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  • Summary: Top Spin is the complete tennis experience. Define your tennis playing style, take risks, pull off world-class shots, and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. You can also train with a coach, to master shots and playing surfaces and work your way up the online rankings toTop Spin is the complete tennis experience. Define your tennis playing style, take risks, pull off world-class shots, and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. You can also train with a coach, to master shots and playing surfaces and work your way up the online rankings to become the best in the world. Top Spin offers singles or doubles matches with 16 of the world's top professionals, including cover athletes Anna Kournikova and the world's number-one player, Lleyton Hewitt. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    Come game time, stellar graphics - easily the best ever for any tennis game - are center court, along with astutely tuned AI - staunch but never frustrating, always in league with your rank. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  2. All of the characters are highly detailed and look exactly like their human counterparts. The facial hair on Pete Sampras looks just you could reach out and tug on it.
  3. Top Spin is THE game for tennis fans and even not-so tennis fans like me.
  4. Truly a superlative game, offering unparalleled control, fine presentation and plenty of play modes to toy around with.
  5. 85
    The game's shot variety, graphics, and online capabilities truly take tennis games to a new level. The things that prevent the game from being as perfect as Kournikova's... legs... are the load times and poor implementation of risk and drop shots.
  6. Weekly Famitsu
    68
    7 / 7 / 6 / 7 - 27 [Vol 814; 23 July 2004]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. VirgilJ.
    Nov 26, 2003
    10
    Super tennis! No.1.
  2. ChrisE.
    Sep 11, 2004
    10
    This game is so much fun I can't stop playing it i want to stop but i can its too much fun best game ever EVER!
  3. JLo
    Nov 1, 2003
    9
    As a tennis player, and gamer I can say that Top Spin is by far (for now) the best tennis video game...more realistic than any other on the As a tennis player, and gamer I can say that Top Spin is by far (for now) the best tennis video game...more realistic than any other on the market, and it shows in the gameplay....which can be seen as a flaw by non-tennis players. I read the multiple reviews concerning the difficulty of actually hitting "risk" shots, I am here to say that after a little practice you can start hitting the risk shot with some consistency...it's not as tough as they all make it to be...if you use it properly. It's true load times are a little long, and occur pretty often (such as loading between menus)...and the CPU controlled characters are really insane at the higher levels... But the graphics, gameplay, and overall detail are top notch...great game! Expand
  4. DaveR.
    Feb 21, 2004
    9
    Top Spin combines a simulation type approach with an arcade feel. It really sucks you into the matches and leaves you wanting more. It is Top Spin combines a simulation type approach with an arcade feel. It really sucks you into the matches and leaves you wanting more. It is quite challenging as you work your way up the ranking ladder. A definite buy for sports enthusiasts. Expand
  5. Uter
    Dec 23, 2003
    8
    I think this is the best tennis game ever made gameplay wise. The players have great animation, but their likenesses could look a little I think this is the best tennis game ever made gameplay wise. The players have great animation, but their likenesses could look a little better. Also more than just the standard gameplay modes would have been nice. Expand
  6. Loothor
    May 21, 2004
    7
    This game is the perfect example of why video game reviewers are lame. It would appear to deserve all it's great ratings at first This game is the perfect example of why video game reviewers are lame. It would appear to deserve all it's great ratings at first glance. It certainly has great graphics and a wonderful character creation engine, but it is ultimately only really fun as a two player game. The one player mode is devoid of any really interesting goals and the underfunctional training mode is used up in the first hour or so of gameplay, leaving you with nothing to do but play the same repetitive tourneys over and over again. The CPU AI is poor, and is obviously much more situationally driven than character driven. It feels nothing like playing against a real person, and you will generally kick the CPU's ass in straight sets over and over again for the first couple hours of game play and then ultimate switch off between kicking the CPU's ass or getting your ass kicked. Close matches are an extreme rarity. Buy this game if you have a friend to play with, but don't bother if you would be playing solo. Ultimately this game is the best looking tennis game to date, but the gameplay is a weak shadow of the tennis classic -- Virtua Tennis. Expand
  7. AlB.
    Nov 14, 2003
    6
    I'm a bit torn between liking this game and not liking it. First impression is that the game is stunning - amazingly perfect graphics, I'm a bit torn between liking this game and not liking it. First impression is that the game is stunning - amazingly perfect graphics, great gameplay without much of a learning curve. BUT... As time as gone on, I have become a bit disillusioned with the gameplay. After a while, you realize that the software is doing a lot for you - you're not actually determining whether the ball hits the line or goes out. Depending upon your character's setup, the 14 ability "stars" and the 4 skills, it can literally be IMPOSSIBLE to hit a ball out. There really should have been more opportunity for "user error". This concept works at first - everyone seems blown away by the game - but over time I am finding flaws such as the career mode being far too brief (In a few short hours of gameplay I had already maxxed out my 14 ability "stars"), and I am fearful that, before too long, this game might be gathering dust despite its jaw-dropping first impressions. I sincerely hope that when XSN Sports starts up (hopefully soon!) with live online tournament action, my opinion will change. At this point, I am skeptical on that... Expand

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