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.