Rock Star’s Table Tennis: More Than Just Ping-Pong

Posted on 7th February 2008 by admin in Game Reviews

Though it’s easy to dismiss a table tennis game as just an updated version of Pong, Rock Star’s Table Tennis should easily and quickly silence the skeptics. This high-speed game, now available for the Wii, is easy for beginners to pick up, but takes more than a little while to truly master.

Rockstar Presents Table Tennis

Rockstar Games 2007, Video Game, $22.99

There are four different types of shots in this game which are each triggered by swinging differently with the Wii remote or maneuvering with the d-pad - though you can choose to include the nunchuk and position the ball and your swing with the analog stick. It is certainly more interactive to simply set the nunchuk aside, but it’s really a matter of preference.

While that may sound simplistic, the truth is that the serve meter is what makes this a more complex experience - you can use this meter to determine whether you want to serve a full-spin shot to your opponent, or if you’re going to fake him out with a weak spinning serve. Of course, as you progress through the game, you’ll learn different combination moves and how to work your opponent’s shots to your own advantage.

The downside to Table Tennis is that you’re stuck in singles mode, as no doubles features was integrated into the game. There also isn’t a career mode to play through, and instead players are stuck with tournament rounds for the duration of the game – however, while it may reduce the re-playability for a solo gamer, the tournament rounds are designed to fill that spot.

Although the Wii version of Table Tennis lacks the graphical awe that the Xbox 360 version did – it was lauded highly for its groundbreaking character models and stellar appearance – and doesn’t have online support, playing the game on either console is worth the budget price that this title carries. Grab a friend and start playing – you’ll be surprised how much you actually enjoy the sport.

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