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Overview

Top Spin 4 is the follow-up to PAM Development's tennis simulator Top Spin 3. Top Spin 4 boasts a robust career mode and an extensive list of playable Tennis professionals.

Gameplay

My Player Mode

My Player Mode allows players to play as a custom Tennis star that they've created and altered to their liking. Players can determine their star's facial features, nationality and even play style. Play style dictates the star's swings and reactions.

Once a custom star has been created, players will then use the career calender to attend events and choose training partners. If an event is selected, players will face one of the game's licensed professionals.

My Player Mode awards players with experience points they will use to improve and tweak their star. Using the game's evolution screen, players can distribute points into skills such as forehand, backhand, serve, volley and many others. Gaining experience points and fame will increase the player's rank and notoriety. Leveling up allows the player to hire new coaches to further improve their skills and abilities.

As players gain notoriety, they will be contacted by agents and journalists to increase their publicity, gain endorsements and unlock even more events.

Controls

Previous Top Spin titles have been chastised for boasting complicated unintuitive control-schemes. In Top Spin 4, a large focus was put on simplifying the control-scheme, while maintaining the rewarding aspect of previous systems.

Basic shot types--these include lob,flat,slice and top spin--are mapped to the face buttons with modifiers mapped to the shoulder buttons.

The game's Top Spin Academy is a system whose goal is to get the player acclimated to the new control-scheme while also explaining the basic and complex aspects of the gameplay. The tool attempts to pin-point the player's problems and offer suggestions.

Playstation Move and 3D Support

Top Spin 4 is compatible with Sony's Playstation Move. While the title takes advantage of Sony's motion-control technology, the game is not compatible with Microsoft's Kinect.

Along with Move support, Top Spin 4 allows players to experience the game in 3D. This feature is available on both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Roster

Andre Agassi

Top Spin 4 marks the first time tennis legend Andre Agassi has appeared in an interactive entertainment experience in almost a decade. Agassi, along with Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, appears on the cover of Top Spin 4.

Licensed Players

ATP

Roger Federer - Switzerland

Rafael Nadal - Spain

Andy Murray - Great Britain

Novak Djoković - Serbia

Andy Roddick - United States

James Blake - United States

Nikolay Davydenko - Russia

Gilles Simon - France

Stanislav Wawrinka - Switzerland

Bernard Tomic - Australia

WTA

Caroline Wozniacki - Denmark

Serena Williams - United States

Ana Ivanović - Serbia

Jelena Janković - Serbia

Dinara Safina - Russia

Vera Zvonareva - Russia

Eugenie Bouchard - Canada

Legends

Andre Agassi - United States

Pete Sampras - United States

Bjorn Borg - Sweden

Jim Courier - United States

Michael Chang - United States

Patrick Rafter - Australia

Ivan Lendl - Czech Republic

Boris Becker - Germany

Licensed Tournaments

Grand Slams

Australian Open (Rod Laver Arena) - Melbourne, Australia (Hard)

French Open (Court Philippe Chatrier) - Paris, France (Clay)

US Open (Arthur Ashe Stadium) - New York, New York, United States (Hard)

Masters 1000

BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) - Indian Wells, California, USA (Hard)

BNP Paribas Masters - Paris, France (Carpet/Indoor)

Sony Ericsson Open - Miami, Florida, United States (Hard)

World Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Finals (O2 Arena) - London, England (Hard/Indoor)

Other Venues

Clay

Madrid Sports Arena - Madrid, Spain (Masters)

Stadio San Alessandro - Rome, Italy (Masters)

Court Principal - Monte Carlo, Monaco (Masters)

Casablanca Stadium - Casablanca, Morocco (Major)

Barcelona Stadium - Barcelona, Spain (Major)

Buenos Aires Tennis Center - Buenos Aires, Argentina (Major)

Westside Drive - Houston, Texas, USA (Minor)

Teranga Tennis Court - Dakar, Senegal (Playground)

Grass

Dublin Stadium - Dublin, Ireland (Grand Slam)

London Tennis Club - London, England (Major)

Boston Bay Tennis Center - Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Major)

Auckland Stadium - Auckland, New Zealand (Minor)

American Tennis Garden - San Francisco, California, USA (Minor)

Thorsten Brom - Munich, Germany (Minor)

Hard

Shanghai Palace - Shanghai, China (Masters)

Canada Tennis Center - Toronto, Canada (Masters)

Cincinnati Tennis Center - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Masters)

Hamburg Stadthalle - Hamburg, Germany (Major)

Moscow Tennis Arena - Moscow, Russia (Major)

Texas Arena - Dallas, Texas, USA (Major)

Seoul Colosseum - Seoul, South Korea (Major)

Amsterdam Tennis Park - Amsterdam, Netherlands (Major)

Vienna Tennis Center - Vienna, Austria (Minor)

Stavgaard Tennis Hall - Stavgaard, Sweden (Minor)

Abhijava Stadium - New Delhi, India (Minor)

Estadio Do Sol - Estoril, Portugal (Minor)

Silvjie Krleza - Omis, Croatia (Playground)

Bermuda Stadium - Hamilton, Bermuda (Playground)

Atlanta's Doves - Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Playground)

Dubai Sports Complex - Dubai, UAE (Playground)

Carpet

Grande Estadio De Chile - Santiago, Chile (Minor)

The Bauhinia - Hong Kong, China (Minor)

Kiev Indoor Arena - Kiev, Ukraine (Minor)

Soundtrack

The game features 15 licensed tracks.

Chromeo - "Fancy Footwork"

LCD Soundsystem - "North American Scum"

Daft Punk - "Da Funk"

OK Go - "This Too Shall Pass"

Schpilkas - "Fuzzy Fro"

Light Alive - "Trust Revenge"

RAMZI - "Mr. Pamplinas"

PURPL PoP - "It's Your Town"

Tigers That Talked - "Black Heart, Blue Eyes"

Ben Taimi - "Ticking Of Your Bicycle"

Gamble and Burke - "Isolated (With You)"

Darko Saric - "Circles"

Christian Larsen Music - "Breakwall"

Richard Boal/Robin Barter - "TPL Music" (ATP 20 and ATP Deep House)

Richard Parks/Joel Doran - "Free Air"

Pre-Order Bonus

2K Sports teamed up with GameStop to offer a pre-order bonus for Top Spin 4.

Players who pre-ordered Top Spin 4 for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 from GameStop received a vintage Andre Agassi character model featuring his signature mullet.

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