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Top Spin 3 review

Getting ass-handings by AI opponents is a bit dispiriting

Pros

  • Decent controls
  • Nice selection of modes
  • Two-player is strong

Cons

  • Too-tough AI
  • Weird minigames
  • Stuttering framerate

After the Annual British Disappointment at Wimbledon, you might want to show the pros how it’s done in digital-land by mastering Top Spin 3. Only you may suffer your own first-round defeat at the hands of the rock-hard AI. We weren’t keen on the Wii version of this because of its wonky controls. Here, the controls are fine but the CPU-controlled players use them way better than you can.

There are a few quick-play modes and a standard Career mode, plus tennis celebs to play as. There are plenty of minigames but most need to be unlocked and the initial selection isn’t that inspiring – dropping robots down holes? Eh? We also spotted some frame-rate stutters and some of the animation’s a bit ropey. Two-player multiplayer levels the playing field, and accomplished tennis game fans should be kept busy for a while, but newcomers should steer clear.

Aug 13, 2008

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionTop Spin 3's sensitive controls and tactical gameplay put every other tennis franchise to shame, boldly claiming its spot as the finest game in its genre.
PlatformPS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date24 June 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)