennis World Tour" and "AO Tennis." Both games have been panned by critics, have terrible rosters compared to the old "Top Spin" games and actually look worse than a game that came out seven years ago on older hardware.
But it's not all bad. I recently downloaded "Dream Match Tennis VR" for the PlayStation VR headset. I used to play tennis in real life all the time and this game has you swinging the Move controller around like it's a real tennis racket. Not only has the game been fun, it's been pretty realistic. My forehand was very inconsistent, my serve was just awful and my back was sore the following morning.
I would love for a top developer to put some resources behind a top-tier tennis game with a great roster of all of today's top players and past greats like Andre Agassi. I even think it would be fun if the umpire and linesmen sometimes made mistakes and there was a challenge system like in today's tennis.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Game." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.