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Virtua Tennis 3 review

A tennis game that's for life, not just Wimbledon

The 360 version has a huge advantage over the identically gorgeous and fun PS3 version - well-implemented online play. Whether you're into singles or doubles, the game performs just fine, and the consistently advantageous view (you're always on the lower court, since each player is looking at his or her own screen) makes it a pleasure. There are ranked and unranked matches, and VT.TV mode, which lets you peek in on the matches of top-ranked players. All in all, it's robust and enjoyable, and noses the 360 version solidly ahead of the PS3 offering.

The speed of the action is aided by the control system, a leftover from the original Virtua Tennis on Dreamcast. You don’t mess with perfection, and the beautiful simplicity of topspin, slice and lobbing, holding the button down to get the desired power and directing the shot via the analog stick still works amazingly well.

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DescriptionInstinctive controls combine with hyper-realistic graphics for this ultimate tennis simulator.
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, PC, PSP
US censor ratingRating Pending
UK censor rating3+
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 23 March 2007 (UK)