Critic & User Reviews
Steep Learning Curve
posted by SMShadow (FREDERICK, MD) Jul 27, 2008
Member since May 2008
5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
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.
Better than you think
posted by L3thal (NEWARK, NJ) Jul 2, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
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.
Tennis Fans Only
posted by nolan1977 (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA) Jul 8, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
YOU ALL ARE EITHER CRAZY OR JUST UNCOORDINATED!
posted by kslim1 (SACRAMENTO, CA) Jan 23, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Thank goodness for Gamefly!!
posted by senorDHas (SPARKILL, NY) Jul 22, 2008
Member since Feb 2007
3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
I happen to love tennis games and am normally a big fan of 2k games - but this game is awful. Down right awful. I would have been really irritated if I had bought this game.
The graphics are not bad at all, better than I thought for a tennis game- but I really cannot figure out what the designers were thinking when they designed the button control! Timing and anticipation I understand, but to release the button to swing? If it sounds funky, then you can imagine trying to perform it!
AWFUL, absolutely AWFUL
Very Poorly Executed by 2K Sports
posted by RogerH (EMERYVILLE, CA) Jul 3, 2008
Member since Jan 2004
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
First of all, the action of this game is very different from any racket game you have ever played before. You don't hit the ball with the buttons or stick. you must release it earlier as the ball hits the ground.
Now this is very counter intuitive. But lets say that you invest the time to learn the new interface and you battle you way through all the opening rounds and you make Juniors. Took me quite some time to get to this point and I am usually the best at these type of games.
Well, in Juniors you are suppose to play matches against people and place in the top 3 in the year. The only problem is that you play the same people regardless if you are on hard or easy and these people are MANY levels above your head. It took me winning 9 matches to move from 30 to 33 and my first match in Juniors I am playing people at level 55. Almost impossible to play and even if you do win a match, you only get 2 points. So even if you can win the odd match against a MUCH better opponent, you would have to win HUNDREDS of matches at 2 points each to even come close to the level of your opponents.
I bet they meant to make the easier games, well easier than the hard ones. But you play exactly the same people in each.
This game is in deperate need of a patch, but as we rent game, I can't wait that long.
Stay far away from this title.
Wow Worse than kissing your grandma
posted by gogocats (OWENSBORO, KY) Jun 30, 2008
Member since Jun 2006
2 out of 11 gamers (18%) found this review helpful
Not good at all!
posted by cubsfan (OMAHA, NE) Dec 28, 2008
Member since May 2007
Top Spin 3 A OK
posted by tbaggin318 (SHREVEPORT, LA) Dec 20, 2008
Member since Sep 2007
Good physics with a questionable control scheme
posted by eugene22n (LOS ANGELES, CA) Oct 3, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
The physics engine is accurate in the sense that the game really does punish the user for not paying attention to court position and accurately depicts momentum based on the court surface. On the highest difficultly setting the game is challenging.
The control scheme has you hold a button and then release it to actual hit the ball. This is controversial because it tend to feel clumsy. The accuracy and power of the shot is based upon the timing of the release, the length of the hold, and the movement of the player.
The graphics in the game are good, but I wish there were more players. The career mode is weak featuring progression without any "story".
If you are a fan of tennis or tennis games this game is probably worth checking out at least for a little while.
this game is the reason i subscribe to gamefly
posted by chocl8man (SAN DIEGO, CA) Aug 18, 2008
Member since Apr 2005
ps where are the williams sisters
posted by TylersDad1 (PHILLIPSBURG, NJ) Jul 25, 2008
Member since Mar 2003
Another thing I wish was better is the roster of real-life players, which feels woefully bare-bones.
Plenty of people keep saying that if you keep practicing that you'll get better at it, and this is true of most things, but does it make it fun? Maybe for some, but not for me. I play games for fun, and after hours of practicing this game, I didn't come close to having fun. Some people are saying that if you don't like the new controls,to go play Virtua Tennis or something like it, but why sould I? The truth is, I used to, and still like the Tennis 2K series on the Dreamcast, but once I played the Top Spin series, it became my favorite tennis video game--mainly because it had a better "feel' to it. And by "feel" I mean that it didn't feel as arcadey to me. After playing this game, I can't say that anymore. If you have any interest in this game, definitely rent it first, and make your own decision.
Worst Tennis Game Ever!
posted by sinusdrip (MCKINNEY, TX) Jul 21, 2008
Member since Jul 2004
Easily the best tennis game ever made
posted by edlglide (ATLANTA, GA) Jul 10, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
The gameplay is phenomenal. There are minor flaws (the computer is far too good at serving out wide and at the net), but it feels like real tennis rather than glorified ping pong. There's strategy, timing, and, for maybe the first time ever in a tennis game, actual unforced errors on a fairly regular basis. Playing on clay feels different from playing on grass, and they both feel different from hard courts. It's one of the best sports games (yes, of ANY sport) I've ever played in terms of being a realistic, accurate simulation of the real thing.
The only major negative to this game is the career mode. The set up is okay, but all you can really do is play tournaments. There's nothing else to do -- no hiring and firing coaches, no training sessions, no sponsorships, nothing. I assume it's because they overhauled the gameplay, and they'll fix the career mode in Top Spin 4, but it's pretty bare bones as is.
However, the gameplay is so great that the career mode is still fun, and the online World Tour/online tournaments help make up for the lack of options in the career.
If you want the best tennis sim ever made, play this game. If you want arcade tennis (just mindlessly whacking it back and forth), check out Virtua Tennis.
Not good at all
posted by MPL1999 (FRANKLINVILLE, NJ) Jul 2, 2008
Member since Oct 2006
Returning after 2 hours
posted by bignaps (CORONA, CA) Jun 28, 2008
Member since Nov 2005
The best Tennis game out but...
posted by Silentme (O FALLON, MO) Jun 25, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
Great game if your a tennis fan. Enjoy.