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The Next Level (Jul 24, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is ridiculously good. It's also ridiculous in how much it asks from you, the player, in order to be successful. The payoff is fabulous, but the journey is perilous and by no means meant for everyone. Somewhere along the line, I developed just enough patience to enjoy it and learn from my mistakes. There's no guarantee that you will do the same – but you should give it a spin.
Official XBox Magazine (Jun 25, 2008)
Top Spin 3 might seem like it’s testing your tolerance for sucking at a game. But there’s no tilting at windmills — abundant gameplay riches and rewards are here, just waiting for you to mine them, and they make your inevitable triumph that much sweeter.
Xbox Gazette (Jul 20, 2008)
Top Spin 3 est un cadeau fait aux joueurs de tennis, qui auront enfin la possibilité de retrouver des sensations propres à ce sport dans un jeu vidéo. Plus riche, plus complexe aussi, le nouveau gameplay est une vraie révolution, qui place cette fois-ci pour de bon la série dans une approche de type simulation. Tout autre jeu qui oserait avoir la même prétention aujourd'hui serait dans le faux. Il est fort possible que les novices ou les habitués de jeux plus vite maîtrisés ne trouvent pas leur bonheur dans ce nouveau titre. Ce n'est pas bien grave, la concurrence (les Virtua Tennis et Smash Court Tournament) se chargera sans doute de proposer des expériences tennistiques plus arcades, plus défoulantes rapidement. On le répète, les fans de tennis poussent, eux, un gros soupir de soulagement. Bravo Pam.
Gamigo (Jul 09, 2008)
Jawoll! Der Tennissport hat einen neuen König und dessen Name ist Top Spin 3. Wie heißt es doch so schön: Aller guten Dinge sind drei! Und das gilt ganz besonders für diese Reihe. Natürlich ist sie nicht so leicht zugänglich wie Virtua Tennis und kommt daher gerade am Anfang mit einem gewissen Frustpotential daher. Wer aber den weißen Sport wirklich liebt, der bringt auch die nötige Geduld mit, diese Momente zu überstehen um dann letztendlich das beste Tennisspiel für die Konsole zu genießen. Selten war ein Spruch bei einem Spiel treffender: „Ganz großes Tennis!“
88 (Jun 26, 2008)
Top Spin 3 ist ganz großes Tennis. Waren mir die Vorgänger immer etwas zu dröge gegenüber dem schnellen Spaß eines Virtua Tennis, kann der dritte Teil in Sachen Realismus eine gehörige Schippe drauflegen, die neue intelligente Steuerung macht es möglich. An allen Ecken merkt ihr, dass hier selbst aktive Tennisspieler bei der Entwicklung am Werk waren, vor allem das Timing unterscheidet sich gegenüber einem realen Match kaum. Auf dem Platz ist Top Spin 3 daher derzeit die mit Abstand beste Tennissimulation, für die es sich lohnt, ein paar Stunden in der Trainingsakademie zu verbringen. Das ganze Drumherum hätte man sicherlich noch besser machen können, vor allem den Karrieremodus, doch mit den vielen Originalspielern ist 2K Sports schon auf dem richtigen Weg. Endlich dürft ihr mal mit Boris Becker antreten und dem jungen Gemüse zeigen, was die Altstars noch drauf haben!
Top Spin 3 is definitely a better game than the second was, as PAM have gone back to the drawing board and come back with the most authentic and, in terms of features, thorough tennis game on the market. PAM is always going to be tripping over the success that was Top Spin as they struggle to emulate the feeling of simple fun that made it a resounding success. Don't get me wrong, though, Top Spin 3 is an enjoyable tennis romp. If PAM can develop on a, for now, unwieldy analog control-scheme, Top Spin 4 (assuming it comes) may be fruition for PAM; and their eventual recall of the unique, engaging and most importantly fun experience that was Top Spin.
HardGamers (Jul 28, 2008)
Bref, Top Spin 3 est définitivement le jeu à posséder pour tout fanatique de tennis. Sa réalisation hors pair et sa prise en main intéressante saura vous divertir durant de nombreuses heures. Son achat vaudra définitivement la peine.
