posted by raildave (FOREST HILLS, NY) Jul 26, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
What could have been a great title for the Wii is spoiled by poor controls. What I don't understand is why can't Game Designers get it right? The Tennis game in Wii Sports hands down makes the best use so far of the Wii controller. Why not just improve upon it instead of attempting to redesign the wheel? A game like Tennis requires freedom of hand movement to accurately swing your racket. To hamper it by using the Nunchaku controller to move the player is simply ludicrous. Perhaps they will get it right in Top Spin 4. But right now I wouldn't recommend this game. Even as a rental! Dave
Top Spin 3 takes all the fun of swinging your Wiimote around a room and combines it with the excitement of tennis. In a nutshell, the game is not engaging, not addictive and not fun. You would think that the Wiimote would lend itself to this kind of gameplay, but the motion sensor technology is under-utilized and awkward. Move the controller to one side and turn forward to swing. Move it upwards and then down to serve. I would have thought the full range of motion would be seen here, but it's not. Also, recognition of the motion controls is not guaranteed. While the graphics for character models and courts are fine, I have to say that the stadium audience is just appalling. Getting a look at the giant pixels that make up the loyal tennis patrons makes you wonder what console cycle we're on. Game modes are limited. Rounds are long and boring. Basically, the tennis game that came bundled in WiiSports was more enjoyable. Top Spin 3 will make you realize playing the actual game is better than playing the video game.
This game is absolutely horrible if you are a lefty like me. There isn't a way to even choose a left handed player. I wish Nintendo would expand on the Wii Sports tennis and release it themselves. So far, Nintendo puts out great games; 99% of the other companies release absolute junk for the Wii.