I had a long break from Tennis Elbow 2013 and as I decided to try out the Alpha on Sunday. There are some things I totally forgot and could be also problematic for beginners. Maybe good idea to explain the important things in training mode of the game?
I played the game 6 hours on Sunday and 3 hours yesterday. My comments:
1. Positioning pushing the shot button (before opponent serve or shot). When you don't use it, you hardly win any matches. I lost 11 matches in a row and "kinda upset" is not exactly the correct term here. For beginners it's a must to explain how the auto positioning works. I have played only Pro 1 level and it was very disappointing not to get to the easy balls I would get, when I play real tennis. Without auto positioning the start of movement is very slow.
2. The aiming of shots. I understand now the aiming speed kinda depends on relation precision to power. For example precision 60 to power 50 is same aiming as 40 to 30. My mistake was I first I upgraded my power to 60 and precision was like 20. It was super easy to make errors like this and it's not written anywhere for beginners, that the relation to precision is very important. Also the more you hold the shot button down, the more exact your aiming will be. Am I missing some other things too?
3. The counter shot. It should be explained how and when you should use the tapping shot. As far as I know, when the opponent hits acceleration shot and you have good counter, then it's possible to tap the button the last moment and you can get well directed and fast counter shot. Also when the opponent rushes the net, then your passing shot is better with higher counter skill as I understand.
4. The inside out slice. The sidespin of the inside out slice has to be looked into. If you play against top 50 players the inside out sidespin slice is deadly, you just can't get to it or the opponent will get a weak reply. The speed seems kinda OK, although I would put the speed lower, but sidespin is very unrealistic
But still I enjoy playing the Alpha much more than the TE 2013 regarding the ball movement and also graphics. It's more natural ball movement, that makes the difference.
Thanks to the TE4 team! Respect!