85 (Jun 20, 2008)
Top Spin 3 est un jeu de tennis hors norme. Il prend le risque de rebuter les joueurs habitués à la simplicité pour gâter les amoureux de simulation, de longs échanges et de stratégies de jeu poussées. Si la technique n'a guère progressé depuis deux ans et Top Spin 2, le gameplay est de son côté passé à la génération suivante. Pour notre plus grand plaisir.
JeuxActu (Jun 26, 2008)
Il aura fallu attendre l’arrivée de Top Spin 3 pour que la série parvienne à trouver sa véritable identité. Suggérée dans le premier épisode puis esquissée maladroitement dans Top Spin 2, la notion de réalisme prend enfin tout son sens dans ce troisième opus. Si le titre affiche encore quelques défauts, dont on a du mal à pardonner pour un troisième épisode, il devient aujourd’hui une référence en matière de simulation tennistique. Certains évoquent déjà le terme de PES du tennis.
85 (Jul 21, 2008)
Paremmalla uratilalla ja pikkukorjauksilla Top Spin 3 olisi lähes täydellinen tennispeli. Tärkein asia siinä on kuitenkin kunnossa, sillä pelaaminen tuntuu älyttömän hyvältä. Graafisestikin peli on urheilupelien eliittiä. Muutamista puutteistaan huolimatta tämä on virtuaalitenniksen ystävien pakko-ostos.
Gameplanet (Jul 02, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is an energetic, fast paced tennis game which provides a real challenge, which on the one side is refreshing from the simple button pressers of old, but this will put off many people who simply want a casual tennis game. Once learned it would be easy enough to jump into a game, however if you want to play this with some friends they too will have to learn before they can be called adversaries. This is definitely a true tennis simulation, with a level of realism that tennis games have been missing. It is deep and filled with content, be it courts, clothing or players there is enough here to please everyone. What is certain with Top Spin 3, is that once learned, it is a highly satisfying and rewarding experience to beat opponents. Doing so with your own virtual likeness while increasing his or her skill, is even more so.
Worth Playing (Jul 29, 2008)
All told, Top Spin 3 is a great title that definitely does the franchise proud. It doesn't reinvent the genre or bring anything amazingly new to the community, but as Tiger Woods has done for golf titles, Top Spin does for tennis. It's great to pick up and play a single set for 15 minutes or work your way through the career ladder for a few hours, depending on the amount of time you want to put into the game. With the ability to make your own avatar, customize the stats and gear, and to play at courts around the world, Top Spin 3 delivers a great sports game. And when "Canned Heat" comes on, you can dance around the room. How many games can deliver that, hmm?
TeamXbox (Jun 24, 2008)
But, just like that between-the-legs shot, sometimes the risk is not worth the reward. In Top Spin 3’s case, tweaking character movement was the tennis-equivalent of a racket to the beanbag. It’s still a fine sports game, mind-you, but not worthy of a rank higher than the franchise’s inaugural Xbox release.
83 (Jun 25, 2008)
Top Spin 3 really separates itself from the arcade styles of Virtua Tennis and therefore it is probably the perfect game for the tennis purists, its does not have the pick up and play feel of Virtual Tennis but does offer some great graphics and realistic gameplay. The only thing that would make this game more authentic is Strawberries and Cream and perhaps Cliff Richard singing when it rains.
Top Spin 3 is certainly the most ambitious tennis game we’ve seen in a long time. With an unprecedented graphical detail, deep career mode, Madden-quality animations, and new gameplay mechanics that quite literally change the feel of video game tennis, you can’t fault this title for not taking chances. After a period of adjustment, I grew to love the new “hold-and-release” control scheme as well as the excellent analog serve. However, the high difficultly curve combined with some nagging issues – most notably the terrible lob and drop shots (which make server and volley opponents extremely difficult to beat) and the annoying ways that your player seems to get stuck in animations instead of quickly changing direction – make for a game that will be off-putting to more casual fans. In addition, it could sorely use a bit of excitement and glamour in the presentation, which is remarkably dry for a “jet set” sport like tennis.
