Top Spin 4 Freezing on the Ball Toss

Top Spin 4 freezes your Xbox 360 on the Ball Toss

Here is something that worked for me. If you are unable to connect to the Top Spin 4 servers or your Xbox 360 console freezes as your player tosses the ball up to serve.

From within your Xbox 360 console, go to your system preferences and write down the IP address of your Xbox 360 console. Next log into your router and add your consoles IP address to the DMZ section of your router. If your router does not have a DMZ section, add the IP address to the virtual servers area with the following ports.

Xbox Live requires the following ports to be open:

  • Port 88 (UDP)
  • Port 3074 (UDP and TCP)
  • Port 53 (UDP and TCP)
  • Port 80 (TCP)

This may not fix the fact that we are unable to connect to the Top Spin 4 servers. However, we can still play the game, just not having the Top Spin 4 servers to connect to just takes that smooth connection away. So to avoid freezing take a little more time between serving to help avoid lagging and ultimately freezing.

Even if you still have the freezing, because you added the XBL ports you will notice your console now connects to any game with an Open NAT, meaning you will now be more visible for future matchmaking. Try it with Call of Duty.


Top Spin 4 – World Tour, Gah!

So I’ve been playing Top Spin 4 in World Tour for the last hour. So far only 1 out of the 9 players I connected to had a regular setup / coach. The others all had Inside Out Master / Diesel Hard Hitter or Serve Stick Berserk / Focus Service, or another player with 85+ on power.

I’m all for power, but lets keep it realistic. Top Spin 4 really needs to fix this in Top Spin 5. If XBL or Top Spin 4 had a better match making system then maybe we would get matched up with a player that has a better connection as well as someone who is really your skill level.


After Playing World Tour…

Here’s the thing about playing World Tour in Top Spin 4. Unless you are one of the best players in the world, there is no way to really compete, unless of course you play with a stacked player. This is because no one wants to lose, end of story. When you do lose you have to deal with the winner talking smack that he beat your ass, lol. It’s usually some 13 year old from another country. It happens to me now and then. I’ll play a someone who is using Stick Serve Berzerk / Focus Service and I’ll play with my weak but very fast Diesel Return / Low Volley Specialist with 65 fh / bh and 60 power. While it will be a close game, my low power and fh/bh is usually no match for Stick Serve Berzerk / Focus Service. I will end up losing a close match and my opponent will talk smack at the end.

What’s even more frustrating is when you play someone who you know is very good who may happen to play in ITST, yet they are still using Stick Serve Berzerk / Focus Service or similar. I don’t get that. Then again, maybe they are thinking, since all the noobs are doing it I’ll do it too. The way I prefer to think is to set a trend of World Tour SIM players and forget the stacked power players.

My point is, personally I hate playing with these ridiculous stacked players or against them. I hate the movement and they are completely unrealistic to the game of tennis and I have no choice but to get my ass beat 6 out of 10 times I play these guys. It’s when I play with a stacked setup that I am able to hold my own and usually win… for me, this is boring and not what I call real tennis, yeah, winning is awesome, but at the end of the day, it’s a cheap win.

Top Spin 4 – World Tour Is Broken

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Top Spin 4 – Match Making

This area of the game suffered in the past versions of Top Spin and continues to suffer in Top Spin 4. I’m no game developer, but I have been playing games for most of my life (44 years old), so I do understand games and that this must be difficult toachieve.

So as Match Making goes, here is an example of my frustration with World Tour. I use a player that has an average of 65 across the board (a typical SIM player) with service being the only strong point at 88 and a grade of 2. I use this player prettyconsistently, win or lose. On this particular day, the lobby had 8 players waiting for matches to start. As I waited I checked other player stats as usual. Most players had above 85 power, the rest with “Monster Defense / Instant Rocket, Top Spin Invasion / Monster Defense, Crushing Passing Shot / Instant Rocket, Stick Serve Berzerk/ Focus Service, Inside Out Master / Diesel Hard Hitter” etc.Based on Top Spin 4’s Match Making system, my SIM player with Diesel Returner / Low Volley Specialist was lucky enough to get matched up withInside Out Master / Diesel Hard Hitter w/100 power. We start the match and I quit. The guy messages me and calls me a fu*king assh*le for quitting early. My reply was, I’m sorry, but I’m a sim player with 65 overall average, you have 100 on power, nocomparison, you would kill me 3-0, no fun for me, and I’m sure anyone else you play who doesn’t have your stats or similar. So don’t cry when players quit. His reply was, fu*kn assh*le, yadda yadda..

So there is part of myfrustration with this game.

Top Spin 4 – What a Shame..

Xbox Tennis - New Post Top Spin 4 – What a Shame..? It’s a shame after a few weeks of playing Top Spin 4 on World Tour with a SIM setup that I realize the only way to get some significant wins under my belt is to not play with a SIM setup.

Like I mentioned in my previous posts, the SIM setup I used for these few weeks I was only able to reach grade 14. That’s not too bad, but not too good either. Not when you compare yourself to the grades other players are getting. Keep in mind, they are using much stronger setups.

It gets frustrating trying to get wins off players who use these powerful setups like, stick server berserk / focus serve or 100 power. A strong baseline setup in this game is very hard if not impossible to beat. Does that mean you need to use it, absolutely not. Why, because it makes you look like every other insecure player in Top Spin 4 who is too chicken to play with a real SIM setup because they can’t take it when they lose. I say get over it.

My suggestion, if you enjoy the SIM slower style game play and you like to play World Tour, when you get connected to a top player who’s insecurity forces him to use 100 pwr, quit the match. That’s all, just quit! So what he gets the win and his grade goes up, what do you care. Otherwise you will just end up wasting your time again and get blown out by someone hitting the lines every time he serves and rallies because he or she has 80+ on forehand / backhand and 85+ on pwr.

It doesn’t matter how many times you lose as a SIM player, I love my SIM setups and will continue to use them because it gives me that realistic tennis feel that i’m looking for in this game (a realistic tennis game) I will beat who I can beat and not sweat it when I lose to a beefcake.

Remember, there is nothing we can do about it anyway. Half them players don’t even speak your language, so why bother fighting it. Besides, when you do get that win against a high ranked player who is using 100 power, it’s all worth it. 🙂