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The article is in french though(and the babelfish translation was garbage,it has the title as Signal Spin 3 lol!!)

From the screens we have:Fed(Federer),Nad(Nadal),Nal(Nalbandian),Bla(Blake),Ber(Berdych),Mon(Monfils) and two others i dont recognize by screen or name:Ric and Mat

http://www.jeux-france.com/articles_dossiers316_top-spin-3.html


I have to admit these screens look awesome(though that Berdych is a nono) an that unknown guy looks amazingly real.No ladies though!!
 

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Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Andy Roddick
Andy Murray
Novak Đoković
James Blake
Richard Gasquet
Gaël Monfils
Tomáš Berdych


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Justine Henin
Maria Sharapova
Ana Ivanović
Martina Hingis
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Jelena Jankovic
Amelie Mauresmo
Svetlana Kuznetsova

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Pete Sampras
Patrick Rafter
Goran Ivanisevic
John McEnroe
Bjorn Borg


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Steffi Graf
Martina Navratilova
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
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If the game still keeps the rubbish flaws from the first two then you can forget about it being a decent tennis simulator.
 

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Topspin 1 is way better than Topspin 2. So, topspin 3 should be better than number 1.
 

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Thanks for the link, SchalkenFan. The french are always the first to write something about a new TS game. After all, Tennis has a special meaning for them. :)

A lot of talk about the player editor. As long as my character looks decent, that's enough for me. The gameplay is all that matters.

Then the mention of the online modes (apart from normal matches and online tournaments, you can also play short seasons).

What I don't really get, is, that they mention, that you don't see any power indicator when you're about to hit the ball. In the previous games, you only saw these when you either hit a serve or a risk shot, anyways. Unless they also plan to get rid of those.
As usual, they say that it's all about timing and how you stand to the ball. We'll see how true that claim is this time.

As in TS 1-2, the trigger buttons are used to apply more power and/or hit risk shots.

Apart from improved motion capturing and thus better animations, your character will get tired, and thus sweat, get a red teint, etc.

Unfortunately, the guys from jeux-france weren't allowed to get their hands on a game controller, so that's all what they can say for now.

Just take a look at the comments, and you'll know that this preview is pretty laughable. Doesn't look like the author played any of the previous two TS games. :lol:

me too :)

great player names btw, seems they finally got rid of players like Kournikova e.g.

however the number is still pretty low:eek:
Well, and it saddens me, that they apparently didn't include Haas anymore, although his ranking is higher than it was, when they released TS 2. So what's up? Finally gave up on the german market? :( (Steffi doesn't count, since she is a legend player)

40 courts sounds good, though. IIRC, TS 1 had more courts than TS 2, so now we should head in the right direction again with more courts for the 3rd game.

And they better give us back the replays function. How can a sports game not have one?
 

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It looks fantastic but looks are of secondary importance in most games and certainly in sports sims. I hope it is more realistic because the thing with TS2 was that you could see the potential there for a great game but it was average due to gameplay issues which seem trivial when listed but make a big difference. The stances of players in the screens are very promising, they look character specific and especially the Nalbandian setting for an FH looks very life-like.
 

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topspin2 for playstation sucked because it had very serious "lag" problems, it was slow like hell at slow, very frustrating
 

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topspin2 for playstation sucked because it had very serious "lag" problems, it was slow like hell at slow, very frustrating
TS 2 was never released for the Playstation. What the PS got, was a slighty updated TS 1 (new player portraits and Federer instead of Sampras).
 

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It looks fantastic but looks are of secondary importance in most games and certainly in sports sims. I hope it is more realistic because the thing with TS2 was that you could see the potential there for a great game but it was average due to gameplay issues which seem trivial when listed but make a big difference. The stances of players in the screens are very promising, they look character specific and especially the Nalbandian setting for an FH looks very life-like.
How can you say it was average? Is is clearly the best current tennis game. Forget about "lets go and dive for every ball" Virtua Tennis 3 and "Atari graphics" Smash Court Tennis 3.
 

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More Info:
More about a roster:
"Facts and figures - TS3 features 40 players, 25 of which are licensed real life pros. The team is still in talks with some players to see if they can get them in the game - which is why silhouetted placeholders were dotted around the character select screen in the build I saw. There are 40 venues - including the grand slams and smaller, wackier developer invented stadiums. So on the one hand you have a realistic looking Roland Garros, on the other a futuristic tennis court that looks like it was beamed in straight from the Enterprise itself."

