Top Spin (Video Game)

Top Spin
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What is it?

The 2003 tennis video game Top Spin.

What is it about?

This is how Wikipedia describes this video game:

Top Spin is a 2003 tennis video game developed by PAM Development and originally published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox as part of their XSN Sports brand.

Atari later published the game for the PC, while 2K Sports published it for the PlayStation 2.

The game was followed by Top Spin 2, Top Spin 3 and Top Spin 4.

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.

My Thoughts

Back in when I was going to MS University years ago my dorm suitemates (my former male classmates/collegemates/suitemates DH and JC, and some other collegemates/suitemates) and I used to play this video game, this brings back a few memories, unfortunately not as many as I would like.

I remember us creating our own characters, playing in tournaments against the computer, playing against each other, upgrading our characters, et cetera.

This was back when we were staying at The B Dorms, we had the Xbox set up in the back shared study area of our dorm suite, and we had a couch set up.

I miss those days, I was pretty good at this video game, not the greatest though because I can not remember if I ever won a grand slam or not.

I remember this video game having pretty good graphics and it did a pretty good job recreating what it is like to play tennis.

I remember that the menu screen would often play the song Get Free by The Vines:

Sometimes the competition against the computer and against each other would get intense, I remember us getting angry and frustrated sometimes as we struggled through tournaments against the computer and/or against each other, it was like we were really playing professional tennis or something. 😀

I remember being disappointed that my favorite tennis player Justine Henin was not a playable character in this game, but she did become a playable character in a later Top Spin video game (Top Spin 3 I think).

I can almost remember and feel the feelings of playing this video game back then and then us going to play some real tennis at the tennis courts at MS University, and then maybe we would get something to eat at the cafeteria before returning to our dorm.

If I am not mistaken in this video game you could customize your tennis rackets and some other equipment and clothing, you possibly could also get sponsorships for your created character but I could be wrong, and playing in career mode made you feel a bit like a real tennis player.

The end,

-John Jr

4 replies on “Top Spin (Video Game)”

I miss my student days. There was much more free time for video games back then! It’s been a while since I played a good tennis game. Many moons ago I liked Mario Tennis. Top Spin sounds cool because of the career mode and the option of upgrading your character.

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Hello The Otaku Judge,

Thank you for sharing that, same here, I miss the public school days and the college days (which I never finished).

It has been a long time since I played a tennis game as well, I barely play any video games now-a-days since I mostly watch other people play video games on YouTube, well this year as been bad for YouTube gaming so I have not been watching as many gameplays this year.

I only got to barely play part of a Mario Tennis game, Top Spin was pretty cool, I need to play one again to see if I can win a grand slam.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr

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Good luck with your Grand Slam challenge. A lot of games these days are story heavy and cinematic. With that in mind I can understand why some folks prefer to watch rather than play. It’s cheaper than buying a game too!

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Hello The Otaku Judge,

Thanks, that is true on both counts, though there are some other factors that have limited my video game playing that are my own flaws like me usually getting caught in a cycle of trying to figure out how to go about the most balanced setup and playthrough et cetera so I end up spending more time researching than playing and I freeze up and can not play.

-John Jr

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