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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
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Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.5

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games xtreme (Jun 07, 2006)
This game is a solid contender for best sports title ever, it’s probably the single most addictive game of its kind on any console and the sheer level of AI sophistication makes you think there’s a human behind that player at times. It’s great fun offline and even more fun online with a plethora of tactics to master and only a few core buttons to learn. If you like your table tennis in a slickly presented, fun to play and easy to learn package that comes at the right price loaded with crisp graphics and excellent, devious AI then you’re mad if you miss out on this game.
Video Game Talk (Jun 28, 2006)
While not a bad game by any means, Rockstar Game Presents Table Tennis does have potential for some gamers to be a game that packs short lived excitement. For the first few days, I was enthralled with the title and itched to get back to playing it; but as time went on it slipped further from my mind as something that I really wanted to play. The controls in general were spot on, with the one flaw that I outlined above detracting only slightly from the game. Setting up tournaments and other matches online was a breeze, and I never found it a challenge to get a match going with random players when my friends list was dry.
TTGamer (Jun 01, 2006)
Rockstar Presents Table Tennis is a huge surprise in gaming this year. In an era where gamers are complaining of a lack of originality, this is a refreshing game that is being sold at a price which makes it one of the best buys of the year. For half the price of most 360 games, you get one of world’s most original games in a long long time and one of the best 360 games to boot as well.
Totally Gaming Network (Jun 05, 2006)
While originally being described by Rockstar as a pet-project for the number of the ping-pong fans within their staff, there is a part of me that thinks this game may have been created as a test for them to see just how far they could go with their graphic development. The positive results that came from the finished product may influence the way they go about designing the next round of GTA as well as other future titles they produce. However, this is only my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions.
3DAvenue (Jun 01, 2006)
Rockstar Presents Table Tennis is a huge surprise in gaming this year. In an era where gamers are complaining of a lack of originality, this is a refreshing game that is being sold at a price which makes it one of the best buys of the year. For half the price of most 360 games, you get one of world’s most original games in a long long time and one of the best 360 games to boot as well.
90 (UK) (May 23, 2006)
If one more person explains what a "surprising move" this is for Rockstar I'm going to pay to have sex with them and then beat them up when I get out of the car.
88 (Jun 06, 2006)
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis is a very entertaining game that is certainly worth your time. This out of left field concept shows that Rockstar is capable of more than violent third person sand box shooters. This is a large step for the company. I am excited to see what they tackle next. Who knows, maybe they will make the best curling game you have ever seen.
Gamigo (May 30, 2006)
Tischtennis von Rockstar Games ist einfach wunderbar. Das Spiel bietet rein vom Inhalt her mit den vier Turnieren nicht die monatelangen Erlebnisse wie man es von den anderen Spielen von Rockstar gewohnt ist, dafür aber erlebt man hier einfach nur guten Spaß mit einem Sport der nahezu perfekt auf der Xbox 360 auferstanden ist. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist herausfordernd ohne großen Frust aufzubauen, die Steuerung ist schnell erlernt und die Möglichkeit auch online Matches auszutragen ist einfach fein.
87 (Jun 06, 2006)
Die Entwicklung einer Nischensport Simulation erfordert eine gewisse Risikobereitschaft und ein absolut ausgefeiltes Gameplay. Wer kein Fan des Sports ist, muss dennoch aufgrund der hervorragenden Spielbarkeit überzeugt werden. Dies ist den Entwicklern sehr gut gelungen – der fehlende Karrieremodus und der insgesamt eher geringe Umfang des Spiels sind trotzdem Indiz dafür, dass man den Aufwand und die Entwicklungszeit möglichst gering halten wollte, da niemand den Erfolg des Projekts einschätzen konnte. Wir sprechen eine klare Kaufempfehlung für Fans des Genres aus – hier weht frischer Wind, dem sich niemand entziehen sollte!
XBox Front (May 22, 2006)
"Pong"... ein Begriff, der so manchem Videospielefan ein Lächeln ins Gesicht zaubert, wird doch das 1972 von Atari-Gründer Nolan Bushnell erfundene Spiel als "Urvater" der Videospiele angesehen. Zwar war Pong nicht das erste Videospiel, dieser Platz gehört dem bereits 1963 entwickelten 'Space-War', jedoch eroberte die simple Tennis-Simulation den Massenmarkt und machte den Namen 'ATARI' quasi über Nacht zum Synonym für eine neue Ära des Spielens. Der Erfolg des Titels kam nicht zuletzt dadurch zustande, dass es erstmals möglich war, zu zweit gegeneinander anzutreten... der Begriff "Multiplayer" war geboren.
