Top Spin (Microsoft Xbox, 2003)
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|Microsoft's first tennis game for the Xbox offers a total of 16 athletes to choose from as players attempt to attain a number one ranking on the professional circuit. The option also exists for players to create their own tennis stars, even going so far as to inject them with traits such as talking to their racket after aces, yelling at line judges for poor calls, or slamming the racket down in disgust after a missed shot. Athletes can also play to the crowd, becoming a fan favorite no matter which court is selected -- hard court, clay, or grass. Players will be able to perform slices, lobs, spins, and drops while returning the ball as they compete against friends or the computer in a variety of game modes. Top Spin also supports the Xbox Live broadband service for multiplayer competition based on an online ranking system as well as support for System Link functionality.
In Top Spin, players select from various game modes including singles matches, doubles, exhibition tournaments, a career mode or quick play matches. Top Spin features a number of professional tennis players who have licensed their likenesses to the game, a trend which continued in its sequels. It also contained fictional players as well.
The player can work their way up through the amateur ranks to the pros in tournaments all over the world. They can do this by using the various licensed players, or by creating a unique character. The game can be played via the internet with XSN Sports and Xbox Live for online matches.
The career mode in Top Spin begins with a create-a-player interface which begins with, DNA type. There are many strands to choose from with each containing a different skin color and unique player traits. Create a character continues with many face and body modeling options and apparel choices. The career mode begins with an option to choose a continent that has various opportunities for a player to better their rank by training and tournaments. A player must also make "coin" in order to pay for training which increases their attributes. Coin is earned by being sponsored by one of the corporate tennis apparel icons by performing commercials and other public relations duties for them which are completed by scoring well in various exercises. Tournaments come in various types across the globe. Winning tournaments increases your world ranking, with more difficult tournaments taking much more precedence.
Top Spin also allows users to load their career player into the tournament mode (and other game modes as well).
Top Spin was very well received. It currently holds an 88% positive review percentage at GameRankings, with IGN and GameSpot scoring the Xbox version 9.3 and 9.1 out of 10 respectively.
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Top Spin Series|
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