Top Spin 2
Tennis sticks are one of those items most people own, but very rarely use except for brief moments when they remember they have it (which usually involves swinging it around the room saying "Ooh, I forgot I had this," before putting it back in the cupboard). It's a similar story with tennis games; you buy them because it fills a gap in thecollection rather than having any real desire to play it The thing with tennis (the real thing, I mean), is that it's a game of quick-fire strategy, where the play of the ball always outshines any kind of finesse, and where the glory always falls in outwitting your opponent.
Few games can capture that kind of intensity in any sport, but I'd say the makers of Top Spin 2 have had a damn good try. Not only is the game accessible, it has a couple of novel game-modes to kick back with and offers a pretty exhausting career mode too. It's also quite technical, but it reveals itself in layers, a bit like Pro Evo.
However, like the real thing, Virtua Tennis and Pro Evo, there isnt much point unless you're going to play against another person - and therein lies the problem. Top Spin 2 is a PC port of a 360 game, hence all the Top Spinners are elsewhere, while your PC brethren are playing WOW. More fool them, perhaps, but that's tennis for you. Back in the cupboard it goes then.
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Deeper selection of shot types. Check. Player animations as smooth as the original's. Check. All-new mixed-double matches. Check. Next-gen graphics. Ch...err, I don't think so. That's not to say visuals mean everything, but on XB360 was hoping that the game's tennis pros would look slightly less like zombies.