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Top Spin 3

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
78
2.5
Xbox 360
78
4.3
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Description

The third game in the Top Spin series updates the concept of the previous two tennis titles with some new features. The most important change is that more control is given back to the player, levelling the difficulty. In the previous version the AI took control of timing and positing, players only needed to press a button for shots, and keeping it pressed longer made them harder. In this edition the player controls the power of the shot, the positioning of the player and the timing needed to perform a successful swing. When the player needs to run to reach the ball, it will never be as precise as powerful as when already in position. Most of these changes are gradually introduced in the tennis school, where players are trained to become familiar with the new controls.

There are about twenty professional players, modelled after their real-like counterparts and with signature styles. Famous players such as Roger Federer and Justine Henin are present, along with a few legends such as Boris Becker, Björn Borg and Monica Seles. Not all legends are available at the same time for all three platforms (including Wii). An editor is included to design custom characters. There are dynamic weather changes and the players' costumes show traces of grass or dirt as the match progresses. In the same vein, the player faces show how they are sweating after playing for some time.

Next to regular matches, there is a full career mode where the player starts with very low statistics. These can be upgraded by training and playing matches, but they can never all be pushed to the maximum. Instead players need to choose to train for some powerful abilities or decide to become a more all-round player. This is mostly reflected in the amount of winners based on forehands or backhands for instance.

Along with quick matches, the world tour is also supported online. The world ranking starts over every fortnight and is not continued endlessly like the previous version. Some of the tournaments are the US Open, Australian Open en Roland Garros, but Wimbledon has not been included. There are various difficulty levels, six camera modes and the graphics are more detailed than the previous versions.

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The Press Says

Wonderwallweb.com Xbox 360 Jun 25, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Xbox 360 Jul 16, 2008 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation 3 Jul 09, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Destructoid PlayStation 3 Jul 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamer.nl Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamers.at PlayStation 3 Jul 21, 2008 79 out of 100 79
Xbox360Achievements Xbox 360 Jun 27, 2008 77 out of 100 77
GameSpy Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Jul 08, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2008 D+ 33

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Trivia

Rafael Nadal is only available in the PlayStation 3 version of the game because of a personal licensed deal with Sony. On the other hand, he is present in all editions of Virtua Tennis 3.

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