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In real life I have trouble winning a game, let alone a set or a match; tennis games have always provided me with a fine opportunity to impress on the tennis court though, and for that I thank them.
Developed by Indie Built, Top Spin 2 is a very entertaining tennis game, and one that can be incredibly fun to play. Although certainly not perfect, Top Spin 2 still has a lot to offer, and playing the game in Career Mode definitely provides for some strong entertainment.
Career mode is the main attraction with Top Spin 2; you create and name your own player, and can spend as much or as little time as you like getting the player to look just the way you want them to. Everything about your player is customisable, from their gender right through to the length and colour of their hair. You can make your player as tall or as short, as fat or as thin, and as muscular as you see fit. Specific facial features can be determined, and you can therefore make your player look just like yourself, or even like your favourite singer/celebrity. There's plenty of fun to be had before your on-screen tennis career has even begun, but the strength of the game certainly doesn't stop there.
Starting the game ranked 200th in the world, you have to take place in regional tennis competitions and training practices also in order to build up your player and get them experienced enough to enter major tournaments. The more regional competition matches you win, the higher your world ranking will rise. Complete the training games and you'll be provided with attribute points which can be used to increase the many different talents of your tennis player. Some of the training games can be quite tedious; others are great fun though, and it's all part of the gaming experience to build success, rise through the ranks, and ultimately earn big money in winning major tennis tournaments.
Career mode with Top Spin 2 really is fantastic fun, and watching your player rise up through the ranks is always excellent to see. It's a hard graft participating in all the different training games and regional competitions, it's worth it all in the end though as you watch your player improve, gain experience, and rise towards the top.
Although Career mode is the main feature of the game, there are also several other game types you can take part in; you can play Party Games, take part in a Tournament, or even enter Exhibition mode. In Exhibition mode you take part in singles or doubles matches whereby you choose who'll be playing who, Tournament mode is pretty self-explanatory in that you enter a tennis tournament, whilst playing Party Games requires company. There are three party games (Time Bomb, Wall Breaker, and Splash Court), and the Party Games just provide a fun way to kick back with friends, relaxing into an activity that isn't too serious and stressful.
All in all the gameplay is excellent, and with so many different options; there's certainly plenty to keep you entertained with Top Spin 2.
The game's graphics are reasonable, certainly not pushing the boundaries of the XBOX 360s capabilities, but nonetheless the game can still be quite nice to look at. The attention to detail with tennis professionals facial features is not great, overall the game's graphics work well though, and when given the full view of the court the match action always looks incredibly slick. The quality of animation is strong, and in this respect Top Spin 2 most definitely can't be faulted.
In terms of sound you get everything here that you'd expect from a tennis game; the thump of the ball hitting the racket, and of course the grunts of the players as they run across the court smashing shots at their opponents. It's all pretty standard sound, nothing too spectacular, and nothing to get too excited about; it does the trick though, and the authentic sounds of a tennis match are provided.
I've no problems with the sound that is provided in-game, what I do take issue with however is the background sound that features in the games menus. When playing the game for sustained periods of time the music in the menu can become quite frustrating, and I definitely feel that more variation could be provided. It'd just add a little more energy to the gaming experience, whilst as it stands the sound provided with Top Spin 2 is just a bit bland.
Conventional multiplayer action with Top Spin 2 is of course excellent; there's nothing better than beating your friends at video games in the flesh, but online is where multiplayer action is generally at its best these days.
There are only two options in online play; to perform in ranked or non-ranked matches. With ranked matches you'll only be able to play as your own created player, in a non-ranked match however you'll have the option to perform as one of the game's many tennis professionals. More than two options would be a welcome addition to the online multiplayer function, although options are limited though the actual quality of online play is strong, and games will generally run without lag so long as you have a semi decent broadband connection.
All in all I'd have to say that Top Spin 2 is a very good quality tennis game, and whilst it does have its faults; it's still a lot of fun to play, and it's Career mode is certainly very extensive. A lot of work has obviously gone into the creation of the game's Career mode, and this is something that has worked out well for Indie Built as this element of the game truly is excellent. More online options would be beneficial, single player mode is brilliant enough in itself with Top Spin 2 though, and this is most certainly the main focus of the game.
The fact that the game was released back in 2006 has both an up and a down side; the plus side of the game being five years old is that you can pick it up from eBay for about £2.50 or so including postage, the downside however is that the game is obviously going to be rather outdated. If you're not a massive tennis fan and are picking up this game purely for purposes of game playing fun then that probably shouldn't be much of a problem, if you're big on your tennis and are looking for an up to date, modern tennis game however then you're probably best investing in the 2011 title Top Spin 4.
Creating a career in tennis is simple with Top Spin 2, and if you're a fan of sports games then Top Spin 2 is definitely a game that is well worth owning for its Career mode.
top spin 2 is a realistic tennis game compared to the virtua tennis series. there is a lot more depth to the game such as career mode you cn enter minr, major, master and grandslam tournaments against 199 different AI. whereas in virtua tennis you can play level 1,2,3 or 4 tournaments and you can only play against 24 pro male stars and around 10 female tennis pros. the customization is also good on top spin 2 but there is enough options to make your character look like yourself.
the gameplay is quite effective using the a button to hit a safe shot meaning the ball wont go out of play. this is the most common shot but you will have to master all the shots such as top spin, slice, passing shot, dump shot, counter shot, diagonal shot and then theres risk shots. any of these shots can go out of the court if you hit it with too much of an angle.
in career there are lots of fun training mini-games to help improve your character and you earn stars to award to your abilities as you progress to give you an edge over your opponent.
all in all top spin 2 is a good game as i picked up my copy for £2!! but to be totally honest its worth picking up top spin 3 for around £6-10!
