Monday, 9 January 2012

Virtua Tennis 3 PC Games Review

I've owned this game for the computer for many years but only recently completed it due to having upgraded my laptop to be compatible with it (you have no idea how it pains me not to be able to play a game due to system requirements)!


But now after a few days of playing it, I have completed the game, with a play time of less than 10 hours, I got my custom character to World No 1 in the Championship mode, which sees you train and compete in championships to obtain that accolade.


Apart from the main game mode, there is also free play which includes Exhibition, tournaments and also multiplayer. Exhibition gives you the freedom to setup the game you want and against any player you want- which is perhaps the best of the free play options for that extra longevity of the game.

Mini-games you play to progress your player's stats (running away from fruit, serving bowling game, volley bingo etc) can also be played in free mode, but why you would want to do that I have no idea, if it isn't enough of a chore as it is in the main game!


For the computer, multiplayer is a tad of a lie- as you need an additional joystick for this to work. You cannot simply play with another person using one keyboard. This is a bit annoying as it reduces game time for those without a joystick and I don't understand why they can't just customise keyboard controls for it.


Nonetheless, the game is enjoyable, colourful (updated graphics from previous games) and a good light and easy game to master. Speaking of graphics, the courts are beautifully rendered and the textures and movements are smooth and seamless. I experienced no lag or bugs with the game which I was extremely happy with.


Well known tennis players you can choose to play as or against include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tim Henman, Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Amelie Mauresmo... mostly recognisable in their sprites. 


Playing this now, I can't help but miss the top players of today - world No 1 Novak Djokovic and Brit favourite Andy Murray... but thankfully they're featured in the sequel to this game, Virtua Tennis 4.

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