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Dava
May 13th, 2003, 06:08 PM
I hope this comes to PS2

Kournikova Joins Hewitt On the Cover Of “Top Spin” For Xbox
May 13, 2003

Anna Kournikova will join current number-one ranked Lleyton Hewitt on the cover of “Top Spin,” the new tennis title created exclusively for Xbox. Microsoft Game Studios announced the Russian tennis star’s affiliation with the game at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, CA. Kournikova conducted a motion capture session and will serve as headliner for the featured tennis title in the new XSN Sports brand.

In addition to Hewitt and Kournikova, “Top Spin” will feature the high-octane rocket launching serve and baseline game of tennis legend Pete Sampras. The all-time great lent his game and insights to the developers during a motion capture session earlier this year. As the most experienced and highly decorated member of the “Top Spin” tennis team, Sampras rounds out an All-Star cast of 16 tennis stars that lent their likenesses during motion capture sessions, including:

Tommy Robredo
Jan-Michael Gambill
Michael Chang
Gustavo Kuerten
Sebastian Grosjean
James Blake
Daniela Hantuchova
Martina Hingis
Barbara Schett
Ashlet Harkleroad
Elena Dementieva
Meghann Shaughnessy
Amanda Coetzer

"The addition of Anna Kournikova and Pete Sampras to the ‘Top Spin’ family reconfirms our commitment to creating the world’s best tennis game," said Dave Curtin, studio manager at Microsoft Game Studios. "'With a world class roster of athletes, features and gameplay, ‘Top Spin’ truly is the complete tennis experience for all gamers who want nothing less than the world's No. 1 ranking."

Developed by Power and Magic (PAM), "Top Spin," will be Xbox Liveä enabled offering tennis fans a pulse-pounding glimpse into professional tennis. “Top Spin” challenges each player to master all the shots including slices, lobs, drops and spins while playing on various surfaces including clay, hard court and grass.

XSN Sports is changing the way sports gamers compete online and offline. “Top Spin” will utilize XSN Sports’ revolutionary technology to unite sports fans and gamers through web-based devices for an intense and competitive tennis experience. Acting as the ultimate tournament director, tennis fans can control and build a tennis tournament with friends, compete online using Xbox Live and even receive match results on a cell phone or PDA from a centralized website www.XSNsports.com. This new web based technology, exclusive to XSN Sports titles, will allow gamers to view their tournament’s up-to-date scores, standings and stats each morning on a virtual sports page. Whether it is on grass, clay or online, “Top Spin” will be looking to win the Grand Slam this year.

“Top Spin” is tennis with attitude. Top Spin is the only game where momentum and risk-taking combine with intense action for the complete tennis gaming experience. Use the highly detailed player creator with over 30 parameters to create a unique tennis superstar. The new guy or girl can fire up the crowd and feed off of their energy, pump a fist after a great shot or slam a racket to the ground to argue a bad call. Top Spin allows gamers to play tennis their own way.

“Top Spin” will be serving aces and cross-court winners in Fall 2003.

Vincent
May 13th, 2003, 06:16 PM
Why should they put potato on the cover?:p

Cariaoke
May 13th, 2003, 06:19 PM
sounds like an exciting game. I might get my friend to buy it just so I can see James, digitized. *sigh*

too bad no Willies are in it; I would have definitely bought it. :p

Dava
May 13th, 2003, 06:22 PM
Yes but V and Rena are tied by their private parts to that damn Sega Contract!!! Its not fair!

Cariaoke
May 13th, 2003, 06:24 PM
Man, wtf!?! So, until Sega comes out with a game to beat this one, no new digitized Willies? I need a moment to collect myself.






































ok I'm fine.

Dava
May 13th, 2003, 06:26 PM
Yep I think so, as the GBA version of Virtua Tennis 2 has only just come out. They are the only real players on it, so I guess they're still under the contract.

I am suprised to see Anna has come from under her contract with Namco, that looked like a perminant deal.

Havok
May 13th, 2003, 06:28 PM
pffffff, what crap players, especially on the women's side. all crap players, not many are in the top of women's tennis today :rolleyes:

Vincent
May 13th, 2003, 06:31 PM
pffffff, what crap players, especially on the women's side. all crap players, not many are in the top of women's tennis today :rolleyes:
:fiery: What do you mean by crap, i will win all by taking Martina Hingis, watch out :p

Keith
May 13th, 2003, 06:48 PM
The coolest thing about this game will be that there will be an online world tour where u compete against real human players for the number one ranking, enter tournaments, etc., How FRIKKIN cool!

