Top Spin PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Top Spin takes 16 of the top professional tennis players in the world including Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Carlos Moya and puts them in gamers' hands to create the most realistic tennis game ever. Players must work their way up from an unranked amateur with no skills,Top Spin takes 16 of the top professional tennis players in the world including Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Carlos Moya and puts them in gamers' hands to create the most realistic tennis game ever. Players must work their way up from an unranked amateur with no skills, to a top ranked player in the world with huge endorsement deals. Top Spin further pushes the edge of competition as the only PlayStation 2 tennis game playable online. [2K Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Made from the same people that gave us the rather loveable "Links 2004," this really is a game, let alone a tennis game, that you shouldn’t be without.
  2. It's definitely the best PS2 Tennis game out there. But if you already own the Xbox game there's really no reason to switch.
  3. 74
    A fun tennis game, though aside from the play mechanics it feels somewhat dated, and maybe even slow paced due to its lengthy load times.
  4. Most of the magic of the original version of the game was the presentation coupled with the online play. With 50% of that largely taken out of the equation, and no extras two years later, this is just a bastardized version of a very good Xbox game.
  5. 60
    Top Spin plays well, has some good online, and basically chokes in every other category.
  6. Game-starved Xbox owners raved about Top Spin a couple of years back, but don't let that fool you into thinking this is anything special. [PSW]
  7. If you’re really hard-up for tennis on the PS2 and have a few friends to play with online or off, go for it. If you don’t fit the prior statement, don’t even bother.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ZaeemB.
    Sep 6, 2005
    10
    It is an amazing game on XBOX, so i think that it deserves a ten.
  2. Sep 24, 2015
    7
    Top Spin plays like most mediocre tennis games, it has it moments but it doesn't feel special at all. The presentation of the game is simpleTop Spin plays like most mediocre tennis games, it has it moments but it doesn't feel special at all. The presentation of the game is simple and the graphics are just adequate. The grass and gravel terrains look rather ugly, the hard courts are a bit better looking. The sound effects are just so so: when your player falls on the floor it sounds like someone dropped a big bag of potatoes, quite laughable really.

    But how about the control and gameplay? After all that is the most important part of a sports game. Well, the controls are not bad and the game is easy to pick up and play. The x-button makes your character perform a normal ground stroke, the square button makes him perform a slice, the circle button a topspin ball and the triangle button a lob ball.

    The introduction of special moves performed by holding the R1 or L1 button is in my opinion a really bad idea. It makes the computer player perform not very realistic winners, but for the human player it mostly makes him play the ball out off the court or in the net. There are no buttons to give effect on the ball after you hit it, which is a pity.

    Another miss hit from this game is the choice of camera positions. There are only 2 camera positions: close and far. The close camera position is not practical at all, it's simply too close to the back of your character. When the players change courtside, your character goes to the far side of the court and the only way you can get a camera position at the back of your character is by chosing the close camera position (yep, the one that's not practical at all!).

    Top Spin is not a bad tennis game but also not a very good one. The problem is that there isn't any really good tennis game on the market for PS2. If you're looking for a fun arcade tennis game on the PS2 you could consider going for Virtua Tennis 2 or even Slam Tennis. Both those games are older than Top Spin, but they are better looking and the gameplay is also pretty smooth. Unfortunatelly they suffer from the same problems as Top Spin: a bad camera position when you're changing courts (Slam Tennis even has only 1 camera position!) and the redicilous special moves (except for Slam Tennis). I give all three games 7 out of 10.
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  3. WesR.
    Oct 2, 2005
    6
    Choppy gameplay, slow loading times, but other than that decent tennis game.
  4. VahndD
    Oct 18, 2005
    6
    Just another tennis game. but it's quite a little bit improvement better than once i played in dreamcast. the hard spin gauge aliitle bitJust another tennis game. but it's quite a little bit improvement better than once i played in dreamcast. the hard spin gauge aliitle bit difficult to do for the first time. but in the end it makes me a little bit annoying. Expand
  5. OswaldZernickle
    Aug 10, 2005
    0
    Video games are for uneducated citezens who enjoy nothing more than a brainmelting, brainmelting treat. Why dont you do something useful toVideo games are for uneducated citezens who enjoy nothing more than a brainmelting, brainmelting treat. Why dont you do something useful to you and your jelatnous fluids: PLAY CHESS!!!!

    ~ Oswald
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