Well, Topspin3, the new revelation in the world of tennis video games. Or is it!. Well in my opinion probably. I got the game today and well i popped it in and was surprised. After reading reviews here and official reviews, i was a bit concerned. An average of
about 7-8/10 on the net usually means a game is OK and im looking for a good game. But after the urge of a new sports game for the xbox and the Wimbledon driving my interest in tennis i decided to go for it.
First thoughts. Wow! the graphics, are well, great, obviously other games have better graphics but sports games are generally known for their great gameplay but slightly inferior graphics. Anyway i understand graphics don't make a game.
So onto content, well i started off by heading to the topspin school which although very useful can be extremely annoying when you have to repeat the same shot over because you were "slightly late" on a shot even though it looked perfectly fine. But as i have read it is essential for new players to go through most of it. I have to agree. I think without it i would have been left for dead almost every point against the other players in exhibition if i had skipped the tutorials.
The player creator. I think is probably one of the best parts of the game. I think for the most part it is just a basic player creator in a sports game. Similar to the tiger woods games etc, but with a bit more depth and choice. But its the sculpt option that really turns this creator into an innovative part of the game. After choosing your favoured features you then have to option to tweak, change, fiddle and modify you person to perfection. No longer do i have to sit in front of my tv making a character on a separate game wishing that my characters nose was slightly different or if the cheeks were defined enough.
Well onto the gameplay. I haven't tried out tournament mode yet and only played one game on exhibition so i can only really talk about career. At the start after loading my character i head to my first few challenges. And i must admit it took me a couple of tries to beat the first player, after that well it just got easy. A bit too easy, rookie and challenger mode were a breeze and to be honest not much fun. A bit repetitive and simple to play. But when it came to joining the junior tour. WOW! Suddenly im overall 34 and im having to play players with an overall of 45-60 whats going on? i thought. This is where it started to get fun. I was struggling to win my service and i still haven't got past the semi's of the easy tournaments. I thought. This is more like it! Well i think that was a bit more of a story so ill give it a bit of a summary to help you understand my meaning.
Graphics-9.5/10 - not the best a game has been but top runner for . a sports game.
Gameplay-8/10 - Career starts a bit too easy and suddenly
. becomes hard. I like a challenge and like to work . for victory like a true tennis player. Play can get a
. bit repetitive though.
Content-9/10- This is stuff the game has that isn't gameplay. Eg the . player creator. Good fun and very detailed.
Music/Soundtrack -7/10 - Good sound track and lots of good songs. . Docked a few points for annoying parts where
. song changes due to change in screen etc.
Overall -8.5/10 - Good fun, a bit repetitive and a real challenge. Best . tennis game out there. Worth Buying!