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Genre: Sports - Tennis / Release Date: 2008-06-20 / Published by Take 2 Interactive

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      21.02.2010 13:27
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      This fun game will give tennis lovers many hours of enjoyment

      First of all Top Spin 3 is an enjoyable and enthralling tennis game. The career mode is enjoying, playing with your friends over Xbox live is a blast and basically you will just have fun with this game.

      Starting with the career mode you will be able to create your own player. This is very tricky to do with the tools given but this is the same on any game with customisable characters. You can pick from a set of swing motions to decide what your player will be like with his/her forehand, backhand, serve and return stance (how they stand when being served at). Due to the game's lack of Rafael Nadal there is an obvious attempt to replicate his styles. There is a big topspin forehand just like his so you can attempt to make him if you so wish.

      Once you have created your player you can start playing low level amateur matches and progress to big stage grand slams and tournaments including all of the big 4 Grand slams. By playing matches you can earn xp in order to level up your player. You can choose from forehand, backhand, serving, volleying, returning, power and speed. This means you can make any sort of player you like.

      The gameplay itself is very smooth. If you have ever played anything from the virtua tennis series then this will feel very slow and smooth. At first this can be frustrating but when you get used to it it is SO much better. the player movements all look realistic and it is very satisfying to time your swing perfectly and hit a winner. Using the left and right triggers enables you to attempt 'risk' shots with which you can try to place the ball right in the corner or hit it extra hard. These take lots of practice and are difficult to manage at first but when mastered are fantastic additions to the game. This is great when you are running to reach a ball when on other games you have no hope of pulling of a great passing shot here you know, although difficult, you can still make it.

      There is also a huge amount of replica kits (t-shirts, shorts, trousers jackets, shoes, socks, wristbands, sunglasses, tennis rackets) from big brands such as addidas, nike, babolat, wilson and many others. This adds to the realistic feel of the game. There are also 'own brand' top spin items of clothing available to purchase with bright colours and crazy designs which is always fun.

      Playing online is good with ranked or unranked matches. I have yet to experience any major lag and it is very competitive. You can play doubles with your friends or play singles against other tennis lovers.

      All in all I would say that topspin is a must have for tennis lovers. A realistic and enjoyable game gets five stars from me, even if nadal is missing.

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      02.08.2009 13:59

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      good game and once you learn the shots its a good smooth play

      top spin 3 has the most real simulation ever. it is all about timing your shots to perfection and choosing the right shot to play. you start off by creating your own character and playing an amateur part of career. here you learn the basics of the game and get your career started. after this you advance toi a semi professional rank comnpeting in tournaments to become a pro. one you become a pro you can choose a tournament each month to enter and if you win you score points and prize money. each season the top player is the person who scores the most points. become no1 in the world and move on to become a hall of fame legend. this game is good becomes the same applies online. play wimbledon or the us open or any tournament you want to earn points to move you up the online rankings and become one of the best in the world. the graphics of the game are good and the SFX are brilliant too with the crowd reacting to every shot you play whether its good or bad! there are lots of pros to be such as feder, murray or roddick but suprisingly there is no rafael nadal. but this is made up for with the inclusion of legends such as bjorn borg ang boris becker! i would rate this game 10/10 for any tennis fan but if you are looking for a sports game in general then its a genous 8/10

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      01.08.2009 23:49
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      A great tennis game that gives hours of fun

      I got this game only last week but I have been having so much fun playing this game and I managed to bag it at a bargain price of £14.99 at my local HMV store.

      The game doesn't have a great amount of different game modes but this doesn't matter because the main game mode which is "career mode". The other game modes are exhibition, tournament, and world tour (online) mode.

      Career mode starts off where you have to create a player and use him in the upcoming career. The career begins with challenger mode which is for beginners, then the junior mode where it gets slightly more difficult, pro mode where you become a professional and play against the big guns, then finally the legendary mode where you get to play against some tennis legends. As you progress through the career you earn XP for each match that is won and this can then be spent on improving your player attributes such as forehand, backhand, and serve. There is also a mall that has 3 floors where you can use unlock points earned from each match to buy apparel such as tennis raquets, clothing, and footwear. Career mode is great fun as each mode gets harder and your player gets physically better.

      Tournament mode is very similar to career mode apart from the fact it allows you to choose the tournament and you get to use real life players. Exhibition is also similar because you get to play an individual match of your choice and choose the location.

      World tour is a great game mode because this is an online game mode that allows you to play against other people across the world.

