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Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Rockstar Games comes through with one of the best playing sports games of the year. It may seem unconventional, but Rockstar's Table Tennis is easily one of the most fun two-player games since the original Street Fighter II! Rating: 85%
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
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When I first got Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis my friends made fun of me, they told me that I was crazy to be excited about something as simple as a game of ping pong. They trotted out the usual Pong jokes, telling me that I should play a real man's game, like football or basketball or something. But I wasn't going to let these naysayers ruin what promised to be a great game of table tennis.

It's easy to be skeptical about a game like Table Tennis, the idea seems so simple that it almost doesn't seem worth exploring. Not to mention that it's not too hard to play this game in real life, even if you aren't very good at it. But Rockstar's Table Tennis proves to not only be a great playing sports simulator but a very necessary one as well.

Without a doubt Table Tennis is Rockstar Games' most focused project. For a company known for their open-ended cities and crazy mini-games, Rockstar Games seems out of place publishing a game this simple, this non-controversial. But make no mistake about it, Rockstar's Table Tennis is every bit as exciting as the company's other titles ... in some ways it may even be a little bit better.

Rockstar's Table Tennis doesn't bite off more than it can chew; it's nothing more than a great playing game of table tennis. Don't expect any frills or gimmicks here; this is a very straight port of a very simple game. Actually, it's not just frills and gimmicks you shouldn't expect, it's just about everything else you have become familiar with in modern day sports simulators. Don't look for a story or career mode and you can pretty much forget about designing your own character. Rockstar's Table Tennis allows you to play online and off and that's about it.

It's when you start to play Rockstar's Table Tennis that you realize where all of their time and energy went. This is the type of game you can easily pick up and have a good time with, having a few heated battles against an easy computer opponent. But don't be fooled by the simple controls, there's a surprising amount of depth to be found here.

The game of Table Tennis features four different hits, one per button on the Xbox 360 control. You have your traditional topspin button, a backspin button, and two buttons that turn the ball in different directions (right spin and a left spin). Along with choosing the direction you are going to hit the ball, you are also able to give the hit more power and find the location you want the ball to land. Learning how to do all of this at once is essential if you want to win one of the game's four tournaments.
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