Playable PS3 games were few and far between at Games Convention and unfortunately it looks as though we'll have to wait for TGS for the floodgates to open. One game we did get our hands on was the latest version of Virtua Tennis 3. While the gameplay was seemingly unchanged from the E3 build we played in May, the graphics have undergone some tweaks and upgrades.
Player's clothes now flowed realistically with their movements and the clipping errors we witnessed a few months ago are nowhere to be found. Sega also placed the PS3 version directly next to the Xbox 360 build allowing us to see the slight differences between the two. This was made more interesting by the fact that the two games are being developed by separate companies with AM2 working on the PS3 title and Sumo Digital developing the 360 version. Plainly put, the PS3 looked a little better with sharper textures and incredibly detailed player models. It was almost eerie when we noticed the veins sticking out in our character's forehead.
Sega also announced that there will be 10 brand new mini-games included in VT3 along with two returning challenges from series. And because these short diversions are one of the best reasons to play Virtua Tennis we were delighted to hear that developers are currently working on some type of multiplayer mini-game mode. We're not sure exactly what this refers to but lets hope for some competitive split-screen action. We'll have more tennis news as we draw closer to the launch of PS3.