82 (Jul 24, 2008)
2K Sports took two steps forward and three steps back on Top Spin 3. They have managed to capture one of the most authentic and real tennis games to ever hit a game console while at the same time making the control system so complicated and annoying that the game loses the enjoyment that Top Spin is known for. Is this the worst tennis game you could purchase? Absolutely not, however, you must know going in to this game that you will have to adjust yourself to the new control system and give the game a chance before letting your frustration take over. If you do you will be rewarded with a great tennis experience that sets the bar for future authentic focused tennis games.
Top Spin 3 is een serieus tennisspel voor serieuze tennisliefhebbers. Het blijft dan ook erg trouw aan de simulatieroots van de reeks en geeft je een authentiek gevoel alsof je op de eerste rij van een Grand Slam-toernooi zit. Ben je op zoek naar een diepgaande en uitdagende tenniservaring, dan ben je hier wel eventjes zoet mee. De liefhebbers van occasionele arcadewedstrijdjes en van minigames zullen andere tennisbanen moeten opzoeken.
PlayDevil (Aug 06, 2008)
"Top spin 3" is one of the best tennis games on the market at the moment. The career and world tour modes produces hours of play, the graphics are visually beautiful the frame rate is top notch and the license players look and play just like there real life counterparts. This game is a must buy for any tennis fan and good buy for anyone else as well.
80 (Jun 24, 2008)
De realistische insteek van Top Spin 3 is goed bevallen. Het belangrijkste is, en dat geldt voor praktisch elke game: je wilt gewoonweg blijven spelen. De drempel om in te stappen had wel iets lager gemogen en ook de moeilijkheidsgraad van de Career Mode had wat minder mogen fluctueren. Grafisch weet de game alleen op bepaalde punten te imponeren. De volledig misplaatste soundtrack, bestaande uit een mengelmoes van indiemuziek, weet evenmin te overtuigen. De besturing is echter helemaal in orde en details als zweetdruppels, weers- en geluidseffecten voegen alleen maar meer toe aan het realisme van de game
80 (Jun 20, 2008)
Ne nous voilons pas la face, Top Spin 3 était attendu au tournant par ses fans. Ils devraient être ravis, puisque le jeu reste dans la lignée de ces prédécesseurs en collant un peu plus à l’aspect simulation. Les sensations, malgré un certain temps d’adaptation, sont au rendez-vous. Excepté quelques bémols, la technique se situe enfin au niveau des Next-Gen. Les novices devront s’armer de patience pour prendre la bête en main, mais les premiers succès seront aussi gratifiants qu’ils auront été pénibles à conquérir.
IGN Australia (Jun 18, 2008)
As longstanding fans of this series, we're partly very impressed with Top Spin 3 and partly let down. On the one hand the new gameplay mechanics have been implemented really well, but on the other we just can't believe the team still hasn't got the risk/power shots right. Still, don't let that stop you giving this a try. The real question you need to ask yourself is whether you want a forgiving tennis game, or a more demanding but potentially more rewarding one. This is a game where it's easy to miscue the ball, and where if you’re at full stretch trying to get to a ball hit hard down the line, chances are that you’ll hit it into the net or wide. It's a game where you'll need to spend some time practicing before you'll be any good. It may not quite fulfil its promise, but we're still glad we have the option.
Gamekult (Jun 20, 2008)
En poussant encore un peu l'aspiration réaliste sur laquelle reposait la série depuis ses débuts, Top Spin 3 réussit à proposer un gameplay plus exigeant, car reposant sur la précision du placement du joueur et le timing des coups, mais surtout plus complet et agréable. Avec, en plus, une gestion de la fatigue de nos sportifs, les matchs atteignent une crédibilité impressionnante, un nouveau standard en la matière pour être clair. Plus complexe à dompter, le gameplay sait néanmoins rester abordable et promet, en tout cas, de longues heures de matchs intenses. On regrettera, par contre, la relative monotonie du mode Carrière et le manque d'ambition du casting de joueurs réels. De même, quelques progrès restent à faire côté réalisation même si elle marque une vraie progression par rapport au deuxième épisode. Quoi qu'il en soit, Top Spin 3 a de quoi s'imposer sans problème dans le coeur des amateurs de tennis. Un vrai retour gagnant en somme.
