Topspin games have always been my favourites among other tennis games. When compared to Virtua Tennis, Topspin is a step above every time.
This game is similar to the past versions in the way that it offers a realistic tennis simulation. Unlike Virtua Tennis, the game can vary from slow and steady action to fast and furious. This is a realistic game, rather than an arcade game. The career mode is particularly fun, which allows you to create and progress a character through a series of stages. The player starts as a beginner and develops to a professional, playing in major competitions such as the US Open.
There are downsides however. The game gets repetitive after a while, and if this happens before the career mode has developed then the gamer will find it difficult to drag their way through the later stages. The gamer can improve their player and play more experienced tennis players, however the game play doesn't change significantly.
On the whole, a good effort, and certainly the best tennis game out there. But there are flaws, and sadly a tennis game doesn't include enough variety to keep the gamer entertained for weeks on end.
Top Spin 3 was released in June 2008 by software publisher 2Ksports. As you would expect from the name, Top Spin 3 is a tennis game which allows you to play at 45 venues around the world including most of the famous locations on the pro tour.
In this new versoin, visual graphics have been improved greatly, your player now gets dirtier and sweatier the longer the match goes on. Obviously, they are going to get more dirty if playing on clay than they would if playing on grass due to the dust, this is represented accurately in the game. As well as choosing to play as one of the many pros included in the game, you can also opt to create your own player who you will attempt to take to the number one slot. This is a fun element of the game as you can make all kinds of 'interesting' looking characters.
The key to any good game is the control system and Top Spin 3 is perfectly playable. By using the directional pad on your Playstation controller you can move your player to all parts of the court. When taking a shot, it is possible to place it into the corners of your opponents half of the court by using the directional controller just as you hit the ball, this also enables to to put top spin or back spin onto the ball. When serving, you get a power meter above your head which indicates how hard you will hit the ball. This will need to be mastered for lightening fast and accurate serves.
Top Spin 3 allows you to play with or against 20 top stars which is made up of 11 males, 6 females and 3 classic players (2 male, 1 female). It would have been nice to have had more players to choose from which would have prolonged the games enjoyment.
Top Spin 3 can be played online over the Playstation Network, either in singles or doubles mode. You can compete in tournament, exhibitions or challenges either against random people or you can set up private matches between your friends. Online play works quite well although when the game gets older, the number of players online will drop significantly so if you plan on playing the game online, it is worth getting the benefits from it quite early in your Top Spin 3 experience.
Top Spin 3 only really has one rival on the tennis circuit, Virtua Tennis by Sega. Both these games are very similar in gameplay so it comes down to personal preference as to which one you choose. Either way, you are going to have a lot of fun on the court.
Top Spin versus Virtua. It would be unfair to compare it with virtua tennis 2009, because its so much newer. Top Spin 3 offers a few classic things that most Tennis games offer; real players, realistic strokes and the option to create 'yourself' and play in a career mode, going from someone barely known to beating Federer. The gameplay has a steep learning curve, I started off hitting 'air' half the time missing the ball completely. Fortunately I'm quite stubborn, and worked at it to make my player better, I made him a big hitter winning points off the serve and volley (which the computer isn't good at defending because its a rare style nowadays) my forehand and a big serve every now and again. That got me so far, but really to do well you've got to improve all areas of your game to be the best, and you're limited to only becoming so good, a frustrating element. In terms of court surface, the game delivers, playing on clay feels like it, with slower placed play and grinding out long rallies. Grass is quick and one mistake loses you the point, but its really exciting, if you've mastered the movement! Graphically the game is beautiful but at the same time the player likeness is poor, also there are a few generic animations that means all players can end up being seen to do the same thing, making individual play seem great at first not not all that noticeable, largely because the tactics don't really change. The game is harder to pick up than Virtua, but this really is better for Tennis enthusiasts.
I have always loved playing tennis games in my games consoles mostly playing on Virtua Tennis and Smash Court Tennis but this year i decided to try another tennis game Top Spin 3. When i looked on the back of the game i was glad to see my favourite tennis player Andy Murray being on this game. At first this game is hard to grasp with the controls, on my first few matches on this game i found that i kept on hitting the ball against the net. But as the weeks went on i got more and more addicted to this game. The graphics on this game are amazing better than Virtua Tennis i would say. To like this game you have to have patience with this game to get to use with the controls and the techniques in this game. The players and the crowds reactions before and after every point are realistic. But after a few months i put this game down i got bored of the career mode repeating itself going from zero to hero it was exciting until you get to number 1 seed in the world.
Topspin is one of the most challenging yet rewarding tennis games Iv'e played. It is most definitely a simulation in comparison to the more arcade feeling Virtua Tennis.
I found Topspin quite hard to grasp at first. It definitely takes some getting used to, as the controls are quite complex. At first I was struggling to return shots let alone win matches. After about an hour though I felt I was starting to master the controls.
All the main tennis stars appear in Topspin, including Nadal who is an exclusive character to the Playstation 3 version. One of my favourite aspects in the ability to play as classic stars such as Boris Becker. I found each player handled noticeably different from one another. Some are quicker while some are more powerful.
