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Top Spin

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
72
3.2
Windows
79
4.0
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 you to compete in the XSN Sports Network.

Top Spin has a career mode that takes you all over the world. First you create a player and give him a technical mastery. Once in the game, you can compete in various tournaments. There are games, minor pro games, and professional tournaments. Winning games earns you money and a higher ranking. Your job is to go from rank one hundred to number one.

You can improve four different statistics; Serve, Backhand, Forehand and Volley. A higher skill will allow you to make better and harder serves, be more accurate and powerful with your back or forehand, and let you keep the ball in play longer with your volley. There are also skills you can get, such as Risk and Ace, which improves your chances of hitting a successful risk shot or acing the opponent on a serve.

In Exhibition mode, you can choose a created car or one of several real life pros, such as Pete Sampras or Anna Kournikova.

Over Xbox Live, you can compete with another play, for a one-on-one, or three players for a doubles game. Stats are recorded and rankings are updated hourly at XSNsports.com.

Screenshots

Top Spin Windows That's why people watch tennis!
Top Spin Windows Gender and DNA selection
Top Spin Windows World Map - don't rely on it if you're arguing about borders.
Top Spin Windows Top camera view

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

IGN Xbox Oct 28, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Video Game Talk Xbox Nov 25, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2003 B+ 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Nov 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 15, 2006 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Windows Apr 12, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 07, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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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