“ Manufacturer: Rockstar / Genre: Sports / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Output Signal Supported: 720p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Online: Online Gaming Support / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Memory Support: With Memory Support / Max. Number Of Players: 2 „
A bargain is to many, worth buying when one perceives value from something offered at a particular price, so when "Rockstar presents Table Tennis" was available at 98p (yes less than £1) in Gamestation amongst their pre-owned titles, it was a certain bargain. Made by the folks behind the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt titles, it was almost certainly going to be well made, though it was a completely new idea from a company well known for their controversial games. No killing, no crime and no blood, may sound a little bit wrong when you hear that it's "Rockstar" who make it, though what you won't be surprised about is how fantastic it is.
The gamble, as the title may give away, is a sports game based around the simple to understand, though very difficult (in real life) to play, game of table tennis. Selecting one of the games characters you quickly pick up the very easy and simple controls that make the game very playable and a perfect "pick up and play game" with no need to a tutorial mode as the game eases you into not only playing but enjoying it. Of course with it being table tennis it's nothing particularly glitzy and wonderful to look at though this merely adds to the appeal of the simplicity of it all as you play either the computer, your friends or people on Xbox live at the game that's just so simple. Despite some other sports titles which depend main on using thumb gymnastics around the control this depends solely on the reactions and skills of the players as they keep the rallies going until they win the point, as in a real game of table tennis.
For some the game won't have the excitement or the speed and destruction or the well known licenses that they may be wishing for in a game, be it an action game or a sports game (ala Madden's licensed players and teams) but it's charming, playable and fun, something that so few games are in today's society. With a selection of several playable characters and a host of unlockables to keep you playing over and over the game has plenty of life in it as a single player game, as well as being one that your friends will happily try.
However the game isn't "perfect" it lacks some aspects that would have been nice such as an in depth career mode that similar games such as "Topspin 3" (the Tennis game) have where you create a character of your own and take them to the top of the world or a 4-player mode (as opposed to just 1v1 matches). Though when you consider that for the price of 2 chocolate bars, or a cheap McDonalds burger you've got several hours of entertainment, then it's hard to really fault the game which is about the best value for money you will find in an Xbox 360 game. Combining an unusual concept with simple controls and an addictive appeal means that this will be the best 98p you will ever spend on a video game.
I bought this game Pre Owned from Gamestation for £7.99 because it was cheap & at the time I didn't have many Xbox Games.
It's pretty self explanatory what this game is. Table Tennis for one or two players. It doesn't sound much but actually it's a very intuitive & entertaining video game.
You play the game by moving your player from side to side & selecting which shot you want to play by a differnent button. It's very easy. Right makes the ball spin to that side. Left makes it spin that way. Before you know it you'll be pushing your opponent all over the table. Also the longer you hold down the button, the harder you hit the ball & the joypad starts to vibrate harder as you hold the shot button down longer.
There are different players. All with different strengths & weaknesses. Some are better at power & worse at spin. Some are good all rounders. You are probably best picking someone who has your worst point as their strongest.
2 player is very good. It doesn't seem to suffer from any slow down. All I will say is that if one player is well practised & the other isn't, the new player will get hammered!
I haven't played the game online because I refuse to pay to do so when Sony & Nintendo don't charge for their online play (cue loads of comments from the X-Box fanboys sticking up for it). Come on Microsoft. Stop being so tight.
Considering it's price, this game is really good value for money & can keep you entertained for hours. Even better for people who like sports games. Great Game
I decide to buy this game when it was really cheap because I really wasn't expecting that much but I think I was proved wrong.
This is definitely the best table tennis game I have ever played as the graphics are great and the control system is fantastic.
The game allows you to have great control over the ball as you can do many different types of shots such as lobbing, normal, right spin, left spin, etc. Therefore during the game it is important to play the right shot at the right time. Also if you want to increase the power in the shot just hold down the A button earlier than normal. I think the control system is great as it gives you many options.
