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Top Spin 4

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PlayStation 3
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Top Spin 4 is a fourth installment of Top Spin game series. The game consist of 25 current and former brand name players to choose from and allows the creation of a custom character. A tennis player is described in eight attributes that can be developed by experience points gained for completing specified tasks, winning competitions and raising the number of fans. Skills are awarded based on how the player plays matches. Developing the character stats the player can choose "volley and serve", "baseline defence" and "baseline offence", raising specified characteristics for this kind of play. The coach selected in the career mode has a large impact on the development of the character. With the subsequent successes the ability to modify the clothing of the tennis star is introduced.

The game consist of 3 Grand Slams and Masters 1000 tournaments, along with ATP World Tour Finals and over 30 clay, grass, hard and carpet other venues. Top Spin 4 features following game modes: Top Spin Academy (tutorial explaining the basic and complex aspects of the gameplay), Exhibition Match (single game), King of the Court (win the designated number of matches), Career Mode (real multi-season career with player development, promotions in rank, invitations to bigger tournaments, advertising and more).

This edition introduces new, more intuitive controls, including redesigned shot timing. The game offers four basic strokes (lob, flat, slice and top spin), divided into three types: normal, controlled and strong. The game is compatible with PlayStation Move and supports stereoscopic 3D mode on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The World Tour online mode allows the player to compete with other players for the number one of world ranking.


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