Top Spin

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
72
3.2
Windows
79
3.7
Xbox
84
3.7
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Description

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.

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Top Spin Windows Player creator
Top Spin Windows OUT!
Top Spin Windows Head-to-head summary
Top Spin Windows Intro sequence

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Windows Feb 24, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamesmania.de Xbox Nov 13, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Super Play (Sweden) Xbox Nov, 2003 9 out of 10 90
X-Power Xbox Nov 17, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Game Shark Xbox Nov 05, 2003 B+ 83
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 29, 2005 6.1 out of 10 61
IGN Windows Apr 20, 2006 6 out of 10 60
G4 TV: X-Play PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2005 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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.
Contributed to by Kabushi (148526) and JPaterson (9118)