Let me explain how much I disliked this game - I never got out of the first training lesson before packing it up and shipping it back to Gamefly.
I have a Wii specifically for the motion sensitive controller. So whenever this game started up and began showing me power meters and how I'd have to use 6 different key combinations depending on whether I wanted topspin or backspin, all before I ever got to swing at the ball, I said that's it, I'm done. And I was. Oh, and I almost forgot about choosing a player, each of whom has different skill levels. Umm....how about the player is me, and it tracks my skill levels? I don't want a role playing ping pong game.
I'll keep playing Wii Sports Tennis until a meaningful substitute comes along.
Although the graphics and idea behind Rockstar Table Tennis is really neat, the control porting is a shambles. Just going through the tutorial, the game does not respond consistently to the controller. I ignored the target to just try to learn to control the ball. Using the same motion time to time resulted in the ball going in different directions every few motions. So trying to hit the ball continuously to the right would result in 2, 3 or 4 rights followed by a left or two, then back to right. I tried another game to verify that my remote was actually working, and it responded correctly, eliminating the remote as the cause behind the inconsistent results.
As control is everything in this game, the lack of steady control kills the game.
posted by TedGoFirst (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Jan 26, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
Like any game I first went through the training sessions to learn the mechanics of the game. It took me a long time to figure out the serve although my wife seemed to toss the ball with no problem. Only after playing several hours, did I finally feel comfortable with how to toss the ball and serve. Definitely serving was the weakest and for me the most frustrating part of the game.
After learning the spins and how to position your shots the game became very enjoyable, and advancement against the different opponents easier. Learning to take your shots earlier then timing your swing with the ball seemed unrealistic but effective with a fast return.
If like me it has been a few years since you last played ping pong, you should enjoy this game.