Summary: I play this game all the time, mostly because Rafael Nadal is feautured. There are 8 male & 8 female players, recognizable to most fans. Although the skills they attribute to some players are not accurate. Roger Federer doesn't have much power in his ground strokes or moves that well, Andy Roddick is not nearly that fast and Feliciano Lopez isn't as accurate as they made him out to be. There are other small errors, but still fun to play.
Summary: I've played all the handheld tennis games on both major systems (psp and ds)and I rate this one the highest. Pretty standard conept: create a player, level up, play some side games, reach number 1. This particular game stands out for several reasons. (1) Graphics far exceed any of the competition (check out the light and shadows of the tokyo at night optional tournament, for example.
Summary: Pros - + Smash Court Tennis in your palm + nice menus + char creation and levelling up is fun and rewarding Cons - - Tennis feels silly. Chars move like they're 90year olds. Stumbling slowly - Animations are off. Sometimes it clearly doesn't hit the racket but it still goes to other side - same animation of fist pump after every point, making it very annoying - can't get depth in shots or precision at all.
Summary: Have played this game for many hours now on the PSP. It is very addictive. It is definately the best tennis game I have played on a hand held console. Loads of different games and tournaments to try out. The Sound effects are brilliant. On the clay you can hear sliding and the players feet react as you really would. Even has Maria Sharapova grunting ( if that is a good thing!!). Noticed as well that the grass courts wear as the tournament progresses.
Summary: Smash Court Tennis 3 on the PSP is great and really underrated. There aren't many mini-games but try 'bomb tennis'...it's a work of dark genius and watching your opponent get fried never gets old. The main game is great too - it's a simulation, sure, but it's great fun. I traded Virtua Tennis 3 in but I kept this one.
Summary: As far as I am concerned, the key issue is not the graphics but the actual gameplay. It's almost impossible to fault the latter, even though the graphics beyond the actual tennis court and players could have used some work, i.e., when it comes to the mediocre replays, championship 'ceremonies', or the crowd in the stands when the camera pulls back (one hardly sees the fans in the normal court view, however, so it's not an issue when you're actually focused on playing).
Conclusion: Overall However I must say that even though Smash Court Tennis 3 goes further in terms of playability than some other Tennis games, its major fault also lets the game down in terms of fluidity. The analogue control is really annoying and will leave you heading for the off switch on many of occasions.