Excerpt: mature-gaming reviews the latest edition of the Top Spin franchise. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t usually play tennis games. It’s not that I don’t love the game itself, more that other sports games normally capture my attention first. With the arrival of Top Spin 4 through my letterbox, my feelings started to change about tennis titles, Top Spin 4 in particular.
Conclusion: Though Top Spin 4 is highly praised by our
staff, there are a couple of letdowns that
should be noted. The RB button that manages
speed is relatively clunky. It is unresponsive
and has no bearing effect no matter how hard we
tried to get our player back to a particular
position. Secondly, the skills gained don't seem
to have significant difference whether you are a
starting athlete or a long-time star.
Conclusion: During multiplayer matches the game mechanics proves to be very robust and rarely allows tactical exploits very common to tennis games. Pros: - Superb gameplay - Easy, intuitive control scheme - Nice online mode - Fun career mode Cons: - Lack of references to real life tennis tour - Limited host of players - Player gets to max level too fast, make later rewards feel bland
Excerpt: With Top Spin 3, 2K Sports delivered a tennis game that didn't play like all the others. It wasn't just a re-skinned Virtua Tennis, instead offering a more nuanced control scheme that relied heavily on precise timing. Almost three years later, Top Spin 4 tweaks the system and introduces a number of helpful guides in an attempt to better convey the game of tennis.
Summary: 2K Sport's brings its fourth installment of Top Spin to major consoles with more licensed pros than ever and a long list of venues for you to play through while chasing the dream of becoming a tennis legend. Add deep character customization and comprehensive online play and you'll be well on your way to becoming the World's number one tennis player, well, virtual tennis player.
Pros: Deep tennis roster/venues, Simplistic yet challenging gameplay, In-depth character customization system
Cons: Gameplay can get repetitive, Some timing elements in gameplay can be frustrating, Limited game modes
2K Czech goes back to the drawing board... with fantastic results
7 April 2011
Conclusion: Still, the options are there should one want to show off their extra tech, though anyone that must do without will hardly be hurting. Instead, the core game itself is the draw, and thanks to a control scheme that delivers enough information to keep every shot interesting while never reneging on the promise of easy-to-play/tough-to-master, Top Spin 4 emerges as an absolutely killer tennis sim and one worthy of being considered one of the deepest and most rewarding seen...
Pros: Gorgeous animations, and lots of 'em, Extremely lengthy Career Mode, Season-like Online Mode
Cons: Weird alien-like faces, Consist shots can be difficult, Clinical, boring presentation
Excerpt: Top Spin 4 is a well-crafted game which will appeal to tennis enthusiasts as well as fans of sports titles with intensely competitive multiplayer modes. If you have dozens of hours to sink into its slow but rewarding career mode then you’ll be treated to a great virtualisation of an amateur’s rise to the zenith of world tennis.