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Top Spin 3 definitely gets my vote as the best tennis game out there at the moment. Its fluid graphics, scores of players, variety of courts (minus Wimbledon) and excellent presentation make this a must-have for any tennis fan. Even with the steep learning curve, this is one game that truly looks and feels like the real game.
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Power Unlimited (Jul 28, 2008)
Top Spin 3 is niet perfect, maar wel de beste tennissimulatie die er bestaat. Elke serieuze tennisliefhebber moet zich hierin verdiepen.
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Gamesmania.de (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!
85
V2.fi (Aug 05, 2008)
Teknisessä toteutuksessa ylipäätään ei ole valittamista. Areenat eroavat toisistaan jotakuinkin siinä määrin kuin lajin lähtökohdat huomioon ottaen on mahdollista, yleisö on kerrankin elävän näköistä ja pienet yksityiskohdat, kuten hiekkaan jäävät pelaajien jäljet ja kasvojen punotus rankan ottelun jälkeen lisäävät pikku hiljaa aluksi varsin hillityltä vaikuttaneen graafisen ilmeen arvostusta. Ääniraita on samaa pätevää laatua, mutta hyvä musiikki tahtoo jäädä huomiotta, sillä siitä ei pääse nauttimaan kuin valikoissa. Kun kokonaisuuteen vielä lisätään laadukas verkkopeli ja verkossa pelattavat ranking-turnaukset, on kasassa kaiken kaikkiaan varsin kattava paketti, jonka äärellä jokaisen virtuaalitenniksestä kiinnostuneen on vain rehellisesti kysyttävä itseltään, onko todella valmis uhraamaan pelin edellyttämät määrät verta, hikeä ja kyyneleitä riittävän taitotason hankkimiseksi?
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Jeuxvideo.com (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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
81
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.
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PSX Extreme (Jun 25, 2008)
All in all, if you can get around the learning curve of Top Spin 3 and give it some time, you'll find a solid experience out of this tennis sim. If you're looking for a game that properly represents the sport of tennis, Top Spin 3 fulfills that criteria. There's a plethora of athletes, a solid Career mode, a lengthy Tournament mode, a deep player creation system, enjoyable online gameplay, and a Top Spin School mode that shows you the ropes. Even though the game is a mixed bag on the technical side, boasting good visuals but terrible audio, it doesn't hurt the experience enough to not recommend it. Top Spin 3 is certainly a package that's worth the price of admission. Tennis fans, look no further.
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Gamereactor (Finland) (Jul 03, 2008)
Vaikka pelistä huokuukin tekijöiden kiintymys tennikseen, ei Top Spin 3 kuitenkaan tee muita tennispelejä turhiksi. Helposti omaksuttavilla urheilupeleillä on aina kysyntää ja armottoman aloituskynnyksensä vuoksi tämä peli jääneekin vain harvojen huviksi. Jos sisälläsi asuu pieni masokisti, sinulla on hyvät hermot ja pidät tenniksestä, kanna ihmeessä tämä peli kaupasta kotiisi. Me muut sitten kiroilemme ja opiskelemme pelin hienouksia vaikka väkisin.
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GamePro (US) (Jul 09, 2008)
People who only like arcade style sports games will probably not go for this one. On the other hand, if you're looking for a challenging, deep tennis game, then you should check out Top Spin 3.
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Destructoid (Jul 10, 2008)
Still, I had a ton of fun playing Top Spin 3. The game offers 39 different courts to play in -- many of them are real venues, like Arthur Ashe Stadium (US Open) and Rod Laver Arena (Australian Open), but others are crazy concoctions of the development team. The control scheme’s simple hold-and-release button press mechanic belies its depth, and while there’s a steep learning curve that makes the game somewhat inaccessible to newcomers, it’s worth sticking to. The game is beautiful to look at, and it provides a fantastic simulation of tennis. If you’re a fan of the sport at all, and you’re willing to work at the controls, Top Spin 3 is definitely worth a purchase.
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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.
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videogamer.com (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.
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GameZone (Jun 25, 2008)
There is a huge learning curve and some frustration when you, as the gamer, react but the controls are sluggish in responding. However, once you find that flow in the controls, and once you start to work up your player to the point where you can compete well, start getting a feel for the court, serving up aces or returning that power stroke inside the line, the game rewards will a real sense of achievement.
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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.
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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.
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Gamers.at (Jul 21, 2008)
Meine Hoffnungen auf eine gelungene Abwechslung zum Klassenprimus Virtua Tennis aus dem Hause SEGA waren zunächst groß. Doch ausgestattet mit dem Plastikschläger-Addon für Wii stellte sich für mich bald heraus, dass realistisches Tennis für Wii wohl nie so wirklich einen Durchbruch feiern wird. Schlicht und einfach deshalb, da der mit der Wii verbundene Funfaktor dabei zu kurz kommen würde und ich mir während ich meinen Arm vor dem Bildschirm verrenk nicht auch noch komplizierte Steuerungsmechanismen merken möchte. Besser verhält es sich bei der PS3-Version, die mit gewohntem Gameplay mitsamt den Analogsticks und Aktionstasten relativ gut überzeugen kann. Wer von Tennis nicht genug bekommen kann, darf daher durchaus einen Blick wagen, ansonsten wären ein paar Partien Wii Tennis auf der Wii bzw. Virtua Tennis auf der PS3 ratsamer.
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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.
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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.
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Game Revolution (Aug 01, 2008)
Top Spin 3 latches onto back-to-basics tennis, focusing its full attention on the play, power, and flow of the sport. The result is fairly straightforward but strong enough for anyone to pick up and appreciate the sport for what it is. The quibbles with the attribute cap and the lack of crowd interaction are fairly minimal. However, those hoping to recreate the Serena vs. Venus Williams final at the 2008 Wimbledon will have to look elsewhere.
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Gameplayer (Jun 20, 2008)
Casual gamers looking for a pick-up-and-play tennis game are likely to be disappointed by Top Spin 3. But for those who are willing to invest some time in coming to grips with the game’s controls, there’s a seriously good tennis game here that will deliver a lot of satisfaction.
75
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?
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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.
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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.
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Full credit for the new control system - even if does trigger plenty of McEnroe-style temper tantrums. But then maybe that's the point. Fan of Virtua Tennis? Avoid this!
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NZGamer (Jun 30, 2008)
However, playing sport sims in one player mode are a completely different experience. They are typically technical, often complicated and usually getting through a season, let alone a career, requires a lot of perseverance. Top Spin 3 is all these things, sometimes to an exasperating level. But the rewards (and I’m not just talking the supermodel in the grandstand or the cow that the Swiss government gives Federer every time he wins Wimbledon) are all the more satisfying because of it. So it may not be much of a party game but Top Spin 3 has plenty to challenge the purists and enough to keep the tennis fans happy through all those Wimbledon rain delays.
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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.
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4Players.de (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.
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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.
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While Top Spin does redefine the depth-level of tennis videogames, its complexity is ultimately a barrier rather than an avenue to a superior gameplay experience. Hardcore tennis fans may enjoy the practice and repetition necessary to master the game, but most gamers will be frustrated by the tedious process of acquiring that expertise.
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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.