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So whos playing this fine example of a tennis game? The custom animations in this game are pretty accurate. Particularly good ones are Ferrero's forehand, Haas' backhand, Monfils' forehand, and Nadal's everything. The graphics are pretty good, but there no no real courts or tournaments which is a bit of a bummer.

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Pity it doesn't have Rafa's antics or Haas shouting at the umpire.

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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

The animations are ok, other than that, I just don't like the game. I played both the PC and the PSP version and the constant falling of the players is getting on my nerves. Add to that the lack of realism, and I return to Top Spin 2.

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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

All the serve motions are really well simulated. Apart from the other motions already mentioned I also like the Roddick forehand and backhand, Hewitt backhand and Monfils backhand. Too bad the volleying looks quite the same with every player.

Btw, check www.intertopspintour.net to play the full ATP calender online with VT3 and/or TS2
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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

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The animations are ok, other than that, I just don't like the game. I played both the PC and the PSP version and the constant falling of the players is getting on my nerves. Add to that the lack of realism, and I return to Top Spin 2.
You're diving because you aren't in position and pressing the button too early. Topspin 1 and 2 are pretty poor games because they try to be realistic. Some parts of it are realistic and others are not and it just ends up being stupid. Eg. How come the topspin shot goes out but the flat shot never goes out? In real tennis its the opposite, topspin is much safer than flat. The risk shot is also exceptionally retarded and stupid.

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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

That may be true, but the diving is stupid nevertheless. It's a feature to add to the arcade feel of the game which is unnecessary IMO.

First, at least the shots can go out in TS 2, while in VT 3 it's nearly impossible for that to happen. And the flat shot is just a save shot. When you played the game long enough, you'll use other shots more than the save shots. And the risk shots are far more difficult to pull off than in the first game. They aren't that powerful anymore, anyways.

And then, let's not even start to talk about the poor audio aspects of the game.

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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

I'ved played Topspin 2 to death. The risk shots are near useless in it, while in number 1 they were way overpowered. My main gripe is that it takes way too long to charge up your shots. Its virtually impossible to "use the pace". And perhaps the biggest flaw in a game thats trying to be realistic. Its near impossible to run around your backhand and do inside out forehands. The game just doesn't like you do it for some reason. Pretty poor considering its the most common shot in men's tennis.

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If you want realistic stroke-animations of ATP players and tennis simulation gameplay in my opinion there's one game that beats everything: Dream Match Tennis Pro.
http://www.bimboosoft.com/DMTP/

It plays so much better than the topspin series. Dropshots and lobs are actually realistic. There are no strange power bars and it's actually very possible to make errors in this game.

The game is ridiculously cheap, probably because the graphics are quite low-budget looking. However, if you can look past that, you'll see that the strokes look very realistic, especially Federer's backhand, all of Nadal's strokes, Roddick's service, forehand and backhand, Agassi's groundstrokes. The shot parameters are also very realistic. The tactics I found most succesful in a Roddick - Nadal match were actually very similar looking to the strategies those players used when they later met in real life Indian Wells... Other characters are: Sampras, Becker, Edberg, Lendl, Chang, McEnroe, Connors, Borg, Graf (don't know why they included 1 female...). You just need to rename the players as they didn't seem to have licence for the real player names.
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Re: So Virtua Tennis 3....mmmm custom animations.

it's already out for computers? I will buy it when my I receive my salary then.
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Wow, I didn't know Fat Dave was in it, I want to play it now

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He is, but his grunting sounds very weird.

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Ahh... Dream Match Tennis was already mentioned here. Since the lack of realism is a common gripe when discussing these household-name tennis games, I too want to recommend DMT for everyone interested in more complex tennis gameplay. Demo is free and it features the full game but you can only play for 5 minutes at a time. The learning curve might be a bit steep at first but when you learn the basics, you can pretty much try any shot from anywhere on court.

As an indie game, it has some minor glitches (I dislike the idea of different-era players against each other) and the overall eye candy -aspect is nowhere near the recent Top Spin / Virtual Tennis titles. The player animation, however, is superb, with every player's strokes recognisable. The players' different attributes force you to try different strategies depending on which guy you are playing as.

Groundstrokes are not aimed and powered by keeping a button pressed for as long as possible, instead your timing and position are the most important components of a stroke.

If you want a tennis game that is a bit more than just glorified Pong, you should check Dream Match Tennis out. I've played Virtual Tennis and Top Spin since they were released and eventually got bored with their mechanical gameplay and unintuitive shotmaking. DMT keeps me hooked.

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Well, VT3 is meant to be an arcade type of game and not an actual tennis simulation. Smash Court 2 is a much better simulation type of game IMO. By the way, in VT3, who has the better forehand? Roger or JCF?
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Has anyone actually managed to beat king and duke yet in VT3???

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Well, VT3 is meant to be an arcade type of game and not an actual tennis simulation. Smash Court 2 is a much better simulation type of game IMO. By the way, in VT3, who has the better forehand? Roger or JCF?
Definetly JCF. Federer isn't actually particularly good at anything. He's listed as an all-round player, which basically means he doesn't have a big weapon. Nalbandian's backhand is something else.

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Has anyone actually managed to beat king and duke yet in VT3???
Yeah, both of them. It's easier if you set it to just one game, and then you don't need to face their serve. They're still pretty tricky though. Nadal is the best player to face them with, as he can reach their ridiculous shots better than anyone else due to his speed.
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Speaking of tennis games, does anyone know where I can buy and download Top-Spin 2 for the PC online (preferably legally lol)?

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Andre Agassi (always #1)---Novak Djokovic ---Rafa Nadal---
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga---Gilles Simon---Tomas Berdych---David Nalbandian---Nico Almagro
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