Top Spin 3
I guess I am a tough critic here being a college tennis coach. I was so excited to finally get a good tennis game on the Wii but am very disappointed. the Wii version of the game falls WAYYYYY short of the other systems. The graphics are to be expected as PS3 and X360 are obviously stronger there. The controls are pretty good with realism on shot control. The biggest downfall is the inability to create players and go through a career. The "Road to Glory" challenge takes one of the computer or pro players through a series of tourneys and challenges to become the worls number 1. Another huge annoyance to me is the reactions after every point. You can waht Roger Federer play all year and not see him throw his racquet. The computer players react to every point and that is not very realistic. I could go on and on but...... avery marginal 5 out of 10. Nintendo, if your going to sacrifice the graphics, at least make the game complete
A definite disappointment
Top Spin 3 had enormous potential in my mind and fell well short of its expectations. I thought the overall gameplay wasn't too bad. I felt that the strokes were fairly fluid with the Wii controller and I liked the variety of shots. However, the main downfall with this game is the career mode. Most sports games have a "franchise" mode or some other in depth long-term challenging circuit, but this game could only come up with a few loosely strung together matches. The lack of the option to create a player also hurt the game. Another con to the game was the poor player selection. I was shocked to find Rafael Nadal absent and just as equally shocked to find Gael Monfils present! Aside from lacking big names and an adequate career mode, the game wasn't dead awful. However, I would definitely not recommend it to someone looking for the next virtua tennis for wii, but it seems that as of now it's the closest you can get.
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.
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.
It had so much potential.
I have been waiting for this for a long time, ever since Wii Tennis came out. I thought that the delay was because they were trying to make it as realistic as possible. I went to get the game today, I went home with a huge smile on my face and I even got into my shorts thinking I was going to get a real work out. The screen loaded and I was told I had to put my nunchuck in. I thought that was a little strange because playing tennis you have both hands on the racket. Never the less there I was in my shorts, nunchuck in one hand and controller in the other. Then the game told me that I had to rotate the controller 90 degrees and use my index finger to press down button B. I just didn't feel right. However I kept going choosing my player and my opponent. Let the game begin!!!! As I was playing I found it frustrating to use the nunchuck in my left hand to make my player move around the court and angle the shot as my right hand was swinging for the ball. It was anything like tennis and within 20 mins I was sitting down just flicking the controller to hit the ball. Waste of time and money. Question is, when are we going to get a great tennis game.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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