gamers (85%) found this review helpful
You can play as the most known tennis players on the most known courts in Top Spin 3, but it's the game's mechanics that win me over. True, it's very hard for beginners to get into the game. First, you hold the Wiimote in a very strange way - sideways with your thumb on the side of the Wiimote and your index finger on the B button. It takes a while to get used to holding the Wiimote this way. Another hindrance is this game requires the player to anticipate where the tennis ball is going in order to successfully return it. Some players will either be out of position or swing the Wiimote too late, and the ball zips past them. Finally, there's the use of the Nunchuck to send the ball to certain areas of your opponent's half of the court (baseline, near the net, to either side.) But the Nunchuck is also used to move the player about, causing confusion. So, new players will have to spend some practice time, maybe significant practice time, to get used to the controls. It's best if you play against another person rather than the AI until you get used to the controls. It would've been better if the game had an option for players to practice each aspect of the controls (the serve, the forehand, the backhand, movement, the lob shot, the short shot, the placement of the shot), but it doesn't. The payoff of all this time put into the game is that you're in complete control; you can place the ball almost anywhere you want to. You're using skill rather than luck to win matches. And that's what makes Top Spin 3 fun for me; I feel like I'm actually playing tennis rather then "wave the Wiimote and pray."
posted by wkorsten1 (OVERLAND PARK, KS) Aug 26, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
I liked that the game allows the user the ability to control the player, control where the ball goes, the different types of games to play (exhibition and tournament play), and that the controls really do make you feel like your actually playing. I did like the fact that the user can play either singles or doubles and the different locations/surface to play tennis on. I liked the graphics of the game and the main song. What I didn't like about the game is that the user does not have the option of playing a regular set or playing a smaller version set. I would have liked to be able to choose the set length. The other thing that was hard to get used to was controlling the player where to go and the tour helped, but the game would have been better if the tour let the user practice. I would have liked to have more players to play with/against.
I think this is a fairly good game. It is more challenging to play than wii sports. The controls are different, but once you get the hang of it, you are good to go. Like many games, I always recommend rent before you buy. That is what is so great about having a game fly account.