80 (Jun 20, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is a great game of tennis. For years we've wanted a sim alternative to Virtua Tennis and now we have it. It's got depth to the gameplay that will take a fair amount of time to master and solid online play, but outside of the controls developer PAM hasn't tried to do anything unique. The career mode is a little too basic and the lack of mini-games is a disappointment. Top Spin 3 is by far the best tennis sim on the market, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.
80 (UK) (Jun 25, 2008)
But what you really want to know is whether it's worth buying. Unlike last time out, you'll easily be able to pick this game up today for under GBP 30, making it a must-buy for anyone looking for the most advanced tennis title around. Yes, the often exhausting depth might prove to be off-putting for those who prefer the more intuitive Virtua Tennis, but that's precisely part of Top Spin 3's more simulation-minded appeal. With fantastic online play and an obsessive career mode to dive into, it's the thinking man's tennis title.
AceGamez (Jun, 2008)
Top Spin 3 defies the notion of the lazy seasonal update. A lot of work has gone into this title to make it challenging, rewarding and a lot of fun for the casual player (if a bit tough in places). The slick graphical gloss, inclusion of big brands and players makes this not just one of the best tennis games to date, but one of the most accomplished sports sims too. It's just a shame that it won't draw in as many receipts as the footy games always get.
GameSpot (Jul 01, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is a serious tennis game for serious tennis fans, and it's incredibly true to the series' simulation roots. If you're looking for a deep, challenging experience, this should keep you busy for some time to come; but if you prefer the occasional arcade match, or like the variety of minigames that some of Top Spin's competitors offer, you'll want to look elsewhere. Despite a few minor complaints the game looks and sounds great, and it feels almost as authentic as having front-row seats to a real-life grand slam.
Gamervision (Jul 07, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is probably the most realistic tennis sim ever created. Whether or not you’ll have any fun playing it is a matter of how willing you are to dedicate some time to mastering the game’s nuances and surprising level of depth. Those looking for a casual, pick-up-and-play tennis experience will be better off sticking to the Virtua Tennis series (or even one of Nintendo’s tennis offerings,) but for those with the patience and interest in tennis, Top Spin 3 is an undeniable smash.
GameZone (Jul 08, 2008)
If you are aching for a great tennis game, then look no further than Top Spin 3. While the controls will take a while to get adjusted to, once you get used to them you will find depth and a challenging game that will last for months on end.
GameCell UK (Jul, 2008)
Top Spin 3 has had a nice crack at realism and the changes have had mixed success. The removal of power bars and realistic player movements is a welcome change but the stamina bar, risk shots and fiddly right stick shots were poorly implemented. But if they iron out the problems with these and make the games feel more atmospheric then the next Top Spin could be a great tennis game.
Pros: Impressive visuals on the players and courts. Wimbledon Champion Rafael Nadal a PS3 exclusive. NO WILLIAMS SISTERS! Very intuitive Top Spin School tutorial. Deep challenge and rewarding gameplay. Cons: Only good for those who have a LOT of patience. Anyone else would be frustrated easily. Sound is weak (Sharapova doesn‘t yell out like she does for real.) Crowds are uninspired. Where is Elena Dementieva? And while we’re on the subject of Nadal, why is there no Wimbledon venue!?!
Hardcore tennis fans will fall in love with Top Spin 3. It has everything you want in a tennis game, from a player creator to online play and a long career mode. The graphics look fantastic, the controls are tight and responsive, the player roster is familiar and there aren't annoying announcers. On the other hand, the load times are long and the difficulty is steep. In other words, everything you want in a tennis simulation. Consider it a warning. This game is not for casual players.
Gamer 2.0 (Jul 11, 2008)
When all’s said and done, Top Spin 3 is very much the best simulation tennis game out there, though it’s not like there’s much competition in that corner of the tennis market. If you’re interested at all, check out the demos on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network or rent the game first, because that initial learning curve can be what ruins the game for you, but those that can brave the storm will find a nice, sunny experience ahead. If you care more about ease in controls and getting to the fun part of the game, then there are better options out there.
IGN (Jun 23, 2008)
It’s in the emotional aspect of the sport that TS3 loses steam. There’s so much more to the present-day brand of tennis than what is represented here. One day there will be tennis game that can accurately convey the emotion of watching two titans of the sport slam it out in a five-set, four and a half-hour marathon under the New York lights, but until that happens tennis games will never be wholly representative of the genuine article.
