TOP SPIN 4
PS3/Move (also on Xbox 360, Wii)
We were binking
and bonking when it hit us (ow!). Top Spin 4 is the latest
evolution of one of videogaming’s year-zero players, Pong. Same
concept – bats, ball, back, forth - just it looks a squizillion times
Yep, Top Spin 4 (which for some reason – likely inebriation -
we keep typing as ‘Top Sin 4’) is tops. It looks scrumptious, and
it’s no slouch play-wise, either.
Several real courts are included, including Smurf innards
impersonator Melbourne Park and our good mate Roland Garros. There’s
no Wimbledonny strawberries and cream though – sugar rush denied!
There’re several play modes. Pick a famous tennisy face from
bovine-accumulator Federer to cubic Swede Borg, Serena Williams to, erm,
several chicks we’ve never heard of... yep, we admit it, real tennis
bores us more than bat shit. Give us a decent videogame incarnation
though and we’re well keen.
Luckily, Top Spin 4 is decent. Back to modal thingies, you
can play exhibition and first-to-five-wins, but the serious shit’s
career mode. Create a player – and, unlike some, not everyone you
craft looks related to Frankenstein’s monster, for the options are
almost insanely optiony - then let him/her loose working through
ranks. Earn XP points (no Windows 7 here, folks) for skillness and
beefify stats to kick more racquetational arse.
Move’s supported, but it dumbs things to dribble level, and this
ain’t basketball. The action’s with the DualShock, allowing amazing
control over every serve and shot, should you invest time enough to
suss it. Otherwise, you’ll hurl yourself at balls only to find them
ignoring your button flailing. We’d blame the game, but we know it’s
When it comes to tennis games, Top Spin 4’s got Da Funk.
Literally, because Daft Punk’s opus is on the eclectic soundtrack,
and just because it’s (sorry) ace...