Conclusion: The X button nets you a slice shot, which flies low and fast and is great for crossing up your opponent, while the B button delivers a topspin shot that flies straight and bounces high but moves fast and can slip right past opponents who aren't on their toes. The Y button is used for lob shots, which are to be used sparingly but can be very potent against aggressive opponents apt to ride the net.
Excerpt: With the release of 2003’s Top Spin , developers Power and Magic put up the first real challenge to Sega’s all-conquering Virtua Tennis series. Many a title has come and gone since, but nothing has ever come as close to claiming the title in the Tennis genre as the Xbox original did. With Top Spin 2 , the team are ramping things up for the Xbox 360, and are looking to lay waste to the claims that the game is just a graphical update.
Summary: Top Spin 2 offers a much improved, although not completely new sequel. With all the gameplay mechanics still there, and good graphics, PAM have offered a ‘faster’ sequel, and one that should not be passed up.
the fact that Top Spin 2 lacks the production polish you'd expect a
next-generation title to offer, it makes up for it with some solid
gameplay. It's controls are intuitive and easy to learn, allowing you to
jump right in and play a quick match, while not compromising the depth of
moves and shots. If you want to go a bit deeper into the game, you'll find
a number of interesting techniques to master.
Conclusion: 2K games has taken Virtua Tennis’ baton and run with it. Fluid, dramatic and exciting, Top Spin 2 raises the bar for videogame tennis. Can Sega catch up with Virtua Tennis 3? Time will tell...
Excerpt: As you and your favoured pastime get older, it’s funny what changes and it’s equally funny what stays the same. Because of tennis’s familiarity and accessibility, and because you only ever control one player, and because all you ever do with that player is one thing – hit the ball – tennis is the perfect sport to transmit to the digital medium.
Excerpt: One of the top Xbox sports games, in both sales and popularity returns for another victory on Xbox 360 Everything you loved about Top Spin is back and made even better The peerless player-creator is reborn with the powerful Digital Identity that truly puts you in the game. Experience the pro tour in venues that are alive and dynamic with environmental elements that react to your play Characters are even more stunning with the addition of HD technology and the inclusion...
Excerpt: When the first Top Spin was released for the original Xbox, the acclaimed Virtua Tennis became but an afterthought while Top Spin quickly became top dog within the genre. Much of the praise for Top Spin went to the wonderful work of developer, Power & Magic. Fast forward 2.5 years and Indie Built has brought us Top Spin 2, supposedly designed to take advantage of the power in the Xbox 360.
Excerpt: series is back, and as a tennis fan, I have to say that I’m very happy to see it return. I have been a sports gamer for almost twenty years and I’ve played practically every tennis game looking for a realistic and fun representation of the game.