Virtua Tennis 3
|Virtua Tennis 3|
|Developer(s)||Sega AM3 (AC, PS3)
Sumo Digital (X360, PC, PSP)
|Mode(s)||1 to 4 Players|
|Arcade system||Sega Lindbergh|
Virtua Tennis 3 (Sega Professional Tennis: Power Smash 3 in Japan) is the second arcade game sequel to Sega's tennis game franchise, Virtua Tennis. The arcade version of Virtua Tennis 3 is powered by the PC-based Sega Lindbergh arcade system board. Ports for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles are also available with a traditional collection of tennis minigames that the home versions of Virtua Tennis are known for. In 2009, Sega updated and re-created Virtua Tennis 3 in Virtua Tennis 2009.
Besides having Tournament Mode and Exhibition Mode from the arcade version, the home versions include a World Tour Mode and Court Games mode. These game modes replace the Challenge Mode that was present in the arcade version.
The Xbox 360 version has exclusive Xbox Live online tournaments and modes, whilst the PlayStation 3 version incorporates the option to control the game using the Sixaxis motion-sensitive controller.
Both the 360 and PS3 versions offer native 1080p support.
A playable game demo of the Xbox 360 version was released on Xbox Live Marketplace on March 16, 2007.
Male (ATP) Players
Female (WTA) Players
Unlockable Players (Bosses)
|New||Players new to the series.|
- Australia Challenge (Australian Open) – Melbourne – Hard
- French Cup (French Open) – Paris – Clay
- England Tennis Classic (The Championships, Wimbledon) – London – Grass
- US Super Tennis (US Open) – New York City – Hard
- King of Players (Tennis Masters Cup) – Cruise ship – Atlantic Ocean – Hard
- SPT Final (ATP World Tour Finals) – Prague – Indoor
World Tour Series
- Düsseldorf Open (Düsseldorf Open) – Düsseldorf – Grass
- Barcelona Open (Barcelona Open BancSabadell) – Barcelona – Clay
- Milan Open (Internazionali BNL d'Italia) – Milan – Hard
- Vancouver Open (Rogers Cup) – Vancouver – Grass
- L.A. Indoor (Los Angeles Open) – Los Angeles – Indoor
- Shanghai Hardcourt (Shanghai Rolex Masters) – Shanghai – Hard
- Advantage Series Italy (Internazionali BNL d'Italia) – Milan – Hard
- Advantage Series Germany (Düsseldorf Open) – Düsseldorf – Grass
- Advantage Series Spain (Barcelona Open BancSabadell) – Barcelona – Clay
- Advantage Series Canada (Rogers Cup) – Vancouver – Grass
- Advantage Series China (Shanghai Rolex Masters) – Shanghai – Hard
- Advantage Series Japan (Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships) – Tokyo – Indoor
- Challengers I (Dubai Tennis Championships) – Dubai – Hard
- Challengers II (Argentina Open) – Buenos Aires – Clay
- Challengers III (Kremlin Cup) – Moscow – Indoor
- Challengers IV (PTT Thailand Open) – Phuket – Hard
- Challengers V (Grand Prix Hassan II) – Casablanca – Clay
- Challengers VI (SA Tennis Open) – Cape Town – Hard
- Challengers VII (Brisbane International) – Gold Coast – Hard
Used only in World Tour Mode (not available for matches)
This is the main mode of the game. In this mode, the user creates a tennis player (male or female), and enters the SPT World Tour with a ranking position of 300th, and with the goal of becoming the number 1. The player needs to improve his ranking by winning matches and tournaments, as well as his abilities by successfully completing training minigames and academy exercises. This mode also allows the player to interact with the featured professional tennis players.
This mode is similar to the arcade version of the game. The user can select either a featured professional player or one of his created players (from the World Tour mode), and must win 5 matches in different surfaces and venues to win the tournament. If the player performs well enough and gets a very good rank (A), he is challenged by Duke, one of the game's bosses. However, if the player performs well in the tournament but achieves a mediocre rank (D), he is challenged by King instead.
This mode allows the user to play single matches with customized options, such as the player, the opponent and the court.
This mode features the minigames from the World Tour mode and is dedicated to multiplayer gaming.
The Xbox 360 version of the game features online play which still has active servers and players as of August, 2015, over 8 years after the game's launch.
- Arcade version
- PS3 version
- IGN 7.8/10
- GameBrink 78/100
- Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.33/10
- Play UK 90/100
- Edge 8/10(UK)
- PSM3 85/100
- Pelit 88/100(Finland)
- Pure Magazine 9/10(UK)
- Official UK PlayStation Magazine 8/10
- GameSpot UK 8.2/10
- Xbox 360 version
- IGN 8.0/10
- Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.33/10
- 360 Gamer Magazine 9/10(UK)
- Official Xbox Magazine 9/10(UK)
- Eurogamer 9/10(UK)
- GameTrailers 8.4/10
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