Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Exceptional tennis game whose combination of exquisite control and alluring content results in one of the most rewarding sporting experiences around.
  2. 90
    Virtua Tennis 3 is fine fun for even the uninitiated. Not only did I have a good time playing through the cornucopia of kooky minigames, but I also came out with a firmer knowledge and appreciation for tennis itself.
  3. 88
    The new mini-games are a blast though, and we can't overly punish what is still the best tennis experience out there. [Issue#152, p.82]
  4. Multiplayer has always been Virtua Tennis' strongest aspect, but you'll be disappointed to know that VT3 only supports 4 players via Ad-Hoc/LAN, as opposed to infrastructure/online.
  5. There's nothing better for a quick sporing blast on PSP. [May 2007, p.78]
  6. A lack of realism does nothing to dampen the sheer fun and depth of play behind Virtua Tennis 3. It's, ahem, ace. [Apr 2007, p.95]
  7. The game is as close to Pong as the London Philharmonic Orchestra is to a caveman banging a rudimentary drum, and continuing that analogy, Virtua Tennis 3 is just as primal and instinctive as its most ancient of relatives.
  8. Stellar controls (analog or D-pad) and excellent competitions among virtual versions of real-life tennis players. The sport is presented very realistically, but not so much that it can’t produce a little fantasy.
  9. This is the best tennis game on the PSP, but it’s not much improved over last year’s title. Only serious tennis fans and those who don’t already own "Virtua Tennis: World Tour" should bother with this one.
  10. Despite the niggles, this is still the usual brilliance. [May 2007, p.79]
  11. 78
    There's no doubt that it's a strong pickup for casual sports fans or dedicated SEGAphies, but for those of us who played its predecessors, it may be a little too familiar.
  12. As a further refined version of Virtua Tennis: World Tour, this game is easily the best available for any handheld system. But having said that, it may not be enough of a difference for fans of the last game to part with their money.
  13. 75
    When looking at this strictly from a playability sense, this game's easy to learn and fun to master.
  14. Virtua Tennis 3 is a good game, but it plays a little too much like "Virtua Tennis: World Tour."
  15. It can't quite live up the the standard set by its more playable big brother. [May 2007, p.108]
  16. 70
    Virtua Tennis 3 is very similar to "World Tour," so the game is only really recommended for those who didn't pick up the first title on launch.
  17. A very playable tennis game if you don't already own "World Tour."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Bullet1001
    Sep 21, 2007
    Don't buy this buggy load of pants. Buy VT:World Tour - it's better and cheaper! I've owned both. Sure, this looks a bit nicer & you can see what tournaments you have won, but (a) it crashes a lot when using your custom player, temporarily bricking your PSP. This is particularly annoying when winning in the final of a tournament. (b) you can't see the ball being hit as the player name labels stupidly cover most of the top of the screen, even for short names (c) it is far too easy to get to #1. Once you figure out the simple way to play the CPU, it is very hard to lose! (d) the skills practice games are mostly worse (e) the AI is not as good. The 'good' players have an annoying habit of taking drop shots about 90% the time. (f) Some tasks are next to impossible in the training academy because the CPU player will not co-operate! I'm sorry I traded VT:World Tour in - Don't make the same mistake I did! Full Review »
  2. ChrisM.
    May 8, 2007
    Excellant all round tennis game. Lots of sub-games to keep occupied for weeks. Season game is challenging and does not automatically get easier when skills are unlocked as CPU players have differing abilities. Does suffer sometimes in double matches of 'slowdown' and gets frustrating when ball takes an age to hit racket. Otherwise fine game that captures the sport perfectly. recommend to all sports games fans. Full Review »
  3. TennisB.
    Apr 17, 2007
    They didn't scale down the graphics properly, leaving too many glitches. The ball actually gets lost in the haze. Previous version "world tour" is much smoother and better looking. Full Review »