Worthplaying Review: Top Spin 3


''The last time I played a tennis game, it was from the Virtua Tennis series a few console generations ago. Top Spin 3 has certainly taken to improving the tennis simulation genre and offers a great single-player career mode as well as online multiplayer. If you're looking for one of the most technically accurate licensed tennis games, Top Spin 3 is it.

Let's start with the Top Spin School, which serves as the game's tutorial. Here, you'll learn all of the fundamentals through a trial-and-error setup for serving, returning, and how to control your shots with some sense of accuracy. While the school offers several different focuses (serving, volleying, mixed, returns, etc.), each of them feels exactly the same. You have to hit the ball into a marked-off zone to proceed through challenges, and may the tennis gods help you if you don't. You'll repeat the same event over and over and over until you hit things just right. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the title is helping condition you to play the game the way it's meant to be played. After trying to serve the ball into a tiny little square in the corner 30 times, you'll be about done with the school and move on to other aspects of the game.''

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