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  • Summary: Top Spin 3 immerses players in a visually and physically realistic tennis experience. Using next generation technology, gameplay and graphics, Top Spin 3 is a tennis experience with dynamic weather changes, evolutionary player visuals and comprehensive online offerings. In Top Spin 3, players compete online and offline to rise in the ranks against current top ranked professional players. Adding a unique user-generated component, players can also use new player creator features that include free-form body sculpting, makeup and tattoos. [2K Sports] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. If you’re looking for a faithful recreation of tennis, you’ve found it. With immense attention to detail, Top Spin 3 is a must have for any tennis nutter.
  2. Top Spin 3 may seem hard to master, and effectively it is. It demands patience and commitment, but rewards the player with excellent play.
  3. Top Spin 3 is by far the best tennis sim on the market, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.
  4. Everybody who just can’t get enough of Tennis Games, should give this game a shot. Everyone else would be well advised to stick with Virtua Tennis.
  5. Top Spin 3 latches onto back-to-basics tennis, focusing its full attention on the play, power, and flow of the sport. The result is fairly straightforward but strong enough for anyone to pick up and appreciate the sport for what it is.
  6. 71
    As you might have predicted, this is not for fans of pick-up-and-play titles and neither is it necessarily for fans of other tennis games, but for those with the determination and dexterity of an actual tennis player, it offers plenty.
  7. 40
    Though it has numerous pros, courts, and options - including a player creation section that would make World Of Warcraft jealous - and looks as good as Wimbledon on NBC, it is ultimately undone by the most obvious of gaming mistakes: bad controls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Maciej
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    Great game. Unlike Virtua this is a simulation which requires skill and patience to master. There are some annoyances, the ball never clips the top of the net, lethal volleys are hard to come by (perhaps I haven't mastered them yet!) but overall the best tennis game since Smash Court 3 Pro Tournament. Beating Federer in my first pro game was a wonderful moment! Expand
  2. RogP.
    Jun 11, 2009
    9
    Absolutely the greatest tennis game for players seeking a realistic tennis sim! Trust me if you're a regular gamer the controls will NOT bother u. Sure there is a learning curve but the moment u get it you really get it. MILES and miles ahead of vt09 (which i bought 2 weeks ago and have since reverted back to top spin 3). Great game that definitely could use some work, heres to hoping the sequel will be even better Expand
  3. JamesE
    Jun 22, 2008
    8
    An excellent tennis sim that perhaps sacrifices a bit of enjoyment to make it ultra realistic. Points can often be won by waiting for your opponent to make a mistake. Those of you who feel this makes the game more tactical will enjoy this game; those who feel points should be won with physics-defying cross-court backhands may enjoy the more arcadey tennis games. Complex controls but the training section puts you in good stead. One feature of the series is "risk shots". By holding a shoulder button as well as a face button, you can either add more power or hit closer to the base line (or both!). Unfortunately this has been handled the wrong way- shots require perfect timing and usually beat the opponent- instead they should be less difficult to pull off but should not produce so many winners. Fantastic fluid animation becomes part of the gameplay as it aids in timing shots right. For those who have played tennis in the past or are keen fans- buy this game. Expand
  4. NeelR
    Jul 25, 2008
    8
    While this game is initially quite difficult, over time it becomes incredibly enjoyable. Much better than Virtua Tennis, which for all intents and purposes could be mastered by a monkey. Expand
  5. db
    Jun 22, 2008
    7
    Decent tennis game but little 'magic' establishing your player early in the game feels more like hardwork than enjoyable. Improves as your player gains 'stats and skills' but surely shouldn't a game be fun rather than a chore? Expand
  6. stephanek
    Jun 28, 2008
    7
    Controls are somewhat realistic, thus the learning curve. After 30mn rallhying is plain fun! Pulling off advanced 'risky' shots is not very well implemented - too random (i..e serving with right stick does not mimic real tennis mechanics). Sound is very poor; no commentary, very dull immersion. The ball boys should hand over the balls to the server but they do not. Players face are not properly depicted and legendary players are not properly rendered in their strokes (since when did Borg hit with a two-handed back-hand). The graphics are ok, they feel like a 3 year-old game and are similar to 2K NBA 08, meaning cartoonish. Overall, a lot of fun for tennis players (like myself) but not a pure adrenaline fun line Virtua Tennis 3; I have both depending on the mood my kids are in. Expand
  7. anthonyf
    Jun 28, 2008
    2
    Top spin 1 was the best tennis game period...and this is by far the worst yet...i agree this is a game for people with time on there hands, which most of the time people don't. Expand