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TopSpin 2K25 Review

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TopSpin 2K25 Review

The Sports Video Game genre is one of the top genres in Gaming providing players with a resemblance to their favorite characters and the sport. FIFA and NBA are the two biggest examples of how big the community is as both games can be enjoyed competitively and casually. However, not all sports video games do a great job of providing addictive gameplay for sports that aren’t as big as Football or Basketball.

Well, 2K Games brings back their TopSpin Franchise after 13 years to provide players with smooth and responsive gameplay of Tennis sport. As Tennis isn’t that popular in the video games scene, the new TopSpin 2K25 might hit the sweet spot for the players who love the sport. TopSpin 2K25 is developed by Hangar 13, famous for its Action-Adventure Mafia series.

Gameplay

The gameplay of TopSpin 2K25 revolves around the court and swinging the Tennis Racket to hit the ball in various ways. Instead of simply just pressing the button to serve the ball or hit an incoming ball, the game actually does a great of providing versatility in various actions for hitting the ball. All the different shots are mapped individually and each one offers its respective counter to a shot against the opponent allowing you to mix and match the shots throughout the match.

You can hit the ball straight lightly or even with a hard straight shot by holding the respective button and releasing it at the perfect time. Do a curve slice on the ball or start doing light attacks to make your opponents run to deplete their stamina quickly, it is all on you. Additionally, while choosing to make the next shot, this whole system is based on a timing system. Whenever it is your turn, you will see a bar on your character with a small green portion at the end. The green portion is for the perfect shot allowing your character to hit the ball with a perfect shot at the directed spot with an increased percentage of securing a point.

However, hitting every shot at the perfect time is not required to connect the shot but swinging too early can cost you a point. Using your actions with the timing system will allow you to make both light and heavy shots so consider your strategy as soon as the round begins to tackle your opponent.

When it comes to the content, the game only lets you play one-on-one or two-on-two matches in quick play and there are only two main Modes available in TopSpin 2K25: MyCareer and 2K Tour. MyCareer is a single-player rising star approach similar to the WWE MyRise mode. However, it doesn’t contain much variety and storyline compared to WWE MyRise. As you create your character, you will begin competing in local matches and work your way up to become an up-and-coming pro to challenge the top players in Tennis at Major Stages like Wimbledon, Roland-Garros, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

The game does a great job of providing you with tutorials to teach you all the basics and put in several mini-games for you to master your shots which help you greatly in the matches. Although, the matches are very much the same and once you master the shots, it becomes very easy to become a champion at every single title you hit. However, playing matches for too long can lead to an injury for your character which can make the match difficult for you and require you to rest until you are fit again.

The addition of attributes for the character is also a great feature allowing you to build your character in a certain manner to outplay the opponents that cannot hit back with your playstyle. However, you can only level up your character to Level 30 meaning there isn’t everything that you can outsmart with your character, and adds some kind of replayability but not as much intriguing.  

The 2K Tour is a multiplayer mode in TopSpin 2K25 where you can match against other players and climb the rank. However, it is restricted to only one-on-one allowing players to play alone. Having your friend in a competitive match can always bring more fun and strategy on the court but unfortunately, that isn’t the case in the 2K Tour.

Moreover, you cannot play with your friends online in a friendly match which is also a big disappointment but you sure can play on a couch with up to four players and select the characters from the great 25 Tennis players and legends roster.

Sound and Visuals

The sound and visual designs of the game are good and add some sort of realism to the playstyle, especially the narration by tennis legend John McEnroe. However, there aren’t many unique voiceovers for every match you play so it does get a bit repetitive.

Moreover, the model design of all the characters is impressive but there aren’t many expressions on the faces of the characters whether they win or lose, and you even get the trophies in the same manner throughout the playthrough.

Verdict – Score 7/10

TopSpin 2K25 is a decent Tennis sports video game that can be enjoyed casually with your friends at home. The gameplay mechanics are super smooth and responsive allowing you to play every match according to your opponent’s capability. However, the inability to play with your friends online is a big let-down, and the lack of content and replayability in MyCareer also lowers the interest in doing a second playthrough on your personal character.

TopSpin 2K25 is now available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, XBOX Series X|S, and XBOX One.

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