In single player mode you get to choose from only a few characters as you have to play the game in order to unlock the rest. You start off with an easy tournament but as you go along the tournaments become more difficult so you the game really tests your ability. it is enjoyable but can become really hard towards the end and I still haven't completed it so you can get a lot of game time out of this game.
Multiplayer is just as good because it allows you to go online and compete against other table tennis players acroos the globe. Some people will play differently to others so again it is important to choose the correct type of shot.
Overall a great entertaining table tennis game and the best one to date.
Reading some other reviews, I was almost swayed into voting this four stars but my common sense prevailed and I cannot give it higher than three stars. It is true that the graphics are very good, but at the end of the day that's not that I'm interested in, in this type of game. I found the gameplay to be lacking something- although I think the use of the two analogue sticks works surprisingly well.
I must also admit to finding this game too hard. Perhaps I did not have the patience required as mentioned in other reviews, but I found that there seemed to be sudden leaps in difficulty- in a tournament I would win whilst conceding only a few points and then lose in the same manner against my next opponent.
I also found that the one player was better than the two player, because the camera angle puts whoever is at the opposite side at a disadvantage in my opinion. Also it feels too quiet when you play two player, which generally reflects the lack of atmosphere in the game.
I was suspicious of the game when I first saw it on the shelves on the high street, so thought I would check out a few reviews on Amazon. To my astonishment, the table tennis game actually had top reviews, which made the decision for me, I was going to give this game a shot.
The reviews were right! This game has an addictive gameplay, making you think about which shots you are going to play, what spin you are going to put on your shot and where you are going to position your player. The game has various modes, including exhibition and tournament modes. The multiplayer mode was however, a little bit disappointing. I could not find a game to play, and was only able to access other peoples games (maybe I was doing something wrong!).
All in all, this game is a bit different, and great for anybody up for a challenge.
It's a great game to play with your mates, as for the single player, it was a little dissapointing. There are around 8 players you can unlock and then chose from, a couple of kits to unlock for each player and a few stadiums can also be unlocked.
The game take a lot of time and patience, requiring a good amount of skill towards the end learning how to counter spin the ball. There are some great training modes which help you develop these skills, essential for playing online.
The single player campaign can get a little repatative, and once you've unlocked everything, there's not much point in playing it anymore.
As for the mutliplayer, you find that there is a various range of skills which the system automatically assigns you against an equal skill. You can have some fantastic rallies with your mates whereas I tend to get stuffed online (don't play it enough). The characters have great facial featres and their reactions are comical at times.
Overall it's a good game to play whilst drunk or bored, but I tend to stick to the more addicitve games which feel a little more rewarding such as Call of Duty 4.
Rock star Table Tennis is a table tennis simulator for the Microsoft Xbox360 console.
In this game there is no story, simply up the option to play table tennis, you have a selection of characters to pick from all of these play slightly differently but all are similar enough to pick up and play with straight away.
The game is basically a glamorous 3 D version of the videogame classic pong though this version is very good looking and showcases an early version of the advanced game engine which is used in the excellent Grand Theft Auto 4.
You can take this game online and play against your friends, but apart from that there is not too much to do. After a few plays this game gets pretty old.
You can buy this game for around £10.00 which makes it a reasonable buy if you are really into the sport of table tennis.
this is definitely a budget game and one of the first games i got with my xbox 360. I really liked the graphics, you can see all the charcters weating, you can see their emotions, their anger when they lose and their happiness when they win.
I really liked the gameplay because it is very simple to play and even though im really terrible at table tennis in real life, i must say i am really good in this! lol You can do left spins, right spins and lobs and also do slow motion moves to try to catch your opponent out. It really does get amazing when you do a rally, as all the screen goes dark and the music gets louder and more exhilirating.
Overall, i feel that this game is an extremely good game to play if you just want fun, you can play with your friends online and also paly people around the world. But its very difficult to actually win tournament or mathces and is therefore hard to unlock most of the achievemnts due to this. But a good game overall!
