First of all, I love tennis games. I have played both virtua tennis and top spin series. It is true that you must go through the training first to get used to the new controls for the Top Spin 3 (TS3). But once you get used to it, it is really fun. When you start your career, your guy is very slow and inaccurate. However, once you earn your attributes (your skills points), your player becomes much better. Like previous TS games, you can allocate your player's skill points so that your guy can have better forehand, backhand, power, stamina, serve, return (new for TS3), speed, etc. I liked pretty much everything about the game except for the following: risk shots. In order to use risk shots, you must hold R1 (for power), L1 (for precision), or both (for both power and precision), plus the shot button (i.e. slice, topspin, etc) and YOU MUST TIME IT JUST RIGHT!! or you will miss the shot. When you play online, you better have mastered the risk shots, or you have virtually no chance of winning. So, if you are very good with timed button pushing/releasing, you will be good at this game. Otherwise, you will be frustrated with this game. I have completed the most difficult career mode without using the risk shots. I allocated most of my player's skills points to power (100), forehand (95), backhand (95), and speed (95), and others (much lower numbers), and I was able to beat everyone in hardest mode. However, I got beat very frequently online, since I can't use the risk shots very well. I hope this review helps.
yes: I recommend this product