Call to mind Wii Sports'
tennis, and you don't have to stretch your imagination too much further to arrive at Ubisoft's Racquet Sports
. If you own a Wii, you already own this experience, to which Ubisoft has added some variety, including ping-pong, badminton, squash, and beach tennis, and a more fleshed-out art direction than Nintendo's pack-in or even its sequel, Wii Sports Resort
. There's no Mii support, but Racquet Sports
offers its own dollish avatars, customized with unlockable trinkets. There's a derivative multicultural vibe, too, as the characters and playing courts span the globe in classic and fantastic scenarios. Grandma vs. dashiki-clad boy in an aquarium squash court? Yes.
Of course, the experience you don't
own is "tennis" played with a motion-tracking camera. No, not Natal
-- not at all
. Ubisoft's USB camera, first bundled with scarcely
-reviewed Your Shape
(featuring Jenny McCarthy
), might be on the cutting edge of a revived and revamped gaming tech trend, but its implementation in Racquet Sports
is painfully dull.