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Top Spin 3 Volleyed into Stores

by Nick DiMola - June 27, 2008, 9:49 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

2K Sports' latest iteration of the popular tennis series is now available in stores for both Wii and DS.

2K Sports announced this past Tuesday the arrival of Top Spin 3 in retail outlets across America. Players will be able to take control of the Wii game through use of the Wii Remote's motion control, as well as the Nunchuk for movement.

Top Spin 3 for the Wii won't feature online connectivity, but it will include its Create-a-Player mode, allowing players to customize their on screen avatar and in play style.

Top Spin 3 is available in stores now for both the Wii and DS.

2K Sports Serves Top Spin 3 into Stores

Top Spin 3 aces the competition with an exciting and authentic tennis experience

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Top Spin 3 is now available in stores in North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, and Nintendo DS™. Developed by 2K’s PAM Development studio, Top Spin 3 offers players the most authentic and true-to-life video game tennis experience available on consoles and handhelds.

"We are extremely proud of Top Spin 3 and are confident that the intense gameplay, cutting-edge visuals and endless customization options will exceed players' expectations," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.

Top Spin 3 features stunning graphics and revolutionary gameplay that contains innovative new controls, Signature Style™, and expansive online offerings, and gives players control over a wide selection of current top ranked tennis pros like Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, as well as legendary* players Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Monica Seles. An incredibly deep player creator system provides fans with complete control over every aspect of their character with a new freeform face sculpting editor, and customizable swing animations, hairstyles, makeup, tattoos and grunts.

Top Spin 3 offers a wide variety of gameplay and features, including situation-specific behaviors, revamped audio with enhanced crowd reaction, and precise controls that fans can easily pick up and play while still providing the most genuine tennis experience possible. All-new Evolutionary Visuals™ showcase the intensity of the game as players sweat, demonstrate fatigue and accumulate grass and clay stains on their clothing over the course of a match, while competing at courts that have dynamic weather changes. Competitive players will also be able to create matches online and test their skills against friends or other ranked players around the world via singles or doubles in Exhibition, Custom, or World Tour Matches.

For more information, log onto www.topspin3thegame.com.

Top Spin 3 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

* Legends not available on all platforms


MorariJune 28, 2008

"The Wii version features motion controls, 40 venues, and multiplayer party games. The Wii version features 16 licensed players. The Wii version does not contain online multiplayer gameplay. This version of the game runs on a modified Top Spin 2 engine, and features stylized graphics. Both the graphics and the control system have had a mixed reception from reviewers."

That sounds unappealing. I hated the motion controls in Wii Sports' tennis. While there may not be a good way of implementing it, having to direct shots by hitting sooner or later was lame. This is a real shame, as tennis games can be great in general. Sega Sports Tennis 2K2, for example, was by far one of my favorite Dreamcast games! :)

Why is it that none of the promise of Wii Sports has been fulfilled? Well, I hear Tiger Woods is actually looking like a great golfing game. But everything else! ... or is there a bowling game that I missed?

MorariJune 28, 2008

I don't know how promising any golf game would be... :P

I have a very hard time judging the strength of my shot in Wii Sports' golf. Such a problem is especially frustrating while putting.

And that's a problem because in real golf you easily and immediately know the exact distance any shot will go. I am interested in Top Spin 3 (and Tiger Woods 09). Because the game uses the nunchuk t may include a way to aim shots with the analog stick, I don't know because last time I checked there weren't any non-magazine reviews on Game Rankings

KDR_11kJune 29, 2008

Quote from: Morari

having to direct shots by hitting sooner or later was lame.

That explains why I couldn't play real tennis, my racket didn't have a d-pad!

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