by Howie Howard
reviewed on PC
New and improved?
Tennis Manager 2023 is the third incarnation of a sports management game that initially got its start in 2021. The game is developed and produced by French video game house Rebound CG. As with most serial management simulations whether sports or otherwise that are released annually; they are incrementally improved upon with each years release. Some new features are added while other things are improved with graphics being enhanced and game AI being improved. The same can be said about TM23, but is it a worthwhile purchase or can you just stick with the 2022 version? Stay with us as we try to answer those questions.
It's my personal data!
I can have alien tennis players in my ads, errr... rather academy?
Moving past the initial manager and first player part makes the manager start managing the team. This includes expanding the academy, setting up training schedules, scheduling matches for your player(s), recruiting and to start thinking about game tactics along with other managerial chores. All of the initial requirements come with a nicely done help screen system. Upon starting to do a new task a text help screen pops up and it explains how things work. You can turn it off but there is an icon on the screen that can be clicked at any time if help is needed.
Lots and lots of new tennis stuff...
There are a lot of new things included in the game with an update on match play animations being in the forefront for this years edition. Player appearance on court now has a more realistic 3D look to it. The accompanying motion has been enhanced with new tactical and behavioral features. Match animations now allow for players to showcase their skills in much better detail.
Even with match animations being enhanced that's not the entire story of the updates to this 2023 edition of Tennis Manager. There are many other additions to the game and the biggest has to be the ability to play doubles in tournaments. Add in the possibility of an appearance in the Olympics, World Cup and possibility to be your nations team captain are all very big improvements indeed. Even the games player database has been updated with new name additions. However, since player name licensing doesn't seem to be present in the game then that means the top stars names are a bit different. Luckily there is the option to modify them in your own custom modules.
Final tennis manager thoughts
There really is a lot more depth to this new version of Tennis Manager 2023. In addition to the above improvements, all of the various screens have been improved. The manager and player statistics look really good and they contain expanded stats which can help to track the academies player progress. Even though I'm not a fan of personal data sharing and location tracking in games, these days it does appear to be a growing aspect of computer and video game development. I would prefer that Rebound CG and other developers rely more on their creativity and game quality to be able to draw more people in to purchase their products. The fact that we are constantly being bombarded with ads on TV, cell phone, on the Internet and everywhere, that I for one want to be ad free in the games that I play. However, even with that said, Tennis Manager 23 is a worthwhile game and that's based on the efforts made to improve things in game. If you don't mind sharing even some of your personal information and DOB certainly is very personal then you don't have anything to worry about.
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There's a whole lot of game improvements and additions in this new Tennis Manager edition.
The idea of harvesting and sharing, and selling personal data with 3rd party advertisers is quite unsettling