Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic 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. Apr 4, 2011
    96
    Having not played a tennis video game, real tennis match, or watched much of professional tennis, I was able to pick up the mechanics quickly thanks to the training and became addicted to the career mode. But as is the case with all sports games, the longevity relies entirely upon your own interest in the sport. By using basic RPG elements, streamlined gameplay, and having robust options to choose from, Top Spin 4 is an easy choice for tennis fans and non-fans alike.
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    92
    Surely there will be better tennis simulators in coming years, but after many hours with Top Spin 4, we can't imagine how to improve the recreation of the sport with such fun.
  4. Apr 26, 2011
    91
    Top Spin 4 gets it right. It looks great. It's accessible without being too easy and can be played competently amongst friends without having to invest any more time than you decide. But for real tennis buffs it also stands alone as the best simulation to date.
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    91
    Top Spin 4 is a return to prominence for the series. New players and veteran players both can feel comfortable with the changes to gameplay that 2K Czech has built into this latest tennis effort. The improvements easily outweigh the flaws and this game is the best tennis simulation to arrive in years and the best overall tennis video game since the original Virtua Tennis.
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    91
    Fantastic. Probably the finest tennis game ever made - combining flair and accessibility with a level of depth that the competition has come nowhere near matching. Thanks to Top Spin 4, tennis games are relevant again. Very relevant.
  7. 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.
  8. Apr 8, 2011
    90
    An absolutely killer tennis sim and one worthy of being considered one of the deepest and most rewarding seen thus far.
  9. Apr 4, 2011
    90
    The best tennis game ever created. Top Spin 4 is great for experts and newcomers, being a deep simulation as well as an approachable one.
  10. 90
    Top Spin 4 is definitely one of the best sports games I've ever played, and obviously a great tennis simulation.
  11. Mar 28, 2011
    90
    What stands out about Top Spin 4 when it is all said and done is the amazing on court action. Whether your playing with a friend or the computer the game brings to life the game of tennis like no other game before it has.
  12. Mar 23, 2011
    90
    With a wealth of content to explore, tight controls, and great visuals, Top Spin 4 is a fantastic tennis simulation that caters to pros and novices alike.
  13. 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.
  14. Mar 14, 2011
    90
    The best tennis simulation around has got better graphics and is finally accessible to anyone. It's still meant for true tennis fanatics.
  15. May 24, 2011
    88
    Top Spin 4 offers a lot of emotion on the court. The controls are very good but you will need a lot of time to master timing in every situation.
  16. Mar 22, 2011
    88
    When I cannot go to the real court, Top Spin 4 is the proper alternative. Well, the simulation does not always perform at its best, but the game almost perfectly hits the ball and at the moment there is no other tennis game that can keep the pace.
  17. Mar 17, 2011
    87
    A great simulation, better every year. Control on the athletes is absolute, and fun for the fans is guaranteed.
  18. Mar 16, 2011
    86
    Accessible and fun, Top Spin 4 is the best tennis simulation around.
  19. May 30, 2011
    85
    Overall, 2K has addressed most of the issues gamers had with the previous game and produced a quality game for both casual and hardcore gamers. If you are looking for a tennis game that delivers a unique control system, coupled with an interesting levelling based system for your created player, and have enough replay value for your cash, then its match point to Top Spin 4.
  20. 85
    Excessive loading times and way too many menus to button through are also annoying, but the on-court and online tennis are so terrific and pure that these faults are easily overlooked. [May 2011, p.84]
  21. 85
    A willingness to refine its trademark depth and realism with advanced features has provided enough of a leap for those of you well-versed in the game, and the excellent training Academy and on-screen indicators provide a crucial link for everybody else to get to grips.
  22. Mar 30, 2011
    85
    Without any real competition to push the genre forward, 2K Czech delivered a solid, fun and quite enjoyable tennis game. But in the future, we'd like to see something more bold and innovative.
  23. Mar 25, 2011
    85
    Top Spin 4 isn't the most accessible game for newcomers as there's a bit of a steep learning curve to begin with. However, stick with it, learn the strokes,start winning matches and you'll be rewarded with a deeply atmospheric, precise tennis game that's actually pretty darn good to play.
  24. Mar 23, 2011
    85
    Despite Virtua Tennis 4 releasing a few months from now, it's safe to say that Top Spin 4 will be a difficult game to beat. The physics and fatigue system make this a deep sport simulation, while the improved control system and streamlined character leveling mechanic is simple enough that newcomers and casual players won't feel overwhelmed.
  25. Mar 21, 2011
    85
    There's still room for improvement, but as it stands, Top Spin 4 is the most proficient tennis game of this generation.
  26. Mar 20, 2011
    85
    Arguably the best tennis game around today, with a deep gameplay and a very good learning curve, great graphics and rich single and multiplayer modes.
  27. Mar 17, 2011
    85
    Top Spin 4 really does come closer than any tennis game to date when it comes to capturing the real essence of one of sport's most graceful games.
  28. 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.
  29. Mar 15, 2011
    85
    The core simulation is almost perfect, but the shortage of game modes is a serious flaw.
  30. Mar 15, 2011
    85
    Top Spin 4 is a strong entry in the series, with a realism that is more polished than ever. The matches are hard but, at the same time, it feels really satisfying to fight until winning the point. The roster of players and the online game modes add up to create one of the best tennis simulators in the market right now.