A very fun game to play, i know this game was expensive when it was first released but now its can normally be picked up second hand for about £6-15 or new from £15 - 20. This game is very addictive, the idea that a table tennis game is fun could be seen as ludicrus but this game proves that it can be done. There are about 8 playable characters pepresenting different countries in the world, each character has their own way of serving and their own individual play style. The game is very repettative at times but achievements are unlocked throught making this a worthwile game to play.
the xbox live feature of the games means you are able to play with your friends online. Again with the online side of the game achievements are unlocked throught.
overall i think this is a very good game which can be picked up pretty cheaply nowdays
Table Tennis was one of the first real next-gen games. Using the full power of the 360 to create one of the most realistic and enthralling sports games ever.
It focuses around the single player aspect rather than multiplayer mode, however I have played against my brother over live and it is brilliant fun.
I cant really stress how fantastic the physics of this game are, the way the ball reacts and the player movements are incredible. Graphics are also extremely realistic.
One of its biggest selling points is the playability, its fairly easy to play once you start to get used to the spin etc. but it is amazingly progressive, the space for improvement is outstanding, it really does grow with you.
There is a bit of a lack of options and game variation, but for under £15 you cant a game of this quality for less.
I would reccomend all 360 owners to buy this game, definately one of those must haves for your collection.
When i first heard a table tennis game was headed for the 360 i wasn't interested at all. When heard rockstar were doing it i became a little more intrigued. Rockstar are most well known for the Grand Theft Auto series. This game couldnt be any more different.
I bought it all the same as it was budget title so fairly cheap.
The first thing i noticed was that the graphics are simply incredible. The best of its time. The player movements are simply sensational. From facial expressions, to the way their shirts waft as they take their shots. Or the shadow of the ball as it flies accross the table. The graphics are great, especially for a table tennis game.
The gameplay is also actually suprisingly good. Its more complex and in depth than you first think. Each coloured face button controls a different type of spin. Top spin, backspin, left spin and right spin. You have to choose your spin and also plae your shot, different spin for different cirmumstances, for example counter spin on an opponents shot. Its fairly addictive The best part is when a rally can last hundreds of shots which becomes really intense as the lights dumb down and the play speeds up to a ridiculous degree. It can be really fun.
As for lifespan im not so sure. There is plenty to master to keep you keen, but i found once i completed the tournaments the only thing that kept me coming back was xbox live. Which is good playing 1v1 or in tournaments accross the net gives you a feeling of achivement. However lag can be patchy at best and i feel its more fun playing 1v1 local on one xbox.
So all in all a great table tennis game, but theres only so far table tennis can go.
A Rockstar game without blood, guns, hookers and F-Words may seem like a Duke Nukem game without Duke Nukem in the game. Table Tennis is a game that does absolutely nothing to offend people. There's no swearing as the players insult each other, there's no pong balls ripping through people's heads and there's no strippers keeping count of the score while trying to make love to you. It's that clean. That said, Rockstar's talent for making videogames hasn't gone in the process, as Table Tennis is an accessible, yet deep for those who dig, stunning game that really is best in multiplayer. It's just a shame it's sparse on modes.
The game controls well. You move around the court with the left analog stick and either do spins with the face buttons or the right analog stick. You should probably use the face buttons because the right analog stick is kind of clunky. You can change the camera by pressing the select button, though the default camera is fine so you probably won't. If you hold the left bumper while hitting a spin you can perform a soft shot and if you hold the right bumper you can perform a focus shot, if you have focus that is. If you don't have the options set so they automatically turn it on, you can activate full focus by pressing the left or right trigger. The controls are responsive and easy to learn. The character moves fluidly, so the game feels smooth.
