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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: When 2K Sports’ Topspin debuted it instantly gained a following as gamers took to its fast and fun gameplay. It offered the same enjoyable pick up and swing experience as Virtua Tennis, but with a more complete set of shot controls. Top Spin 2 adds to these controls, as well as including more professional players and a great career mode. There are a few flaws, but it’s still a solid 360 tennis title.