      The game contains lots of real tennis players and also some tennis legends from decades ago. This is brilliant because it gives you a better playing experience when you get to play for your idols. Along with this the game has licensed tournaments such as Roland Garros, the US Open, and the Australian Open. It also has licensed venues such as Canada tennis centre, Texas arena, and Barcelona tennis arena.

      Overall this is a fun and exciting game that will give you hours of game play. The career takes a very long time, as the matches get longer in each mode during the career. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who loves games and especially to tennis fans.

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        27.07.2009 23:39
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        Addictive game, takes getting used to but brilliant when you know how to play it.

        This is certainly different to other tennis games. Some other games its impossible to hit the ball out of net it. Its certainly not the case here as the realism means you mis hit shots, hit the net or hit it out. If you've played other tennis games this seems really slow at first so it does take some getting used to.

        I enjoy the career mode, you create a players looks then start as a low ranked player with really bad stats needing wins to improve. Its pretty addictive.

        The big downside for me is the lack of players like Nadal and Davydenko but at least Federer is on there. The venues like Arthur Ashe stadium are on there and look sensational. It takes a lot of mastering but thats why its so good, it's realistic unlike smash court where you press the button and thats it, your shot is perfect.

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          19.07.2009 15:20
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          Cheap and worth the buy

          Top Spin 3 has a demo you can download first on the Xbox Live Marketplace to see if it's worth buying yourself. I really enjoyed it after being disappointed with Virtua Tennis 3 so decided to pick it up.

          The gameplay and controls are different to most tennis games and are much improved in my opinion. Timing and positioning are crucial and you will have to go through the training levels to get a good grasp. They take longer to get used to than your average tennis game but it's not difficult, it's just new. When you have mastered them, the gameplay feels extremely smooth and realistic and it's no longer one of those button-masher sports games that always seem to be released every year. You can create your own player and then compete in career mode, winning tournaments and earning money. As well as this, you can play online multiplayer and exhibition mode. There's a lot to do and you'll get your hours worth, especially for the cheap price it is now. There are also 19 professional players and 3 "legends", such as McEnroe.

          The graphics aren't as impressive now as the game isn't a new release anymore but they are still good and the animations and player models are very well done.

          Compared to other tennis games, Top Spin 3 feels much more realistic and challenging. It's my favourite to date and if you enjoyed the demo, I'd definitely recommend picking up the full version..

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            12.04.2009 00:19
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            Good graphics and presentation but more than anything the controls are just too complicated.

            Topspin 3 has introduced a new, unique, control system. It really does take a long time to get used to. I would advise not to play this while you are tired because you need to be concentrating fully on when the ball bounces or you will not be very successful at this game at all. The whole gameplay mechanic in Top Spin 3 is about timing and less about positioning.
            In my opinion this new system is pretty pointless. I have played many tennis games and I don't see why the controls on this have to be overly complicated and why they couldn't be the usual.
            I don't actually see what they were trying to achieve in making it like this. It is much too hard to win a rally. Even if you time the ball perfectly there are normally rallies in the 20s and 30s with you just hitting the ball from side to side, waiting for a chance to hit a winner.

            Aside from the actual in-match game then. The graphics are in some parts brilliant and others terrible. The players look fantastic but, and this is something that is common in most sports games, the crowd look rubbish. I really think they should spend a bit longer on them and make them look better and have their own unique movements.
            The career mode is very good. You go through a calendar year, playing a tournament a year and choosing from a hard or easy one. In my opinion there was far too much of a difference in quality between them. Also, I think it would have been good if it was more Virtua Tennis style and you could choose from a couple of tournaments happening around the same time. I think the XP system is great. You get a real sense of achievement when you get enough points to go up a few levels on a few skills. But, on the other hand, I think a lot of the unlock points are unnecessary. There is not nearly enough to spend them on in my opinion, but then I only bought one set of clothes and a couple of rackets whereas I know some people buy a lot so it could be more relevant for them.
            The soundtrack is quite impressive. I was slightly shocked when i heard lots of songs I recognised, being played on there.

            Overall, I wasn't too impressed by Top Spin 3. If you are a fan of tennis games then it is satisfactory for a tennis game but I believe that it is too complicated. If you don't normally play tennis games but would like one, I would suggest Virtua or Smash Court tennis. After a few days playing it, I got bored and went back to improve my rank on COD4.