Top spin 2 for Xbox 360 is the best tennis game there is for the play computer from Microsoft. A few years ago I bought Top spin 1 for my Playstation 2 and I really liked it after playing just 1 match. And now 5 days ago I decided to buy the second version of the game. I played a few matches and no I'm still playing it because it's such a good game. Everybody who comes to my house to play a match against me says: wow, what a good game, it's so real and so fun to play. You can also play against each other if you have to Xbox controllers. That's really fun too. It's also possible to play it on the internet against people from all over the world. The only problem is that you have to buy Xbox live. If you think about buying a new sport game, you have to try Top spin !
Top Spin 2 is a sports game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
This game is a slightly more in depth and realistic tennis game compared with the virtua tennis 3.
In this game you will have to use the four available types of shot. You can do the standard safe shot,, a top spin, a lob shot, and a slice. You will have to use and know when to use the shots at the right times.
There is also a momentum system, your momentum metre fills up over the course of the game. When it is full you can perform risk shots, and an advanced shots. These moves are more likely to net you a point.
Although this game is not as accessible as virtua tennis, once you have mastered it it will be second nature.
This tennis game will be enjoyed by fans, especially those who thought virtua tennis is too easy.
You can purchase this game for about £20.00 and it is worth it.
I like Top Spin! Ever since it made it's first appearance on the xbox I've been hooked. Many an evening has been spent playing one final tournament before I say I will go to bed only to play one more straight after.
The great thing about Top Spin is its great playability. Its really easy to just pick up and play whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete rookie. The only difference is that you have more of an awareness of how to use the various shots available.
So, starting from the beginning, Top Spin 2 looks good. The player models look very accurate and the overall graphics in terms of the surrounding area to the court (fans, umpire, ball boys / girls, etc) all look good. Its also nice to see that the ball physics continue even though the point has finished. For example, the ball will move in a certain way dependant on how it's been hit and where it hits an object like a banner.
There are 24 players to choose from. I'm no tennis nut so I don't know a lot of them but the big ones area there: Hewitt, Henman, Federer, Blake, Davenport, Williams and Sharapova along with some other ones I've never heard of. Each has their own specific strengths and weaknesses so its just a case of finding one you get one well with.
Controls are pretty simple. For the majority of the game you will only need the 4 basic buttons. The A button is your bog standard shot. It will NEVER go out but winning the point with just this button is difficult. X is the slice button. This needs to be well controlled as it can easily go out but can definitely win you the point. This is a good button if you are struggling to keep up with play. The B button is the top spin. This works in a similar way to the slice. The Y button is the lob button. Again, this can go out easily but can be very useful if your opponent is stuck to the net. The trigger buttons are for "risk" shots. These are, as the name suggests, very risky shots which are, for me, unlikely to go in or even go over the net in some cases.
The main mode in the game is the career mode. Here you start with a basic player and need to work your way up the rankings and build up your stats. This is done using sponsorship contracts, lots of training and participating in lots of small tournaments. Luckily, you can simulate matches in a tournament so you wont have to play the bloke who is 50 places below you in the rankings. As you progress you are given more "stars" to improve your attributes and the larger tournaments become available to you. You will get to play in all the major courts and each surface is notably different from the rest.
The one thing that I did find disappointing is the sound. The players make all the right moans and groans and the umpire sounds fine but the crowd could be more alive. The soundtrack is also a bit poor for my liking.
Overall, a fun game to play. The game is quite old now and I'm still playing it so its got a long life. If you can get a few friends round then its even better. Consudering you can get it for about £20, its well wortht it.
I must say I have been pretty impressed with this tennis game, it is fun to play, challenging and the graphics are excellent.
There is not a lot new to the game if you have played previous versions on other consoles however it has improved from the view point of balancing technical ability with power and speed to make it a more rounded and realistic game to play.
The four buttons control the different types of swing to use in the game, the A button is the safe swing which will never go out of bounds and is great for standard play while you manoeuvre your opponent around the court or retrieve a tough shot. The X button is for slice shots, the B button for top spin and the Y button for lobbing opponents at the net. In addition you can access more powerful strokes using the left analogue stick however you need to have a certain amount of momentum built up to use these. There are also risk shots where you go for winners however these carry a greater chance of flying out of hitting the net and do take a bit of practice to get used to.
There are a variety of tournament options as well as surfaces to play on. The idea is to work your way up through the rankings, as you gain more money and better sponsorship so you can access the coaching and equipment to make you a better player. You will have to train hard through a series of mini games which are fun to play although can become repetitive.
The only slight criticism I have is the fact that the grass courts at Wimbledon seem to play slower than the clay courts in Paris and this is not really realistic compared with the real tournaments.
There is a massive amount of game play available and this game could be pretty open ended however you can take short cuts through tournaments by simulating your games to find out the outcomes rather than play every round.
Visually the game is pretty good and the players move well however one nagging visual problem is the fact that the players feet seem to float over the surface as if they are not in contact with the court.
Other than a couple of technical issues which are quite minor this a game worth checking out and can be obtained from Amazon for £24.98 new which is a great price and is even cheaper at £13.40 in the new and used section.