posted by SMShadow (MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD) Jul 27, 2008
Member since May 2008
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
For anyone who has played a tennis game before: throw away everything you learned from previous titles. The developers of Top Spin 3, in an effort to create more realism, created an entirely new method to control your player's swings.
It takes a while to get the hang of the controls, but luckily the game provides quite a few tutorials and lessons to help you get caught up.
Unfortunately however, all of this innovation in the controls ultimately results in not much more than a 'pretty good' game. Once you get the hang of the new control scheme, it turns out there isn't much more to it than hitting the ball back and forth. The career mode is designed in such a way that it takes FOREVER to increase your player's attributes to something half-decent. In addition, the AI opponents seem to never make any mistakes, even at the early stages of the career.
The game offers easy, medium, and harder settings, but easy provided more than enough challenge for me. I shudder to think how this game plays on the hard setting.
So, if the career mode seems like a thousand-mile crawl, there's always the ability to play exhibition matches using Federer or Nadal to get a taste of what you can really do with this game. But that gets old fairly quickly.
Overall, the game is worth a rent if you are a tennis fan or even just a fan of sports video games in general. But it's not a killer top-of-the-queue title.
I don't write reviews here but after reading the 4 reviews below, I had to write this one.
I don't understand why everyone is saying this game blows. First off, I am not a big tennis fan but I am enjoying this game very much. The graphics are very good, the players turn red and sweat as the game progresses, and the career mode is very deep and I find myself addicted to it. You play through tournaments accumulating experience points and moving up the ranks.
The AI is not easy but not hard. The other reviewer said it was impossible to win in a final of a tournament and I say he either does not know how to play or just isn't good enough. I have won tournaments and lost them in the first round and there are some matches that just go back and forth and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Overall, Top Spin is a good game worthy of a rental and playing its career mode. The buttons are straightforward and once you get used to the timing, it becomes much easier and enjoyable to play the game.
Do not listen to all these reviewers who most likely played two games and sent it back without even attempting to play the game for real.
posted by nolan1977 (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA) Jul 8, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
The game is good. period. if your looking for a fast pace button smashing arcade pong, go play virtual tennis, If your looking for real strategy, real tennis physics and engine look no further. this is a(sim)game for the tennis fan. The game has to grow you, after a while the controls handle like a breeze. For those who say the game is to hard, One, go to tennis school, Two swallow your pride and set the gaming level to (VERY EASY). I'm not a tennis fan and I enjoy this game. If your looking for more tennis then what this game has to offer, put down your controller and pick up a tennis racket.