Rockstar is synomonous for games like
Grandtheft Auto or one of their recent admissions Warrior, and
when I first heard that they were releasing a game about table
tennis, I was actually a little bemused but upon further
investigation and like the Midas touch, this game was going to be
For those uninitiated with the Olympic sport,
table tennis is a game that resembles tennis but is played on a
table with paddles and a light hollow ball. Sometimes know as
ping-pong, it is the second most played sport in the world and what
better gaming platform to release this game than the powerful XBox
Fortunately if you are still confused as to what
on earth table tennis is about, the title offers gamers a very
in-depth training mode that explains the basics behind the sport and
how the player can master a variety of different maneuvers that
include a variety of topspins, backhands and smash hits that are
also nicely mapped out on the cordless XBox 360 controller.
With that said, the training mode also teaches
gamers the differences between serves & smashes and teaches the
player how to master the power meter in the title which is the key
to winning your matches. Needlessly to say, the basics of the game
may be mastered in around 10 minutes but to truly master this title,
you may need a few days to learn the subtleties of the Rockstar
Games Presents Table Tennis, especially the art of timing.
As with all Rockstar games, the developers have
taken the opportunity to truly immerse the player into the world of
table tennis by creating 11 uniquely detailed characters that each
have their own strengths and weaknesses. Once your character has
been selected, it's ready to play ping-pong... err... table tennis
as ping pong is a registered trademark. With that said, the female
characters are a little easier to control and play against as their
shots are not nearly as powerful as the male characters in the game.
As mentioned earlier, the game is quite easy to
pick up but it will take most gamers a little time to fully master
this title. Besides all the various different shots your characters
can make, the developers have added a nifty little feature into the
title that basically uses your controllers vibration function to
give the gamer a sense of how strong the shot is going to be.
For instance, by holding the button down for a
little while, you will experience a mild vibration that will
definitely hit the ball onto your opponents court but as the
vibrations become harder, it becomes a little more tricky to keep
the ball on the table as this is a smash shot. The player can also
perform drop shots by using the left shoulder button that is a very
entertaining shot when playing against human opponents.
Graphically, Rockstar's Table Tennis is a visual
treat and if you haven't seen this baby played on a plasma or LCD
television in high resolution than I highly suggest you purchase a
high quality television because the XBox 360 boasts monitor quality
graphics and if you don't have this, you're really missing out.
Sure, the XBox 360 is an amazing piece of
equipment that impulsegamer have been singing its praises but it's
all about the software available for it and Rockstar have truly
taken gaming to the next level with some of the most realistic,
smoothest and impressive graphics to date that is nothing short of
actually playing the game itself in the real-world.
With that said, all the characters have been
professionally designed that contain extremely realistic texture
details, facial expressions that move with a human like grace and
match that with some extraordinary background environments and you
have one impressive looking title.
As with the graphics, the game also supports a
variety of realistic sound effects that have obviously been taken
from a real table tennis match but also an easy-listening soundtrack
that doesn't get in the way of the gameplay.
In conclusion, for a game that retails for around
$60AUD, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is a highly addictive
title that contains sturdy gameplay, realistic graphics and that
famous Rockstar spirit... so what are you waiting for? Go play some