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GF Rating
5.3

140 ratings

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Terrible Use of Motion Controls

posted by Nerodian (CANONSBURG, PA) May 1, 2011

Member since Mar 2010

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Tennis is simple. Swing early to aim left. Swing late to aim right. Swing down-to-up to create top spin, up-to-down to make a drop shot, and twist your raquet upwards to lob your shot high. This is simply - you play tennis with nothing more than your arm, wrist, and a pair of quick legs.

But Topspin 4 is anything but simple. First you have to use a nunchuck. Why would you need a second controller in this game?? Well, you use it to run around. So it replaces your legs. Well, okay - I'd have literally rather run around my living room, but fine - I can deal with it. But then you have to also use that nunchuck - the same stick - to aim your shot... Wait, what? You're supposed to use your raquet to do that. Also, you have to use the A and B buttons on the controller to create loft and drop shots. You're supposed to use your raquet for that too!! So instead of using a motion controller to control all your motions, you use it to do nothing but swing - and even that doesn't always work.

Skip this game entirely - it's absolutely no fun.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Not bad for a tennis game...

posted by mastercaleb2007 (LAKE ANN, MI) Jul 13, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I love the game of tennis. Its not popular enough yet to get good games made though. Top Spin 4 control are a litle wierd at first but once you get used to it, you can do ok.

Pros -
Its tennis.
You can play in multiple tourneys.
You can play as or against some real tennis players.

Cons-
Graphics on wii are bad for most games so no surprise here.
Not enough real life players.
Career plays really slow because of all the mini games you are forced to play. Should be optional.
Some of the music is really annoying

If you like tennis get this or the EA version. Both are fun to play. Tennis needs more attn to get better games

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Lousy Game

posted by barneyrubble (CANTON, GA) May 25, 2011

Member since May 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I was very disappointed in this game. The graphics look like something from 10 years ago and the gameplay was pretty bad as well. I agree with others in that you should not have to use the numbchuck to steer your shot, it should be the motion of your swing that controls where the ball goes and with what type of spin. As an avid tennis player, this game does not make the cut. Try EA's tennis game from last year instead. A little cartoonish looking, but much better game play and also has online play.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

WORST GAME EVER

posted by samiam159007 (TAKOMA PARK, MD) Nov 16, 2012

Member since Nov 2012

WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE MADE THE CONTROLS THE SAME AS WII TENNIS??? THE CONTROLS ARE SO HORRIBLE I COULDN'T PLAY FOR MORE THAN 10 MINS. On the Bright side, the game play and scenery looks great!

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Excellent!

posted by cubyank (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Apr 6, 2012

Member since Mar 2012

I enjoyed this game a lot, and it gave me quite a workout!

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Bad controls

posted by canislupis (GLEN ELLYN, IL) May 15, 2011

Member since Sep 2009

A two year old on a tennis court has more control of there game more then this game allows.

Tennis is simple. Swing early to aim left. Swing late to aim right. Swing down-to-up to create top spin, up-to-down to make a drop shot, and twist your raquet upwards to lob your shot high. This is simply - you play tennis with nothing more than your arm, wrist, and a pair of quick legs.

But Topspin 4 is anything but simple. First you have to use a nunchuck. You have to hold wand sideways. Why would you need a second controller in this game?? Well, you use it to run around. So it replaces your legs. Well, okay - I'd have literally rather run around my living room, but fine - I can deal with it. But then you have to also use that nunchuck - the same stick - to aim your shot... Wait, what? You're supposed to use your raquet to do that. Also, you have to use the A and B buttons on the controller to create loft and drop shots. You're supposed to use your raquet for that too!! So instead of using a motion controller to control all your motions, you use it to do nothing but swing - and even that doesn't always work.

Skip this game entirely - it's absolutely no fun.

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GF Rating
7

Good

top spin 4 for wii

posted by HungWaLow (GILMER, TX) May 5, 2011

Member since May 2011

very challening but cool as winter breeze once u build your person up but it has a bad down side to it and that is the shoulder, elbow, and thumb pain from playing it to much have fun and rember sit take a brak so ur arm dont get to hurtin i seem top never rember to do that

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

great game

posted by FLAVAPHIL (MEDFORD, MA) Apr 20, 2011

Member since Apr 2011

finally found a good tennis game only draw back is you cant play online

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Not for Lefties

posted by RedJay (MARION, IA) Mar 31, 2011

Member since Jul 2010

The game looks nice, but I wasn't able to find a lefty setting. It was also some what cumbersome to swing with the remote and direct with the nun chuck.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Solid service, but lacks online play

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Mar 21, 2011

Top Reviewer

Member since Jan 2008

The professional tennis players are back from last year’s Wii tennis game - and they have put in one thing that players were looking for.
In Top Spin 4, you can create your own character and modify his/her looks - to a degree. There are also several outfits for your avatar to try on, but most of them are locked and can only be unlocked by winning contests and challenges in Career Mode.
In Career Mode there’s a few acts where you collect stars depending on which challenge you complete or which opponent you beat or which tournament you win. After collecting a set number of stars, you can improve one aspect of your avatar’s game (service, forehand, speed and so on). And after collecting another set of stars, you unlock sets of outfits that your avatar can use in future matches.
This mode does a good job of getting new players into the game, but some of the strokes are tough to pull off because they tell us what motions need to be used when they should show us what motions need to be used. This is not the simple wave the Wiimote like you do in the tennis part of WiiSports or Racquet Sports.
The rest of the modes are what you’d expect: a tutorial, a quick game mode where 1-4 players can select from a vast selection of professional tennis players (like Aggasi, Borg, and one of the Williams sisters), or pick a player created in Career Mode.
And there’s a multiplayer mode where 2-4 players face off against each other in party type games. Games such as hit a moving target on the opposing side of the court, smash ice on the court, or avoid hitting a spot twice in a row.
But one large problem from last year’s installment didn’t get fixed: there’s NO online play. Many reviewers screamed for it then, and they’ll scream for it now.
Still Top Spin 4 is a solid tennis simulator that I say you should defiantly rent.

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