Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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. Load times seem to be worse. However, the fluid control and excellent career modes are still in. [Nov 2005, p.161]
  3. One of the most addictively entertaining tennis games you’ll want to play if you’re a fan of the game.
  4. 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.
  5. 83
    Two years after the Xbox release and many small compromises leave Top Spin on PS2 feeling not quite as revolutionary as the Xbox version was.
  6. Much too easy and the AI players are boring. Career mode is nicely done, but the game is at its best when playing against a human opponent. [Jan 2006]
  7. 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.
  8. The reason not to like it, namely that it’s a compromised version of a two year old game that itself was a pretender to Virtua Tennis’ crown, is pretty strong too.
  9. The gameplay still pops, and the career mode still has plenty to offer, but Top Spin just isn't as exciting as it once was.
  10. The best feature and probably the biggest selling point of Top Spin (at least over Virtua Tennis) is the online mode, so unless you plan on taking this online, grab a copy of the other title.
  11. Various omissions and the deficiency in true tournament titles has taken something away from what would otherwise have been a real hit.
  12. 70
    Not as good as its Xbox cousin but still an enjoyable title with lots to do and will keep a tennis fan happy for ages.
  13. Top Spin PS2 has come across quite well but really, if you have both consoles, then the Xbox version is the better bet.
  14. It's a good, basic tennis game, reasonably enjoyable with solid, if not too demanding game mechics. To quote a phrase, it's "Mostly Harmless." [Oct 2005, p.92]
  15. 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.
  16. 65
    Top Spin has been ported to the PS2 fairly faithfully, but the game is already two years old and looked better on the Xbox.
  17. Top Spin admittedly fills a much-needed gap in the tennis genre, but if this is the best the sport has to offer it’s time to find a new sport, or at least a new system to play it on.
  18. The sublime Xbox tennis game looks set for a turn on the PS2, but becomes almost unplayable due to its obscenely long loading times and visual glitches.
  19. It just can't match the polish of Sony's "Smash Court." [Nov 2006, p.140]
  20. I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention the unbelievably long load times on this PS2 version. I’ve experienced long waits before, but some of these load times had me feeling very frustrated.
  21. The characters look alright, but I honestly think they could've done better.
  22. 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]
  23. A whole can of polish should have been slapped on to make this one really shine. [Jan 2006, p.91]
  24. 60
    Top Spin plays well, has some good online, and basically chokes in every other category.
  25. The main fault in this game is the poor attention to detail and the PS one graphics it sports.
  26. If you’ve absolutely positively have to have a tennis game for your PlayStation 2, check out eBay for "Sega Sports Tennis."
  27. 40
    Why the presentation is so flat is a mystery worthy of Veronica Mars, since there are only two athletes on-screen at once (four during doubles matches).
  28. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. VahndD
    Oct 18, 2005
    Just 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. Full Review »
  2. WesR.
    Oct 2, 2005
    Choppy gameplay, slow loading times, but other than that decent tennis game.
  3. ZaeemB.
    Sep 6, 2005
    It is an amazing game on XBOX, so i think that it deserves a ten.