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Virtua Tennis 3 (Xbox 360)

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Manufacturer: Sega / Genre: Sports / Output Signal Supported: 1080i / Output Signal Supported: 720p / Output Signal Supported: 480p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Online: Online Gaming Support / Max. Number Of Players: 2

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      18.01.2010 12:50
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      Essential Purchase

      Like all good tennis games, they're best played in multiplayer. From Mario Tennis to Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis these are very different games depending on whether there's one or two people sat in front of the television. Virtua Tennis 3 is no different but Sega appear to have thought long and hard about how to make the single player experience more exciting and as a result we have the world tour mode.

      In World Tour you're required to create a character, probably in your likeness, maybe not - the options are a little limited by today's standards - and then take on the world, literally. There's a nicely animated globe populated by icons representing the various training games, practice modes and available tournaments labelled with a minimum ranking required for entry. This really is excellent. The training games are refreshingly fun and often absurd like the 'protect the meat' game where you're tasked with protecting a banquet of meat from hungry crocodiles by repelling them with carefully placed smashes and volleys. These games can be more fun than actual matches and there's an awful lot in here to keep you occupied.

      Virtua Tennis still plays a reliably great game of tennis and looks stunning in high definition (I heard this was the first true 1080p game) and can be played and enjoyed by newcomers and veterans alike.

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      24.08.2009 13:35

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      Well worth getting if a fan of the sport

      Many years after the release of sega's original arcade classic virtua tennis the third instalment in the series, virtua tennis 3 has been given a console port. The gameplay has changed very little from its predecessor but this is not necessarily a bad thing. A wide variety of shots can be pulled of with relative ease and even new players can feel like pros after only a short time playing. The graphics are fantastic with the professional players looking very much like their real life counterparts (you will notice Roddicks serve or nadals stance etc). The game offers plenty of gameplay modes ranging from world tour mode, where a player is created from scratch and must train and participate in tournaments in order to reach the world number 1 spot to mini game mode, which can be played alone or with a friend. In my experience the online mode within this game performed reasonably well but it did suffer a little lag from time to time.

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      02.07.2009 19:33
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      It's probably the best tennis game around at the moment

      There have been many tennis games in the past, and Virtua Tennis 3 was the third installment in the main Virtua Tennis series.

      The games roster isn't all that large, it has the main players in tennis at the time which includes 13 male and 7 female competitors. The players all have their own unique styles, for example, Nadal is considered fast but not hugely powerful, whereas Hewitt, whilst not the fastest, has a very powerful shot.

      The main part of the game is the World Tour mode, which is very well done. You create a player and simply compete in tournaments to increase your rank until you reach number 1. When not partaking in tournaments, you can take part in training, which improves you as a player, or just face random opponents in friendlies. It's quite a long process but ultimately enjoyable.

      The gameplay is by no means a realistic one. It's very arcadey and if you expect it to play like a real tennis game, you'll be surprised by this. It seems as though power is the dominating force in this game, which means the likes of Gael Monfils and Lleyton Hewitt are more effective than the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Not necessarily a dreadful thing but far from realistic.

      The online side of the game is good, you can do a normal singles match or team up with a friend and try ranked doubles. Matches only last for 3 games, so they could be over in minutes, but it is still fun to do.

      Despite the lack of realism in the gameplay, it is still an enjoyable experience and worth the money it would be going for now.

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      30.05.2009 19:48

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      Virtua Tennis once again proves it is the best tennis series

      The Virtua Tennis series has always put quality before making a quick buck, and in this case nothing has changed. With the new Virtua Tennis game just around the corner I thought I would go back to this to give it one last go, and to say I am still impressed is an understatement. This game holds up impeccably against today's standards and shows no sign of its age.

      In this game you play as a tennis player who plays tennis against other tennis players, either AI ones or your mates in multiplayer mode. The graphics are great and there are some quality players to choose from, such as Tim Henman and Tommy Haas. You can play as a serve and volley type player or a baseline slugger, whatever suits you. It's all good. You can also create your own character and build him or her up through his career in the hope of one day being the best, winning the slams and going down in history. There are also some mini games used for training and building your stats, as well as an academy to win medals in.

      This game gives you lots of choice in many different aspects and also has great graphics and music. An all round top quality package.

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      21.05.2009 12:33
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      Great tennis game with plenty of depth and variety to keep you playing for a long time.

      Virtua Tennis is an easy going game with a steady learning curve. Very solid game play, online single and doubles, a world tour mode where you can create your own character, a tournament mode and also exhibition matches for quick pick up and play sessions, also several great mini-games to play that take you away from the usual rallies on the court, while also including many licensed pros such as Henman, Nadal and Federer.

      The gameplay has a very solid feel to it, very good fun to play without many complicated controls to remember, simple button presses refering to different types of shots, the longer you hold the shot and better you time the release of the button the stronger the shot, simple and easy to get the hang of and master.

      The World Tour mode is the main part of the game, where you create a character, desinging the looks and clothes before entering into a career. Where you begin at the bottom of the world rankings and have to work your way up, entering tournaments, depending on your rankings. There is quite a bit of depth to the World Tour Mode, where you must complete mini games to gain stat increases to different areas of your characters game, from serving power of technique, backhand power, accuracy, technique, etc etc... the mini games include serving at bowling pins, hitting balls at aliens that launch tennis balls at you, collecting fruit while avoiding giant tennis balls, to name but a few.

