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  • Summary: The first in the tennis simulation series for the new console generation, Smash Court Tennis 3 for Xbox 360 tests the player's skills against 16 of the world's finest international tennis players. From established stars such as world number one Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Martina Hingis, to rising talents including Italy's Andreas Seppi and Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, each player has their own strengths and weaknesses which come into play on the game's painstakingly rendered courts. Making the most of the power of Xbox 360, Smash Court Tennis 3 boasts enhanced graphics including improved player animations, realistic shadows, skin shaders and High Dynamic Range rendering which combine to deliver a greater level of realism and immersion for the player. A host of customizing options allows players to choose rackets, shoes, hairstyles, skin tone and clothing to create their own unique star of the courts. New gameplay includes a system which lets all players, no matter what their skill level, benefit quickly from the powerful shots and finely honed skills of the star players. Gameplay modes include Tutorial, Arcade, Pro-Tour, and Exhibition mode where up to four players can go head to head offline. The game also features an online mode allowing players to play online via Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. In addition to Xbox LIVE voice chat and rankings, players can take on opponents in online tournaments and in a range of different matches. Online doubles matches let players team up side by side for a long distance match against another pair, bringing the action and interaction alive like never before. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Smash Court Tennis 3 is infuriating, as you must use ultra-precision timing to hit the tennis ball to the lame-brained computer.
  2. A good game, but one which feels eerily out of place and out of time. [Sept 2008, p.79]
  3. The controls are obtuse, and it becomes obvious with a bit scrutiny that the game is definitely a port; it's nice to see an online mode included, but it isn't particularly fleshed out or engaging.
  4. Smash Court Tennis 3 actually fails in every section -graphical, gameplay, sound, control...- to fall in the absolute mediocrity. It´s difficult to recommend it even to the hardcores of that sport, maybe them will like it less than anybody else.
  5. Controls with little precision and the slow game rhythm are flaws that are hard to ignore. The variety of actions at our disposal (specially the effects you can give to the ball) will make fans of the sport happy, and even those will find it hard to see anything else in this game.
  6. The refinement of the animations, the character models, and accurately capturing the simulation (that sports titles do best) is missing.
  7. Ironically, the old Virtua Tennis continues to do the job for me if I need to play a tennis game; this one is at the bottom of the heap.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. STaylor
    Mar 17, 2009
    8
    It is with great difficulty, that with a mere few hours a critic is expected to evaluate a game to which they hardly know. Smash Court Tennis 3 is a game which on reflection a lot of reviewers will wish they had not been so hasty to critique. It is a game which is most difficult from the outset to acquaint oneself with, if a gamer is persistent however the gameplay is most fulfilling. IF the ideal tennis simulation is a game finely balanced between technique, tactics and gameplay, between reality and control then Smash Court Tennis 3 is a game which should have been given a much higher rating than its competitors. Collapse
  2. RafaelD
    Sep 23, 2008
    4
    not even close to the best tennis game avaliable ( top spin 3, virtua tennis 3) still fun to play , but keep away from this game if you already have ANY other tennis game. specially if this game is top spin 3 , which is muuuch better in all topics. or if you like arcade style stick with virtua tennis 3. Expand