I have an XBOX- I won it in a raffle to play Tim Henman in a video game. I know you all have heard that story, right darren?

decemberlove
May 13th, 2003, 06:58 PM
I hope this comes to PS2


wake up and get an x-box.

topspin was published by Microsoft Game Studios... so i doubt itll come on the shitty-ass ps2.

http://www.xbox.com/topspin/default.htm?cs_catalog=cat%2dus

decemberlove
May 13th, 2003, 07:00 PM
-Experience intense action and realism: Top Spin delivers all the intensity of professional tennis, from cross-court winners and crushing ground strokes to rocket serves. Master all the shots, including slices, lobs, drops, spins, and several trick shots, while perfecting your play on various surfaces, including clay, hard court, and grass.

-Get into the zone: Top Spin challenges you to take risks. Try difficult shots to "get into the zone," and use that momentum to improve your play. Develop your player's image on the court by pumping his or her fist after a great shot, slamming a racket to the ground, or arguing a bad call.

-Become the world's best player: You may be number one in your own living room, but Xbox Live gives you the chance to prove it, any time and any place, on a global scale. Climb worldwide ladders, play tournaments, take on all challengers in singles matches, or find a skilled partner for doubles play.

-Build a career: Personalize your player's look, style, and personality and get coaching to correct a weakness or perfect an aspect of his or her tennis game. Work your way up from the local playground, through the amateur ranks, to playing real pros in the world's top tournaments… while earning endorsements along the way.

-Play with the world's best players: With 16 professional tennis players, Top Spin tests gamers in a five-set match against Lleyton Hewitt or as Martina Hingis' partner in the final match of a doubles tournament. Some of the players featured in Top Spin include the following:
Lleyton Hewitt
James Blake
Tommy Robredo
Jan-Michael Gambill
Michael Chang
Gustavo Kuerten
Meghann Shaughnessy
Sebastian Grosjean
Anna Kournikova
Daniela Hantuchova
Martina Hingis
Barbara Schett
Ashley Harkleroad
Elena Dementieva
Amanda Coetzer

Keith
May 13th, 2003, 08:23 PM
Here is a picture, looks like Coetzer
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/e3topspin12.jpg

I'm SURE this one is Blake!
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/e3topspin07.jpg

Keith
May 13th, 2003, 08:23 PM
Damn, that ball looks big!

tennisIlove09
May 13th, 2003, 08:26 PM
OMG!! I so want a X-Box!!!

I bought a Sega Dreamcast, just for Sega 2K2

gorecki
May 14th, 2003, 01:28 AM
might wait for the reviews when it comes out - u'd never know with these tennis games ;)

Keith - i thought that could be Meghann when i saw the pic...

keep us posted! :bounce:

tennisvideos
May 14th, 2003, 02:37 AM
How exciting... can't wait. Esp the ability to play people via the net. Should be lotsa fun.

Kieth - LOL about the ball looking so big... it's normal size in the other pic. I think it's just supposed to look close to the camera that's all, but it won't be that big on the game. I hope not anyway! LOL

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 04:24 AM
Most of the wta players they chose are crap. Hingis is retired. Ashley is not even all that. Omg this is funny! Babsi Schett is playing like shit and Anna on the cover is laughable.

tennisvideos
May 14th, 2003, 04:49 AM
Not to worry. As long as the graphics, gameplay and world tour is good that is the main thing. I'm excited anyway.... :)

gorecki
May 14th, 2003, 05:57 AM
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/topspin_102902_02.jpg

I cannot believe it! That ball was *@!$ing way out! :mad: :p

tennisvideos
May 14th, 2003, 06:41 AM
LOL @ Lleyton! Even the grass looks great!

gorecki
May 14th, 2003, 07:27 AM
May 12, 2003 - Tennis. It belongs in video games just as much, if not more than any other sport or even genre. After all, Pong started everything, and Pong was merely tennis with bad graphics. It's only fitting then that Microsoft, with their desire to revolutionize console gaming, is finally bringing tennis to Xbox with Top Spin this fall.
Tennis fans can enjoy play as or against 16 of the world's best pros, or they can create their own player thanks to, what is promised to be, the most in-depth character creation on the market. Before we talk about who you'll make, here's a list of the 16 licensed pros:

Lleyton Hewitt James Blake
Pete Sampras Tommy Robredo
Jan-Michael Gambill Michael Chang
Gustavo Kuerten Meghann Shaughnessy
Sebastian Grosjean Anna Kournikova
Daniela Hantuchova Martina Hingis
Barbara Schett Ashley Harkleroad
Elena Dementieva Amanda Coetzer


