gamers (95%) found this review helpful
This game takes chances, that's for sure. Similarly to the way MLB 2k8 revamped its controls, Top Spin 3 is sending us all back to school. Practice is needed on timing especially, but it gets easier with time. The danger in this new control system is that too many people will just be lazy and say they don't like change. That's how I felt about MLB 2k8 myself, but after playing about 15 games, I finally got it. I can't imagine going back to the old controls now. It's too early to know if this will be true of Topspin 3, but I sincerely hope so.
Graphics in this game are noticably improved over last time out. It looks like they did a lot of work to improve the use of their game engine. But the looks and sounds of this game are not the major story here. If you love tennis, you will want to try this game out. The big story here is "what do you think of the new controls?"
We'll have to wait and see what the final verdict of the masses will be, but I don't see it as a big problem personally. I like that it's harder than the old control system and (like MLB 2k8) seems a little more in keeping with the reality of tennis.
The bottom line is that Topspin 3 is much more of a tennis sim than an arcade game. That's probably where the line in the sand will be drawn for gamers. In my case, I always prefer a sports game to be more sim than arcade. Makes it feel more like the real sport.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is the first tennis game I have actually quit playing because the movements were soooo bad. Not to mention the swing controls and aiming of the ball!!! I would NOT recommend this game to somebody looking for a decent tennis game, stick to Top Spin 2
I hate this game! and I Love this game! I give this game a rating of "0 and 10".
This is not your typical VT3,TS or TS2.Forget about those easy game controls and get ready to learn and re-think the way you played tennis in the past.
The Love: This game has all the Hi def eye candy(720p) and realism of any tennis game out,hands downs. The sweating faces, the dirty appearance,tiredness,player poor shots,heart pounding fatigue,you name it.
The Love: It's a real tennis game folks,not for the faint of heart. You have to practice and be patience and then MAYBE you can win a game on "normal level." Once you do,(and it will take some time on any level other then "easy")you will feel great!
The Hate: The controls + player momentum is hard to master,if at all. With no computer assist in moving your player from side to side you will miss many returns. "Releasing" the button to hit the ball is not normal.
The hate: The game is slower and the control system is weak. But at the same time, it's PERFECT for this game of tennis because it's like REAL Tennis. Be warned: TopSpin 3 is not for the casual arcade-minded tennis fan.
The Hate: How can you have a Great tennis game WITHOUT the WILLIAM sisters,Sampras,and the other greats in it.