The gameplay in Table Tennis is fantastic. The game rules stick very closely to actual Table Tennis, where you must hit the ball so that the opponent misses it. You can't just hit it where ever you want; as the ball must touch the opponent's side of the table otherwise it will be out. If the ball hits the net, it will be a fault. If you're out or get a fault the opponent gets a point. At the beginning of each round, either you or the opponent serves. To serve, you press one of the hitting buttons, and then hold a hit button down. As soon as you let go then you'll serve. The cool thing about serving is that you can serve as hard as you want, meaning if you want to hit hard you should try and get into the green area, but if you want it to be soft then you should aim for the red/orange area, though don't go too low otherwise it will be out.
While hitting the ball, you'll notice that the game has a faint colour around it. If you pay more attention, you'll notice they represent the colours of the X, Y, B and A buttons. These represent the types of hits you or the opponent have just done. If you hit back with the same type of hit, then the hit back will be better. The four types of hits are Top Spin, Left Spin, Right Spin and Back Spin. You can also combine shots, for example you can mix the speed of a top spin shot with the curve of a left or right spin shot. But the coolest thing in Table Tennis is how the game uses the force feedback feature of the 360 controller. If you are getting close to an out, the control will start to vibrate, meaning you should aim away from where you are. If you're going to be out, the control will start to really vibrate. This means you can have a tactical advantage, as if you are going to be out, you can quickly aim away.
There are only two single player modes in Table Tennis. The first is the tournament mode, where you can participate in one of four tournaments to earn a medal. The first of the four is relatively easy, but as you go into the higher tourneys then the game can be actually quite challenging. Each tourney will have a set of matches in different locations. For example, in the second tournament there are three matches in two different locations, which does mean double work. Some tourneys can feel like they last forever, as you have to do eleven winning shots for two rounds, and having to do lots of matches can feel like they're taking forever. The other mode is a standard exhibition match where you can choose the characters playing and where you will play. Both modes succeed thanks to the great A.I. on offer, particularly in the harder tourneys. If you keep using the same technique to beat them, they'll get wise and stop you from doing that. There are some dumb moments though, like when the ball is right next to their paddle but they miss.
There are eleven characters available in Table Tennis, even if there's only three available at the beginning. Each character is different because of a number of things. They are all from different countries, like Egypt or USA. But they are also different because each of them are rated on Statistics. Each character is rated on four things-accuracy, power, serve and spin. Each character has different stats, for example Jesper has immense power, but a rubbish serve and is lacking in spin and accuracy. Liu Ping is an all around player with mostly even stats. Solayman has a good serve and is quite powerful, but isn't very accurate and doesn't have a good spin. You get the point-everyone is different. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and in single player you must take advantage of these things.
Each character also has a set of unlockables. You can unlock five alternate outfits and one or two arenas. How to unlock them is a bit of a mystery, as if just gives you clues on what you could do to unlock them. While you can look at achievements to see how to unlock characters, the rest of them you'll have to discover for yourself. You can unlock things by playing in both the tournament mode and the exhibition mode. You'll have to do certain things like, say, win by using a soft shot or make a comeback after being down by a number of points. There are lots of different ways to unlock things, so if you can't unlock a character by winning the hardest tournament, you can always win a number of matches against the CPU. It's this accessibility that means anyone can play, yet if you want to go harder then you can.
There is also multiplayer, which can be done with either split-screen for two players or Xbox Live for up to eight people. When I say eight people, it only means that eight people can enter a tournament, as eight people can't play at once. Split-screen plays like a normal one-on-one match, but the camera changes so both people can watch the ball. Online play lets you compete in ranked or unranked matches in either standard play or eight player tournaments. You can also watch other people play, but there are only two reasons you'd do that. One, you can find people to play with online and two you want the achievement for watching your first match. It's not exactly fun watching a match drag on forever. There's also leaderboards so that you can track your progress. The online play is mostly stable, but whether you're online or offline, the multiplayer is great thanks to the fact that anyone can play. It's great for parties, as it can be picked up and played, and it can be as deep as you want it to be.
