Summary: When I first started playing this game, much like other reviewers, I was extremely frustrated. Let me take it issue by issue to make this easier to read. 1. This is a hard game to master. But once you do, it is a lot of fun. It's about knowing the controls. One thing that would have helped this game a lot is if the instructional packet was more comprehensive. There are some bars and certain things in the game that are not explained in the manual.
Summary: I am a real tennis player, and this is by all means no fun. The manual is especially lacking and weak. It does not tell what all indicators mean, like the color bars for each player, the blinking doubles alley, what is that? The com. gets to start with all the moves and angles, while you got none really.
Summary: This game is way better than the topspin 3 on the Xbox of PS3. Those games take away your ability to get a head start on where you think the ball is going to go. With that said, this game lacks some options. You can create your own player....unless you want him/her to be left handed. Then you are SOL. The created character also doesn't have a choice between backhands. And you don't have one. Some matches my guy hits a one handed bakchand...sometimes two handed.
Summary: Having to make the player move to the ball is stupid. When you play tennis, you naturally move to the ball to hit it. This game requires one button for you to get to the ball and another to hit it when you're in the right spot. It's not intuitive like real tennis. The player should go to the ball automtically and the game should revolve around hitting the ball using various spins, depth etc. As it is, just getting the player to the ball is half 3/4 of the battle.
Summary: This game, Top Spin 3, was a great frustration because it is so difficult to get all the buttons pushed just so in order to actually play the game well, which I never did, and I spent hours trying. I felt like a total spaz playing this particular game, whereas in other games for the DS I am not a bad player, like Tiger Woods PGA tour 08 and Call of Duty 4. Top Spin 3 is not, as the product features state, "easy to pick up and play... no matter what skill level you are".
Summary: The graphic is not so good. It's too bad you can't get all the stars in training. The sound is pretty good and it's a fun game even though it might be hard to catch on to. The good thing is that you can continue to play even when you become number one...
Summary: I have not played this game on other consoles, nor have I played any previous incarnations of Top Spin--so apologies if this is "standard knowledge" for this publisher: but I found this a very disappointing port of this game, as it makes no use of the stylus during gameplay. Having been spoiled by Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 , I'd have thought there would be opportunities galore to have the player power-up his serve, aim his racket, or at least run by using the touch-screen.
Summary: I did not purchase either of the other Top Spin games so I have nothing to compare this one to but I really like this game! You try to get yourself to rank #1 in the world of tennis and you start out ranked 100. You have practice mini games and tournaments to help increase your rank. It takes a while to get good at this game and at the beginning I was not sure if buying it was a good decision or not. But once you get the hang of it, the game is challenging and fun!