85 (May 24, 2006)
Unverhofft kommt oft – und dann meist von Rockstar Games. Ich persönlich hätte nicht geglaubt, dass der merkwürdig anmutenden Ankündigung ein ebenso motivierendes wie einfaches, ein derart minimalistisches wie optisch eindrucksvolles Tischtennis-Meisterwerk folgen würde! Wieso dann keine grenzenlose Platin-Euphorie? Weil einzeln kaum ins Gewicht fallende Kleinigkeiten in der Summe aufzeigen, was noch alles möglich gewesen wäre, so z.B. der nur zweckmäßige Einspieler-Modus und leichte Inkonsequenzen sowie Balancing-Probleme mit den Spielfiguren. Doch darüber kann man angesichts des für 360-Verhältnisse günstigen Kaufpreises sowie überaus motivierenden Mehrspielermodus hinwegsehen. Doch man kann reden, so lang man möchte, sich die Screenshots oder die Videos anschauen, die den Spaß nur ansatzweise transportieren: Damit der Funke überspringt, muss man selber nur ein paar Minuten mit dieser kleinen Perle verbringen.
85 (Jun 26, 2006)
Rockstar presents Table Tennis is a bare bones, reduced price videogame that offers players exactly what it says on the packaging. It's Table Tennis, nothing more, nothing less. Some may say that Rockstar's latest game is merely an attempt to reproduce Pong in 3D - and it certainly echoes Pong in terms of fevered immediacy and dazzling addiction - but Table Tennis feels very much like a labour of love and a genuine attempt to distil some of that oft-overlooked 'fun factor' that's sadly lacking in most modern videogames. Moreover, that element of instantly accessible fun ably replaces the lack of a 20-year career mode, stat-heavy managerial element, or ridiculously complex character creation tools, all of which are nowhere to be seen in Table Tennis.
Defunct Games (Oct 26, 2006)
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!
Extreme Gamer (May 31, 2006)
Rockstar Presents Table Tennis is just that Table Tennis and nothing much more. Although basic and a little dry when it comes to game modes Table Tennis makes up for with a high level of polish, easy to learn controls, and addictive and fun gameplay. Surprisingly Rockstar presented a nice classic styled game which will help games slide past another few slow months until the fall.
GameSpot (May 24, 2006)
As one of the first commercially available video games, Pong seems to have an almost academic importance, but not enough credit is given to the simple elegance of its design--two bar-shaped "paddles," one square "ball"--something that was born largely out of technical limitations. There is an obvious correlation between Pong and the newly minted Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360, in that Table Tennis is literally a ping-pong simulation. But it also follows the same philosophy of stripping the experience down to its essence, something focused and intense. Rockstar's Table Tennis treats the game like a serious sport, taking incredible care to present some of the most realistic player characters ever put in a game and delivering frenetic and nuanced action.
GameZone (Jun 12, 2006)
Rockstar Games is a corporation best known for titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, and the controversial gore-fest Manhunt. As evident with their previous track-record, they’re a developer who enjoys pushing the envelope. When Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis was announced, some wondered how a team who usually works on innovative ways to virtually murder people would deliver a light-hearted ping-pong game. I was one of those people.
82 (Jun 05, 2006)
Vorbei die Zeiten von großen Metropolen, dutzenden Waffen, zerplatzenden Köpfen und gemütlichen Gymnastikübungen bei einer Tasse heißem Kaffee! Rockstar sorgte mit der Ankündigung, dass ihr nächstes Spiel eine Tischtennis-Simulation sein würde für eine Menge Geschmunzel und Blicke in den Kalender um zu sehen ob man gerade in den April geschickt wurde. Doch es war kein Scherz und seit einiger Zeit können sich Spieler auf der ganzen Welt davon überzeugen, dass die Spieleschmiede aus San Diego auch ohne skandalträchtige Games Schlagzeilen schreiben kann. Wir haben uns für Sie in die Welt des asiatischen Volkssports geworfen und sagen Ihnen, ob "Rockstar präsentiert Tischtennis" ein Ass, oder doch nur ein derber Schmetterball ins Aus geworden ist.
Lawrence (Jun 04, 2006)
While it does feature some unlockable characters, outfits and stages, Rockstar Table Tennis simply doesn't offer enough in terms of single-player. Playing on XBL can be fun for a while, but can't compare to playing on the same system. If you've got some friends to play against, Table Tennis is absolutely worth picking up. It's fast paced, great for pick-up-and-play gaming and sold at a reduced price. Here's hoping a sequel offers doubles play and something resembling a career mode.