The game is rated 3+, which means there's no violence, language, sex or drug references or really anything that would offend. That might be a surprise considering Rockstar are one of the most controversial developers in gaming, but it's true. It's also great for youngers considering that it's very accessible. But older players who want depth will find it here too as they change how they play and other things and go out to unlock everything.
The graphics in Table Tennis are great, which is mostly due to the absolutely incredible character models. They are beautiful; in fact, I would say they are CG quality. Their clothes sway as the characters move, their eyes shine in the light and sweat glistens the skin and eventually seeps through the character's shirts. The characters also move incredibly fluidly, as animation is smooth throughout. Also, other details like how different characters hold their paddles differently really make the characters look incredible. Obviously, not everything in the game is going to have the same level of detail as the characters, but the rest of the game looks good. Environments look a little sparse as all you see is the two players, a table, a ball and the background. While the background is nicely detailed, the crowd isn't in view of the camera, and the only time you'll see them is in the very brief cutscenes during gameplay. But, the frame rate stays smooth throughout, which is what really matters.
The sound in Table Tennis is great. What really does stand out are the sounds the crowd will make. It actually changes depending on what character you are, as depending on what country you're from they will actually start to chant your national anthem. Other effects like when they start stamping their feet on the grandstands and when they chant and boo really do make the experience seem real. The other effects are good too, as the sounds of hitting a ping pong ball sound like, well, hitting a ping pong ball. The sounds of it bouncing off the table are spot on and when you hitting harder or softer the sound will change. It's just a shame everything else is forgettable. There's some voice clips after you've won or won/lost a tiring round, but these are both repetitive and unmemorable, as you mostly can't hear what they're saying. Also, some really lousy techno music plagues the menu and will pop in during gameplay when the rally number is increasing. It's out of place and isn't actually good in its own right. But the effects are so good all this doesn't really matter.
-(The Replay Value)-
Unfortunately, the game is relatively sparse on modes. Forget about a create-a-character mode, a doubles mode or even an actual career mode. The lack of these things is rather annoying, as playing in a career mode would have been awesome, as well being able to play doubles online or show off your created character online. That said, what's there will last you. The four tournaments will take your about ten hours to finish, depending on your skill level. There are lots of unlockables though, and finding out what unlocks these can be a challenge. Top that with Xbox Live play that still has plenty of competition online and you'll be spending a good twenty hours with Table Tennis. And on top of that, the game is actually one of the cheapest Xbox 360 games on the market, as the most expensive is £24.99, and the cheapest can be around £10. That said, if you don't have Xbox Live that could cut your gameplay time in half. The achievements consist of unlocking characters, unlocking every item in the game, winning tourney, getting winning streaks online and playing for a number of hours online or offline. They push you to get better, which is really great.
-(The Ending Comments)-
Table Tennis is one of the 360s best sports games, and there are plenty on the system. While it might be sparse on play options, there are so many items to unlock, as well as Xbox Live play to keep you busy, that you won't be done with this quickly. The game is so intense that some games may leave your hands shaking, and the fact that you can quickly jump into the game and have it be as deep as you want it to be means it's really accessible. On top of that, the graphics are phenomenal-character models don't get much better than this, and the sound is great with cool crowd sounds. You may want to skip it if you don't have online play, but anyone else should definitely give this a try, if only to get for parties and nights after you've been to the pub.
-(The Extra Info)-
This was published by Rockstar games and developed by Rockstar San Diego.
This was released on May 26th, 2006 and is also on Wii.
This is available from Amazon for £12.97
Thanks for reading. Stunt 101
Developed by Rockstar San Diego, Table Tennis harnesses the true horsepower of the Xbox 360, with an advanced game engine designed specifically for the next generation console technology. Table Tennis is a visually stunning title that utilizes the full capabilities of the Xbox 360 to deliver authentic physics and intuitive gameplay that mirrors the competition and ferocity found in a live table tennis match.