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  • Summary: With Virtua Tennis 3, the series returns with enhanced photo-realistic graphics and advanced player animations that perfectly match the behavior and mannerisms of individual professional athletes. In Career Mode, gamers travel the world and take on the biggest stars of the tennis world.With Virtua Tennis 3, the series returns with enhanced photo-realistic graphics and advanced player animations that perfectly match the behavior and mannerisms of individual professional athletes. In Career Mode, gamers travel the world and take on the biggest stars of the tennis world. Improvements to the Player Creation Mode allow gamers to customize their own tennis star with a wealth of licensed tennis equipment and increased detail. No Virtua Tennis title would be complete without the popular and addictive mini-games, and Virtua Tennis 3 is no exception. In addition to the popular mini-games from previous titles used to sharpen players' skills, there are a host of brand new games to keep players in top form. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. A triumph. While there are one or two minor niggles, Virtua Tennis 3 is a superb arcade game, a quite brilliant recreation of the sport, and a title so addictive that you'll need a calendar, rather than a watch, to measure how long you'll be playing it for. [Issue #23, p.66]
  2. 85
    Bloated expectations aside, Virtua Tennis is a fan service treat from the moment you open the box, and setting down the controller without blowing hours on end requires considerable willpower, even if it all comes to feel like just a more refined, balanced version of what we already played to death on the Dreamcast.
  3. Virtua Tennis 3 looks great, plays extremely well and, online, offers an excellent substitute for the real thing if it’s raining or you’re just too lazy to get out there and play.
  4. A first-rate game that would be an excellent addition to your sport-game library. The multiplayer games are phenomenal, and the single player mode isn't half bad either.
  5. There’s nothing spectacular about what Virtua Tennis 3 has to offer, it’s very much a case of déjà vu throughout but the game is so accessible and so much fun to play that it doesn’t matter.
  6. 80
    Sega have by no means revolutionised the genre but they have successfully brought a much loved series to the next gen and it is as lovable as ever. It has the playability, the fun and competitive edge that any sports title should have.
  7. 65
    In the end, the sharp graphics trump the competition (2K Sports' "Top Spin 2"), but the oversights in gameplay and the pros-only career mode hold Virtua Tennis back from being a must-play. For a quick knock-around with friends, this can't be beat, but for a deeper, more authentic tennis experience, go with "Top Spin 2."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. GrantH.
    Apr 10, 2007
    8
    Solid game, with very pleasant graphics. Extremely addictive and well recommended. My only concern would be regarding some AI issues and the Solid game, with very pleasant graphics. Extremely addictive and well recommended. My only concern would be regarding some AI issues and the fact its near impossible to hit the lines, or achieve ace's. Superb tennis sim though! Expand
  2. AndyM.
    Mar 27, 2007
    8
    A tennis purist's dream, while at the same time never forgetting it is a videogame. There are minor irritations for sure, but this is A tennis purist's dream, while at the same time never forgetting it is a videogame. There are minor irritations for sure, but this is the benchmark for the genre. Expand
  3. RedXIII
    Apr 2, 2007
    7
    I usually get bored with tennis game very quickly, this game is an exception, the mini games are a blast along with the career mode. The I usually get bored with tennis game very quickly, this game is an exception, the mini games are a blast along with the career mode. The career mode should be a little bit more in depth, but is still fun none the less. The online is ok, but it seems that even the slightest bit of lag completely ruins it. Overall probably the best tennis game on the market right now. more in depth career mode would have bumped it up to an 8, but for as good as a tennis game can get pretty much. Expand
  4. VasiliU.
    Apr 7, 2007
    7
    Visually this is a good game, but as far as gameplay goes, I don't agree with the general consensus. The game is too "arcadey." Every Visually this is a good game, but as far as gameplay goes, I don't agree with the general consensus. The game is too "arcadey." Every third stroke is a dive, and the lack of control over specific strokes is dissapointing. A tennis purist's dream? If it's one of those dreams where you try to run, but can't seem to stay on the ground then I would agree. After playing this game even for a little bit, the only feeling I had left was one of frustration with untapped potential of what could have been a great game. When's the next top spin coming out? Expand
  5. ApocalypseBrown
    Mar 24, 2008
    7
    I gotta to agree with Job A and say that Top Spin 2 is the better Tennis game, but Virtua Tennis is the more instantly playable game. Having I gotta to agree with Job A and say that Top Spin 2 is the better Tennis game, but Virtua Tennis is the more instantly playable game. Having played both, VT3 is more playable off and online, with its easy to pick and play model. And with the mini games and range of tournaments, there is a lot to do here. And I love watching the Virtua channel, some it adds that fun factor while seeing some poor guy getting pasted! But the control system is so disappointing its really a huge shame. The game seems to 'take over' at certain situations when you least expect or want it to, and that really pisses me off.Your player always seems incapable to get in the right area for the right shot, and lag is a major issue which sadly still hasn't been sorted. And cheese gameplay is the order of the day online, i.e. find the cheapest way to win a match and repeat that until somebody comes with a even more cheesy way to beat you! Its hard not to like, like Top Spin 2, but the controls on VT3 are just too warped for any real tennis fan to appreciate. Expand
  6. LiamM
    Sep 6, 2008
    5
    Only half marks were awarded. Why? Because the sound effects are annoying, especially the crowds. There isn't enough female superstars Only half marks were awarded. Why? Because the sound effects are annoying, especially the crowds. There isn't enough female superstars to be certain, and there's no Andy Murray. He will have to be created in Career Mode. Some of the game modes are boring. I would advise you to leave this one out if you don't want to be annoyed. Expand
  7. Jake
    May 22, 2007
    4
    An alright ofline pick up and play game but online it is frustrating because of the lag so if you are looking for an xbox live game stay away

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