The greatest thing about Virtua Tennis 3 is how simple it is to play. Within minutes of playing this game you will be performing match winning backhands and smash shots. However do not feel this is an easy game, beating the top players on the higher difficulties takes a lot of practise. The controls consist of a button for each normal shot, drop shot and lob, with importance being on positioning. The graphics for this game exceptional and a top roster of tennis stars are included to play against, or with in doubles. The career mode sees you creating a tennis star and winning tournaments to climb the world rankings to the number 1 spot. In between tournaments you can play a host of mini-games to improve your statistics (which is essential to progress through the bigger tournaments). These mini games are extremely fun, they consist of a bowling game where you serve to try and get a strike, and dropping shots as close to a bullseye as possible. Unlike a lot of games where levelling up can feel like a real chore the mini-games are great and to some degree more fun than the tournaments that you enter.
I played this game, at the same time as Top Spin 3, and I thought TS3 stole it from Virtua, just. I still love this game though. The arcadey-style makes it way more accessible to be played with a friend and the simpler controls and simpler less-steep learning curve make it a great game for those who just want something to mess around with.
It has great value and the career mode makes it have even more value giving you several more hours of gameplay. Also unlike TS3 there is no real limit as to how good you can get, when you max out your stats (depending on what type of player you are) you are better than anyone else.
The gameplay has just a few simple controls that allow quick games with friend (s) to be really easy. But for me its too simple, you will get bored with the predictable gameplay form the AI after a couple of hours you should be able to smash this game. With humans its WAY better. As it becomes less predictable, and more rallies can take place.
As with all tennis games the number of stars available isn't that great which is sad that the budgets just don't stretch far enough. The other major issue with virtua is that the game doesn't have enough uniqueness around the style of pro players there are no real individual play styles or racket strokes. Massive disappointment. Its too generic. And too predictable.
So its a good game, 3 stars. But not a great game. I'd say if you're a massive tennis fan, Top Spin is the way to go. For a few friends and quite a cheap game, it has value. Good effort.
With Wimbledon currently on at this time of year i thought i would take a minute to write about Virtua Tennis. Virtua Tennis is a brilliant, very addictive game. Albeit there is no offline play the competitive nature of the two player game or even the career mode can make you a bad loser. It is certainly very sophisticated and this can be seen when hittin certain shots, and the better more skillful player you are, the results are shown.
There are basic shots that can be used ie topspin, slice and lob, but together mixed with rallies, certain positions you may find yourself in and the competitive feel may become the hardest shots to play. You will soon discover that your shots increase in speed and accuracy, the longer you hold down the buttons: so winning the returns are achieved by getting your player to the ball early in anticipation of the oppositions shot. Simple?
I could easily go on about writing what the game entails, but speaking from personal experience, i feel the game brings with it longevity, maybe not with the career mode, but with multiplayer and certainly will keep you occupied till the next game in the series is released.
Finally i would just like to say it isn't the best game ive ever played, but certainly the detail put into it makes it a very enjoyable game to play.
Virtua tennis and top spin tennis are the main competitors in the tennis gaming market. And for the playstation 3 virtua tennis came out first and me really wanting a tennis game i bought it. What a waste of money.
The game is ok graphics wise, but still looks quite computerised and compared to top spin i think it loses in possibly its strongest department here. Staidums look nice and so do the crowd and line judges but they dont look real, which is what we expect in these new consoles.
you can play in Exhibtion mode which is ok for a quick game or playing against your friends, choose one of 20 players such as Federer, Nadal or Sharapova, then smash your way too victory. However playing the computer is too predictable and you can easily rake up 6-0 set wins on a constant basis, not what you are wanting if you are a true tennis fan.
In the world tour mode you create your own superstar and work your way to the top of the rankings and see if you can win the major titles of world tennis.
Whilst playing world tour you are given the chance to train your customised star and you do this by attending tennis academy where you have to do set goals such as hit the corner in a serve etc. Or you can play the 12 multigames which are to be honest ridiculous in my opinion.
In play tennis is boring as well as you get thrown in to some matches 2-0 sets down and play one game to try and change your fortunes rather than playing whole games which I would much prefer.
To be honest people, dont waste your money on this version, either buy a top spin game or wait for Virtua Tennis 2009 and hope there has been a vast improvement.
As a huge fan of tennis and inparticularly the rival game to this 'Topspin', I thought I would give this a try while I waited for Topspin 3 to come out and I have to say that I honestly wish I had not wasted my £40.
