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Top Spin is the Xbox's first tennis game, and it's playable over Xbox Live, allowing the player to compete in the XSN Sports Network. Over Xbox Live, two players can face each other in a one-on-one match, while in a doubles game up to four players can join. Stats are recorded and rankings are updated hourly at XSNsports.com.

The game has a career mode that takes the player all over the world. The first step is to create a player and give him a technical mastery. Once in the game, the player may compete in various tournaments. There are games, minor pro games, and professional tournaments. Winning games earns money and a higher ranking. The goal is to go from rank one hundred to number one.

Four different statistics can be gradually improved: serve, backhand, forehand, and volley. A higher skill will make for better and harder serves, more accurate and powerful back- and forehands, and the ability to keep the ball in play longer with volleys. There are also skills to obtain, such as risk and ace, which improves chances of hitting a successful risk shot or acing the opponent on a serve.

In Exhibition mode, the player may choose a created character or one of several real life pros, such as Pete Sampras or Anna Kournikova.

Screenshots

Top Spin Windows Top camera view
Top Spin Windows Players introduction
Top Spin Windows Face lifting
Top Spin Windows A closer view on the service - I bet this will be an ace.

Alternate Titles

  • "上旋高手" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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Gamesmania.de Xbox Nov 13, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Factornews Xbox Nov 14, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Xbox Oct 30, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
4Players.de Xbox Nov 13, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Nov 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Jolt (UK) PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2005 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamesdog Xbox Jan 03, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69
XBox Evolved Xbox Apr 10, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68

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Trivia

The first Xbox patch introduced some new features and fixed a frustrating winning shot known as the deathdrop. It is a dropshot impossible to save that caused much irritation over Xbox Live! Unfortunately, other problems such as incorrect scoreboards and Disco boys, players who disconnect while playing but still secure the win, were left unattended. A new patch was needed.
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