GameSpy (May 24, 2006)
So, is Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis going to blow people away? Yes and no. The single-player experience is pretty sparse and really only worth playing to gain more characters, Achievement Points, and practice. Multiplayer is at the core of this game, and honestly, the experience of having a bunch of people over for couch warfare is where this title gets its legs. The online experience, while flawed in spots, is still quite good, and as of the first two days of release, seems fairly low on epithet-hurling pre-teens and pretty high on good matches. Factor in a price that's $20 lower than some of the crappier titles floating around your local game store, and it's a no-brainer. If you own a 360 and you ever play video games against other human beings, this title is likely a good choice for you.
Factornews (Jul 18, 2006)
Qui dit jeu budget dit contenu réduit. Et sur ce point, il est vrai que Table Tennis n'offre que le minimum vital : pas de mode carrière, pas de création de personnage et pas d'options fantaisistes. Il faudra se contenter d'exhibitions et tournois, en solo ou sur le Live, et d'une dizaine de joueurs déjà créés. Heureusement, ces derniers (caractérisés par leur force de frappe, la puissance de leurs effet, mais aussi par la qualité de leur jeu de jambe par exemple) se comportent très différemment et offrent une bonne diversité. C'est déjà largement suffisant pour s'amuser un bon paquet d'heures.
X-Power (Jun 05, 2006)
Kortom: Rockstar Games verspreidde geen leugens en het eindresultaat is ronduit verbazingwekkend, vooral omdat het bedrijf nog nooit eerder een gelijkaardige titel had geproduceerd. Toegegeven, Rockstar kon beter werk kunnen verrichten met de singleplayer, maar het tekort aan modi en afwisselende A.I. zie je al gauw over het hoofd door de fantastische gameplay. Er valt veel te unlocken, de achievements zijn slim (tegelijkertijd ook uitdagend) en Table Tennis is één van de beste multiplayergames die momenteel op de Xbox 360 te verkrijgen zijn, zowel off- als online. Het prijskaartje van veertig euro maakt Table Tennis des te aanlokkelijker, dus tenzij je snakt naar een stevige singleplayersportgame, loop je niet fout met Rockstar’s sleeperhit. It’s ping-pong time!
UOL Jogos (Jun 09, 2006)
"Table Tennis" é uma opção simples e de apelo para um público amplo, como muitos títulos para a Xbox Live Arcade. Mas, acima de tudo, o jogo vale pela qualidade naquilo que interessa, que é o funcionamento das partidas em si. Além disso, traz personagens reproduzidos de forma estupenda. Jogos de tênis de mesa são raros, mas esse é de longe o melhor já feito até hoje.
Video Game Talk (Jun 02, 2006)
Rockstar's Table Tennis has really come into its own on the Xbox 360. The precise controls, fluid animations, and addictive gameplay are just a few of the things that make this game so worthwhile to play. The only drawback to the game is a lack of game modes such as create-a-player or a career mode. That being said, I have no problem recommending this one for purchase, although you may want to grab it on sale around the $30 mark. Rockstar has thoroughly convinced me that video game table tennis is a worthwhile venture and a superb, if not eclectic, addition to the Xbox 360 library.
80 (May 29, 2006)
Tout le monde fut surpris lors de l'annonce de Table Tennis. Moins de trois mois plus tard, l'étonnement est toujours là mais dans le bon sens puisque le protégé de Rockstar s'affirme comme un très bon titre Xbox 360. Pour 40 euros, soit presque moitié moins cher que d'autres jeux de la console, cette simulation saura ravir les néophytes comme les habitués de ce genre de titres grâce à son excellente jouabilité. Indispensable pour un possesseur du Live, il est un peu juste en solo au niveau de la durée de vie. Mais encore une fois, le fun est omniprésent, on ne s'ennuie pas une seule seconde.
Some aspects could be better, however. A customizable character would be nice – as the game is fairly small as is and it would do nothing but add to the experience. There is very little customization in the game so being able to design your own paddles or characters would enhance the game by a lot. There is also no doubles option. I am not sure if doubles is a common practice in the world of competitive Table Tennis but it would have been a nice addition to an already solid game. It is a fairly inexpensive game, weighing in at $39.99 new (and used copies will likely be half of that) so I do suggest you grab your paddle and...
When Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox 360 back at E3 2004, they said their market were the people who don't play video games. While they still have the hurdle of getting those people to drop $400 on a game system, they're bridging the gap with games like this from their third party developers. They've done so without alienating the die-hard fans as well. If you're on Xbox Live, Rockstar's Table Tennis is one of the 360's best no matter your skill level or experience.
Press Start Online (Jul 03, 2006)
Despite the frustratingly tough difficulty, the occasional balancing issue, and the limitations of the single-player mode, for anyone with friends on or offline, Table Tennis is a must-buy for the 360. At its lower price point of £30 (I balk at calling anything for that price “budget”), it’s an absolute bargain. Or, in Lars Butler terminology, Table Tennis is very much a game for all you Stan Collymores out there.
