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Dynamische Tennis-Sim, die spielerisch voll überzeugt, die Konsole technisch jedoch nicht ausreizt.
Top Spin 2 is in de eerste plaats een tennisgame, en men is er ditmaal werkelijk in geslaagd die sport accuraat te simuleren zoals nooit tevoren. Tennisfans zullen er -aldus onze bescheiden mening - van smullen, maar zij die niet gebeten zijn door het tennisvirus zullen de verbeteringen hoogstwaarschijnlijk nauwelijks opmerken, laat staan naar waarde schatten.
Game Informer Magazine
Overall, Top Spin 2 gets the job done with an attention to detail that might be a bit offputting to more casual fans. But, for the hardcore, this is reason to celebrate.
I have really enjoyed Top Spin 2 playing so far, and I think others will too. You don't need to know a lot about tennis to enjoy it, the controls are intuitive and you do get a true sense of achievement from choosing the correct combinations of moves to blast the ball past your opponent, even if attempting the "better" shots does get frustrating. The detail is solid, from the courts to the player models, to the background sounds of soles squeaking and players grunting. I really liked that playing the game didn't feel wholly serious and whilst it can get very tense during some matches, little details like the background sound effects from the public are funny and give the game a heightened sense of levity.
Der Nachfolger des beliebten Top Spin konnte uns größtenteils überzeugen. Die Gameplay Verbesserungen verleihen dem Spiel noch mehr Tiefgang und der Karrieremodus fesselt Einzelspieler erneut stundenlang an den Bildschirm, während Onlinespieler ohnehin auf ihre Kosten kommen. Warum das Spiel allerdings nur auf der XBox 360 erscheint, erschliesst sich uns angesichts der grafischen Verbesserungen nicht. Replays der durchaus sehenswerten Ballwechsel werden ebenfalls weiterhin schmerzlich vermisst. Was bleibt ist ein gutes Sportspiel, das jedoch noch viel Raum für Verbesserungen lässt.
Xbox World (Germany)
Tennisfans können aufatmen, aber Spieler die schon beim ersten Teil Probleme hatten werden sich auch hier erst recht die Zähne ausbeißen. Die neue KI macht das Spiel im Ganzen etwas Anspruchsvoller, wodurch ihr weitaus mehr strategischer und kämpferischer vorgehen müsst. Durch den neuen Karriere Modus seit Ihr diesmal länger ans Spiel gefesselt als beim erstem Teil. Darum kann ich jedem Tennisfan oder der es noch werden will das Spiel Top Spin 2 nur ans Herz legen.
Top Spin 2 feels like it was made for the fans, and the rest be damned, and in that vein it works – the game is likely to appeal to those who enjoyed the first game, while at the same time is likely to intimidate those who are new to the franchise or videogame tennis in general. Furthermore, the lack of technically impressive visuals and Xbox Live features, while by no means a deal-breaker, will likely further hurt the game’s appeal to the more casual Xbox 360 owner. That said, 2K Games and PAM Development have crafted an immensely satisfying game of tennis that will likely draw in any gamer with the patience and will to make it through the fairly steep learning curve.
Following a slapdash PlayStation 2 port of Top Spin last year, PAM Development has gotten its tennis game back in order with Top Spin 2 for the Xbox 360. Top Spin 2 offers little that hasn't been seen in other tennis games--the original Top Spin included--but the gameplay has been sharpened to create an experience that expertly balances technicality and quick, accessible fun. Add to that a first-rate presentation and some solid solo and multiplayer offerings, and you've got a package that any tennis fan would be foolish to pass up.
The outcome of all this is a highly entertaining and accessible game of tennis. A deep and involving single player mode is present, coupled with a fairly standard, no-frills online game (with very little lag to be found). Things are kept interesting with the variety of shots, each requiring to be mastered before you can truly compete with the pro's. While there is little new introduced to the series and the presentational side of the game feels a tad dated with hardly better than average graphics to show, the gameplay remains slick and highly pleasing. So it seems that for Top Spin 2 it is game, set, but not quite match.
Totally Gaming Network
For my money Top Spin 2 is a very enjoyable tennis sim. There are a few problems with the game as I have mentioned, but those problems could be simply put down to what I would have preferred to see, I enjoyed my risk shots before and well now I just find myself grudgingly opting for the safe bet. Graphically the game is pretty slick, its not perfect but ticks all the boxes on what I expected a tennis sim to look like. Sound-wise there are some very cheesy accents coming from your coaches but again ‘balls a bouncing’, ‘characters a grunting’, its exactly what you expect and 2K have delivered on those expectations. So is Top Spin 2 worth the money? Well I have to say yes indeed, 2K Sports have served up a cracking ‘ace’ of a game (Sorry Ed – Couldn’t resist).
