Top Spin

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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

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.


Top Spin Windows Split screen replay
Top Spin Windows Face lifting
Top Spin Windows Lob shot
Top Spin Windows Lisboa stadium overview

Alternate Titles

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

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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
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Jan 31, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2003 B+ 83
Game Shark Xbox Nov 05, 2003 B+ 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2004 77 out of 100 77 Windows Oct 15, 2006 15 out of 20 75
XBox Evolved Xbox Apr 10, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68 Xbox Sep 01, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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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 (141380) and JPaterson (9118)