Conclusion: I’ve written this whole review with only one Anna reference (if ya’ll don’t know, she is awful in tennis, but looks good playing it) and NO tennis lingo puns, but I can’t help myself - I LOVE this game! There is really nothing bad that can be said about it in any facet of the game, but it is so quickly apparent that the gameplay makes Top Spin as good as it is and so damn addicting.
Excerpt: I confess—I don't know the first thing about tennis. Sure, I watch it on TV every now and then when something big is happening, but I never paid much attention to it or really understood all of its rules and nuances. After playing Top Spin , though, I gained a newfound appreciation for the sport. I'm not about to go out and buy a racquet or anything, but I think I understand and respect the game a little more.
Summary: If anything saves Top Spin, it is the online play – only there does the game offer any lasting enjoyment. Still, the control and organization problems make Top Spin much less of a game than it could have (and should have) been. Tennis is already a niche sport, so most gamers will likely ignore Top Spin. However, buying it isn’t necessarily a bad choice, since even with its problems those who enjoy the sport may find some value in it simply for the online play.
Pros: Strong create-a-player mode, Anna Kournikova.
Cons: Shallow single player mode, lack of precision.
Excerpt: The Virtua Tennis series has had a fair old run as the king of the tennis sims, and deservedly so. A simple but deep control system, excellent gameplay and some amazing multiplayer memories meant that it was going to take a huge effort by some development team or another to even come close. Slam Tennis, Next Generation Tennis and a plethora of other pretenders to the throne have all come across well, but not well enough to finish the job.
Conclusion: No matter if you are a tennis fan or not, Top Spin is a game which you simply must have in your collection, and it'll even go down well with people who aren't much of a tennis fan, but after you've played Top Spin you'll be counting the days to Wimbledon.
Excerpt: 1-4 Players In-game Dolby Digital System Link (2 or 4 Xboxes) HDTV – 480p Online Multiplayer Voice Friends Scoreboard Da Introduction Having played countless hours on my Dreamcast playing Sega's Virtua Tennis, I wondered how Microsoft could top that great title. Well, I am happy to report that Top Spin is a worthy successor to Sega's famed title and with the addition of a great online mode and even better graphics, this game is now one of my favourite online sports...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Sports games have always benefited from more powerful hardware, and Top Spin manages to extract a visually pleasing game out of Microsoft's box that also contains a solid gameplay system. The singleplayer career mode might be a bit of a breeze at times, but the multiplayer hijinks will have you coming back again and again. Though there is still room for improvement, this is a damn fine tennis game that is sure to keep you entertained.
Excerpt: “Top Spin” is the complete tennis experience. Define your tennis playing style, take risks, pull off world-class shots, and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. You can also train with a coach to master shots and playing surfaces and work your way up the online rankings to become the best in the world.