the gaming world’s most definitive tennis game returns to gamers
across the world in Top Spin 3 that once again raises the bar of
this genre. Featuring a plethora of new players, graphics and
gameplay, Top Spin 3 is the ultimate tennis game and for
this review, we are investigating the PlayStation 3 version.
title contains a variety of tennis greats from Roger Federer to
Maria Sharapova and it offers the player a variety of different
gameplay modes from instant matches to an in-depth career mode
where you start from amateur and hopefully make your way to the
professional tour. There are even some unlockable options available,
depending on how well you play the game which increases the
longevity of the title.
essence, the game is your traditional tennis title where it reflects
the real world of tennis, however for gamers a little unsure of the
playability; there is an in-depth training mode that will teach you
the basics and more to get you started. The control system on the
PS3 is well mapped on the controller with the interface slightly
changed from previous incarnations to give more realism and options
to the player.
Gameplay options such as serving and hitting has
been changed that although gives the player more work, allows for a
variety of more control over the ball and where you hit the ball on
the court. Timing also plays an important role in Top Spin 3 that
will make or break a shot and will take novice gamers a little while
to master, however more experienced gamers should have no problem
after a few hours and in hindsight, the learning curve is rather
steep yet definitely rewarding. The title also contains a variety of
shots from slices to lobs and even power shots for those risking
those aces. Brilliant!
Although the game has arcade moments, it could almost be
considered a simulation with the realism of play and control over
your character and the ball, making this one of the most realistic
tennis games available.
The online play is outstanding for Top Spin
3 which gives you access to one-off matches and an online world tour
which is quite fun as you are playing against real players from
around the world.
Graphically, Top Spin 3 is a visually impressive game on the
PlayStation 3 that is probably the most impressive of all the
versions thanks to its high definition graphics. The characters in
the game are extremely reminiscent of their real-world counterparts
and the animation of the characters is first class and one could
almost be mistaken that they are watching a real tennis match.
only downside to the graphics is the lacklustre crowds which seem a
little surreal when compared to the gaming environment. Musically,
the title contains a great soundtrack with bands such as Franz
Ferdinand and The Stone Roses and all the sounds from a real tennis
match from the screams of the crowd to the grunts of the players
which is perfect.
In conclusion, Top Spin 3 is
probably the best tennis game available at the moment and if you are
a tennis fan, than this game is definitely for you. Even if you’re
not a fan, this is one engaging sports game from start to finish
that will have you playing long after you have completed the career
mode. The only concern that I have for the game is the new gameplay
that may be difficult for some players to master, however
persistence will prove quite beneficial.