I did not enjoy the career mode as much as playing quick matches. In career you must create your own tennis star and gradually increase your stats to become the best in the world. I found this to be a tedious and boring experience.
I really enjoyed the online multiplayer portion of the game. Playing head to head with your friends is great fun and mostly lag free. This game is definitely best played with two or more people.
In conclusion, the steep learning curve may be too much for some, but this is the most accurate tennis game out there.
I must admit to being skeptical when I was recommended Top Spin 3 by a friend. Like most, the only tennis game I have ever played growing up was Virtua Tennis, certainly a fun pick up and play game but it never lasted on me. So I was hoping that in purchasing Top Spin 3 I would be getting a proper tennis simulation game and that is the case. What I found was that Top Spin 3 is a great game with a few flaws that let it down which if improved would make it a superb game.
The first thing I noticed when I loaded up the game, apart from the lack of soundtrack, was the array of players you could be. Tennis games have a reputation for suffering from a very small roster but although the roster isn't massive there is about enough for your occassional tennis fan. Your big names are in there such as Federer, Nadal, Murray and Sharapova but if you are really old school you can have a game of Becker against Borg!
Before looking at the gameplay I began creating my character. There is no facial incorporation like many modern titles but there is enough detail there for a casual tennis gamer for it to be representative but not long winded. You can select your service motion, what hand you use and how you grip the bat on a forehand and backhand. To improve your stats you have to go through the career mode and use the conventional points system to increase your stats that you earn by playing events.
There is a training area for you to improve your skills which I highly recommend as this game is most definately not a pick up and play game! I went into an exhibition game with one of my favourite players, Andy Roddick against David Nalbandian on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Incidentally, every grand slam is in this game expect Wimbledon which has been replaced by another grass event. The first thing I noticed in game was how stunning the graphics were when it cut to a scene once a point had been won. You could see the detail of the sweat on the arms of the players and it looked so impressive. As far as the gameplay goes, as tough as it is to get used to, it is so rewarding learning how to play the game and you can feel yourself improving. Timing the ball is really important, as is shot selection to enable you to get in those rallies when you are returning. There is an added element of risk shots as well which can be very difficult to master but add a whole new element to the game. You can use the shoulder buttons to perform either a shot with extra power, extra placement or if you time it really well, both. It is pivotal to play these shots at the right time and for them to be timed well or the ball will hit the net or go out the court. Personally, I feel these risk shots are very well implemented in the game and even now I still have trouble choosing the right moments. However it can be easy to master risk shots on the serving. But on the whole I think the serving is good. If you want to hit the corners you have to get used to the service motions and time the serve well. I hope you can see from how i'm speaking this is a lot more of a simulation than Virtua Tennis because words can't do it justice how much of a simulation it is.
As for the career mode, you begin playing very short matches against other amatuers trying to get on the circuit. Once you have beaten these players, you earn the right to get on the junior tour and then eventually mix it with the pro's. From here you do your best to win as many tournaments and grand slams as you can whilst trying to improve your rank, improve your character and unlock new accessories for him or her. Personally I am very much a fan of multiplayer and found it a bit of a pain having to go through the career mode to improve my character but i'm sure others would find it less long winded.
As far as multiplayer goes it was something I was really looking forward to but turned out to be a let down. When playing someone on the same console it is fine as you would expect, even though i've never been able to get used to facing downwards on the screen! But when you take your character or a real professional online it is a bit of a let down. You are able to play games with no lag which is the first, and a very important step but a few key aspects just let it down. You can not host a private room for you and a friend, you have to open up a room and hope that your friend is the first person to find it. When we did actually get in a room we were further dissapointed by the fact that headsets don't work which is unacceptable on a next generation online game and takes away a lot of the fun. We then found that we couldn't get another two friends involved as you can only do doubles if you have someone on the same PS3 as you. It still lead to a very competitive game between me and my friend though!
I have played many games online now and much like people always picking Brazil, Barcelona and Man UTD on football games, Top Spin 3 isn't immune to these sort of problems. If Federer and Nadal aren't picked it will be a near 7 foot created player who has 99/99 for Serve, Power, Forehand and Backhand and weak stats everywhere else and the sheer power can just dominate and there is an edge on this game to base line players over serve and volley players like myself.
I am not sure if there is going to be a Top Spin 4, but if the online issues are ironed out, it has the potential to be a phenomenal sports game.
Topspin 3 had a lot to live up to after the first 2 in the series. Topspin 1 was ground breaking at the time and Topspin 2 built on that, so the excitement surrounding the release of this 3rd incarnation was expectedly high and I am pleased to say that, for the most part, it lets nobody down.
The one player game centers around beginning with the usual lack of stats and building them up through training and playing matches, nothing new there, but it offers a certain degree of re-playability that is not always seen in Tennis games. Every opponent seems to want to play the game differently. Some will come to the new, some will play from the baseline and some will mix it up. This makes for a good challenge, especially on the pro circuit although it does take a long, long time to get to that level.
The online mode is where the game has always excelled, but not so much in this case. There are definitely some lag issues and a shortage of modes to keep you interested. This must surely be looked at in future editions.
