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Top Spin

 

 

SCORE: 80

Top Spin 

 

I missed the original Xbox when it first came out. Microsoft and the system had such a bad image, especially when we talk about family friendly video games. Which is a shame because there were some cool games on that system. This is why I am pleased Family Friendly Gaming is not afraid of older video games. Top Spin is one of those video games. This is a tennis video game families can enjoy on the Playstation 2, Personal Computer, and original Xbox.

Top Spin contains exhibition, custom tournament, career, multiplayer and tennis school. I enjoyed the career mode personally. Thing is I learned something really quickly in Top Spin. What did I learn? Training is extremely important. If you play someone with better stats than you, then you can expect them to beat you handily. If you have better stats then you can expect to beat them pretty easily. Stats are everything in the career mode.

One of the things I am not big on in Top Spin is the tantrums. I am not a fan of the players throwing fits because they made a mistake. I avoided using the white and black buttons personally because I prefer to play with respect toward the other player. Attire is also an issue with certain characters in Top Spin. Sadly the ESRB missed both of these issues when they listed descriptors.

I enjoyed the character customization in Top Spin. One problem with it is families are totally stuck when they finish. Meaning you can not go back later in Top Spin and change your character. You would need to create a brand new character. There are also not enough stars in the career mode. I wish there were more stars to be able to create a super powerful tennis player.

The music in Top Spin is neat, and the audio made it feel like a real tennis tournament. I enjoyed how realistic the courts and players looked in Top Spin. The controls in Top Spin are easy to learn. The hardest part in Top Spin is anticipating where the other player is going to put the ball. Which to me is part of the fun of Top Spin. I am happy this franchise continued for numerous sequels.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 70%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PC/PS2/Xbox(tested)
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: PAM Development
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY


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