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YouTube Rabbit Hole: Who Else Misses Top Spin?

Remembering Top Spin 4 is probably hard for some people at this point. After all, the game came out in 2011, and while we have things like AO Tennis and Tennis World Tour now, I still miss Top Spin. Top Spin and Virtua Tennis are what I grew up playing, and that’s probably why it’s hard to forget them. On top of that, Top Spin 4 was just really friggin’ good. I was hankering for some Top Spin 4 footage, so I stumbled upon Leonardo Gatti’s replay of the real-life 2017 Australian Open final between Federer and Nadal.

Top Spin 4 is the perfect background noise for me — and this goes for tennis overall when I’m working. The grunts, light commentary and the soars in the crowd all put it into a category with golf for me as enjoyable to watch with complete focus or only in my peripheral vision. The 2017 Aussie Open is also easy to remember because this was one of Federer’s redemption arcs as he “finally” won another major after about a five-year drought. He had to get past his most known rival in the process, and I remember staying up all night to be there when it started at about 3:30 a.m. EST.

The Australian Open was memorable overall that year because the Williams sisters also had a showdown in the finals. Point being, I miss Top Spin, and while we’re right now bemoaning 2K probably being locked out of making NFL 2K, they could make Top Spin 5 right now if they wanted to.

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  1. Can't believe it's been almost 10 years now, the Shot variety was pretty limited, but the Animations still look amazing, had such a blast with Nadal on Sand
    The last Fight Night came out in 2011 also, i guess that's when the Ultimate Team modes really took over...
    Always had a struggle with liking this game. I loved the look, the presentation. Yet another example of 2K proving they're the only company that should be making sports games. But every single rally seemed to go on and on and on.... and on.... and on... and like most tennis games, it's like a non tennis fan got to choose what pro players would be in it. But in the game, at the right difficulty level, it could be glorious. It just didn't tickle the itch I need as a sports player which is the ability to take a real player and play them through a calendar year or at least one tournament at a time. Be a player modes never appealed to me.
    But honestly, until AO came out, there really was no other game on the block. And before it, Virtua was in its time, even better. I even used to go to arcades to play Virtua using my man Carlos Moya.
    TS4 is still the GOAT!
    This generation of consoles desperately needs tennis game that could rival it. TWT is straight trash. AO is decent, but not nearly as polished or addicting.
    The two genres that we need redone is this and Surfing game. There's been nothing close to as good as Transworld Surf on the PS2. That game is still unmatched and it's been 19 years.
    tinpanalley
    ...It just didn't tickle the itch I need as a sports player which is the ability to take a real player and play them through a calendar year or at least one tournament at a time. Be a player modes never appealed to me...

    I loved Topspin 4--primarily due to the historical players (Andre Agassi was my favorite). I solely play sports games; the fantasy aspect of games doesn't appeal to me.
    That said, it was frustrating to me that I couldn't play a career with a pro in Topspin 4 (as well as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14). For me, the immersion gets put off when I'm playing as a fake person or a modified version of me. I always liked to play as teams or players I was familiar with so that I could not only play as them but play like them.
    Fedor_52
    Can't believe it's been almost 10 years now, the Shot variety was pretty limited, but the Animations still look amazing, had such a blast with Nadal on Sand
    The last Fight Night came out in 2011 also, i guess that's when the Ultimate Team modes really took over...

    Me too, but indeed it's still great
    Some would argue that All Pro Football is better than current Madden. Top spin is better than the current crop of tennis games. What does it say when old games have better gameplay than current games? I be played games a long time and I never remember new games not being better than older versions.
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