Overall, it is a good game and certainly the best tennis game out there, but it could be and should be a lot better by now.
Topspin is a game that appeals to me because it had come out around the same time as wimbledon and I had played virtua tennis before, completed it and i wanted to try another tennis game.Also I saw the poster in the London Underground station as well so I thought might as well give it a go. What had drawn me to the game was the fact that you can play the US, French and Austraila Open.But no wimbledon but 3 out of 4 isnt bad. The thing what separates from virtua tennis is the fact that u just cant hit the ball with whatever button you see fit because if u do then the ball will spin out of the court. The trick of the game is to time your shots using the right button as well. There is a training mode where you can hone your skills to enable you to master the controls of the game. The graphics of the game are very glossy and slick especially the real tennis players like andy murray, nadal and federer. The career mode was the thing I was waiting for the most when I had bought this game. As it had the 3 grand slams I had imagined myself winning those, before i could start my dominance of mens tennis there was the small matter of going through the little tournments. This where the game gets a bit long winded. You have to bulid up your skill level to enable you to play against better players and better championships. If you are looking for a pick up and play tennis game then I wouldnt recommend it, but if you are looking for a challenging but rewarding game then this game is for you.
I found myself liking topspin 3 but also hating it at times as well, but I would probably say that the good things outweight the bad ones.
I will start by saying that the game has a very steep learning curve and is very hard to master so some persitence will be needed with this game. The game can definetly leave you feeling very frustrated at times with the controls being very hard to master. Timing is definetly everything in this game and trying to time when to hit the ball back can at first prove very difficull, but with a bit of time you will certianly get use to it and will start to have some very good rallys.
The carrer mode is actually very good and you have to bulid your character up through the tour by winning tornaments where you then can add points on to improve your characters ability, there is also the other host of modes there such as exhibtion and also play through a standalong tournament.
The online mode is also another very decent feature with the ability to play against other opponents from other countrys. It does lag a bit in certian games but overall the online mode is a great experience.
The graphics are also very decent with some of the best yet in a tennis game to date, the character models are excellent and it all has a very fluid motion about it.
Overall topspin 3 wont be for everyone, the steep learing curve will certianly put a lot of people off but if you are determined to put in the time then there is a very good tennis game waiting.
I brought this after Virtua Tennis became out of date and it being Game of the Week during Wimbledon. The game is very different but it is still fun. It is very realistic but also hard to play.
The graphics are very good but not as good as Virtua Tennis. However, they still look great. The soundtrack is very good and the game has no framerate issues.
The gameplay is very fun and much more realistic then Virtua Tennis. This makes it hard and the controls are hard to master, but if you do, it is very rewarding.
The career mode is very good but lacks some training and the minigames get boring very quickly. The game isn't very in depth meaning it can be completed in a week or two.
After that, I didn't really play it much more and found it boring when I did. The game doesn't have a very good replay value and is only worth it if found on the cheap.
There is a demo on the PS Store so try that out, but I think that Virtua Tennis is more fun but it is still a good game that is more realistic for tennis players.
I've always enjoyed tennis games, and this one has not disappoint - in fact, I'd rate this as the best and most realistic tennis console game yet!
It never ceases to amaze me just how realistic the game is. As a match drags on, the players will tire and start to move more sluggishly as well as missing/mis-hitting shots. The players will also start to perspire more to match the level of fatigue accrued - one can easily see the sweat patches on the playing attire and sweat on the players' faces during the close-ups between each play. The sounds of the game add to the realism as well - each tennis bounce and hits sounds just like it should in reality. It is because of all these little things that make this the most realistic tennis game yet.
Apart from the realism of the game, one can be impressed with the career mode as well. The career mode is a neat function that allows a player to create a fictional character and play his/her way out from the bottom to the zenith of the tennis hierarchy. Creating your fictional character is a real joy in itself too - the game developers have done well to include an extensive level of customizations possible, with a wide range of facial features, branded playing attire, branded rackets, etc, to choose from.
Other than the career mode, you can also choose to indulge in a quick exhibition match, with the option of not just choosing from the current top pros but also the past legends of the game. One thing that separates PS3 from X-box 360 is that the current world #1, Nadal, is available only on the PS3 edition, due to some contractual obligations. There is also the option of going online onto the Playstation Network to challenge other users.
Moving on now to the negatives and none stand out more than the steep, steep learning curve to the gameplay. It's a revolutionary and new style of gameplay that requires a player to move effectively to the correct position on the court and take a swing at the ball at the precise moment so to hit the ball. It might sound easy, but it takes a fair amount of practice and a whole lot of patience to get the hang of it.
Other gripes include the riskiness of the L2 & R2 buttons - they're supposed to allow for a power shot and a shot down the line (can't remember which one is which though), but more often than not they end up in the net or go out of bounds. And, as with most sports console games, the game can get pretty repetitive after a while.
To conclude, I feel that while it's a real challenge, Top Spin 3 is an impressive game and a must-have for all avid tennis fans and gamers who enjoy a challenging, realistic and excellent game of tennis on their PS3.