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            22.03.2009 16:19

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            brilliant, highly addictive game. well worth the buy

            Top Spin 3 is a brilliant tennis game I would highly reccommend.
            based more on simulation than alot of the other tennis games such as smash court, top spin shows great graphic and some quite admirable game play.
            I'm not usually a huge tennis fan but I thought hey why not I'll give it a try and I'm glad I did. Top Spin 3 is a highly addictive game where you must make your way through the worlds rankings, starting off as a rookie and entering bigger more challenging events to cement yourself onto the tennis grand stage and possibly into the history books.
            first time players may find it quite difficult as you must measure your shots to the correct pace and use precised swings in order to hit the ball, however once you get the hang of it it should be a problem ... stick at it and relish the rewards this hugely addictive game has to offer.
            I haven't tried to play this game online as of yet I'm still working on my skills buy if it's half as good as on the single player mode I'll be more than happy.
            thanks for Reading and if you choose to buy the game I hope you throughly enjoy it :).

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            19.02.2009 20:09
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            A decent tennis title that offers a good challenge

            Top Spin 3 is a very different kind of tennis game, and is geared more towards a simulation that any other tennis game ever made. What this means is essentially that there are four different kinds of basic shot (flat, top spin, slice, lob), and you have to hold down a button to bring the racket back, and release it to swing. The timing of the latter is what will frustrate a lot of people. This game is difficult, and is simply not accessible for the casual gamer. I expect that many will give up with this game before they have even scratched the surface. If you are not familiar with games or do not play games often, I would flat out recommend that you do not purchase Top Spin 3. If you do not like tennis, you certainly should not purchase the game. I imagine that plenty of people will purchase the game and not give it a fair chance because of the inaccessible nature of it.

            In a way, that is a shame, because there is a lot that is positive about this title. The player creator is very decent, the career mode is well constructed, and the online World Tour mode is the best online tennis mode in terms of structure that has ever been created.

            Yet the whole package does not come together as well as it should. Volleying is ineffective to all but the most skilled gamers, as lobs are too powerful and the timing of the volleys is very difficult to get to grips with. The serve out wide is too powerful, and is already overused to a horrendous extent online. The movement of the players is also problematic, and it just doesn't feel intuitive or responsive enough. Often balls will fly past you that you are convinced your player should have reached.

            There are also some glaring omissions. Doubles has been unforgivably overlooked, and ranked online doubles doesn't even exist. The selection of real life players is fair but could have been better. Nadal does not feature in the 360 version, as he is a PS3 exclusive. This is bound to anger 360 owners after his success at Wimbledon. You also can't play with real life players ranked online, which means that you have to play through the entire career to have a chance of competing in online ranked matches. This will no doubt lead to players whizzing through the career to get to play online, which is a shame.

            This review is in danger of sounding too negative, and I don't want it to be. The game is satisfying, and there are some fantastic moments online when you nail a cross court top spin shot and leave your opponent stranded. The game is competitive online, and the World Tour and career modes offer a lot of replay value and play time. If you like your tennis games and want something more simulation oriented, then I would recommend at least renting this. Just be aware that this is not the holy grail of tennis computer games, as much as it wants to be.

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              19.01.2009 00:05

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              a very fun gaming experience, i love it

              A must have for any tennis fan. This game brings you the most fantastic graphics you'll see for any tennis game. It's so life like its unbelievable, it's almost like your actually playing a real game of tennis. You have a selection of many top players to choose from, this is if you want to play against a friend. If you want to make your own player you can do so, and it's a lot of fun! You get to choose their hair style, clothes, make up and anything you can think of, its simply amazing. Once you've created your player, you have to go through a 'junior' year, throughout this you play tournaments to win ranking points - you have to be top 3 to move onto the pro level. In the pro level you get to play at the big tournaments such as wimbledon. Here you face the top players too, and depening what level of difficulty you put on, they can be very tricky to beat - this is what makes the game fun - its not super easy. Once you have completed Pro level, you go onto Legend, where you compete against the all time greats, such as Monica Seles. The game is well worth buying, and it takes hours to train your player up to world class standard, but you will definately be satisfied with the graphics and the smoothness of play.