2K Sports deserves credit for this bold attempt at redesigning the tennis interface. With more responsive movement controls and a better transition game Top Spin 3 could have been king of the court, but for now it will have to settle for being tagged as a promising but flawed prospect.
XboxAchievements (Jun 27, 2008)
A great simulation that is actually a victim of its own success, as while we all realise that tennis is a tough sport to master in real life we’d expect it to be a lot more accessible on a console. This game will frustrate a lot of people before they’ve even made it through the tutorials and the season mode is fairly light too. Worth a play but only if you have the patience to practice, practice and practice some more.
Da Gameboyz (Jul, 2008)
I approached Top Spin 3 with open expectations and walked away rather impressed. The new controls may not be a revolutionary step forward but they feel like a natural evolution in the series. However, I just can’t get over that feeling that I’ve done this before. Minor complaints aside though 2K has done a good job in creating a game that is more refined and offers more variety than previous tennis games that have come before it. I would have to say that Top Spin 3 is a game worth adding to your collection, especially if you are a sports orientated videogamer.
AusGamers (Aug 04, 2008)
If you’re a fan of sports simulation and don’t mind having a game make you look like a chump for awhile, you and Top Spin 3 should get along fine, if you have a short attention span or prefer your gaming of a more accessible nature, this may not be for you. It’s definitely one of the deepest sports games around, but for that same reason it might not be the most fun.
Still, when all is said and done, I have to say about Top Spin 3 what I end up saying about all games that contain a hardcore sim bent: while I respect the approach, it’s most certainly not for me, and since the game does nothing to change my perspective on the matter, I can’t be as kind to it as I’d like to despite said respect. If you liked the previous Top Spin games, or if you wish to study the grand, majestic sport of professional tennis, then you should definitely buy Top Spin 3. But if you want to play tennis, the game, then you should probably go snag a copy of Virtua Tennis 3 (or even Sega Superstars Tennis) on the cheap right now.
Overall Top Spin 3 is a solid game. It does take a little while to get used to the controls and 2K Sports has really completely changed the game. They haven't necessarily made it better, nor worse, just completely different. Those who like to play their tennis games with a bit more strategy and depth will find Top Spin 3 to be an enjoyable game, but anyone who is a casual fan of the sport and anyone who just likes pushing the one button will find Top Spin 3 just to difficult to handle. We applaud 2K's decision to innovate or change the gameplay, we're just not sure how many fans will pick the game up based solely on the title and be left a little disappointed. The back of the box describes the game perfectly: are you up to the challenge?
MS Xbox World (Jun 30, 2008)
I've enjoyed playing Top Spin 3, but I fear that many first time players won't get to grips with the non accessible control system. Only those who devote the adequate time to the training or play many matches to learn the nuances of the game are going to fully get the most out of the title. The lack of in game atmosphere is disappointing, and for me at least this is a big part of the tennis game and could have been incorporated with the stress level system. If you are a fan of tennis games, then other than offering a different method of play, there's not really much on offer here that is any different to other games. I guess there's only so much you can do with the basic game. I would recommend the game as a purchase for those willing to spend the time, anyone else looking for a quick fix, should perhaps rent first to see if it's suitable for your tastes.
Gaming Age (Jul 29, 2008)
Top Spin 3 looks great and offers a deep game for anyone willing to dig into it and learn it. But the incredibly steep expectations at the beginning of the learning experience won't be worth it to those looking for a quick game of video tennis. This is not a pick-up-and-play game.
Daily Game (Jul 22, 2008)
The changes to Top Spin 3 are only good for hardcore tennis fans. For most gamers, the new animation-dependent learning curve will replace the fun gameplay elements with literal gameplay mechanics.
Cheat Code Central (Jul, 2008)
Top Spin 3 knows its market - this is a game aimed at tennis buffs who appreciate a simulation approach to their favorite sport. Like all realistic takes, there's a steep learning curve (thanks to the game's controls) that will probably frustrate more gamers than win over new converts. Virtua Tennis fans need not apply; this is tennis done more accurately...for better or worse. The game may not serve up an ace, but it makes for a solid set.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 29, 2008)
Top Spin 3 isn’t your friend, it’s not going to hold your hand and take you through the motions. You’ll be dumped head first into the action and left to figure it out in a number of different ways. It’s a game that will put out what players are willing to put in, but giving the game enough time you’ll soon discover absurd amounts of depth to the gameplay that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else on consoles - arguably though, at the expense of instant gratification. So get those laces tied, your racket well strung and your hat snugly fitting - there’s plenty of work to be done.