There can be absolutely no doubt that the graphics are superb and the core basics of the game of tennis are there, but there is just no depth to the game and it doesn't seem to have moved on since the very first version to the arcades by storm. There are no real options for variety of shots and there doesn't seem to be any indication of this happening soon as the controls have been like this for years. Topspin wins on this score hands down.
Then comes the modes and this is my real gripe. It is not enough in this day and age to offer a game with such mode limitation. You basically get a lengthened version of the arcade mode and no real career mode to write home about. It is just not in the same league as Topspin on this score either.
This was one of the first games that I ever played on the Playstatino 3 and back then I thought it was great but now it is just average. The game is still fun and the graphics are still great but it is more casual than Topspin. The gameplay is still great and full of people and courts to play with.
The graphics are beautiful and still some of the best visuals on a Playstation 3 and HDTV. The sound is very good but gets very repetitve. The game has no framerate problems and runs very smoothly.
The game isn't very hard and is more like an arcade game than Topspin. You can hit a button at any time and the computer will hit it for you but Topspin needs much more control. The gamplay is still fun and it is great to play with a mate. However, the game does get boring as the courts all seem the same and all the people play the same even if they are Nadal or Henman. This doesn't make the game fun and just makes you seem like you are playing the same match over and over again.
Overall, I great game and still the best tennis game available on the console.
Virtua Tennis 3 is the latest of a long list of tennis games realised on various games consoles and it is a good game. The playstation 3 version which I own is very similar to the previous release on the playstation 2. A few more players from both the men's and women's tours have been added, the graphics enhanced such as court wear and tear and the world tour mode has seen some minor changes. Apart from these suttle changes its basically the same game, but it is very good and probably still the best tennis game available to buy.
The following male players are on the game:
Mario Ancic (CRO)
James Blake (USA)
Taylor Dent (USA)
Roger Federer (SWI)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (SPA)
Sebastian Grosjean (FR)
Tommy Haas (GER)
Tim Henman (UK)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Gael Monfils (FR)
Rafael Nadal (SPA)
David Nalbandian (ARG)
Andy Roddick (USA) 13 players
The following female players are on the game:
Lindsay Davenport (USA)
Martina Hingis (BEL)
Amellie Mauresmo (FRA)
Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Serena Williams (USA)
Venus Williams (USA) 8 players
I do find the choice of players that sega have featured in this game rather strange. In the men's game we are missing Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Nikolai Davydenko and Richard Gasquet, yet included are Tim Henman even though he has now retired and Sebastian Grosjean who is around 50th in the ATP rankings. The women's choices are even stranger. Justin Henin the world number 1 is not included, neither is Svetlana Kuznetsova or Jelena Jankovic and these are all players that have been around for a few years; maybe the players asked not to be included in the game?
2 player matches:
this is definitely the most enjoyable aspect of the game because the gameplay is so good and if you play somebody who is similar standard you can have a really good game. You will have to use different types of shot to beat you're opponent including topspin, slice, lobs and drop shots. Also, different surfaces require different strategy in order to be effective eg the clay is a very slow surface and therefore longer rallies take place and it is harder to hit winners, thus slice and drop shots are important to wear you're opponent down in war of attrition.
This is very similar to the previous games world tour. You start off ranked 300 in the world and have to try and raise your ranking by playing in tournaments and training different aspects of you're game using the training mini-games available to you. These include groundstoke, serve, volleying, footwork and strategy games, which can involve anything from serving at bowling pins to dodging fruit.
The difficulty of the tournaments increases as you progress up the rankings. You start off playing challenger events, then advanced events before finally the 4 grandslams. However, because the game has no official license the tournament names aren't real and the courts themselves made up which is rather disappointing.
Another new feature is the messaging centre. Here you can get emails from you're coach giving you tips on your game and even messages from fellow players offering you training matches and even free equipment. In addition to this there is a stamina meter telling you how fatigued you are. You can either take some rest, a vacation or drink and energy boost to raise the stamina level - but be careful if you over do it you can become injured and this puts you out of action for anything from a few weeks to months depending upon the severity of the injury.
I get the feeling that this could have been a really really great game, but it does fall short. It's a bit too easy to progress in the world tour and the fact that there is no online mode really lets the game down. The best aspect is definitely the 2player mode because after a while playing by yourself becomes dull. Even though there are some annoying flaws with this game it is still the best tennis game available.
Thanks for reading.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the same name)
If your a fan of the previous virtua tennis games i would advise you at least try this. Although it's not amazing, it's a good solid game. The graphics are fantastic. The gameplay is good. The only downside is the fact that it's quite repetitive and after you've won game, it's not that hard to continue your winning streak. I personally enjoy this game but cannot say it's brilliant because i sold it. I do miss it though. A novelty feature included in it was the ability to play with 6 axis on so you would literally hold the controller and swing as if you were playing tennis and it would match your actions on the screen. Although it didn't pick up all your actions it was quite consistent. If i had the money i would buy this again and i'm sure you can pick it up cheap from the internet. Good game.
