Roland Garros French Open 2001 Download
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
By the time you read this, Wimbledon will be nothing more than a distant memory. I'm guessing that the Brits were as crap as usual, probably losing to some unheard of Ukrainian who still uses a wooden racquet. To be honest though, the inevitable disappointment of watching England's nearly men capitulating in front of a futilely expectant crowd won't be the biggest tennis related disappointment of the summer. Oh no, that dubious title goes to this shameless rehash of the finest tennis game ever to grace the PC, Open Tennis 2000. Incredibly, developer Carapace has somehow managed to remake the same game and make it slightly worse, to the point where it now carries more bugs than a cheap whore's crotch.
Before I embark on a rant of McEnroe que proportions though, it's worth noting that RG2001 is still a quality title, and as a multiplayer game, ranks among one of the best sports games on the PC. For starters, the control system is superb, if initially a bit tricky. Move towards the ball and press one of the shot buttons (slice or top spin). Then, as you approach the ball, choose where to place your shot with the marker that appears on your opponent's side of the court. The quicker you get to the ball, the more time you have to aim your return. Simple, eh?
Multiplayer options include singles, doubles and mixed games for up to four people crammed around one computer. Each of the four surfaces (grass, synthetic, clay and hard) require a totally different strategy, with serve and volley tactics best for grass, and baseline hammering the way to play on clay. The ball physics are, for the most part, also very accurate. An umpire keeps score and you can take part in one of four tournaments including the eponymous French Open. There's also plenty of attention to detail around the court and some excellent crowd sound effects.
OK, that's more than enough of that, because we saw all of this last year. You see, what will really rile you is that there are no real improvements to speak of from 12 months ago. The Al is marginally better, but still far too easy to beat even on the hardest level, and it's unlikely to take you more than a few hours before you've worked out how to outsmart it You're provided with a selection of 16 fictional players of each sex, each with varying abilities, and a choice of racquets, which are a complete waste of time as it's equally easy to beat the computer no matter which one you use. Add to this the fact that the players still run with the same Neanderthal gate as in OT 2000, which makes them look like they're constantly stumbling as well as the fact that their arms are longer than a baboon's, and you start to wonder whether anything worthwhile has actually changed.
It gets worse. All these rehashed faults are compounded by the lack of LAN and Internet multiplayer options. "Yes Martin," they assured me last year, "There'll definitely be LAN and Internet play in this version, guaranteed." Well there's not. Anywhere. I looked in every menu, read the manual twice (once backwards) and even visited the official website www.intemet-tennis. com (which didn't work), in a desperate bid to find some Internet options. There may well be a multiplayer patch in the future, but that's not good enough. Whoever decided to exclude these options from the retail copy deserves to be tied naked to a tennis net, and have their furry spheres pummelled mercilessly with a racquet strung with razor wire. Shame on you.
Roland Garros 2001 is a good game - outstanding in multiplayer - but it's the same as before. Only more bugged. Carapace has wasted a glorious opportunity. Shame on them indeed.
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