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jamesblakefan#1 01-18-2011 01:22 PM

Top Spin 4 Discussion Thread
Someone else posted a thread w/ the trailer, but I decided to post one for all the info that came out today.


  • Andre Agassi
  • Bjorn Borg
  • Roger Federer
  • Jim Courier
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Boris Becker
  • Patrick Rafter
  • Michael Chang
  • Andy Murray
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Ivan Lendl
  • Pete Sampras
  • Andy Roddick
  • James Blake
  • Nikolay Davydenko
  • Gilles Simon
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Stanislas Wawrinka

  • Serena Williams
  • Ana Ivanovic
  • Dinara Safina
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Vera Zvonareva
  • Eugenie Bouchard
  • Jelena Jankovic

The release date is March 15. You can find more info here.

PeterPanda 01-18-2011 01:58 PM

Same destination and modes?

jamesblakefan#1 01-18-2011 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by PeterPanda (Post 5334023)
Same destination and modes?

Career mode is supposed to be deeper, according to 2k.


Top Spin 4 redefines the way you experience the game of tennis. Intuitive controls make gameplay immediately accessible yet deep and rewarding for the tennis experts who want to plan their strategy, target their opponent's weaknesses and become an unstoppable force on the court. The most feature-rich title of the Top Spin franchise, Top Spin 4, puts you front and center of the professional tennis experience with the deepest player roster to date complete with 2K's Signature Style, an enhanced Player Creator with NEW Coaching and Development systems, an incredibly immersive Career mode, all-new visually stunning TV Broadcast presentation elements, and a fully online World Tour Mode. Do you have what it takes to rise above the competition and become #1 in the world?

Mansewerz 01-18-2011 02:56 PM

I hope it's less clunky and sped up a bit. The animations look a bit better, especially jumping 2 handers and federer's strokes.

Player models look better too, but still a bit too large. I wish they would fix their racquets too (aesthetics, not just paintjobs).

And they totally **** on the WTA with that roster (though the men's is amazing!)

flyinghippos101 01-18-2011 03:44 PM

Tomic? lol, ok I'll bite. I'm fine with the rest of the rooster though, Davydenko finally earns a deserved placed on the TS rooster. If I saw someone that long retired like Phillipousis I would've raged

Here's to hoping they do something with the single player career! Gameplay is fine, if not a bit slow. And if they somehow managed to create some racket customizability, picking frames, strings, etc. that would add an entire new layer of immersion to make your own unique player.

Not gonna lie though, some of those character movements looked terrible and those face textures look even worse than they did in Virtua tennis 2009. The only one that resembled the real player was Agassi

I saw a few real life venues though, Paris and WTF was there but I get the feeling that they probably didn't get the licenses for Wimbledon and a few other tournys like Cinci. Looks like we'll be getting that "Dublin Open" wimby surrogate again.

Mansewerz 01-18-2011 03:47 PM

Any word on commentary?

Clay lover 01-19-2011 12:20 AM

I am one of the fans of Virtua Tennis (3, not 2009, 2009 sucked) who felt it would not hurt to try Top Spin 3 but in honesty I found the gameplay to be mediocre at best. The player models didn't look good and their strokes bear little resemblance to their real-life counterparts. I could live with these flaws, though, if the game weren't so "clunky" as one here described it. The running animation looked ok, but when the players started executing their strokes it was as if they suddenly stopped their previous motion, glided on the ground for a bit until they finished their strokes.

Virtua Tennis 3, on the other hand, was MUCH more fluid and well animated and the players actually looked and hit similar to the way they did in real life. So I went back to Virtua tennis despite it being less realistic.

Later I bumped in to a cheap 2nd hand Top Spin 2 and found it to be much better than Top Spin 3. Despite the limited vareity of animation and player models the game was actually fluid and the career mode was much less boring and repetitive. Slice shots and Topspin shots would actually go out which seemed more realistic to me. I really hoped they could bring the gameplay of Top Spin 2 back with the updated graphics and player animations for Top Spin 4. That would be perfect.

bezs 01-19-2011 02:32 AM

Eugenie Bouchard? A 16year old makes the game...

jamesblakefan#1 01-19-2011 02:36 AM


Originally Posted by bezs (Post 5336580)
Eugenie Bouchard? A 16year old makes the game...

I know right. The devs said this:


“For us it’s really about trying to capture what today’s tennis landscape looks like,” said Snyder. “But you also want to have the up-and-comers. We were looking at Eugenie Bouchard, who is a Canadian female tennis player who is very much so an up-and-comer -- and we think in a few years she probably could be in the top five somewhere. We want players like that because the hardcore tennis fan is going to be able to recognize that we went out of our way to get some of those up-and-comers."

You want up and comers, guys like Dimitrov, Dolgopolov, Harrison, Sweeting, heck even Oudin or Vandeweghe if it had to be a chick. I hadn't heard of this girl before,and we all know how illustrious women's tennis for Canada is.

westside 01-19-2011 02:40 AM

Wawrinka got a gig. I'm sold

bezs 01-19-2011 03:29 AM

At least if she doesn't make it at the top she can say she made it in a video game.

lidoazndiabloboi 01-19-2011 11:29 AM

Atari needs to go back to making the Top Spin games.
The original Top Spin game was "classic", much better than the new ones.

Maybe 2k Sports needs some help from the guys that make Virtua Tennis because their strokes are nothing like the real thing.

lidoazndiabloboi 01-19-2011 11:30 AM

lol... federer has wristbands on both arms whereas nadal only has his on his left arm.

rovex 01-19-2011 11:33 AM

No Verdasco? What an effin disgrace!

jamesblakefan#1 01-21-2011 09:00 AM

Gamespot preview w/ some info

leonidas1982 01-21-2011 01:32 PM

Can they stop advertising this game has having signature styles when it clearly does not.

Fandango 01-21-2011 02:12 PM

the pro's technique is horrible. I know its a video game but they should have the pros come in to do the shots like they have in video games like tony hawk and nba 2k something and live.

I laughed at Andre's service motion and Fed's and Blake's horrible one handed half stroke.

Why is james is the game anyways? I'm pretty sure he is done and he is definitely not a legend.

ARIARAIDEN 01-21-2011 02:29 PM

If Top spin would have the Shot motions like VT the game would be perfect but as always all the forehands looks exactly the same.

jamesblakefan#1 01-21-2011 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by Fandango (Post 5346794)
the pro's technique is horrible. I know its a video game but they should have the pros come in to do the shots like they have in video games like tony hawk and nba 2k something and live.

I laughed at Andre's service motion and Fed's and Blake's horrible one handed half stroke.

Why is james is the game anyways? I'm pretty sure he is done and he is definitely not a legend.

Actually in NBA 2K I'm pretty sure they actually have guys who mo-cap most of the guys' shots. And the roster was put into place well into advance, probably over a year ago before Blake fell out of the top 100.

CityTennis22 01-21-2011 03:59 PM

James Blake might have a contract with them, because he's been in the last few believe.

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