Conclusion: Tennis has arrived on next generation consoles, and it’s fully loaded. In comparison to its predecessor, there are only a few tweaks here and there to the overall gameplay mechanics, but that doesn’t stop this title from being a fresh face for gamers abroad.
Excerpt: There is no better sport for creating great video games than tennis. From Pong at the dawn of virtual time through to the storm of excitement that Wii Sports Tennis served up for the Launch of Nintendo's newest console, there is something about hitting a ball backwards and forwards that just works.
Conclusion: So if you’re a big fan of tennis games, you might want to check this out just for the player roster and presentation, but I think a rental would be best. The gameplay can also have its fun and/or intense moments, however rare they are, so it’s not completely terrible.
Excerpt: In Virtua Tennis 3 you hit the courts as one of 20 of today's top ranked stars including: Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Rafael Madal, or Roger Federer or as a custom player you create for yourself on one of 25 courts from around the world.
Summary: Take on the world's greatest tennis stars on any court surface worldwide; with newly added players and improvements to the game's AI, Virtua Tennis 3 has upped the challenge to becoming the top seed of the tennis world.
Excerpt: I’ve always been more of a basketball fan, so when Virtua Tennis 3 for the PSP arrived last week, my initial response was complete confusion. I’m not lying when I tell you that my only experience with tennis in the past 24 years of existence is the original Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast.
Conclusion: This the last time I'll say it: this game needed online play. I've already spent a bazillion hours with the first two games, and what would have made this feel truly fresh would have been playing against other vets. Consider me bummed.