New Article(in English)
Top Spin 3 Impressions


New balls, please--we hit the courts with 2K Sports and its third Top Spin game.
By Guy Cocker, GameSpot UK Posted Dec 14, 2007 9:42 am PT

In the relatively small world of tennis games, the Top Spin series has carved its niche as a realistic but playable interpretation of the sport. However, as the last game hit the Xbox 360 near the beginning of the console's life cycle, fans have been waiting nearly two years for a bona fide sequel. 2K Games is going to answer those calls with a game that aims to take advantage of the graphical and technological advancements that have occurred in the meantime. We got to take a first look of the game on the Xbox 360 ahead of its release in early 2008, when it will also be hitting the Wii and PlayStation 3 for the first time.


Top Spin 3 arrives on-court with a new control system, online tournaments…and sweaty player models.

While previous Top Spin games have been quasi-realistic, the aim of the French developer has been to up this facet of the game for the third outing. The general idea has been to treat the sport with the same sort of respect usually reserved for football titles, and the control system has been substantially modified to reflect this. Now, instead of simply pressing the face buttons to take a shot, your presses have to be timed to relate to the position of the ball. The four buttons each relate to a different type of shot, but you now press the button to pull your racquet backwards and release it to take the shot. If you get into a strong position and let go at the optimal point, you can play a strong and accurate shot. However, if you're in a bad position or let go at the wrong point, your player will be forced to adapt and will lose accuracy as a result.
This system should allow you more manoeuvrability, and will undoubtedly offer advanced players more control than ever before. However, without being able to try the system out at our demo day, we were still concerned about its impact on Top Spin's more casual fans. The developer claims that the system doesn't alienate these players, but instead adds depth for serious players. People will still be able to pick up a pad and play, 2K claims, but as they uncover the advantages of timing and position they'll become more advanced at the game.
Another aspect of the control system that's changed is the advanced shoulder-button shots, which have been dropped in favour of 'risk shots' on the same buttons. Whereas before the triggers were used to pull off trickier but more effective shots, now the right trigger is used to apply risk to the shot played on the face button. The resulting shot will teeter closer to the line and may end up going out, but it will have more power and may wrong-foot the opposition. The real skill in using the risk-shot lies with positioning yourself and timing your swing correctly.


The graphical detail is impressive--look out for footprints, skid marks, and camera crews.

Not all the changes lie in the control system, however. The graphics look suitably enhanced, with superb animation effects combined with a silky 60 frame per second running speed. Characters feature full cloth deformation, and even more impressively is that sweat will make clothes clingy and dirty. Thankfully, players don't have that slightly plastic look to them either--both real-life and player-created models are both highly realistic. Twenty-five licensed characters such as Federer and Sharapova will be making an appearance, although you won't be playing against such highly ranked players until quite some way into the single-player tournaments.
While many of the world's biggest tennis names have made a return in Top Spin 3, the developers have made a conscious effort to push people towards its advanced player-creation tools. While the system still allows you to recreate big-nosed comedy monstrosities, the customisation options mean you can actually create a character that looks as polished as the ones built by the original development team. All the usual options for eyes, mouth, and skin exist, but you can also adorn your character with a variety of tattoos, accessories, and makeup.
One of the biggest advancements in the sports genre has been the introduction of online leagues, and Top Spin 3 is no slouch in this area. There'll be the usual ranked and unranked match options for quick play, but the two-week seasons will be the main focus for serious players. These seasons will be a fortnightly challenge for people to take part in over the Internet, with a separate ranking board worked out by the overall performance of each player. The exact details are still being worked out at this point, but it will be an area where experienced players can flex their muscles against the best players in the world. The single-player care career mode will be slightly different this year. You'll start at the local level and will build up your skills to play the continental challenge and junior tour, until you get to the major players as part of the pro tour. There'll also be a local co-op tournament mode for up to four players and a legend mode where you'll face a series of individual challenges.


Twenty-five real-life players will play in 40 world venues, while all the major tournaments will feature official licences.

We only got to see the Xbox 360 version of the game at our preview, but the team assures us that the PlayStation 3 version is being developed in parallel, is definitely not a port and will also run at 60 frames per second. The Wii version, meanwhile, will work with both the Wii remote and the Nunchuck, with swinging replicated on the remote and player movement on the analogue stick. The team isn't making any announcements on a multiplayer online mode for the Wii version, although it's clear from our conversation that they've been looking into it. We'll hold our breath for more on the game ahead of its release in Q1 next year, and you can be sure that we'll pass on any information we hear.
-GameSpot
 
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