Tennis games have always succeeded when keeping a very simple control scheme. Microsoft and developer PAM are taking a bit of a gamble by making every button on the controller useful for something. Take a look at the control scheme and keep in mind how simple both Pong and Virtua Tennis were:

A - Return shot
B - Topspin
Y - Lob
R trigger - Hold down and press a face button for a risk shot with power meter included
L trigger - Hold down and press face button for various drop shots
White button - After a point: Pump fist, nod to your success, and try and get the crowd on your side
Black button - After a point: Argue with umpire, slam racket down, look around in disgust

While it's not hard to control at all, it does take some time to get used to using the right trigger for kill shots. In the second or two it takes to hit a ball, you'll need to hold down the trigger, gage the power meter, and hit one of three face buttons. The first few times I tried it I was smacking balls into the net.

On the plus side, the black and white buttons offer the ability to show some emotion with your player. The buttons are analog, so the harder you press the black button, the more agitated you become. As the match progresses the more you press the button the more McEnroe you become. :devil:

Though there is certainly some arcade flair to Top Spin, there's also plenty of realism packed into Microsoft's tennis package. Every type of tennis surface is represented and each affects traction and ball movement. The ball is noticeably different on clay than on grass, which definitely adds an "ooh" factor.

Control still seems a bit tenuous as the game is not quite complete. With another few months, it will likely be in top shape. As it stands, there are some definitely things to enjoy. It's tennis. It's fast. It's fun. And there are plenty of those "oh come on that was on the line!" moments.

Use of the white and black buttons are more integral to the game than they seem at first glance. But if you can get the crowd behind you and start nailing some key shots, you'll enter The Zone. At this point, you become an even greater tennis player. Shot just keep falling for you. That much is clear, but I'm not quite sure what happens if you use the black button too much. Only time and further practice will tell, but hopefully the negative reaction black button will have some effect on gameplay.

For those wanting lots of dives, shots between the legs, and fast-paced open tennis, this is it. There's a lot of movement, a lot net play, and some cool baseline rallies to be had. And all 16 licensed pros have their own animations and are intended to play and look just like the real deal. The close-up cut-scenes do show off at least Lleyton Hewitt's mannerisms.

gorecki
May 14th, 2003, 07:43 AM
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/e3topspin11.jpg

Wow at the lights! :cool:
Come on JMG! Smack him! ;)

Brian Stewart
May 14th, 2003, 10:01 AM
What would happen if you walked over to the other player, then hit the black button? Would you cuss them out? Hit them with the racquet?

tennisvideos
May 14th, 2003, 11:53 AM
Fantastic!!!!! The graphics look great, and the extra shotmaking controls sound exciting. My hopes are high and let's hope they can deliver.

I have my x-box already and can't wait for this game. Also very happy to have Blake, Hewitt, Gambill, Hingis, Kournikova & Sampras in the game. Of course I would LOVE more, but I am even more excited about the ability to really custom make your own player in great detail..... oh who to choose: Seles, Evert, Goolagong, Rafter, Rosewall, Safin, Serena.....

:) :) :)

rooftopboi1
May 14th, 2003, 12:48 PM
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/e3topspin11.jpg

Wow at the lights! :cool:
Come on JMG! Smack him! ;)

aww JMG :D :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Bezz
May 14th, 2003, 02:23 PM
I agree the selection of women players is a bit shit. No Davenport, williamses, seles, clijsters ,henin. It seems to me like they have gone for tennis babes and not tennis players. I am pretty sure that none of the women players could be called ugly. Maybe kim and Davenport werent pretty enough for topspin?.

gorecki
May 14th, 2003, 03:09 PM
but I am even more excited about the ability to really custom make your own player in great detail..... oh who to choose: Seles, Evert, Goolagong, Rafter, Rosewall, Safin, Serena.....

:) :) :)


agree :)
you can create ALL the players you are sorely missing and use them on the Tour Mode! :bounce:

gorecki
May 15th, 2003, 04:09 AM
http://xboxmedia.ign.com/xbox/image/topspin_102902_460a.jpg

gorecki
May 15th, 2003, 04:15 AM
http://www.xbox.com/media/games/doaebvolleyball/sim-doaebvolleyball-0001.jpg

when will they make a tennis game with the visual definitions of a game like this?!? ;)

BigB08822
May 15th, 2003, 06:47 AM
I think I might buy this, my boyfriend wants an XBOX anyway!

tennisvideos
May 16th, 2003, 02:35 PM
Goreki

Do you know how many players you can create?

