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Top Spin

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
72
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Windows
79
4.0
Xbox
84
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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 Face lifting
Top Spin Windows Fans saluting
Top Spin Windows Farther look - more useful during actual gameplay.
Top Spin Windows Audiences view

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Jan 31, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Video Game Talk Xbox Nov 25, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
X-Power Xbox Nov 17, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2004 77 out of 100 77
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 27, 2005 7.4 out of 10 74
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2005 70 out of 100 70
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 29, 2005 6.1 out of 10 61

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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 (131840) and JPaterson (9140)