Excerpt: 2K Sports has released the fourth installment of the Top Spin tennis series. With an ambitious career mode, tennis lovers will be able to work their way up to the pros and play against a host of tennis champions and legends.
Conclusion: That would be a shame though, because Topspin is - at this stage - easily the better series on-court. A willingness to refine its trademark depth and realism with advanced features has provided enough of a leap for those of you well-versed in the game, and the excellent training Academy and on-screen indicators provide a crucial link for everybody else to get to grips.
Conclusion: Top Spin 4 is fun to play... when you aren’t getting frustrated by the somewhat unresponsive controls. They aren’t unresponsive all of the time, and that is probably the more frustrating thing. There is nothing worse than being in a long rally and being in a seemingly winning position when, for some unknown reason your avatar does not swing his racquet when you want him to. If you can get past this, then you will get the most out of Top Spin 4.
Beautiful tennis sim is both accessible and challenging.
Common Sense Media
10 June 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Top Spin 4 is a tennis simulation game that stars dozens of real tennis pros and features many known sports brands. Its virtual athletes emote realistically as they make and miss shots, but they're never mean-spirited, and they always shake hands after each match. Note that this game supports open online communication, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Latest Screens Top Spin 4 new screenshots When 2K sports released Topspin 3 in 2008 it aimed to create a unique experience that strivedto deliver a much more realistic approach to Tennis than the arcade style of the Virtua Tennis series. The game however had a very steep learning curve that took the fun away from beingable jump in directly into the action.
Summary: Top Spin 4 tries to bridge the gap between arcade fun and in-depth tennis simulation. Sadly, this has resulted in a number of compromises that make it unappealing to fans of either. Its career mode and character development are shallow, focusing more on repetitive minigames than on tournament play. The visuals are poor, making each match look like a blocky mess, while an erratic frame rate makes animations jerky and unrealistic.
Pros: Wide range of professional players and courts
Cons: Unresponsive motion controls, Blocky models and environments, Stilted animation, Repetitive minigames in Career mode
Excerpt: In an effort to expand my comfort zone with different types of video games, I will be reviewing Top Spin 4 this week. This will be the fourth installment of the franchise from developer 2k Czech. In the past Top Spin has been known for its ultra realistic portrayal of tennis. This year 2k has ditched the over complicated controls for a more accessible and streamlined control system.