Top Spin 4

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Top Spin 4
European cover art
European cover art (exc. UK) featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams respectively
Developer(s) 2K Czech
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Engine PAM Engine
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Wii
Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA March 15, 2011
  • EU March 18, 2011
Genre(s) Sports

Top Spin 4 is a tennis video game[1] developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Sports released on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles. The game features licensed professional players, venues and equipment with professional players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.[2] The game was released on March 15, 2011 in America, and was released on March 18 in UK/Europe. A downloadable demo was released on March 1 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 version supports the PlayStation Move[3] and is also compatible in 3D. The Xbox 360 version does not support the Kinect but is 3D compatible.[4]

Players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Below is the list of all the 39 courts that are featured in the game, of which 7 are licensed.[5]

Licensed Tournaments

Grand Slam

Masters 1000 / Premier Mandatory

ATP Finals

Unlicensed Tournaments

Masters 1000 / Premier Mandatory and Premier Five

ATP 500 / Premier (Majors)

ATP 250 / International (Minors)

  • United States Westside Drive - Houston - Clay
  • New Zealand Auckland Stadium - Auckland - Grass
  • United States American Tennis Garden - San Francisco - Grass
  • Germany Thorsten Brom - Munich - Grass
  • Austria Vienna Tennis Center - Vienna - Hard
  • Sweden Stavgaard Tennis Hall - Stavgaard - Hard
  • India Abhijava Stadium - New Delhi - Hard
  • Portugal Estadio do Sol - Estoril - Hard
  • Chile Grande Estadio de Chile - Santiago - Carpet
  • Hong Kong The Bauhinia - Hong Kong - Carpet
  • Ukraine Kiev Indoor Arena - Kiev - Carpet

Playgrounds

Soundtrack[edit]

The game's soundtrack featured licensed songs from various artists.[6]

Artist Song
Ben Taimi "Ticking of Your Bicycle"
Christian Larsen Music "Breakwall"
Chromeo "Fancy Footwork"
Daft Punk "Da Funk"
Darko Saric "Circles"
Gamble and Burke "Isolated (With You)"
LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum"
Light Alive "Trust Revenge"
OK Go "This Too Shall Pass"
PURPL PoP "It's Your Town"
RAMZI "Mr. Pamplinas"
Richard Boal/Robin Barter "TPL Music"
Richard Parks/Joel Doran "Free Air"
Schpilkas "Fuzzy Fro"
Tigers That Talked "Black Heart, Blue Eyes"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 79.24% [7]
(X360) 84.06 [8]
(Wii) 59.40% [9]
Metacritic (PS3) 82/100 [10]
(X360) 84/100 [10]
(Wii) 54/100 [11]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 8/10 [12]
Game Informer 8.5/10 [13]
GameSpot (X360) 9/10 [14]
(Wii) 4/10 [15]
GamesRadar 4.5/5 stars [16]
IGN 8.5/10 [17]
OXM 8/10 [18]

Reviews for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Top Spin 4 have been positive, including a 9/10 and an Editor's Choice award from GameSpot, and an 8.5/10 from IGN, as well as a positive 84 on Metacritic. GameZone gave the game an 8/10, stating "Top Spin 4 offers tennis lovers plenty all on its own, and it presents itself in beautiful form. Its great depth of gameplay, packaged in an approachable and fun format, elevates it to the upper echelon of tennis titles. Buy the game, not the 3D spectacle."[19]

The game was also gained an Award in a Booom Competition for being the best Czech video game of the year.[20]

Reviews for the Wii version have been lackluster, highlighted by a 4/10 from GameSpot and a 56 on Metacritic.

The game has also been criticized for inaccurate player specific animations despite heavily advertising "2K's award winning Signature Style".

It is unknown whether there will be a sequel. As of August 2015, there has been no news on a Top Spin 5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.2ksports.com/games/topspin4
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHJNT4lP9Bg
  3. ^ http://www.pastapadre.com/2011/02/28/demos-for-mlb-2k11-and-top-spin-4-set-to-arrive-tomorrow
  4. ^ "Strategy Informer Previews Top Spin 4". Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  5. ^ GiantBomb overview about the game.
  6. ^ http://gamewise.co/games/39355/Top-Spin-4/Soundtrack
  7. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/ps3/605746-top-spin-4/
  8. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/xbox360/605747-top-spin-4/index.html
  9. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/wii/605748-top-spin-4/index.html
  10. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/top-spin-4
  11. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/wii/top-spin-4
  12. ^ Kristan Reed (2011-03-17). "Top Spin 4 review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  13. ^ Matt Helgeson (2011-03-15). "Top Spin 4 Perfects The Fundamentals And Delivers A Compelling Career Mode". Game Informer. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  14. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/top-spin-4/critic-reviews
  15. ^ Mark Walton (2011-03-23). "Top Spin 4 review". Gamespot. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  16. ^ Sam Bishop (2011-04-07). "Top Spin 4 review". Gamesradar. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  17. ^ Joe Utichi (2011-03-31). "Top Spin 4 review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  18. ^ Matt Lees (2011-04-03). "Top Spin 4 review". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  19. ^ http://ps3.gamezone.com/reviews/item/top_spin_4/
  20. ^ "Booom 2011: nej PC hrou je podle novinářů Zaklínač 2". 

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