Allt som allt är Top Spin 2 en fullt duglig uppföljare som bättrar på spelkänslan på flera områden där föregångaren föll innan målsnöret. Men perfektion är man ännu en bra bit ifrån vilket gör att Top Spin 2 inte når fram till en guldmedalj. Bättre ljud och kortare laddningstider hade varit önskvärt, men det finns ändå ingen konkurrent som kan hota det här spelet. Top Spin 2 tar över efter sin föregångare som det absolut bästa tennisspelet och har du någonsin varit minsta gnutta intresserad av tennis så är detta spel ett givet köp.
Tennis games aren’t subject to the normal laws of sports games. Firstly, they don’t tend to receive an annual update, and secondly, they are usually pretty good. Tennis has a long and distinguished history on just about every console. Smash Court Tennis carried the flag on the SNES, Pete Sampras made a decent stab at it on the Megadrive, and the Virtua Tennis series on the Dreamcast volleyed them all into oblivion.
Tennis, anyone? About three years ago, 2K Sports asked that very same question when they came up with their own answer to Sega’s Virtua Tennis called Top Spin. The game was a success, bringing together the fun elements of the graceful sport packaged with the big names of the pro tennis tour. Now, the sequel looks to continue this quality trend in the simply titled Top Spin 2. Seriously, the game does not seem to have changed all that much from its previous incarnation except a brutal career mode. So, if you enjoyed the previous title, odds are you will end up appreciating the sequel as well.
Publisher 2K Sports and developer Indie Built/PAM must have figured that giving Top Spin 2 more time before they fired it out the gates was a smart move. Much like Ubisoft's decision to delay Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, we concur. The preview builds we played at IGN, even in February, were early, and as such, difficult to appreciate. However, for those who love a tough, demanding game of videogame tennis, the final box copy of Top Spin 2 is solid, if uninspired.
Attendu au tournant sur Xbox 360, Top Spin 2 constitue incontestablement un très bon jeu, mais il risque d'engendrer quelques déceptions auprès des joueurs. Le changement de support n'entraîne pas énormément d'améliorations sur le plan visuel, et les modifications majeures opérées au niveau du gameplay risquent de décevoir ceux qui appréciaient Top Spin avant tout pour sa dimension spectaculaire.
Game Informer Magazine
The game only finds consistency in that it's nearly impossible to hit balls near your body - that and the fact that video game tennis remains a largely pleasure-less sport.
Video Game Talk
Top Spin 2 is a hodgepodge of good and bad game elements. On one hand, the gameplay is quite expansive and the achievements actually feel like an accomplishment. On the other, the load times are next to unbearable, the save system is frustrating, and the graphical quality leaves much to be desired. While I should probably be glad Indie Built didn't produce another dud, Top Spin 2 still leaves me a bit unsatisfied and longing for the original.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
It's accessible, hard, and engrossing. It's easily one of the best tennis games ever made, and while it doesn't have the tight intensity of Virtua Tennis, it does a better job letting the player actually play tennis and screw up regularly. It may seem frustrating, but that's tennis. Top Spin 2 handles that aspect perfectly.
Virtua Tennis demonstrated that you don't have to be into tennis to be into a tennis game. It relied on a sort of democratic arcade gameplay that owed more to Pong than actual tennis. So for people who are into actual tennis, there's Top Spin, which is a mean backhand to Virtua Tennis' easy lob. This is the harder core tennis game, built for people who want the same depth, complexity, and learning curve afforded other sports games.
Top Spin 2 is the sequel to the Xbox racquet-em-up of a few years back. In it, assuming you select the career option rather than the arcadey quick knockabout mode, you take on the mantle of an aspiring tennis pro and have to train and play your way up the rankings until you hit the world No. 1 spot, stopping off at all the best-known venues and grand-slam competitions around the globe along the way.
Ultimately if you are a tennis fan you will derive hours of enjoyment from this challenging, if not somewhat frustrating title. Invest your time and you will be rewarded for your efforts as you rise steadily through the ranks to tennis stardom! If you are looking for a casual tennis game to enjoy with family and friends, this one is probably not for you.
Upon its release in late 2003, Power & Magic's Top Spin was received as one of the best tennis games ever released, next to SEGA's legendary Virtua Tennis. It was a crown jewel in Microsoft's fledgling XSN (Xbox Sports Network) series of first-party sports titles. Unfortunately, not long after it started, it died a quick death, likely in part due to the announcement of EA Sports titles on Xbox Live at E3 2004.
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Remember Top Spin? The surprise hit that quickly became the most respected title in the ill-fated Xbox Sports Network lineup? Fans of the game thought they might never see a sequel when Microsoft pulled the plug on XSN a couple years ago. Now that 2K Games has stepped in and answered the call, one has to wonder if fans of the original may wish they never got to see a sequel to Top Spin.