Virtua Tennis 3 Reader Review
Well, I read the negative words from another reviewer and now feel compelled to add my own, which by contrast are very enthusiastic.
In fairness to this reviewer, there can be a surfeit of insane diving going on, but only in certain cases where one player dominates the other to such an extent that the latter is always off balance or out of position due to poor foot work and anticipation.
For example, if you are not a completely inapt tennis player and play an exhibition match using the "easy" setting, your opponent will fail laughably with one dive after another. Conclusion: your opponent is then outclassed and you must up the difficulty setting to generate some real competition (note that the "very hard" setting is truly daunting and in a class of its own. If you can beat opponents at that setting, kudos to you!)
I myself have been through the career mode and tournament mode, and have managed to win on all fronts up to number one, and can say with confidence that Virtua Tennis 3 is nothing short of a gaming masterpiece, both in terms of graphics and game play. Is that to say it is perfect? No, the diving issue is a real one, but experience will teach you how to minimize this weakness and make it look acceptable, would it only be by choosing a level of play or opponent that is a good fit for your particular level of power, skill, and strategy. This level can be improved up to an enviable maximum in the career mode through the academy, the mini games, and practice matches, which abound. It can also be improved by the choice of a better racket, once it becomes available after a number of wins.
In short, Virtua Tennis 3 is a stunning delight for any tennis lover, and I cannot see how on earth I could grow tired of it.
9 / 10