Top Spin 3
DO NOT BUY EVER! HORRIBLE GAME!
Ok... I saw this game in a magazine ad. I LOVE tennis. I thought, "Hey, this is perfect for me." Wrong. I got the game to be immediately disappointed. Why would you hold the Wii remote sideways when you hold a tennis racquet straight? There was no create-a-player mode (that was a big factor of me getting it). The Career mode was impossible. The soundtrack sucked. I could barely see the players. Just spend your time on another game. This is one that I would chuck in the trash.
Not Bad, some flaws
Top spin 3 isn't that bad of a game being that Wii Sports Tennis was the best tennis game for the wii until the great year of 2009 brought us Virtua tennis and Grand Slam. The only flaws are the A.I difficulty, no statistics, sound, serving and players. Difficulty- You can start off any match, put the difficulty on Very hard and still win 6-0 6-0 6-0. Its very easy tto win and doeskin give much of a challenge as long as you can aim your shots. A single return of serve can turn into a winner. Stats- like in the PS3 and XBox versions, they give the players overall averages which were unrealistic at the time. roger Federer was number one at teh time before losing to Rafa and he gets a 73?! But in the Wii version, they just give you a couple words in a box that say "serve sniper" "baseline hitter" or "fast runner". Sure everyone can hit a winner on anyone, but a couple words aren't gonna tell me how good everyone is. Sound- the sounds are very terrible. Some players dont even grunt while playing, but they have some grunt sound come out. Very un-real. Serving- it is easier to get aced then to get an ace. I play as Andy roddick who has an incredible fast serve, and i still cant get an ace. I aim all over the service boxes, and nothing. But when i'm against roddick, he can ace me. the chances of you getting any aces on serve are slim. Players- the players really dont fit their description. The players are really slow and if you somehow end up on the defense, try again next point. Even the fast players int eh game are slow. Also the rally speed is slow. The ball only goes about 5 mph after each shot. I would recommend getting this game if you want a casual tennis game. However, I would recommend getting it if you have other tennis fans that would play this game with you. Other than that, just grab your racquet head outside and play some real hard court tennis.
Give this game some credit folks
I got Topspin 3 for my birthday due to the fact I was tired of playing tennis on Wii Sports. I wanted something more realistic than the legless critters on the gimme disc. I wasn't disappointed. The mannerisms and graphics are very good. Yes, the controls take some getting used to, but within 15 minutes or so I was getting acclimated to the timing and working singles and doubles players very well. I suggest to new players to go through the tutorials first then play a doubles match. You get to use most of the shots available to you in a doubles match. I enjoy the control better than Wii Sports tennis, and it's not that hard. This is still just a "VIDEO" game folks. If you want to really play tennis, get out there with a racquet and play tennis! If you want a good tennis game for Wii, Topspin 3 is alot of fun.
Wii version is a disappointment
As a huge fan of tennis and as a player of the sport, I greatly anticipated the release of Top Sping 3 for the Wii, primarily for the Wii remote functionality. Upon receiving my copy of the game and playing it, I was immediately disappointed. First off, the graphics and overall look of the Wii version is completely different than its Xbox360 and PS3 counterparts. I feel the games should have been advertised as such instead of having its gameplay footage mixed in with that of the other consoles. Aside from the let down with the graphics, I hoped that the gameplay might meet my expectations as a decent tennis simulator. Yet again, my hopes were not realized. While the game attempts to utilize the Wii remote intelligently, the sideways manner of holding the remote is awkward. The motions necessary to hit the ball with top spin or slice make sense, but are tricky to execute and I often found myself employing one when I meant to use the other. The glaring flaw in the gameplay for me was the delay between the swining of the Wii remote and the swinging of your player's racquet onscreen. You have to prepare and swing well before your character/player ever contacts the ball, making for an clunky (and in my opinion immersion-breaking) experience. While playing, I rarely venture to the net to volley because it feels incredibly difficult to pull of decent volleys. I was surprised to realize that the tennis component of Wii Sports that comes *free* with the Wii was much better at responding to your motions and much more accurate in producing varying types of spin. What I was looking for was Wii Sports tennis, made to look more realistic and with more attention paid to simulating tennis gameplay. Top Sping 3 did not deliver in this regard. The serving mechanics work fairly well, giving you options to hit the ball safely, or to try your hand at a serving mini-game for the chance to hit the ball with more power. The key is rhythm and timing, much like in playing a real game of tennis. However, while I found it unusually difficult to ace an opponent, it was rather easy to be aced due to the mushy controls. Recently I played a match using Andy Roddick, a player known for his powerful serving. I consistently was able to deliver servers over 140 mph, yet never scored an ace. My opponent, however, was able to ace me several times with wimpy 100 mph serves. Drop shots and lobs are implemented strangely in the game; both shots use the z button on the nunchuck yet you can only hit a lob while behind the service line and a drop shot while in front of the service line. Thus, you cannot hit a drop shot while near the baseline. As the difficulty of the game ramps up, these shots offer little help in your rallies. Now the biggest flaw of the game--the lack of player creation and career mode. I had read that the custom player creation aspect of Top Spin 3 was the most in depth player creation system of its kind. Nowhere was I informed that the Wii version of the game did not have this important feature. Therefore there is also no career mode for your personalized likeness to play through the various tournaments. Instead, there is a "Road to Glory" mode in which you play through several tournaments in a tier fashion. Upon the beginning of each tournament, you get to choose who you wish to play as from a strikingly small selection of actual and made-up tennis players. Some of the big names are available, like Federer, Roddick, Blake, Murray, but I found myself asking where the other tennis stars were like Hewitt, Davydenko, Gonzalez, Gasquet, Mathieu, Moya, Safin, and Grosjean--and thse are just on the men's side. On the women's side you didn't even have the Williams sisters. World number 2 Rafael Nadal is also only featured on the PS3 version. A lot of my friends are gamers like myself, so I took my copy of the game to a get-together to see if their impressions of the game were any better than mine. As I expected, the learnin
All about the gameplay...
