Sega's Virtua Tennis 3 (Xbox 360, PS3) is a phenomenal video game because it looks amazing and plays beautifully, a visual tour de force that packs intense volleys and vicious cross-court smashes. It's great, but also arcade based, so it lacks the depth of actual tennis. Top Spin 3, the latest from 2K Sports, is more for the tennis aficionado, the gamer that knows the sport's intricacies and wants to strategize. It also helps that it, just like its competitor, looks gorgeous. Whether it plays better is up for debate.
Top Spin 3 (available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii) offers a robust tennis package with a more realistic edge. Unlike Sega's game, players get tired, sweating through their clothes (a game with underarm sweat stains- finally) and grow fatigued as the match wears on, which at times makes them a bit sluggish. In addition, the serve is a powerful weapon, and after getting the hang of the controls, you'll be able to blast 100 plus mile per hour balls of fury at your unsuspecting opponents. This increases the odds of acing the other player, something that happens mostly by accident (as in, they weren't paying attention) in Virtua Tennis 3.