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View Full Version : Top Spin 2 (X360) Who's getting it/playing it?


nonametofame
03-29-06, 07:53 PM
Release date is today, but my local Gamestop said today's the ship date and it'll be available tomorrow. Early reviews have been less than stellar, but I'm still dying to play some good ol TP2 on xbox live in HD, sans lag.

RichC2
03-29-06, 08:25 PM
From what I've been hearing, it's a solid game with some sporadic technical issues. It's kind of a shame that companies are releasing broken games, but alas, deadlines hurt I suppose.

DVDKrayzie
03-29-06, 09:02 PM
wow didnt even realize it was out already. the battlefield 2 demo just came out today as well

Gallant Pig
03-29-06, 10:08 PM
I'm thinking MS selling their sports studio has caused these titles to take a real hit in quality. Amped 3 is crap and if this one is as well, then they're 0 for 2.

Michael Corvin
03-30-06, 07:09 AM
I'm getting it. I just don't know when. I think I'll wait until I finish Full Auto. I hate having a stack of unbeaten games.

DJ_Longfellow
03-30-06, 07:27 AM
I MIGHT get it...the $40 price is nice on it. I thought AMPED 3 was decent....humorous at least. I'm just not a snowboarding fan.

Eric D.
03-30-06, 12:23 PM
What kind of technical issues does it have?

lotsofdvds
03-31-06, 06:51 AM
I picked it up last night. I don't really see any technical issues. The game doesn't feel like a vast improvement over the original game, nor does it feel like a leap into the next generation... but it's still a blast to play.

The minimal audio seems to be slightly less authentic than it was in the original game, but other than that I have no complaints so far. I played for hours last night. :up:

DJ_Longfellow
03-31-06, 07:26 AM
Yeah, I think people are saying it's like Top Spin 1.5....which isn't a bad thing. I know someone on another thread said the control are RIGHT ON, so that is the most important thing. I'll probably get it with credit I have....or RZ certs at Best Buy.

lotsofdvds
03-31-06, 08:06 AM
Yep, Top Spin 1.5 is pretty accurate. Plays just like the first game with minor improvements here and there. I mean, it's tennis... what more can you really do with it besides upgrade the graphics, tighten up the gameplay and add new modes and arenas?

Michael Corvin
03-31-06, 08:19 AM
1.5 isn't a bad thing, but it comes down to price. Is a marginal upgrade worth the price of admission?

DJ_Longfellow
03-31-06, 08:31 AM
Look on the positive side...at least it's not $60 ;)

That glass is half full :D

lotsofdvds
03-31-06, 08:51 AM
Plus, online doubles.

Mr. Cinema
03-31-06, 09:20 AM
Yeah, I think people are saying it's like Top Spin 1.5....which isn't a bad thing. I know someone on another thread said the control are RIGHT ON, so that is the most important thing. I'll probably get it with credit I have....or RZ certs at Best Buy.
Me too. As soon as my latest certificates show up, I'll get it.

Eric D.
03-31-06, 02:25 PM
Since I never owned the first Top Spin, I see no reason why I shouldn't pick this up then. Decent price too.

gmal2003
03-31-06, 09:13 PM
Pick it up this evening. Fun game. The controls are very good The graphics arent mind blwoing next gen but they are crisp and it doesnt feel like Im playing a current gen game. The features are nice as well with a solid career mode. You dont have to know an immense amout amount about tennis to catch on and enjoy it as Im not a huge tennis buff. So far 7.5/10. Im really looking forward to online play.

DJ_Longfellow
03-31-06, 09:22 PM
I picked it up today also.....I thought it was ok. The controls were nice, but seemed a little stiff at times. I guess it did not seem as fast as tennis at times, like no REALLY powerful forehands. I do like the game though...just have to play more. I was getting my ass kicked though by the CPU.

RichC2
03-31-06, 09:27 PM
http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sports/topspin2/review.html?sid=6146970

Review is up, got a very solid 8.2.

BeanDip0001
04-01-06, 12:11 AM
Yep, Top Spin 1.5 is pretty accurate. Plays just like the first game with minor improvements here and there. I mean, it's tennis... what more can you really do with it besides upgrade the graphics, tighten up the gameplay and add new modes and arenas?


hmmm well they could have added cheerleaders!!!


this is one i want to pick up sometime soon, i got my first xbox it came with a disc with top spin and college football. the football was retarded but i played the shit outta topspin so if this game is kinda like the first one then its on.

Chris_D
04-01-06, 05:43 AM
Top Spin (the original) is definitely the premier tennis sim still. So an upgrade to that is not necessarily a bad thing.

mrmagoo
04-01-06, 10:48 AM
One real "bad" thing I heard about this game is that you cannot choose to have your player at the bottom of the screen all the time, you actually have to switch sides. :( I will be the first to admit, I suck playing at the top of the screen.

gerrythedon
04-01-06, 05:14 PM
FRYS: Sunday preview for LA
$34.99 (XBox 360): Top Spin 2

BeanDip0001
04-01-06, 06:29 PM
FRYS: Sunday preview for LA
$34.99 (XBox 360): Top Spin 2


damnit i wish i lived near a bigger city, that is dirt cheap!!!

Michael Corvin
04-01-06, 09:18 PM
damnit i wish i lived near a bigger city, that is dirt cheap!!!

