Conclusion: While SEGA's way of looking at one of the most elegant sports in the world has stayed the same, the addition of new mini games and a much better established career mode is definitely the winning formula as far as tennis games go. Drawing the line between real tennis games and simple and fun ones, such as Wii Tennis, Virtua Tennis 3 does an amazing job at making you feel like a real sportsman/sportswoman trying to make his/her way up towards the top-ranked players in the...
Excerpt: For many sports game fans, Sega’s Virtua Tennis series has always marked the apex of quality and accessibility that so many lesser titles strive to achieve yet rarely manage to imitate. Without the additional play mechanics inherent in other titles such as TopSpin 2, the Virtua Tennis team somehow manages to produce a title with more depth and tactical play simply by combining deft usage of the analogue sticks and a well-honed shot placement system developed over...
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. Even if you are not very good at tennis, this game is easy to pickup the basics, though it can take quite a while to master the different swings. Some of us are still working on the last part.
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.
Excerpt: Sega's tennis series has had a multitude of names over the years: Virtua Tennis, Power Smash, and Sega Sports Tennis. While the names may differ depending on location and year, the games have always been easy to pick up and play and hard to put down. Virtua Tennis 3 is a great game that holds true to that winning formula.
Pros: Minigames are a blast, Gameplay is as smooth as ever, Crisp visuals
Cons: Strikingly similar to the last game, Lobs are worthless, Volleying is inconsistent, No online play
Conclusion: Alas, but for this omission Virtua Tennis 3 delivers. Thrillpower is there for the taking and I personally have ploughed more time into this game than any other. But the lack of online competition may be too much for many to bear. Awesome, long lasting fun that could ... should ... have been so much more.
Pros: Fluid, precise action that makes you forget about all that next generation malarkey., Genuinely fun to play - and career mode is recommended., Playing with mates is massive fun...
Cons: ...so why no online play? What is that all about?
Summary: While Nintendo has made sterling efforts to evolve digital athletics with its motion sensitive shenanigans, for its PS3 debut Sega has opted to stick with the indomitable formula that made Virtua Tennis the most gripping sports simulation on any console. And with the graphical muscle of Sony’s new machine bringing this latest edition to life, VT3 is one of the most satisfying sports sims around, whether you’re a tennis fan or not.