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May 15, 2007
Smash Court Tennis 3 - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
31/5/2007SonySonyNamco1-2$79.95

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Stadiums look pretty good.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Tennis makes a great videogame. There's a reason why one of the first videogames of all time, Pong, is basically a simulation of the sport. It's easy to pick up and play, but can also take quite a while to master. Namco's Smash Court Tennis titles sit somewhere nicely in the middle of the road between arcade based over the top thrills, and hardcore simulation which means it's easy to pickup and play.

Featuring 16 of the world’s most talented professional tennis players, Smash Court Tennis 3 allows you to escape into the world that is usually confined to the sporting elite. Roger Federer, his arch rival Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are just four of the stars gracing the newly laid courts for the PSP.

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Graphics are looking pretty good.
As with most tennis games this title will include all the standard options such as Exhibition matches and Tournaments to enter however the meat of the game will revolve around the Pro Tour. In this mode you will be able to create your own original player with more than twice as many customizable parts as Smash Court Tennis 2. Can you knock Federer off the world number one spot for the first time in years. You will also be able to select the comprehensive training mode to perfect your serve and volley, back court or all-round game!

We do know that, at the very least, the game will support 2-players via Ad Hoc mode. As well as playing normal tennis matches you will be able to participate in mini-games such as Pac-Man Tennis. Another mini-game (which we assume will also be playable in Ad Hoc mode) is Bomb Tennis. While no details are know these modes are fairly self-explanatory - well you can probably take a decent guess anyway. At this stage 4-player support hasn't been confirmed - but doubles matches should provide a perfect opportunity if ever there was one.

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Playing on the grass court.
Graphics in Smash Court Tennis 3 look sharp enough and if the game retains the solid animation and presentation of the PS2 titles then this should look the part on Sony's handheld system as well.

I've always been a fan of Namco's Smash Court Tennis series. It's not a full hardcore simulation, but it's also not a walk in the park arcade styled game (which despite our love for, find to be the case with Sega's Virtua Tennis titles). Smash Court Tennis 3 is due to hit the PSP on May 31st and is one to watch.