  31. Apr 11, 2011
    84
    It is not that Top Spin 4 revolutionizes the tennis game genre, it just provides a comfortable control scheme, an extremely robust career mode, and a presentation that has yet to be matched in a tennis title.
  32. 84
    Top Spin 4 is a great sports game and one that depicts tennis as if you were playing the real thing. Every aspect of the franchise has been tweaked almost to perfection, and only the relative speed of progression and ease of the career hold it back from perfection. Tennis fans should certainly pick this up, and it will certainly hold its own against most other sports games out there too.
  33. Mar 31, 2011
    83
    Top Spin 4 has been a lesson in ambivalence for me. I liked it, but couldn't overlook some of its flaws. But the truth is, Top Spin 4 is probably the best tennis game that's been made to date. It's fun to play, and pretty satisfying to blast winners and watch your opponent throw up his (or her) hands in frustration.
  34. 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.
  35. Unites casual gamers and tennis fanatics in the best game in the series. [June 2011, p.95]
  36. Jun 19, 2011
    80
    Top Spin 4 is a fantastic game and definitely the best tennis game currently on the market. There a few minor flaws, but for every negative, there are a hundred more positives. The realism of the game play is leaps and bounds ahead of competitors and predecessors in the series, but there are still a few loose ends that need to be tied up.
  37. 80
    New Top Spin shows the world how a proper tennis simulation should look like. Great piece not only for fans of white sport. Thumbs up! [Issue#203]
  38. May 11, 2011
    80
    The gameplay in Top Spin 4 is almost unrivaled. The amount of customization, options and fluidity the control scheme gives really heat up the competition. If you've never played a tennis game before Top Spin 4 will change how you look at the sport.
  39. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Top Spin 4 isn't flashy and doesn't come with any gimmicks, but it's an incredibly competent and in-depth tennis sim that the sport's fans would be foolish to pass up.
  40. 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.
  41. Mar 30, 2011
    80
    Fully fledged and extensive, this is a great tennis simulator that becomes much more enjoyable once you get past the initial frustrations. [Issue#70, p.86]
  42. 80
    Top Spin 4 is a pleasure to play, not only for tennis fans but for any gamer who enjoys good multiplayer. It has everything that makes the genre great, makes a couple of smart additions, and ends up as the best tennis game to date. And it's accessible enough that anyone with a modicum of interest in the sport can play along.
  43. Mar 24, 2011
    80
    This means that the real value to Top Spin 4 lies not in its career mode, but in online play and the 'King of the Court' mode which turns tennis into a school yard game of 'winner holds the court'. This is fully customisable and offers the potential for hours of good competition between friends. Sure, it's not 'real' tennis, but it's certainly fun.
  44. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Top Spin 4 lacks the polish of a truly fantastic game, but does have a potent balance between accessibility and depth. This fourth instalment is on all fronts better than its predecessor and works especially well online. It's a nice overture for the new tennis season.
  45. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Top Spin 4 preserves the series' signature depth, ensuring that it remains the most advanced tennis experience available to gamers. Its easy to learn, hard to master control system is a triumph, and manages to retain overtones of simulation while simultaneously executing accessibility. Even without Virtua Tennis' sense of silliness and whimsy, Top Spin 4 is still a real hoot and, apart from one or two niggles, it's perhaps only limited by the repetitive nature of the sport itself.
  46. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    If not the best tennis sim ever then certainly the most realistic, and with a training tool that should be the envy of any other game.
  47. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    By putting accessibility and instant enjoyment at the forefront, 2K Czech has cast all the old frustrations aside at a stroke, and the fact the developer has eased passage into the game without sacrificing any of its depth is also remarkable. It feels as though a balance has been struck, which should suit players of all skill levels.
  48. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    We've played too many sports games those last years to be wrong: Top Spin 4 is one of those masterpieces, a milestone in the sports gaming genre.
  49. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    2K Czech har tried to "arcadify" the Top Spin series which, in the end, hurts the overall experience. But as long as you play it as a true simulator, Top Spin 4 is at it's best and probably the best simulation of the sport so far.
  50. Apr 1, 2011
    79
    Slightly disappointing upgrade. Still enjoyable but lacks the grunt needed to be a champion. [May 2011, p.80]
  51. Mar 21, 2011
    79
    It's definitely got something to offer for those who put the time and effort into it. Everyone else, however, may want to hold off and wait for next month's Virtua Tennis 4 from Sega's camp, or you'll throw more fits than John McEnroe on a bad day.
  52. Mar 24, 2011
    76
    Between the lengthy career mode, customizable characters, and online tournaments, there's enough here to keep fans of the series and tennis game newcomers alike grabbing their rackets and hitting the court.
  53. Mar 22, 2011
    75
    Top Spin 4 has become a reasonably good game, it's much better than the previous Top Spin. There's a lot to explore but unfortunately there's a lack of real improvement. So the game isn't perfect.
  54. Apr 25, 2011
    70
    A rather dry experience. [Issue#108, p.106]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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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  2. Apr 7, 2014
    7
    Top spin 4 is a great game, it has all the features you would wan't from a tennis game, this category being my strength in reviews, I was pretty amazed.
    I once was a Virtua Tennis fan, but now I see the pressure is on SEGA, amazing gameplay, accurate shot making, and brave shots are included in this great game. Career mode is a calendar, settings are easy to control, it really is so basic to play, and for a pretty cheap game, 2k Sports have done well.
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  3. 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.) Full Review »