Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. From the annoying time management of the schedule-based career mode to the ho-hum training minigames, Smash Court feels like a less entertaining "Virtua Tennis" knock-off. [Aug 2007, p.84]
  2. Smash Court Tennis 3 would be a good game overall if it weren't for the bad controls.
  3. Placing your shots feels random. [July 2007, p.109]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. TennisFan
    Jul 23, 2007
    8
    I prefer this to Virtua Tennis, but that's probably because I already play tennis and have some understanding of how the sport should be played. Virtua Tennis is an arcade game, not a tennis simulation. VT used to make me angry because it's the only tennis game in existence where serving (as opposed to returning serve) is a real disadvantage, particularly at higher levels of play. Smash Court is about timing and preparing your shots well in advance of actually making them, and a good serve can put you in a dominating position right from the start. It's tricky, but definitely not "random" as one of the reviews above suggests. If anything, the game does a really good job of not "scripting" the shots the way Virtua Tennis sometimes does. (VT seems to have set patterns for certain situations, this one doesn't ... or at least it seems deeper.) Hey, this game actually has unforced errors, winners, and aces! What happens depends on you. I like the way you gain experience for winning matches and tournaments, and I love the way you can buy special shots with the experience you earn. It means you can progress very quickly and logically, and it means that your experienced player has some nicely tailored weapons and skills. As for cons, I've run into some framerate issues here and there. Nothing to spoil the game, but it could be smoother in spots. I've also turned off the instant replay option because it was repetitive and annoying. And what's with Roger Federer being ranked Number 31 in the world when you play in tour mode? Does this take place, like, 10 years from now? I also wish the ATP or the Grand Slams could be coaxed into endorsing a tennis game so that you got to play in the real venues instead of reasonable facsimiles. Aside from all that, though, I really like it. I found it a much more pleasing game from a tennis fan's perspective. Full Review »