Virtual tennis 3 is created my Sega and was one of the first games to be on PS3 so there were high hopes for this game, but are they all smashed?
Virtual tennis 3 has the usual gameplay modes such as career, tounament and exhibition etc, with the addition of sbox live, you can play your friends and others online which is great. The graphics are realistic too, with the great addition of mini games to keep you from being bored, So its great right?.........
top notch graphics, looks real and is what is expected off for next gen console games.
Im a fan of tennis games, but dont get me wrong, this game is too simple and repetitive, we had "simple and repetitive" ages ago. This game has no innovation whatsoever, and is just another tennis game.
there are 20 professional players in the game and they have their usual strengths as shown by other games.
Overall, its a good tennis game but nothing breaks the ice and its just too average.
Virtua Tennis 3 recieved a poor welcome from PS3 fans, there are several valid reasons why there was much disappointment, virtua tennis was one of the entrance games for the PS3 into the market and therefore exceptations were high, and although the game didn't fullfill media hype of the PS3's launch and didn't compare to the xbox's starting games such as Halo and Topspin the game still offers many great features. The game offers hours of fun for firstly the campaign which essentially is to become number one seed in the world and secondly the great multiplay. Multiplay is enjoyable both from a one console or linked local system or using the live equivilant for playstation. Virtus tennis offers many of todays great players and some extra characters to spice up the gameplay which are unlockable through the campaign. The game offers decent graphics and arcady style fun, a game which will grow tiring but you wont be able to live without it for long. For a price under £30 this is good buy.
On the face of it this is a very slick and attractive game however when the initial novelty wears off you are left feeling slightly deflated by a game the promised so much yet delivered very little. The fact the graphics are great, especially when played on a HDTV, should go with the territory of the PS3 console considering the wait fans of the Sony brand waited. The gameplay, i.e. how you play shots etc, is similar is not exactly the same as other titles in this series. However I found it rather disappointing having invested £40 of my hard earned cash into it at the time. The lack of player or tournament licenses left me feeling rather ripped off, there are only around 10 male and 10 female professionals on the game and no official tournaments to test your skills in. Being a tennis fan I really hoped this game would be a big step forward, especially with the 'sixaxis' feature on PS3 controllers, but it was rather dissapointing.
Being used as one of the launch titles for the PS3 and being produced by Sega, Virtua Tennis 3 was always going to sell well and get crave reviews, but has the game itself evolved enough to stay up there with the overhaul of new games already destined for the PS3? Plainly the answer lies whether or not you are a tennis fan or not as we shall see below.
Its predecessors before it, Virtua Tennis 2 (PS2) and Virtua Tennis World Tour (PSP) have always been considered as dominating the 'tennis market' for gamers on Sony's machine, so it was no wonder that this game itself has been hyped up. Graphically in the majority of areas, Virtua Tennis 3 lives up to that hype. Highly detailed face mapping has been used to ensure the up-most reality of the players themselves. Face lines and muscle outlines give players realistic features such as cheek bones and simple animation such as blinking really amplifies the illusion. Graphics themselves are quite grainy which actually works well meaning that skin reflection is of highest detail and the lighting itself shadows parts of the face. The eyes on all characters are impressive as they really give away emotion when winning a point or losing it. Outfits are true style to the players also, so seeing Venus Williams in her trademark pink and black outfit will please some whereas Nadal's orange top and bandana will please others.
Stadiums are all constructed well allowing shadows to be grafted in certain areas to give the impression you really are playing on a court. Spectators are not just cardboard cut-outs anymore and actually move about in anticipation to the match (not that you'll notice anyhow) but it is nonetheless a nice touch. As to be expected, sponsor names and brands are plastered all over the stadium with true life features. Adidas, Reebok and Evian take over billboards and stadium walls to promote their 'gear'. Courts themselves look good too. Grass courts vary in style so some may be worn down more than others and the effects show. Clay courts vary in colour also adding to the content. However no official license is in the game meaning official tournaments and courts have merely been copied and changed a little. It is really easy though to see which court is meant to represent the real life counterpart.