Ahem. Go to Best Buy. $39.99 - $5 gamer gift card = $34.99

Same price and there is likely a BB in your area.

edstein
04-01-06, 09:33 PM
Is the original Top Spin backwards compatible for the 360? If so, I will just play that one.

gmal2003
04-01-06, 10:03 PM
One real "bad" thing I heard about this game is that you cannot choose to have your player at the bottom of the screen all the time, you actually have to switch sides. :( I will be the first to admit, I suck playing at the top of the screen.
Not true. You have to switch the camera to zoom (zoom still allows you to see everything well) and you will be on the bottom screen throughout. I prefer the bottom screen too but I gotta get better at the top of the screen for when I play against another real player.

mrmagoo
04-02-06, 09:53 AM
Not true. You have to switch the camera to zoom (zoom still allows you to see everything well) and you will be on the bottom screen throughout. I prefer the bottom screen too but I gotta get better at the top of the screen for when I play against another real player.




Hmmm, well thats semi good news. So if your in the "far away" mode you cannot be on the bottom at all times? That kinda sucks...

Chris_D
04-02-06, 09:56 PM
In the original top spin, I was more competitive against the AI in zoom mode. I know it seems odd at first, but it's worth trying to master I think.

lotsofdvds
04-02-06, 10:05 PM
Is the original Top Spin backwards compatible for the 360? If so, I will just play that one.
Nope.

DJ_Longfellow
04-03-06, 05:46 AM
I played a little more this weekend and I'm enjoying it a little more now. The gameplay does get easier and I can win matches now in my Career mode.

I recommend the game to anyone who likes Top Spin.

I like the FAR camera anyways. I only used the ZOOM camera for a second though.

DVDGamer
04-03-06, 10:26 PM
Got it today and played some exhibition game, and some training plus a game in career mode. Well, I am disappointed. The graphics are not that much of an upgrade from the original top spin, esp. as I am more comfortable with, and thus play the game on far mode. Here are some comments on the game thus far.

1. There is no quick replay of the point you've just previously played (not that I know of, that is). At the end of the point, it just shows you player reaction. I really liked the replays in the first top spin, as it shows how exciting/close the last play was, this is a major letdown for me.

2. Playing on the 'far side', as noted by others, is indeed disconcerting. Should have an option of playing on bottom screen, as others noted.

3. Graphics, again not too much of a difference.

4. Players move even slower than they did in the original. So you'll likely be
unable to return a lot more shots than before.

5. On a positive note, this game seems to play faster, as load times have definitely improved for this version.

All in all, its still an okay tennis game, I guess. But really, if they can fix backward compatibility of the old game for the 360, I would trade this game in a heartbeat and just play the old game, albeit in widescreen mode. Guess thats why they haven't made the old game compatible.

--- Since I bashed this game some, let me just add one more thing, since I played the game online for the first time. It is still a fun multiplayer game, and bec. of the faster loads between games, may be its best redeeming value as there is not a lot of waiting during points/games. There it is. Check it out if you plan on playing a lot of this game online.

DVDKrayzie
04-08-06, 12:34 PM
has anybody completed career mode and gotten 1st? im ranked #2 right now, in a tourney where i beat #3, 7 and 1 (roddick) to get to the finals but i cannot beat #5 (moya) for the life of me. im even "cheating" and going to the dashboard everytime i lose so i dont have to go thru an entire tournament again as i should be #1 if i win, but no matter what i do i cannot beat the CPU. it always goes to the 5th damn set too so it takes forever (and when it gets to tie breaker he turns into superman),. it just seems that no matter where i hit the ball, the computer will make it all the way across the court no problem and smash it on my ass, but i can barely make it halfway in the ame amount of time. not only that the cheating bastard makes it bounce off the net every other shot too. only reasonw hy i win when he serves is because the game feels sorry for me and has him hit the net a lot.

DVDKrayzie
04-08-06, 12:49 PM
ok nevermind after i posted that i demolished him 3 sets to 0 by just using the x button exclusively, except for serves, which i hat go to the top corner everytime.

Michael Corvin
04-08-06, 04:35 PM
I picked it up the other day, but since the Kameo patch came out it still sits unopened still in the shrink wrap.

Michael Corvin
04-17-06, 08:04 AM
Finally played it a bit(couple of tourneys) and am a bit disappointed. It's not a bad game, just not a great one either.

First, the original Top Spin was FUN. It may not have been comepletly realistic, or even that difficult, but the fun factor made up for those attributes in spades.

Top Spin 2: Basically a tennis sim, which zaps all the fun out of the game. You can't just pick up a game and have fun with it, you have to worry about every shot going out. This ups the challenge substantially, but definitely at the cost of being fun. I shouldn't have to worry about top spin or slice shots going in, that is what the risk shots are for(and to a lesser degree, the lob). The game also seems slower, not as fast paced.

Not a fan of the schedule either. It is a good idea in theory, but when I first started my career, I just wanted to train to get a handle on the game. Turns out I missed a ton of events and tourneys. Now I have to skip some of them because my rank isn't high enough.

Training: Decent enough, but I just want to practice my risk shots more with MY character and his abilities. AFAIK, there is no way to do this.

Building my player: Pretty solid. Definitely a bit more involved than the first one with the addition of silver/gold stars

Graphics: average, not much better than the first


Overall: I think the first game owns this one. I don't think it was an improvement at all. More of a lateral move, and definitely a downgrade in the fun department.

spainlinx0
04-17-06, 04:38 PM
I played the first one, but didn't own it so I couldn't form a very strong opinion on it. I was a Sega Tennis 2k fan. For those who have played both, which did you prefer?

matome
05-08-06, 01:23 PM
Just picked this up after downloading the new demo from the marketplace and have to say this may be the hardest game I ever played. Took me three hours to win my first exhibition match (used Federer to beat Sharapova) and I ran out of money on career mode since I couldn't win any matches with my no-skill custom player :lol:

DJ_Longfellow
05-08-06, 01:26 PM
matome...the game does get easier. I actually haven't played in a while, since I got a bit bored of it...some of the matches become TOO long and boring for me. Still a decent game though....I actually enjoy the training events, those are fun.