Top Spin Tennis PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Take2 Interactive
Classification:
G
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.0


Top Spin Tennis

The hit XBox tennis game has finally hit the courts on the PlayStation that not only featured some of the most realistic and enjoyable tennis action in the console world but also some of the nicest graphics. Originally a Microsoft game, 2K Games decided to buy the license from Microsoft in order to re-release the game for other formats but unfortunately for one of the best tennis games available on the XBox, the PlayStation 2 version has taken a little bit of a battering when compared to its competitor.

The game is basically a straight port of the XBox version with a few of the original players missing such as the lovely and "talented" Kournakova being replaced by the equally talented Sharapova. The game itself is your stock standard console tennis game that lets gamers choose from a plethora of different gameplay modes and also challenge not only their friends but also computer controlled characters in some exciting tennis matches worldwide.

The gameplay is similar to the XBox controller with the shoulder buttons used to perform special manoeuvres and the analog stick and d-pad used to control your player. All in all the control system is rather intuitive and relatively straightforward to master, especially if you've been playing the PlayStation 2 constantly for the last 2 years or so.

Graphically, Top Spin Tennis on the PlayStation 2 looks rather dated and a little unfinished with must of the detail missing from this version. However, the background environments and character models for the players are rather detailed, if a little bland when compared to the XBox version. All the characters move with a human like grace and match that with some realistic textures and it's almost as if you're watching the Australian open. With that said, the graphics are not great but their not bad either.

The sound effects of Top Spin contain all the sounds you would expect to hear at a tennis match from the sounds of balls hitting the courts to the sounds of the racket hitting the ball and of course the cheers and boos of the crowd. Add in a very modern soundtrack and Top Spin tennis has all the sound features that you would expect to hear in a tennis game.

In conclusion, Top Spin tennis is a little dated on the PlayStation 2 and perhaps 2K games should of spent a little bit more time refining the game for this console. However, the control system is relatively perfect and if you're looking for a decent tennis game for the PlayStation then it would be hard to look elsewhere. Perhaps a rent before a buy, unless you're a die hard tennis fan! 
 






 
 



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