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GF Rating
4.5

621 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

Fun with friends

posted by BahamaBoy (MAPLEWOOD, NJ) Aug 7, 2008

Member since Jun 2008

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is Ok at best. When playing alone this game is not fun at all. The computer plays with systematic consistency so you always can figure out where the next shot is going. Bottom line is it is too easy on single player.

The Multiplayer is a different story. When playing with friends the games can get quite heated simply because of the unpredictability of playing against a human.

Pros:
1. The response time on the wiimote was pretty good I was expecting a few times when I swing not to get anything.
2. The character motions are pretty realistic. Federa plays differently than Blake even with humans controlling them.

Cons.
1. Way too easy when playing the computer.
2. Not enough players. (I did not play long enough to find out if you unlock more)
3. Not enough staying power. Once you have played one tournament you have played the whole game.

Recommendations.
Grab this game only if you have a friend to play with and have nothing better to do with your time.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

"Top Spin 3" takes time, but it's worth it

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jun 30, 2008

Top Reviewer

Member since Jan 2008

11 out of 13 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."

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Top Spin 3 is flat

posted by GamErick (JOLIET, IL) Jun 30, 2008

Member since Jun 2008

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

I love the concept of an actual tennis game for the Wii. The mechanics of this game is fairly well done, however I have 2 HUGE complaints. 1. I am a lefty and I could not see any way to switch the controller from a righty to a lefty. 2. I love being able to create characters for these games and I was not able to do that either.

Another thing I would like to have seen done differently is the serve mechanics. It makes sense to "grip" the ball using the C button on the nunchuck, but it would have been better to have the player raise the nunchuck up for the "ball toss" motion and have the wii-mote just do the racket motion.

With all that being said, I still enjoyed playing the game for a little while, even though my fore-hands were backhands on the screen. It definitely would not be a buy for me.

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