Excerpt: Tennis isn’t the most widely appreciated sport about. Barring Tim Henman’s annual two-week Wimbledon debacle the game of bat and ball is largely ignored. So developing a game in a genre that has a king already in Virtua Tennis might not seem that shrewd. There is another major concern – Top Spin is over two years old. It first appeared on the Xbox in 2004 to an overall positive reception. It’s a game that has already been well played, and graphically, has had its day.
Excerpt: Ahh tennis, the game of v-neck sweaters and white skirts, of country clubs and riches, of half-naked midnight games on campus… these are a few of the things we think about when this grand sport is mentioned. I have always been a fan of tennis, not just because the ladies are smokin', but also because the sheer 1 vs. 1 nature and ease of play (people from 3-90 can play) makes it popular everywhere.
Excerpt: Top Spin on the Xbox was something of a revelation; much more in depth than SEGA’s Virtua Tennis with more shots, a complex but exciting career mode and online play. The graphics were as sweet as a nut, a cool “In The Zone” meter kept the mentalities of the players swinging about by offering ways back into matches and crowds booed and cheered. So what’s new for players owning a PS2? Not much. A new roster of players, and that’s it. Seriously.
Excerpt: Top Spin started out in life as a Microsoft published Xbox exclusive tennis game back in 2003. It even made use of Microsoft's innovative, but short lived XSN service for the Xbox. Fast forward to the end of 2005 and it has done the impossible and jumped to the PlayStation 2. Now under 2K Games' wing, has the game survived the port intact? Top Spin on PlayStation 2 is pretty much a straight port of the original Xbox title.
Excerpt: It seems like only yesterday that Microsoft was launching their line of XSN Sports titles to take on the giants in a quest to carve out their chunk of the sports gaming pie. Great in theory, not so good in execution. The XSN titles never really grabbed that market share, but some great titles were born out of it.
Conclusion: Most of the magic of the original version of the game was the presentation coupled with the online play. With 50% of that largely taken out of the equation, and no extras two years later, this is just a bastardized version of a very good Xbox game.
Excerpt: Jet Li, well known martial arts
movie star in Asia and more recently in the US (Lethal Weapon
4, Kiss of the Dragon, The One, Cradle 2 The Grave) has now
entered the virtual world of a PlayStation 2 video game. Rise
To Honor is a fast paced action game that places you in
control of Jet Li (Kit Yun) as he fights, shoots and sneaks
his way through Hong Kong, San Francisco and back to Hong
Kong. Kit is the body guard for Boss Chiang, leader of a Hong
Kong crime family.
Conclusion: This section of the review really seems to be the most difficult portion of the review for me to write. I have found that playing the game on Live can be a lot of fun if you get into a good game (that’s easier said then done). The one thing that really has held me back from really loving this game is the fact that it is so repetitive.
Excerpt: "Top Spin on toimiva, joskin harmittavan vasemmalla kädellä tehty käännös yhdestä Xboxin parhaista tennispeleistä. Turhan lyhytikäistä uramoodia, askeettista grafiikkaa sekä raivostuttavia latailutaukoja kompensoidaan loistavalla pelattavuudella, hektisellä moninpelillä, sekä varsin toimivalla nettipelillä, joka lienee PS2:n tennispelien saralla vieläpä ainoa laatuaan.