EA thrilled with MotionPlus
Posted by Shane Jury
The producer of Grand Slam Tennis at Giganto-Company EA had quite a bit to say on the subject of Nintendo's Remote-enhancer, and a quick whisper of new in-game characters too.
Producer Tommy Singleton has the enviable honour of being in charge of one of the first MotionPlus-supported games (and the expectations that come with it), but quite luckily the add-on won him over from Day One;
In certain respects I think it has changed the way we look at product design since it allows us to play to our strengths more than ever before. It's a great piece of technology and when you combine it with creative minds, anything is possible.
Wii MotionPlus is something that will appeal to the masses because it is innovative technology that takes the Wii experience to new heights.
People don't need to know how to play videogames, they just need to know how to perform real-life sports motions to enjoy the Grand Slam Tennis experience.
One of the more noticeable differences of using an enhanced Wii Remote would be backswings and forcing opponents to make a forehand or backhand.
I'm sure that when I, like many others, have a racquet in my hand, one of the first things I do is spin it just like the pros. And with Wii MotionPlus detecting racquet rotation, my in-game character can spin its racquet too.
Personally I enjoy playing the game with and without Wii MotionPlus. If I want to play tennis and not have to worry about my backswing and just worry about the ball placement then I'll play with just the Wii Remote. If I want to get 100 per cent consistency in shot types and want the freedom to run around my forehand or backhand, then I'll play with Wii MotionPlus.
Other big names set to appear in the game include Chris Evert, Pat Cash, Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Kei Nishikori, Michael Stich, Andy Murray, Leyton Hewitt and Martina Navratilova. Poor old Tim doesn't get a look in for this one.
Grand Slam Tennis is set for a handy Summer release, and will ship with a MotionPlus unit for £50 of your hard-earned cash, and solo for a tenner less. Considering that the units are set to be £20 or so each, I'd say that's a a great deal.