Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Regardless of whether you've played a Virtua Tennis game or not, this is one of those games that no self-respecting gamer should miss out on, because not only is it the best tennis game on the market, it's also one of the best sports games ever made, full stop.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. The only problem with VT3 is also its greatest asset - it really does play and feel identical to the Dreamcast game we played every day for six months back in 2000 and for large chunks of most years since. [Apr 2007, p.84]
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. JobA.
    Feb 23, 2008
    7
    This game has one good thing going for it. It has a great single player game with a lot of things to do and mini games.I played both this This game has one good thing going for it. It has a great single player game with a lot of things to do and mini games.I played both this game and Top Spin 2 for a long time to see which one is truly better and Top Spins straight up game play is by far the better game without a doubt.Virtua Tennis 3 world tour is better though.I'm into tennis so I own both but if you are trying to decide on which one to buy then go for Top Spin's REAL tennis compared to Virtua's arcade feel.I give this game a 7.2. Full Review »