I hope you can create many !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gorecki
May 17th, 2003, 01:37 AM
Sorry Craig - the interview/review didn't state how many players you can create

BUT they did mention that they are confident that no two online created players will be identicial... they'd better keep their word. ;)

well yeah, the more players one is allowed to create the better!!! [least 10! :devil: 5 for guys 5 for gals! ;) ]

tennisvideos
May 17th, 2003, 01:49 AM
Thanks Goreki... yeah let's hope you can create a number of them... that would be fantastic!

auntie janie
May 17th, 2003, 01:56 AM
Hey, Goran Ivanisevic is the chair umpire? It looks like him! :eek:

R&J
May 17th, 2003, 02:13 AM
No Monica?!!!! Well that just counts me out! I want a game that I can atleast be my favourite player. The graphics do look awesome! Thats why not having Seles makes it even more depressing! aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! :confused:

And it's questionable if I can make a player like Monica on the game. It all depends if they let you create a player that can hit 2 hands off both sides. The 2k2 game doesnt let you do that on the "create your own" option.

James looks really good graphic wise - wow! The courts look really good - I noticed the grass looking so real also when I first saw that pic. Very realistic looking - but as someone else said.....wonder how the game play is. But I am sure that it is really good. :confused:

tennisvideos
May 17th, 2003, 02:25 AM
Hi R&J

I have a feeling that you will be able to create players with double handed both sides... esp as Gambill has 2 hands both sides and apparantly this game has 30 different parameters to create an individually customised player !!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome! So you can get really specific with how you want your player to look!

Fingers crossed, coz I would like to create her too... along with others.

R&J
May 17th, 2003, 02:41 AM
Hi R&J

I have a feeling that you will be able to create players with double handed both sides... esp as Gambill has 2 hands both sides and apparantly this game has 30 different parameters to create an individually customised player !!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome! So you can get really specific with how you want your player to look!

Fingers crossed, coz I would like to create her too... along with others.
I hope so - I will wait til I have heard whether or not you can, before I think of buying xbox (cause I dont have it because I played their version of the "wta tennis" game for xbox - and all I can say is yuck!). But that is the reason why they are putting out this game I bet - to make the ultimate tennis game, the way the "wta tennis" game should have been made.

So I am definately interested still - to see if you can create a player that plays 2 hands off both. I love the still pics of the game! WOW!

gorecki
May 23rd, 2003, 05:32 AM
Microsoft Serves up Tennis on Xbox
Our in-depth interview reveals first details about Microsoft's Top Spin.

Tennis. While hockey, basketball, football, soccer, and baseball are all well-represented on Xbox, tennis remains the odd-man out. With only a one lackluster third-party tennis games available for Xbox in its first year, Microsoft looks to strengthen the sporting depth of its big green box. Top Spin is Microsoft's first foray into tennis and with no Virtua Tennis in sight, has quite a good chance of being the dominant force on the court next year.
Developed by Power & Magic and set to ship fall 2003, Top Spin will feature some true goodies, things you'd expect from a first-party sports game. But rather than tell you all about it, we asked Matthew Seymour, Program Manager for Microsoft Game Studios and Francois Giuntini, Producer for Power & Magic Development about Top Spin. Expect more detailed information in the coming months, but this initial interview should give your salivary glands a workout.



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This is the first we've heard about a tennis game for Xbox, so how about giving us just an overview of the game. The title, the style of play, and what we can expect from it.
Francois Giuntini: Power & Magic Producer
Depth and realism is the central focus of Top Spin coupled with a big dose of style and attitude. Currently, tennis on the console is missing major elements of realism and being a truly immersive experience. Good "arcade" tennis is fun but it does not let you live the fantasy of being a professional tennis player.

We are tackling the depth and realism in a number of different ways: thousands of motion capture animations from the pros themselves, an expansive shot arsenal, attention to detail for all the environments, interactive 3-D crowds, and an extensive career mode.

The attitude and style in this game comes from within the gameplay itself, not from the music or [user interface], clothes or full motion videos. It's about being able to play how you want, to take risks, push it, and to rub your opponent's face in their own mediocrity as you take risks, build momentum, and pull off one wicked shot after another. Suffer the consequences of your risk-taking or win in a blaze of glory.







Will there be online play and/or downloadable content?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager
To us there absolutely has to be online play because tennis begs to be online with its one-on-one fast action competition and inherent ladder system. Users will be able to get into the action quick with matchmaking or customize through Optimatch. Match play will be very heated and competitive with the existence of our real-time worldwide ladder.