I agree that the limited selections (no on-line play, player creation, etc.) could use improvement but the gameplay makes up for it. When you play on the Hard or Very Hard level, you need to play actual tennis. What I mean by that is that you need to be in the proper position, and you need to make good shot choices. If not, the computer will capitalize. I love it! I noticed that I could do a forhand swing on a backhand shot and it would work, but I guess that allows for lefties to play (yes - this game WILL work for lefties) and I would rather have the shot still work then just miss it altogether. All in all, a very good tennis game - I play it whenever I can (limited as I am a family man), but often. BTW - I have and currently own many tennis games, and this is right up there at the top.
Back To Drawing Board for Top Spin 3 Wii
As an avid tennis fan (a watcher as well as a player), I was anticipating Top Spin 3 Wii for months. I constantly looked up information on it and watched preview videos and looked at photo galleries. I finally got my hands on it when it was released, and I must say that I was extremely disappointed. Of course there are some pros, but the cons definitely outweigh the pros. For the menu interface, it is fairly simple. The categories are laid out and there are submenus within these categories. The controls to use the menus consists of clicking the B button as well as dragging with the B button. There's nothing special about it, so that's all I would say for it. Player selection is a bit limited. They provide some of the top players in the world, including Federer, Roddick, Sharapova, and Henin (pre-retirement). On the character selection screen, they also provide how well each character does in categories of Service, Volley, and Baseline (the more stars the better). In addition to famous players, they include a few randomly created players, though these players get only up to 3 stars. It is great that they included legends like Boris Becker. What is weird is that they put in players like Philippoussis (who hasn't played in a long time), Monfils, Ancic, and Nalbandian. Monfils is an up and coming player, but has barely scratched the surface. The latter 2 have been dropping down the rankings in the past year or two. They are definitely missing great players like Serena and Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Jankovic. They should really rethink who to put in for the next Top Spin. As for controls, it is both good and bad. Right from the start, they tell you how to hold the Wiimote and nunchuk. It is shown throughout the whole game. The good part is that they tried to make it so that it feels like you are swinging a racquet when you hit the ball. The bad part is that it wasn't effective. The motion sensor is bad; the reaction time is a bit slow. Performing a slice instead of a normal backhand requires you to slice the wiimote downwards. It often confuses the hit and a slice, mostly doing the slice. In addition, if the ball was heading towards my backhand, I can swing it using my forehand and the character will still hit the ball. To hit the ball in various ways (lobs, dropshots, more power), you would hold a button while you swing. That control is fine. There are only two provided camera angles: far and zoom. The far angle watches from above while the zoom angle watches from behind the player. The camera angles are okay. Nothing to boast or roast. It would be somewhat cool if they added an additional first-player camera angle where you would play from the eyes of the character. Just a personal thought. The graphics and sound, again, have both pros and cons. The graphics and looks of the characters are okay. They resemble the players but aren't that close to them. Their gestures do not seem like the personalities of the players though. The sounds have the grunts from the players, but an option for a little music during the match would be nice. Also, the audience doesn't clap after winning a point. They cheer or boo during the scene after the point. The game can be challenging, especially when the characters can't run as fast as you would expect them to. Other than that, it's not much of a challenge. The biggest mistake for Top Spin 3 for the Wii is not including Career Mode, Online Gameplay, and Create-a-Player. You would at least expect a career mode. It is obvious that they can include online gameplay since Mario Kart and Smash Bros can both be played against other players online around the world, then why not do it up for Top Spin? Creating a player is one of the most personal and fun parts of the Top Spin series. It is great to be able to create a player that looks like you, especially since the graphics are much better than previous versions. Overall, with cons overweighing the pros, Top Spin 3