      The online mode is the simple, you can play ranked of player matches, using your created player, or pros from the game. You can play simple exhibition games against the AI. You can also play tournament modes, where you take on different pros one after the other and see how far you can get.

      Its a four player game also, the mini games can be played four player, exhibition games can also be played four players.

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        15.05.2009 12:46
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        A great tennis game and at a bargain price

        This is by far the best tennis game that I have ever played on a games console. For a bargain price I though how good can this game reall be but I was proved wrong as it is brilliant.

        The best game mode on the game is the world tour mode. This is because it enables you, the gamer, to choose a world famous tennis star from the beginning and get them to the top of their game. This involves taking part in small training games in order to improves aspects of their game such as their stroke and volley. These training games are actually quite enjoyable as you can play games such as "tennis tenpin bowling" where you have to serve the ball into the pins to win. When you think you are ready you then enter tournaments to compete for cups thus improve your world ranking. The game mode ends once you have got to rank 1 in the world but you do have the option to replay the tournaments if youn wish.

        Next I come to the online mode and this is also great fun because you can compete in singles or doubles with your mates. You can also search for random people in ranked matches and then get your rank up on the leaderboards.

        Overall a great tenis game and at a bargain price.

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        13.03.2009 18:54

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        Great.

        I loved this game right from the very start. The graphics were very realistic for the time period they were created in and the gameplay makes you feel as if you are the actual player itself. The world tour features in the single player game modes is fantastic as the menu shows a globe with all the different locations you can play in and against people in big tournements which you can get money from to spend on uprgrades like better shoes or rackets for example. You can also play many mini games which can get xp up for your chaeacter making him or her faster and also stronger etc etc. The game itself is not bad on multiplayer but can also get a little repetive and matches usually take a while to find :(. The multiplayer modes on the same xbox can also get annoying as sometimes you have to control the player from a front view.

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        19.02.2009 20:27
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        An essential purchase for tennis fans

        Virtua Tennis 3 is one of the best tennis games ever made. For once a developer has sat back and really considered what it is that makes tennis the sport that it is. Then they've made a game out of it. It seems so simple that it is amazing that no developer has actually ever done it before.

        First, the positives. The gameplay is excellent. The characters are well balanced and all individually motion captured (which means that they actually look and act like their real life counterparts). Some characters are stronger than others, but overall the balance is good. The World Tour mode is satisfying enough, with a good range of challenges and tournaments, plus the virtually impossible Tennis Academy, which in truth has the difficulty balance wrong.

        Multiplayer is where the game shines, though, and all the single player games in the world won't prepare you for the fun and competitiveness of online play. The concept is simply. Play matches and move up the rankings, or play player matches and play for fun. But whichever you choose you'll be playing a game that is satisfying, competitive, and very well balanced. Doubles offers as entirely different experience, and once again it is a fantastic one, and can last ages with a few friends. There are mini games in there as well, but whilst they offer decent distractions, they don't shine in comparison to the main game.

        It isn't all good, unfortunately. The game does take a bit of getting used to, which doesn't make it very accessible. New players will find themselves diving a lot, and will find the game difficult. I would encourage people not to give up at this stage, because a superb game lies beneath. Xbox Live performance can also be hit and miss, but has solidified over time. Thanks to the peer to peer gaming system that Live uses, games can often lag horrendously when players find themselves in different time zones, which does impact of the enjoyment of the game. In all fairness though, both of these gripes should not prevent tennis fans from buying what is a very well made and satisfying game.

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        23.08.2008 17:08
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        Good game.

        Virtua tennis 3 is a sports game for the Xbox 360 games console.

        In this game you can either take an existing pro and play tournaments double matches and singles matches. If you want to get more into the game you can create your own character and take them through the single player to become a tennis pro.

        To become a pro you will have to train your character by playing fun minigames which involve protecting items, knocking down bowling pins, dodging giant apples and many more. You can also go to tennis school which will teach you all you need to know. You can enter tournaments to increase your ranking and become the world number one.

        The gameplay is fun, and very accessible for new players. There are different types of shots that you can use but you can get through the game by just using basic shots.

        You can get this game for around 20 to 30 pounds and if you are a fan of tennis you will love it.

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          06.03.2008 21:13
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          Top game worth a try

          A fantastically brilliant game. It contains many levels and has numerous stages which makes for effective gameplay of any level. People who buy this game can choose to be a female or male character which opens up this game to both sexes and can be ejoyed by all. It contains an array of stars but i think one of its down falls is that is does not have enough players to choose from. the create your own charcter mode is brilliant and you can start from scratch and build up your career from there. there are also lots of mini games that can be played which provide a much needed rest from the ordinary tennis. this function means that virtua tennis 3 is an all round excellent game that vcan now be bought very cheaply because its been ot for a while. i would recomend this game to all tennis lovers and non tenis lovers.

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          Take on the world's greatest tennis stars on any court surface worldwide; with newly added players and improvements to the game's AI, Virtua Tennis 3 has upped the challenge to becoming the top seed of the tennis world. In Career Mode, gamers will travel the world and take on the biggest stars of the tennis world. Improvements to the Player Creation Mode allow gamers to customise their own tennis star with increased detail like never before.