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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Tennis fans have long awaited for
this point in time; the arrival of digital tennis that can return the serve provided
by its opponent Virtua Tennis. Since Virtua Tennis last graced store shelves, tennis
games have come and gone; all of which failed miserably in comparison. That is until
now...Top Spin tennis is a breath of fresh air that not only donates good company to
Virtua Tennis, it wipes the floor with the ancient title.
Conclusion: The Verdict While Top Spin tennis is plagued by a few minor control and gameplay issues, it is still by far the best tennis game available so far on the XBox, and the closest anyone has come to re-creating the classic feel of Virtua Tennis. If you've got a few friends to play it against, or a few aussie top spin players on your Live friends list, you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of the Exhibition and Multiplayer modes.