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  • Summary: Top Spin 4 is the latest iteration in the tennis sim, bringing 25 playable pros as well as the ability to create your own star.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    100
    Even though it suffers some shortcomings when it comes to signature moves, or the overall sound department, Top Spin 4 is blessed with a pretty solid gameplay. Accessible and fun, it remains realistic as well with a huge career mode, and ranks up as the top title of the franchise to date.
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    90
    If you like tennis you can't miss Top Spin 4, a game that improves the last chapter of the series in every possible way. Like Tina Turner said in 1989, this is "simply the best" tennis game of all time.
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    90
    The robust Career and World Tour modes offer up an amazing and in-depth game of tennis that fans of the sports will love. Even if you've never picked up a racquet in your life, Top Spin 4 is still a great game that is hard to put down. The controls, while requiring some time to get used to, are intuitive.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    85
    While it's not a revolution in video game tennis, Top Spin 4 provides both a mastery of the basics and the most comprehensive career mode to date.
  5. May 2, 2011
    82
    If you love tennis then Top Spin 4 is a must-own game. It rises above all of its predecessors and even surpasses its competition – what little it has - with brilliant presentation values and intuitive, deep, and challenge controls and gameplay. The lines of arcade tennis and professional simulation are nearly transparent, making this a game enjoyable by anyone with a deep or even a passing interest in the sport.
  6. Hitting a difficulty sweet spot, Top Spin 4 is deep enough to let you spend hours mastering the perfect volley, but won't turn its nose up at you if you don't fancy anything more than an occasional late-night session of backhanding with Federer.
  7. Apr 25, 2011
    70
    A rather dry experience. [Issue#108, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    10
    I cant seem to understand certain reviewers on this game.This is the BEST tennis game ever created so why in the original Top Spin still higher rated then 2,3 and now 4.This game is downright amazing in every aspect.Top spin 3 in my opinion was frustrating in the beginning but after a while of getting the controls it was amazing.It was a revolution in the tennis genre.This game isn't frustrating at all but brilliant all over the place.Sports games are really getting good now a days.With the show as my favorite then nba 2k11,I say this is third on my favorites then Fight night champion as 4th.Top Spin 4 is smart,fun,exciting and the replay value is off the charts.FINALLY Tennis at it's best! Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    10
    After playing Top Spin 4 the rest of "simulators" are no match for this tennis great game. Graphically is brilliant and the gameplay is excellent. No doubt the king on clay or any surface that is your preference. Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2011
    10
    Superb. Tweaks to the core gameplay mechanics improve the game massively over Top Spin 3. Power shots are so much easier to pull of, character movement and animation are first class and the depth behind the gameplay makes this a must for tennis fans.. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2011
    8
    Of all the tennis games ever released, this is the best. Stays true to tennis as a sport, yet provides fun and simplicity. Graphics are good and achievements are fun. Multiplayer is great. If you're into Tennis, this is the one for you. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2011
    8
    I've been playing tennis games for years and years and I must say it's been a long time since I've been this impressed with one. Top Spin 4 offers a realistic tennis experience where you literally have to fight for every point, right down to the last shot.

    I played my first match on "Normal" difficulty and found myself thrashing Wozniacki 6-0 6-0 with Ivanovic. Definitely start on "Hard" if you've mastered Top Spin 3. My next match was far more intense. I decided to play Williams on Grass on "Hard" and the outcome was far closer - a 7-6(4) 6-3 victory after close to an hour of play. Top Spin 4's gameplay is intense and you really have to work for every single point which is very refreshing especially if you're a tennis game fanatic like myself.

    While Gameplay feels and looks amazing, the sound department definitely could have used a bit more work; audience reactions to points seem a bit premature, the umpires sound as static as in Top Spin 3 and the grunts are horribly mismatched to specific players. Some of the player chants ("come on", "yeah") are so obviously dubbed and sound more like they are coming from someone giving commentary than from someone on the court.

    Something that would have been a nice addition to the Top Spin series that is obviously lacking in the fourth installment is the incorporation of the challenge system used on the real Pro Tennis Tour - something that features in Smash Court Tennis 3 and would have made gameplay even more exciting. I played many points where shots landed right on the line or seemed impossibly in and it would have been a nice touch if your opponent could challenge the calls.

    All this aside, Top Spin 4 can be described as a solid, well rounded tennis simulation game. Gameplay is fast, exciting and intense and this game is hands down the most realistic tennis game ever made. One can only hope that Virtua Tennis 4 and Grand Slam Tennis (from EA) will take notes from this game.
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  6. Jun 13, 2011
    8
    The first thing I need to say is that for anyone who genuinely enjoys the sport of tennis, this is the best tennis game out there. Top Spin 4 gets rid of over-bearing complexities from the previous title and focuses the skill involved on timing and snap decision making, and with faster players and easier-to-control shots, every point in the Top Spin 4 is a battle, and it can get very exciting.
    This game is probably the perfect mid-ground between simulation and arcade, and the level of simplicity the formula turns Top spin 4 into a sort of easy to learn, hard to master. Let's face it, anyone who wants a complete tennis simulation is just going to go outside and play tennis, so this was a very good move.
    The way the tennis games are presented now are very convincing. The camera follows that of a TV broadcast and the players react realistically to points. Winning a hard earned point is all the sweeter when you can see you're player arm pumping and shouting with excitement. Also the career mode had me convinced, it actually fills in a roster of 80 tennis players and they move up and down the ladder just like you do. For a tennis game, it's amazingly immersive. So why does it have an 8/10 from me? Because There are a few problems that cut to the very core of the game experience, the largest one being the controls. The button layout is great and I have no problem with that, the problem is actually whether or not the game feels like responding to you're button presses. There is nothing more aggravating than almost breaking the left analog stick with frustration as your tennis player just stands there unresponsive, and usually he'll jump into action at the last second - going the wrong way. There are plenty of times that games I played against my friends came down to whose controls responded, and there are plenty of times the player will stand there with his racket up waiting for the ball to come, and then just watch it fly by.
    I didn't notice the controller lag at first, but the harder difficulties you play and the faster the game gets, it's blatantly obvious, ESPECIALLY when playing at the net in doubles. This probably happens because of the automation of the left stick, which gets over worked because the poor thing has to do the role of moving AND aiming. The system certainly isn't perfect, but when it works, it feels great! I only wish it worked more often
    Basically, if you're in the mood for a tennis game, put the money down. The price has already dropped significantly and it's the best virtual tennis experience out there for the moment. The multiplayer is tons of fun and the career mode is surprisingly deep. Just be ready for some genuinely confusing and aggravating lost points from controller lag.
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  7. Aug 29, 2013
    4
    When a video game series becomes less accessible and more difficult to master than the actual sport it was based on, something has gone horribly awry. I'm not sure what game the reviewers were playing, but as for myself, I think I'll stick with the actual sport, or better yet, the infinitely more fun and superior looking Virtua Tennis series. (This game looks even worse than it plays.) Expand

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