As a fan of playing tennis, I was very eager to try Top Spin 3. Since I use my Wii for exercise as well as entertainment, I like to play sports games -- especially tennis ones -- to get some activity. However, although I was initially looking forward very eagerly to Top Spin 3, I found that its execution was seriously lacking. For one, there are only a handful of players even available, some of which aren't really all that intuitive to guess. I'm not a follower of professional tennis very closely, but even I could see that there are some glaring omissions. Also, there is no character creation, so the individual element is completely absent. They added a few original characters, but they somehow felt that they could not even include a rudimentary character creation mode? Sloppy. What is most sloppy, however, and utterly disappointing is the game itself. No difficulty settings means that the unforgiving and often very bad control scheme has to be accustomed to on the fly. A pathetically inadequate tutorial does not excuse this fundamental omission. Furthermore, the controls themselves are as far from intuitive as possible; the controller is, for some reason, held sideways. The player's character moves on-screen in a stuttering mess that frequently prevents him from reaching an adequate point from which he may return the ball. The controls, which are supposed to mimic the player's own movements, rarely do this and are token at best. Typically you will try for a special shot exactly as the tutorial instructed, only to have it ignore your movements or misinterpret them. That doesn't even begin to address the other fundamental problems it has, such as the fact that it doesn't feel like you actually control anything. Even the pop-up help instructs you to time your swings to match the on-screen player. Why, then, are we instructed to swing at all, if the game itself tries to anticipate our swing and then make us match theirs? I thought that Top Spin 3 would surely be more satisfying than Sega Superstars Tennis which, while a pretty good game, lacked in tournaments and was too harsh when it came to unlockables through them. There also wasn't that much responsiveness depending on specific motions by the player, which Top Spin 3 was supposed to address. Unfortunately, however, it didn't. Sega Superstars Tennis remains a vastly superior game, both in entertainment value and tennis authenticity, even with the super moves. To boot, Sega Superstars Tennis also had three control schemes, which Top Spin 3 would have benefited from; the movement in Top Spin 3 is atrocious and unresponsive at the worst times. Having an option to handle it automatically would have been a great relief. However, they opted for the extremely awkward option of holding the Wii remote sideways, for no valid reason. All in all, Top Spin 3 plays like an unfinished tech demo that should never have left the studio. It's a poor excuse for a tennis game, but moreover it's a poor excuse for a game overall. With horrible music, barely adequate sound effects (and an absolutely gratingly annoying umpire/judge voice that belches out his calls), and mediocre graphics, it looks like an unfinished PS2 game that they thought they could slap a full asking price on and sell. This game isn't even worth bargain bin trips. Give it a miss and buy Sega Superstars Tennis instead, or wait for a more satisfying realistic tennis game. Top Spin 3 isn't it. In fact, it isn't much of anything at all.
This game is great. Its has a little arcade in it. It has an OK selection of players and courts. It doesn't have all of the classic players in it but it does have a lot of the regular players in it. All its missing is Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Novak Djokovic. It also doesn't have Wimbledon But it does have a substitute. The learning curve is quite high for an arcade game but once you get the hang of it it becomes very rewarding. You can't create a player but you can imitate the rise of a player like Federer and Roddick. The motion sensing model isn't great but its OK. All this game needs in the next installment is to take away the nunchuck and and bundle a tennis racket attachment. 2K also needs to put a little more time into the graphics and animation. I would recommend this game to anybody, tennis fan or not, but I will say a tennis player might like this game more.
STOP ALL THE BELLY ACHIN!!
I don't know about the other two that made the bad comments about Top Spin 3. This is an awesome game. If you're into all kinds of sports, then this is a must have to complete your Decathlete collection.I bought it just last night and spent almost 2 hours without realizing it. The doubles play has got to be the best version tennis that the Wii has seen since Wii Sports. Since you can't create a player, you at least have the option of playing with some of the world's best and greatest!Unfortunately, the game does not support online functionality, but the local multiplayer will have you playing for hours. I give this game an 8.5 / 10. Anyone who doesn't like this game is totally and unequivocally uncoordinated! If you like tennis, then get this game!!
Great idea/Not so great execution
The most disappointing factor for me was the inability to use the tennis racket attachment I purchased a while ago. Unless I'm missing something, I was ready (and still might) to cut a hole at the bottom of the Nerf holder to enable me to attach the necessary nunchuck in order to play the game. I just think with the tennis racket in hand, it makes the game much more realistic and very easy to get into (not to mention a great workout), I broke a sweat playing Wii tennis that way. I'm trying not to be too negative; I was just let down because I have been looking forward to a fun and entertaining tennis game to release since the Wii 1st came out. Didn't have high expectations for the graphics, I knew it would be night and day compared to Wii tennis. I was curious on how the player movements, it will take some getting used to moving your player w/ the nunchuck and swinging the racket w/ the other hand in an awkward hand position. I'll continue playing and give this game a chance, because I was so excited for it to come out. Just don't get your hopes up too high before going out and purchasing this game.