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Top Spin is beautifully balanced between simplicity and complexity. Your array of shots consists of normal, top-spin, slice, lob and two speciality moves – the “risk” shot being the more useful of the two, it requires perfect timing and should be used sparingly.

The game's career mode is reasonably in-depth, although some players may tire of it once they achieve the rank of #1 – which doesn't take too long. The feature which really gives the game replay value, though, is its Xbox Live functionality. Part of Microsoft's XSN range of titles, Top Spin lets you find matches quickly and fairly easily. One of the only flaws in the system is the inability to play doubles matches without the teammates sharing one Xbox console.

It's the best tennis game I've played and will certainly be the standard against which future games are judged. Sega's Virtua Tennis has held that mantle for a long time but it has finally been dethroned. If you're still in doubt; Miss Kournikova does feature in the game. Go get it.

"Top Spin, a Top Game"
5 stars"

Right out of the box you can tell this is a great game. As soon as you start to play you can see the great job that the developers have done creating the characters and scenes.

Each court is different, from the scenery to the court type. For example if you play on clay you can hear the players slide to get those hard balls, or see the dust come up from when the ball just hit.

Those fans of Virtua Tennis will get a surprise when you realise the control you have over your character's shots. From topspin shots to slice and even risk moves which will either win the game for you or make you lose – though they can fail quite easily.

There is also a player creation tool when you start a career, where you can actually sculpt the face of your player. I believe this is a tool needed in every sports game – it's just incredible.

Top Spin is one of those games you'll pick up when you get sick of all your other games and play it with your mates. There are to many great features to describe here. Just buy the game and become number one.


Top Spin, part of the new XSN Sports brand, is the complete tennis experience that allows gamers to define their playing style, take risks, pull off world-class tennis shots, argue calls and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. Utilizing revolutionary new Web-based technology, tennis gamers and sports fans can easily organize tournaments and schedules from a centralized Web site,, that pulls the information from Xbox Live. In addition, gamers can train with a coach to master shots and playing surfaces, and work their way up the online rankings to become the best in the world. "Top Spin" offers gamers singles or doubles matches with 16 of the world's top professionals, including Anna Kournikova, tennis legend Pete Sampras and one of the world's top players, Lleyton Hewitt. Key Features:
  • XSN Sports. XSN Sports is the first lineup of Xbox games where sports fans compete beyond the game. For the first time ever, gamers can challenge real people, create leagues and build new rivalries. XSN Sports is the breakthrough sports fans have been waiting for.
  • is the web-based service that links a gamer's Xbox console, Xbox Live, PC and cell phone together for the first time ever. "Top Spin" fans will now be able to organize tournaments and schedules from a centralized Web site, and Xbox Live will automatically broadcast up-to-date scores, standings and statistics to any Web-based device.
  • Experience intense action and realism. "Top Spin" delivers all the intensity of professional tennis from cross-court winners and crushing ground strokes to rocket serves. Gamers can master all the shots including slices, lobs, drops, spins and several trick shots, while perfecting their play on surfaces including clay, hard court and grass.
  • Get into the zone. "Top Spin" challenges gamers to take risks by trying difficult shots to get into a zone and to use that momentum to improve their play. Gamers can develop a player's image on the court by pumping their fist after a great shot, slamming a racket to the ground or arguing a bad call.
  • Become the world's best player. Gamers may be No. 1 in their own living room, but Xbox Live gives them a chance to prove it any time and any place on a global scale. Gamers can climb worldwide ladders, play tournaments, take on all challengers in singles matches, or find a skilled partner for doubles play.
  • Create a player. Players can use the highly-detailed player creator (with more than 30 parameters to modify in hundreds of ways).to personalize a player's look, style and personality, and get coaching to perfect their tennis game. They can start at the local playground, rise through the amateur ranks, and play real pros in the top tournaments, while earning endorsements along the way.
  • Play with the world's best players. With 16 professional tennis players, Top Spin tests gamers against the rocket launching serve and baseline game of tennis legend Pete Sampras, for example. The following players are featured in Top Spin:
  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Pete Sampras
  • James Blake
  • Meghann Shaughnessy
  • Tommy Robredo
  • Jan-Michael Gambill
  • Michael Chang
  • Gustavo Kuerten
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Daniela Hantuchova
  • Sebastian Grosjean
  • Martina Hingis
  • Barbara Schett
  • Ashley Harkleroad
  • Elena Dementieva
  • Amanda Coetzer
  • Release date NZ
    November 7th, 2003
    Game Platform
    • Xbox
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