Animation is great also seeing a slight increase in realism and fluidity. Players move around with precise action and placement of your character is essential to performing a shot correctly or not. Hitting the ball sees an increased attention to detail also. It really is fantastic to see how your character lunges into the ball to hit a powerful shot, but then see the fine detail and flick of the wrist and racket to see a drop shot be executed. Characters also greet you sometimes especially if they either like you or dislike you (World Tour Mode) and the animation seen is great. Characters look either happy or sad, ecstatic or miserable as they approach you.
All is not great however. When you create your own unique player in World Tour, you can't help feel that your character looks second best to the rest of the players to choose from. The facial effects are there but you can tell easily that it is a made up character. The 'grainy' effect is gone and you end up not wanting to look at your character. Also my female character had long hair in a pony tail. As she bent down waiting to receive a serve, the hair popped through her neck dangling about and it really put me off.
Also on the back of the cover it says :
'Watch your winning shots in an amazing TV-style replay'
In a sense this is true. As many will agree watching a reply on TV sometimes is like watching a bodged up attempt at showing you what has happened. The problem is the ball moves too quickly and the camera can never keep up with it meaning you don't actually see what your suppose to see. This is exactly the same in the game. Even sometimes your player takes up the entire screen meaning you don't actually see the shot either. Poor effort and poor execution I'm afraid.
One of the main reasons why the Virtua Tennis series has become so popular is the simple pick up and go technique that the game uses. Number 3 is no different. Certain buttons on the controller dictate what type of shot your player uses. For instance one does lob, another slice and another topspin. This is easy for beginners to learn from whilst advanced players will still be able to mix up shots to defeat tough opponents. Serving is very similar pressing one button starts off the meter whilst pressing it again stops it and the higher the meter the more powerful the serve.
However all of us tennis gamers out there no it's never that simple. Using the directional buttons gives you the power to direct perfectly created angles or using the entire width of the court either by using a long shot or short one. Utilising a mixture of groundstrokes and volleys, both fast and slow means you can wrap your match up quickly and get those trophy's.
However by excluding an online feature, Virtua Tennis 3 introduces a new feature very similar to the Wii. By using the motion sensors on the controller you can swing the controller from side to side to perform different shot types and move your character. By tilting your controller forwards your character moves forward whilst moving it backwards moves your character backwards simple? Well not exactly. By sweeping the controller in a semi circular direction to the left causes a topspin shot to used and right causes a slice etc. In theory it sounds fun, executes easily and adds originality into a somewhat repetitive genre. In theory yes, but in reality it's a shambles. You soon forget which movement does what shot and in more difficult tournaments you get into a frenzy in what direction you need to tilt, twist or move. The action also needs to be perfect as well otherwise the sensor becomes confused and does the opposite of what you want. I'm sure that with practice this can be mastered but truthfully it's more of a hinder that a step forward.
As with most tennis games a few options are available to choose from. Exhibition - a one off match that's totally customizable from stadium to player. Tournament - a set number of matches each progressing in difficulty where you can play in singles or doubles. Mini-Games - a few 'fun' party games that add a variety into the tennis game. World Tour - perhaps the in depth mode of all games.
Virtua Tennis 3 has all of the above and executes them in the same way. The Party Games are meant to be fun but fail in every way. Trying to beat your opponent at a game of serve skittles gets you nowhere and trying to feed crocodiles by using volleys is just lame.
World Tour actually doesn't differ much from Number 2 or World Tour on PSP. You create your character and then enter a world map screen and move around simply playing tournaments of different levels then training your character by playing these mini games. Tournaments do range quite nicely actually with over 25 available - all requiring a certain ranking to enter them. The higher the ranking needed the more difficult the tournament. However I found that the tournaments are either 3 matches long descending, so either 3, 2 or 1 match. No sets here either just a number of games required like 2 or 3. This plays out well in an arcade style and fits in well with the pick up and go style of play, but to be honest it gets tiresome easily.
The Male tour perhaps is more interesting simply because there are more male players in the game:
Juan Carlos Ferrero
The choice above is quite justified apart from Tim Henman, who actually falls rank by rank every week now and Sebastien Grosjean who truthfully has played downhill. The nice range of differing styles of play are great so if you fancy playing as someone who is fast and strong then Nadal is a great choice, whilst Gael Monfils is an all rounder.
In game, Male matches are fast, fuelled and at times exciting. It's easy to see a difference whilst playing as male players as their animations are different when shots are hit. However an annoying element is how they leap on to the floor every time a ball is a little too wide. This disrupts the fluidity of the match and quickly gets annoying.
