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I have always been a big fan of sports games, and especially tennis games. I have had my Wii for over three years, and have very little games for it. I bought Top Spin 3 last year, as I read some reviews on the game and saw the advertisement for the game and I must say I was pretty impressed with what I was seeing.
Did I like it when I bought it?
Well, let me start by saying if you are like me and loved the Wii Sports version of tennis, then you are probably not going to like this game.
Upon my first game that I played, I was seriously disappointed with the release and thought that it played poorly. I thought about taking it back and getting my money back, but I never bothered as I had it for half-price anyway.
I gave it a few games, and I admittedly started to get into it a bit more, but this wasn't enough, as compared to Wii Sports or even Top Spin 3 on the Xbox, this was a joke. It was so stiff and slow, it didn't feel like it was supposed to. I went back and looked at the reviews and looked for help and tips on how to play the game tidy, but it still didn't help me as I looked lost and couldn't get to grips with the way the game played.
More than a year later, I still have the game, but it's collecting dust and is never used, as is my Wii itself. After this experience, I would never purchase another tennis game on the Wii, as I fear I may be disappointed once again.
A very very poor 1/5 for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
"Top Spin 3 serves up real tennis on your Wii - Immerse yourself in the world of yop ranked professional tennis and come out swinging against the tour's best players on the world's most well known courts - Real tennis fun for everyone!" (Quoted from back of game).
It is indeed true that you can play with professional players, such as Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, Becker, Andy Murray and many more. There are a number of different games to choose from - you can play a quick-play game, multiplayer games, enter a tournament, singles or doubles.
It is also true that there are many realistic courts venues in the game - there are over 40 venues. The graphics on this game are very good for the Wii - however, all the above doesn't mean it's a good game.
You would have thought that the control over the players on screen would be great - just what the Wii was designed for - but no, it is very non-responsive. When playing everything seems slightly delayed, there is no player creation, the player reactions are not good, and control over their reaction lags.
All in all this is not a good game, retails at £30 on amazon at the moment, but I don't think it's worth it to be honest. I would rather play Wii Sports Tennis, much better controls and more fun.