Publisher Microsoft Game Studios | Developer PAM Development | Format Xbox | Release 2003
The Top Spin series underwent various makeovers across its eight-year history to the point of its 2011 – and final – guise being for the most part unrecognisable from the game that started it all. In retrospect TopSpin3 (Xbox 360, 2008) was the pick of the bunch, but it’s the original which makes our list, in appreciation of it paving the way. Microsoft Game Studios went down the authenticity route, with a serving model that balanced pace and accuracy, and range of shots that felt grounded in reality. Like cover star Pete Sampras, it oozed excellence.