The Female tour is extremely frustrating as there are only seven players to be against:
The choice here is appalling, as much as a fan of Davenport I am, she no longer plays and Venus Williams is now lowly ranked compared to host of others. I also get the feeling that some people will see this as discrimination. The WTA Tour has increased not only in more prestigious players but also in popularity amongst the fans, possibly recognised by all major tournaments now who give equal prize money to female players and male players. This game does not do justice to a whole range of players on the tour. The range of style of play available is also disappointing. Sharapova, Williams and Vaidisova all play similarly as does Hingis and Mauresmo.
In game, Female matches are on the whole slower than male matches and the animation for shots are different as more 'lady-like' stances are seen as well as stretching when the ball is wide. This 'stretching' actually works more comfortably than the leap men do and it really splits the games apart.
Whilst playing as your created player in World Tour mode, you'll soon be approached by the real players offering practice matches, advice and friendly messages. You'll actually get a rival, but of course it's a friendly one at that. When you start the mode you start off at rank 300 and work your way up. Other games include players as the other ranks for example 222nd or 56th, but VT3 doesn't just the choice of players above, so it's likely you'll play the same opponents together in a short space of time. This is extremely frustrating.
As already mentioned the mini games offer the chance to train up and increase your stats in particular areas. As with other tennis games, it's entirely up to you in what style of play you make your custom player. So if you fancy creating a serve and volley then certain mini games are more important to you than others. To be honest there is a wide range of different games to train up on all advancing in level becoming harder and harder. There are probably 2 different types of games for each style of play, for instance groundstrokes, footwork, volley etc. These two differing games works up your stats for that particular style in different ways, for example the avalanche footwork training game boosts your turning abilities and net work more, whilst the Arrow Balloon increases the lateral movement.
Training up is essential but there is a let down to the game. As to expected the first early tournaments you can enter are quite easy giving you the feel of the game more than anything else, but as you enter tougher tournaments for the first time they seem uncontrollably difficult. The AI changes for each level and makes it impossible for you to win straight away. After the third time you enter a tournament perhaps the AI drops a level and makes it considerably easy for you to advance. This offers no fun what so ever and takes away the challenge of the game. It becomes repetitive, monotonous and simple. I was disappointed entirely by the attempt and you just get the feeling that you have trained up for no reason and your entire play is eventless.
They try and a variety of differing modes into the world tour for instance some tournaments are doubles or mixed doubles giving you the chance to play alongside some of the best, but to be honest your team member is just too good for the opponents and out classes them all the time, meaning you never loose. The AI simple is annoying, one minute it can be tough, but challenging, another it may be well easy or the next it could be impossible where they reach the ball no matter what. Each of the 'real' players has a style of play but to be honest all them can play well with any style. In my Lindsay Davenport review I noted that she had a weakness for court coverage and speed, and in the game perhaps not as fast as some, she certainly can run fast. Each player has no individual weakness which means that it is a complete waste of time crafting a certain style to your own game. To be honest Top Spin 2 on the X-Box 360 achieves this by using a much more tactical approach to play rather than arcade.
You also feel that Sega have chucked in a few obvious features that would look bad if they didn't, for instance unlocking new rackets, sportswear etc - but to be honest many unlockable outfits are dire looking and rackets hardly make a difference in play.
Sound wise, VT3 offers the usual grunts and groans to be expected from tennis players as well as call outs and score readings. A nice feature is that the accent and language changes depending on where you're playing. For instance in Italy the Umpire will speak Italian, in Germany German and in England a typical old fashioned view of English. Background music ranges from fast paced guitar music to slower beats. But no even is needed for music to change is just simply rolls on in a cycle.
Overall, Virtua Tennis 3 is a playable game, offering gamers the chance at a more arcade style of play to tennis, but there are many things that make this game simple, bland and unoriginal. This is the Playstation 3 for Christ sake. I was expecting crystal clear graphics yes but I was also expecting a something more than your average Tennis game. For instance I was expecting more choice of players and also a more evolved World Tour Mode. I mean If Smash Court Tennis 2 on the PS2 can have over 250 characters in its World Tour why cant VT3? Also what about commentary? No attempt has been made to offer a real life tennis experience and even the most basic of things such as how many winners you have got or aces etc etc cannot be seen. If your looking for a moderate Tennis sim with an arguable up to date roster and excellent graphics then VT3 is for you, if like me you are looking for something that takes the genre forward I would stick with cheaper games that deliver the same thing by using your backwards compatibility on the PS3 with titles such as Smash Court Tennis 2, Virtua Tennis 2 and Top Spin.
** Information **
Players 1 - 4
2734 KB minimum memory needed
No Online Play
SixAxis Motion Sensative (standard) controller needed
** Price **
(as of 11/04/07)
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20 of the world's best tennis stars in a rich mix of stadium and surfaces from across the world.