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.
Overall I find this game very enjoyable. Rockstar really went to great lengths to create a realistic (as much as a video game can) table tennis game. Single player is okay, but where the game shines is in two people playing eachother.
Good: Graphics are nice and smooth. No framerate issue even when throwing down in a fast paced match. The Wii controls are great, if not awesome. There are several different control modes, coming down to if you want to use just the Wiimote or the Wiimote and the nunchuk together, both of which offer excellent shot control, spin control, and power control. This really is a great game for two people play together. My wife and I have running battles now to see who is the best. Also, something else Rockstar took advantage of is the speaker in the Wiimote, which if you have ever played table tennis before you will be surprised to hear how perfectly the Wiimote sounds just like a "whooshing" paddle.
Bad: Single player is a bit weak, not very many opponents.