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              30.11.2008 19:20

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              Good game 8/10

              Top Spin 3 was my second experience with a tennis game and it certainly wont be my last the level of detail in this compared to the previous tennis game ( Virtua Tennis 3 ) was unreal in this the graphics are fantastic and the surroundings look fantastic. As for the gameplay itself it is great your players tire and you can actuall feel the effect it has on their game, the shots are very realistic and unlike virtua tennis 3 your player doesnt dive for every ball. In the career i was hooked till the end watching your character start out as a amatuer then in the nd beating Roger Federer in finals was a great feeling. The game's difficulty is just right as it isnt very hard at the beginning but it was hard to execte shots, and as you work your way through it gets very difficult but again your characters shots are alot better which you can really feel. Online was a bit boring to me and a bit of a let down but overall this is a must for any sports fan never mind tennis.

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              23.10.2008 13:41
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              A great game, also check out top spin 2

              Top spin 3 is a fantastic game for all the family.

              The basic concept is the usual tennis game, move around with a joystick and whack the ball, trying to make the opponent run runs around their court!

              The game can be very repetative and I only use it nowdays for multiplayer purposes.

              The graphics are great and buttons are easy to use, though more skills can be developed through the training modes they offer, such as little drop shots, spins, lobs and slams.

              As with any sports game, the more your practise the better you get, you have the single player mode of 'career' where over a cerain amount of 'game' years you need to rnak up to be seeded number 1! There are unlockables and upgrades such as kit, andthe player can also be customised improving speed, spin, accuracy and power!

              A great game to play on every now and then, does become repetaive (as you're only hitting a ball left, right, up and down) but it's a great game to play with family or friends.

              Doubles is also possible so 4 people can play at once!

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              06.09.2008 18:04

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              Top Spin 3 amazing game


              This is one absolutely amazing sports game. First, lets begin with the visuals. Every player in this game almost perfectly resembles their real life counter part. The different courts and stadiums are perfectly depicted and look great. The graphics in this game are just really top notch overall. The game play itself is fantastic. I am a huge fan of sports games and i have to say that this is one of the most realistic sports games that I have played to date. This game also has a superb career mode. It is very engaging and real. You must create your own player and take him all the way form amateur to junior level and to pro. The career mode is very fun to play and it just great overall. In the end, this game presents the player with one great package overall. Fans of tennis, and newcomers alike will appreciate what it has to offer. In fact, this game can easily be fun for a person who has never had anything to do with the sport of tennis before. I highly recommend it.

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              10.07.2008 16:23
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              Well worth buying if your a fan & worth considering even if your not.

              Top spin 3 is the latest game from 2k sports. It focuses on taking their previous tennis title and revamping it, so it would appeal to a wider audience, rather than just tennis fans or sports fans alike. It takes everything that's good about tennis and makes it more accessible to a wider range of people, by making it a more user friendly system. As expected all the usual sequel requirement boxes have been ticked, it has amazing HD graphics that really show how each player moves across the court and shows so much detail you can see your players every limb and muscle movement leading on to the deteriation of your player, by showing high levels of running sweat & tiredness as your player begins to move slower throughout the match and hit less shots, missing frequent serves, slices and volleys.

              There is also more shots available this time round, with the addition of the right analogue stick being used as well as the face buttons(a,b,x,y) to do certain shots. This enables the player to choose whether or not they wish to play entirely with the face buttons, entirely with the right analogue stick or a mix of both. This is up to you and which you prefer using, which is a nice option available to the player, without forcing them to use preset controls. This, being what you would expect from a sequel, the additional number of shots you can pull off in real-time is staggering: flat shot, slice, lob, drop shot, power shots and risk shots, each with their own advantages and disadvantages varying within each match and each opponent you face. However whilst this sounds all very nice, this adds to the complexity of the games controls, as the more effective shots, require integrating the usage of the left & right triggers, making this stand out as a true simulation experience rather than an arcade experience. This is not just seen within the complex control scheme, but coincided with the movements you are required to make, to reach each shot, this requires the player to truly focus on the animations to return each shot, but pays off when done well, as it is a thing of timing such as the sport in real life, this adds to the realism defining top spin 3 as a beautifully rendered tennis sim.

              Roster: There is an immensely lengthy roster of player's within the game, spanning 40 tennis payers with an equal mix of males & females, from pros such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Amelie Mauresmo and Caroline Wozniacki. as well as Legends such as Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker & Monica Seles, and also many unknown players from multiple regions. However, you like me may have noticed current pro's within the grand slams on TV, such as, Rafael Nadal, Venus & Serena Williams are not featured here, which may disappoint some fans of the sport. There is also a matching length of courts within the game, spanning over 35 courts to choose from and play on with all textures including: grass, clay, indoor & outdoor courts. This will please most fans as well as newcomers to the series, however nothing is without its faults and the venues to choose from, whilst there is a vast array of venues, such as the US Open , classics such as the infamous Wimbledon are missing, which could disappoint those expecting to Rein act matches on the British court. However this is mildly justified, including another English grass court to choose from, but is noticeably different and therefore just is not the same.

