Conclusion: With all of this tweaked gameplay goodness comes something we could have done without. The push for realistic tennis play and subsequently more realistic tennis player animations has resulted in an entirely different character movement process for Top Spin 3 . There’s no arguing that characters actually look like they are interacting with whatever flavor surface is under their feet– be it clay, grass or tarmac.
Conclusion: My final impression of Top Spin 3 is its the best tennis experience that you’re going to find on the 360, but it still has some things that I’d like to see get fleshed out a bit more in the next version. If you take the time to learn the new control scheme (go to Top Spin School!) and show some patience in the early going you’ll start to appreciate just how much depth the game can have.
Excerpt: The king has had a long reign. SEGA's Virtua Tennis series has sat almost completely unchallenged as the premier tennis video game for years. Contenders have come and gone, yet few have been able to go a full five sets with the arcade master. Top Spin has been one of the better challengers, but after a few weeks with each of the previous two games we went straight back to VT. With Top Spin 3 we instantly felt like we were playing something with great potential.
Summary: 2K Sports took two steps forward and three steps back on Top Spin 3. They have managed to capture one of the most authentic and real tennis games to ever hit a game console while at the same time making the control system so complicated and annoying that the game loses the enjoyment that Top Spin is known for. Is this the worst tennis game you could purchase?
Excerpt: I think the challenge in making a tennis game is how you differentiate it from the inevitable comparisons to a game of Pong. Although I am a fan of tennis games I really didn’t get into Top Spin 2 all that much as I found it to be quite unbalanced. I recently was given the chance to review the third chapter in the Top Spin series though, Top Spin 3 and to be perfectly honest I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Conclusion: With solid and technical game mechanics, this title is robust with more challenge than other tennis titles. It may not be for everyone, but it's simply the best for a knowledgeable tennis player that wants a home console experience. TS3 is beautiful and executes its objectives nicely.
Excerpt: Name: Top Spin 3 Genre: Sports - Tennis Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS (Reviewed on Xbox 360) To quote the late, great George Carlin, “tennis is Ping-Pong played while standing on the table. Great concept, not a sport.” While I may not agree with him on the “not a sport” aspect, conceptually, he’s pretty much got it right. By extension, therefore, video game tennis should be Pong played while standing on the table.
Excerpt: The original Top Spin is the benchmark many people judge all other tennis games by. It made a lot of people forget about Virtua Tennis because it offered a more sim-like gameplay style, as well as solid online play. However, Top Spin 1 is not like Top Spin 3, and I said as much in my preview of the game. I also essentially said that it was refreshing to see a sequel being reinvented, rather than just being iterative.
Pros: Most realistic tennis game to date., Controls are a step forward for the genre., Nice to see some tennis legends in the game.
Cons: Difficulty curve will turn some people off., Roster is a bit thin., Presentation needs an overhaul.
Excerpt: . After my experience with the game I found I was highly disappointed by this outing. The game certainly looks good, but looks are only skin deep. The best parts of the graphics are the characters themselves (now with increasing sweat textures!) and the actual changing of the weather as a cloud passes over or the sun comes out that you experience on the court in real time. I don’t remember that being in the last game, but maybe I’m just forgetting it.
Excerpt: Xbox 360 owners once again have it all over their PlayStation 3-playing brothers when it comes to hitting the virtual tennis courts. Last year, it was a choice between 2K Sports' simulation-style Top Spin 2 versus Sega's more arcade-style Virtua Tennis 3 . This year, Atari's upcoming Smash Court Tennis 3 will try to grab the thumbs of arcade tennis fans, while 2K Sports has raised the realism bar with its Top Spin 3 .