GameSpy (Jul 08, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is an effort by the developers to push sports gaming forward, rather than sticking to the tried-and-true gameplay that players have been used to over the years. Has their experiment worked out well? There are those who would prefer a game like Virtua Tennis, but there really is something to this new approach. The learning curve is steep, but those who enjoy a challenge might just end up embracing the greater level of realistic gameplay that only Top Spin 3 can offer.
Console Monster (Jun 25, 2008)
This is indeed the tennis game that has taken huge risks by changing a lot of the control methods and for the most part it actually works surprisingly well, however you then have to follow up such drastic alterations by guiding us poor folks who have to learn it. Top Spin 3 fails miserably in teaching you in every department, leading straight into the feeling of despair and wasted money. This monumental error can totally obliterate the appeal of Top Spin 3, but only if you let it. If you can get past the nasty taste in your mouth at the start, you may actually find a decent tennis game lurking beneath the shambles on the surface, but I dare you to try that hard!
68 (Jun 06, 2008)
Top Spin 2 war großes Tennis: Die einfache Steuerung erlaubte etliche Finessen, bei denen ein präziser Schlag sowohl vom Stellungsspiel als auch vom genauen Zielen abhing. Sein Nachfolger entzieht mir die Kontrolle. Anstatt glaubwürdige und vor allem eingängige Ballwechsel zu inszenieren, fordert er unnötig kompliziertes Tennisschach. Was bleibt, ist die dämmrige Hoffnung, dass sich ein vierter Teil entweder auf die Stärken der Serie besinnt oder das Ziel "Simulation" konsequenter durchsetzt.
Computer Bild Spiele (Aug 06, 2008)
Der Vorfreude auf den dritten Teil einer guten Serie folgt Ernüchterung. Die durchweg guten Ansätze, aus PS-3- und Xbox-360-Spiel eine ernst zu nehmende Simulation draus zu machen, werden von der halbfertigen Steuerung und der schwachen Präsentation ruiniert. Auf der anderen Seite ist da die Wii-Variante, die völlig belang- und lieblos wirkt. Schade um das verschenkte Potenzial. Offenbar haben die Macher vor lauter Enthusiasmus den roten Entwicklungsfaden verloren. So bleiben nur zwei "befrideigende" und ein "ausreichendes" Tennisspiel, die für Anfänger viel zu schwierig sind.
1UP (Jun 23, 2008)
It's a bit of an awkward comparison, but I see shades of Ninja Gaiden here: It's unassailably gratifying when the mechanics finally click and you start slicing and volleying your way to victory, but at the same time, it's prohibitive to folks who don't want to spend hours in the school of hard knocks, pursuing what should be a relatively uncomplicated act of learning the game's basic rules and logic. Top Spin 3 eschews difficulty curves in favor of a difficulty mountain...and if you're serious about your tennis, it's going to (eventually) reward you. But if you're the pick-up-and-play type, just stick to Virtua Tennis 3.
GameDaily (Jul 09, 2008)
If you devote your life to learning this game's intricacies, perhaps everything will click and you'll agree with other reviewers, most of which awarded it high scores. That being said, we don't like Top Spin 3. We strongly disapprove of 2K Sports' sim heavy gameplay, and think it made things too realistic to be enjoyable. Sorry, but watching a tennis ball ricochet off our players' legs is about as fun as getting bounced out of Wimbledon in straight sets.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 27, 2008)
The robust career mode lets you create a player and take him through the ranks, beginning in a grimy public court in Chicago. Top Spin 3's soundtrack includes some bouncy pop songs, but the matches themselves are very quiet. Normally I might complain about the lack of commentary, but in this case, I didn't miss it. Top Spin 3 is not terrible, but it goes against everything I've learned in 30+ years of playing games. In this case, it's not the controls that are broken, it's the control scheme!