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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.

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Top Spin Windows A closer view on the service - I bet this will be an ace.
Top Spin Windows Selecting playground
Top Spin Windows Slice shot
Top Spin Windows Loading screen

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Nov 03, 2003 18 out of 20 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Nov 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Windows Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 15, 2006 15 out of 20 75
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
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 29, 2005 6.1 out of 10 61
IGN Windows Apr 20, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GameCola.net Xbox Sep 01, 2006 6 out of 10 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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