Excerpt: In it's finest form, tennis can be more a chess match than a slugfest. When two equally impressive athletes compete in a duel of wills to see who can outwit whom, it becomes a "thinking man's" game with strategy trumping strength. It's been two years since we last stepped onto center court, and 2K Sports has spent a lot of that time revamping their previous installment.
Excerpt: With Top Spin 3, 2K Sports delivered a tennis game that didn't play like all the others. It wasn't just a re-skinned Virtua Tennis, instead offering a more nuanced control scheme that relied heavily on precise timing. Almost three years later, Top Spin 4 tweaks the system and introduces a number of helpful guides in an attempt to better convey the game of tennis.
Excerpt: You can jump into an exhibition match right from the word go and play with a pretty impressive roster of real-life talent, both past and present. The top four on the men's side are present: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray, along with other notable players. Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, and Anna Ivanovic highlight the women. I love that classic stars are present like Sampras, Agassi, Lendl, and my personal favorite, Boris Becker.
Summary: Top Spin 4 brings the competitive action of tennis to life like never before with redesigned controls, jaw-dropping player models and Signature Style animations, enhanced TV-style presentation elements, and one of the deepest player rosters to date featuring tennis’ top athletes and legendary pros.
Summary: Not only does Top Spin 4 succeed at being one of the most accurate tennis simulations available, but its new training modes and shot assists make it accessible for newcomers to the sport too. Whether you're playing a simple exhibition match, shooting it out in a grand slam, or showcasing your skills in online tournaments, each and every match is full of the drama and thrilling spectacle that make tennis such an exciting sport.
Pros: In-depth online and offline career modes, Realistic physics, Responsive controls, Great animation captures the feel of a live match, Spot-on sound effects add to the drama
Cons: Optional Move controls aren't accurate enough to win championships, Characters' faces sometimes look odd
Excerpt: can be fun, 2K’s series typically outstrips Sega’s in terms of realism and authenticity. With the fourth installment, 2K Czech worked hard on the accessibility; they streamlined just about everything and enhanced the depth of the Career Mode.
Top Spin 4 Perfects The Fundamentals And Delivers A Compelling Career Mode
15 March 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Simplify Top Spin 3’s convoluted controls while adding depth to career mode and online
Graphics: The pros look lifelike, and the animations are very fluid. The arenas and crowds are much more detailed, which is highlighted by the new TV-style presentation
Sound: The crowd noise ebbs and flows with the match. Still lacking commentary, and I hope you like the song “North American Scum” by LCD Soundsystem.