Video game test – Top Spin 2K25

THE PITCH

We left the series in 2011 with the excellent Top spin 4. The wait was long, but now the reference title when we talk about tennis on console returns with Top Spin 2K25. Still under the aegis of the American publisher 2K Sports, this new opus offers the perfect mix between the demands and realism of simulation and the fun of the arcade.

Several game modes are available to players, from the classic exhibition to Mister John McEnroe himself’s Top Spin Academy, obviously with a career mode and fun online with players from all over the world. Let’s take a look at what makes Top Spin 2K25 a success.

What would a game of tennis be without the presence of the king of the discipline, the great Roger Federer!
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THE GOOD POINTS

In any sports simulation, if you mess up the gameplay, it’s crippling. For Top Spin 2K25, it’s quite the opposite, the gameplay is the main strong point of the title. If at the beginning the neophyte player may seem lost with this gauge at the player level which indicates both the power and the precision of the shot, all you have to do is take a trip to the essential Top Spin Academy to master the basics, and more.

After having created your player with advanced customization elements, you can then launch your career and there, the magic happens. We start slowly, with training, special events and finally tournaments.

As you progress, you perfectly feel this sensation of becoming stronger little by little, like an RPG. After around ten matches, we begin to know how to position ourselves in relation to the ball, and how to manage this famous gauge. Once you understand, the game becomes enjoyable.

Don’t miss the Top Spin academy, which explains the basics of the game under the leadership of John McEnroe.
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Unlike its roster of characters that is really too limited (we’ll come back to that), Top Spin 2K25 offers us the opportunity to evolve throughout the tennis world. The real tournaments are there, from the small 250s to the nine Master 1000s, without forgetting the prestigious Grand Slam tournaments.

Everything is very faithful, right down to the language used by the line or chair judges. Career mode takes us traveling around the world while playing with our frustration with an endurance system. Beware of injury if you don’t rest!

CAN DO BETTER

Certainly, Top Spin 2K25 is not the official game of the ATP and WTA, the men’s and women’s tennis leagues, but we expect a slightly better roster of characters. So yes he has the legends, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and André Agassi. But among the players still active on the circuit, it is very light. No Nadal, no Djokovic, and above all no French player. Conversely, the Americans are over-represented (Fritz, Tiafoe and Shelton), logical for a game published by a studio from across the Atlantic but disappointing for European fans.

The roster of players on the circuit is somewhat limited, even if world number 1 Iga Swiatek is present.

The roster of players on the circuit is somewhat limited, even if world number 1 Iga Swiatek is present.
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Another small negative point is the lack of game modes. The career is certainly very dynamic, it does not have an unlimited lifespan. Perhaps the addition of one or more modes that were a little more fun would have been interesting and would have allowed players to stay with the controller in their hands a little longer.

THE VERDICT

The wait was way too long, but it was worth it! Top Spin 2K25 is truly THE simulation that was missing from one of the most popular sports in the world. The handling is pleasant and we take great pleasure in becoming stronger as the matches progress. All this thanks to superb gameplay and breathtaking realism that really gives the impression of playing tennis, for real!

The only downside is a limited number of existing players and a somewhat short career mode. But the possibility of competing online with gamers from all over the world with our avatar is the opportunity to be able to hit the ball for a very long time.

Top Spin 2K25

> Developed and published by 2K Sports

> Pegi 3

> PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series

> €69

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