Will we see licensed tennis players or are these all fictional players? And if there are licensed players, can you tell us some of the people in the game?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager
We actually have 16 of the top-ranked men's and women's pros. We will be announcing these stars at a later date. In addition to the 16 licensed pros we will have at least another 32 fictional and unique characters that will have their own "career" agendas, thus defeating rivals will be paramount to making it to the top. On top of all this, the game will feature a robust Player Creator that will allow complete player customization to the point of actually being able to sculpt your player's face! Our hope here is to have such a powerful player editor that no two players will look alike and you'll be able to recognize an online opponent by his or her face rather than his or her gamertag.







What are the modes of play? Will there be any sort of career mode? Give us a little rundown of each.

Francois Giuntini: Power & Magic Producer
At this point in time I can't reveal too much. This game is going to blow the competition away and we don't want to reveal too many secrets too early. In addition to online, there will be five modes of play. There will be both singles and doubles play, tournaments, and customizable play. The Career mode will be the deepest ever created for a tennis game. The user creates a novice player who climbs the ladder of both amateur and professional circuits to reach the pantheon of tennis legends. Improve your skills through training, find coaches to learn special advanced techniques, get sponsored, receive the adoration of the crowd and media to become No. 1 in the world. But you're done not yet... not until you become a legend!

Up until now Microsoft has only had basketball and football games, what brought about the idea to branch out into other sports, and why was tennis picked to lead the new pack?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager]
I feel one of the responsibilities of being a first party publisher is to create and produce your own sports titles that will push the hardware as far as it will go, and as I touched on earlier, tennis is a perfect game to be on Xbox Live. The tennis genre has a lot of room to grow, and games like Virtua Tennis have proven there is quite a big audience out there. We felt that we could create a tennis title that not only surpassed Virtua's feel and fun factor, but could take the tennis genre to new heights with a much more realistic look and a much deeper experience.

What do you think Power & Magic can bring to the game of tennis that other companies cannot?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager
Power & Magic has a lot of experience in creating sports titles but more importantly it's their understanding of the subtleties of tennis, and the desire and know-how to translate them to the console. They are also very experienced using motion capture in sports games and intend to take it a step further with Top Spin.







How will the game play? Will it be arcade or sim? Will we see things like court surface affecting gameplay?

Francois Giuntini: Power & Magic Producer
Top Spin is going to be easy for a novice to pick up and get a rally going but it will require a lot of dedication to master. A bit of a clich?, perhaps, but in addition to a very expansive shot repertoire, what really makes this game different is having to manage both your player's strengths and weaknesses, as no single player will be able to master all the tennis techniques/skills offered in the game nor top off all their stats, so to speak. At some point during your career you may have to decide if you want to become the greatest of clay court champions or if your game is more suited to grass.

It's about maximizing your strengths, covering your weaknesses and being a wholly unique player/character, which we feel is critical for a realistic, immersive and, I think, fresh experience both online and offline.

Like no other console tennis game out there today, Top Spin will have all the different court surfaces (grass, clay, hard court and carpet) and each will affect gameplay, including player movement and ball physics accordingly.







Are there any extras, any really cool things in Top Spin that make it stand out from other tennis games?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager
I'd say at the top is the online element with the worldwide ladder. Next would be an element we are calling being "in the zone" where you take risks and build momentum during the course of play and draw energy and adrenaline from the crowd. Finally, it is the ability to exhibit and control your player's emotions in-between points including pumping your fist, arguing calls, throwing your racquet in disgust, or raising your arms in victory.

What's the one thing you hope to achieve with Top Spin?

Francois Giuntini: Power & Magic Producer
We want to offer a tennis game on Xbox that not only appeals to a broad audience but is so deep and immersive that it allows one to realize the dream of becoming a professional tennis player without ever leaving one's living room.

What's been the toughest thing in developing Top Spin for Xbox?

Matthew Seymour: MGS Program Manager
Ensuring it will be the best tennis game ever created on any platform.

gorecki
Sep 28th, 2003, 05:48 PM
Oct 28th...

Serendy Willick
Sep 28th, 2003, 08:53 PM
http://www.xbox.com/media/games/doaebvolleyball/sim-doaebvolleyball-0001.jpg

when will they make a tennis game with the visual definitions of a game like this?!? ;)

OMG I looooooooooove that Game! :bounce:

pReUrBrIyN
Oct 15th, 2003, 12:04 AM
What game is it?

crazillo
Dec 6th, 2003, 09:23 PM
What game is it?


i am, not sure. it could be outlaw volleyball.....

page_master2
Dec 6th, 2003, 10:10 PM
It's Top Spin for X-box.
I am starting a league on this site, for those who have X-box, X-box live and Top Spin ofcourse. click here if you have the right stuff and want to join. (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=95625)