Finally a good game of tennis this decade? If good simulations are rare in this field of sport lately, the management aspect is not left out with a new opus of Rebound CG. The French studio unveils Tennis Manager 2022 as the prelude to Roland Garros, a management game in the style of Football Manager or Pro Cycling Manager.
When management shows up
When talking about tennis as a sport, management goes without saying. Managing a game, managing fatigue, managing emotions… There are many parameters that a player must take into account. And if we consider the career aspect, the choice of coach, sponsors or the academy to train, there is Tennis Manager 2022. to be an annual license. We embody a manager with the personality and experience of his choice, with two options: start a tennis academy from scratch or join an existing academy. The first option makes it possible to define the precise goals of the academy and its means. After you’ve recruited your first player, or even created your talent from scr atch (a first compared to the previous work), the multitude of options unfolds. We then find the codes of Football Manager with a place to receive important messages and make decisions.
You can then use the hub to recruit more nuggets, manage the calendar and training of your foals, manage the sponsorship contracts and, most importantly, assign the technical staff to the players. Every tennis player or tennis woman must have a head coach, a physical, technical, mental coach, the game plan and a physiotherapist. Note that the main coach can take care of several other aspects (e.g. technical) depending on his skills and that one coach can oversee multiple players, up to a limit of 4 assignments. A management of the trainers that we found very clever without being cumbersome. You can manage a player while you are his coach, or vice versa just take care of the management. Anyway, your assistant will ask you if you want to compete in the finals and coach a member of your academy even if you’re not their coach, to avoid frustration.
From singles to doubles
Because in addition to managing the player’s career in the medium and long term, it is possible to take care of your nuggets in the match. Chat, choice of intensity on serve, return, key points according to opponent’s qualities and mistakes are required before the game. During the game, the title offers 3D rendering with a choice of cameras, possible tactical changes between points, chatting… We can certainly find fault with the 3D modeling of the protagonists and the changes, but it is a “problem” in most sports management games. Nothing bad, although we would have liked a little more guidance with the instructions to steer a beginner’s game in the right direction.
Finally, Tennis Manager 2022 delivers the essentials for the genre and manages to garner some prestige without Rebound CG having a huge budget. The user interface is undoubtedly the most ergonomic of its kind, we like navigating through the menus without getting lost in the information overload. The big downside comes mainly from the difficulty slider : Very often, if the results of competing athletes outside the academy reflect reality, recruiting a high-potential hopeful will result in them climbing very high up the rankings, and too quickly. On the other hand we struggled a lot to get young or big players who lost a lot back into shape and having a few more chances to get up the slope wouldn’t have been too much. The possibility of playing doubles games as well.
Hugo Baston or Carlos Alacatraz?
The famous problem of licenses. Like most sports or management games like Pro Cycling Manager, Most Tennis Manager players see their names changed and a photo missing. Rafael Nadal becomes Rafael Nabal, Djokovic becomes Djorovic or Iga Swiatek becomes Swietak. However, some French players are licensed in the game, such as Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut, Grégoire Barrère or Clara Burel. Several foreign secondary knives also rely on CG Rebound. After all, the number of licensed tennis players and tennis women is quite small The studio left the opportunity to start a career with a mod
- Rather completely in the management of a tennis academy
- Realistic in opposite results
- Very easy to learn for a management game
- Ergonomic interface
- Management of live games and multiple players
- Added player creation
- Realistic in contrasting results…
- …but often too simple in the results of hopes
- Difficult to overcome negative phases
- 3D modeling in perfectable consistency
- Lack of real names with no mod
Fun! By wanting to be inspired by the best sports management games, the French at Rebound CG have managed to be on par in this field. Despite the flood of information, Tennis Manager 2022 offers a very ergonomic interface that is easier to use than its counterparts. It will certainly be necessary to go through a mod on the workshop to have the real names of the players, but the title is very consistent in the varied results of tournaments throughout the season. Running a tennis academy is a demanding job, although we regret limited 3D rendering of matches and too easy progression for young hopefuls. In short, TM 2022 is a good game for any management or tennis fan, great opportunity for Roland Garros finish.
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