              Game Modes: There is equally a wide array of game modes to choose from. Newcomers to the top spin series may find the top spin school mode, especially helpful for learning all the moves within the game, from straight forward moving across court, to pulling off a high power risk shot, its all here for you to learn bit-by-bit, which by the end of the training, will allow players to play a vast amount of matches without failing. There are standard exhibition matches to choose from, which can be played in singles or doubles, with the ability for a second player to plug in a controller and hop right into the action in VS or in a doubles alliance etc. As expected there is a career mode, where you make your very own tennis player, male or female & tailor there appearance to whatever you like. There are a number of preset faces and players, if you cannot be bothered to use the immensely detailed face and body morphing tools, which is good for those who want to make a replica of themselves or even a celebrity, there are many choices available. After forging your tennis star you have to work your way up to the big leagues, starting down in amateur building up to grand slams, earning experience and credits along the way, enabling you to improve your player's stats and the credits can be spent on items of clothing: shirts, shorts, trousers, shoes, racquets & accessories. This makes for a fun, rag to ritches experience which is accompanied by a difficult A.I making every match a challenge. Finally there is a tournament mode, where players can make their own grand slams and participate starting from the group stages playing through to the glorious final.

              Online: For those with Xbox live, there is a choice of player and ranked matches to participate in as expected. Player matches allow for you to customise your own game, with many options available and even allow the use of the 40 rostered players. However ranked matches, see you using any of your created characters & entering them into a choice of near 30 tournaments, taking on the live community from all across the world.

              Summary: Overall Top Spin 3 is a stunning game, which is a must have for fans of the series & fans of the sport, however those without an interest in tennis, still might find this game has something for them, within its vast repertoire of in game options. There is a demo available on xbox live for those considering a purchase. This is a technically stunning game with a budget price tag. A must buy 9/10.

              Price £27.99
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              Consoles: Xbox 360

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                04.07.2008 20:07
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                A worthwhile experience for tennis and non-tennis fans but no major advances

                Top spin 3 is the latest tennis game from 2k sports. Its main competitor in the Tennis gaming industry is Virtua tennis and this is 2k sports response to Virtual tennis 3.

                Controls

                Initially the controls are cumbersome to get to grips with but once you have grown accustomed to the control system, the game is responsive and clear-cut. The buttons (A, B, X, Y) perform the variations in the tennis shot. For example performing slices, lobs, drop shots and putting spin on the ball. The Position of the player with regards to the ball is key as if the player is in an awkward position, that will become apparent in the shot which will go off target and will be weaker than intended.

                Roster

                The amount of players is quite large with about 40 licensed players with a range of modern players including Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, ,Andy Roddick, Amelie Mauresmo, James Blake, Andy Murray, and Gael Monfils. Unfortunately Rafael Nadal is a notable emission from the Xbox 360 version which is a major disappointment. There are also numerous classic players including 5 times Wimbledon winner Bjorn Borg and German Boris Becker.

                Graphics

                The graphics have vastly improved from the predecessor. The famous stadiums are far more realistic and the visual graphics of the players has improved vastly. There is also realistic tournament advertising and more vivid crowds which is apparent throughout the game.

                Game modes

                There is a great variety of game modes ranging from the conventional exhibition mode to the career and tournament modes. The career mode comprises of amateur, challenge, junior, pro and legend stages, steadily rises in difficulty. Different clothes can be purchased for visual appearance but this does not affect the performance in any shape or form. Skills can be improved over the course of your players career including the players speed, stamina, forehand, backhand, serve, volley and return. However there is a great lack of variety which can be found in Virtua Tennis 3 where there are a great variety mini-games to improve the players skills.

                After the first few wins you proceed to a challenger rank. After winning your first tournament you become a junior. As you win more tournaments, you will eventually be able to participate in the Grand Slam events and reach the pinnacle of the game in legend rank. As you proceed through the career mode, the difficulty of your opponents steadily increases so achieving legendary status is by no means easy.


                Conclusion

                Overall, although there are no ground breaking strides forward, that provides a deep and challenging experience and is far more aesthetically appealing than Top spin 2.

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