FZ (Jun 07, 2006)
Table Tennis må sakna en del saker som andra sportspel har, men det har en stor dos av det som verkligen räknas: underhållningsfaktor. Har du en eller fler goda vänner som du brukar spela sportspel med så är Rockstars nya pingisspel en skapelse som kommer att förgylla många kvällar framöver. Det är en fröjd att spela och det djup som finns under ytan bidrar till att matcherna aldrig blir förutsägbara men nästan alltid spektakulära. Med en låg prislapp, ca 450 kr, är det bara de som hatar sportspel eller saknar både guldabbonemang till Xbox Live och vänner som bör avstå från den här silverklimpen.
If the only buddies you have are on an Instant Messenger list and your idea of fun is spending hours alone in a dark room, this game will feel like the locker room after gym class. But for those people who believe video games go best with a 12-pack and a gang of friends, Rockstar’s next-gen table tennis simulator is the best thing to happen to one-on-one competition since shit talking.
FHM Magazine (May 26, 2006)
The company behind Grand Theft Auto brings you its first next-generation console game... and it's ping pong. Actually it's not bad a move, as the fast-paced sport gets a flash and furious outing.
GameDaily (Jun 26, 2006)
Don't you love it when a company pulls one out of left field and gets away with creating a fantastic new experience? I mean, here we have Rockstar Games, the creators of the immensely popular (and controversial) Grand Theft Auto games. They're about to have hairs standing up on end yet again with this year's forthcoming Bully, and the company makes their Xbox 360 debut in a manner that isn't really like them. They have produced a table tennis (or ping pong) game that might seem laughable at first because no one really saw it coming on the market (it was literally announced just months ago), but they have the last laugh, as it's one of the better sports games for the system.
Rockstar caught everyone by surprise with Table Tennis, which was announced a few months ago. Given the company’s reputation for creating large-scale, adults-only epics like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt, bringing out a new version of America’s favorite old rec room pastime seemed a bit odd.
IGN (May 22, 2006)
One of the reasons I've always liked Rockstar is its unpredictability. Grand Theft Auto III's brilliance was a surprise to everyone. Manhunt appeared out of nowhere. Even Red Dead Revolver was an interesting wrinkle in the fabric of Rockstar's game annals. The Warriors? It's not likely any other publisher fought to get that license. The biggest surprise of the bunch, however, is Table Tennis. To this day, people are still talking about the notion of Rockstar making a ping pong game. Why?
Table Tennis isn't for everyone. Gamers without patience (i.e. myself, until a certain point) should stay far away from this game, because it's simply too technical and too difficult at first. However, those of you who enjoyed games like the Xbox 360's Top Spin 2 or maybe even the PSP's Virtua Tennis: World Tour, you'll most likely find something to enjoy here. Table Tennis makes the best use of virtual ping pong since the iconic Atari hit Pong, and it should be known that Rockstar can make great games that don't involve swatting at people, at least not swatting baseball bats and katanas.
Whether it's Virtua Tennis, Mario Tennis, or even Pong, I just find something soothing about these games' back-and-forth battles. And it's not just me--as I played Table Tennis (can you believe this is from the house that Grand Theft Auto built?) other editors became mesmerized by the sometimes long, methodical rallies.
With these problems in mind, and the fact that there was no attempt to offer any sort of career mode, this game is an idea that is better said than done.
Gamezine (Jun 18, 2006)
Rockstar nous surprend avec ce jeu de tennis de table qui propose une très bonne maniabilité avec une marge de progression importante, et le tout enrobé dans un habillage technique de très bonne qualité. Reste un mode solo un peu court mais comme d'habitude avec la Xbox 360, la présence d'un mode online très bon rattrape le coup, surtout que le jeu coûte seulement 40€ et à ce prix, on pardonne plus facilement les carences du mode solo.
1UP (May 24, 2006)
Even if your family never had one, you at least had a friend down the street who did. That classic downstairs basement, with its musty old couch and hand-me-down television set, boxes of Christmas ornaments and other precious memories lying dormant in the corner, and the holy grail of suburban recreation: the ping-pong table. Tennis for people who could never play tennis.
PlayDevil (Aug 23, 2006)
In conclusion, "Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis" is an excellent game, but one that can only truly be recommended if you are a gold subscriber to Xbox live. The single player is way too shallow and disappointing to make this worthwhile if you do not or cannot play online. I would also not go so far as to say that this game would warrant the subscription alone, although it is a great deal of fun. If you already have gold, then you are in for a multiplayer gem that is well worth the price charged for admission, but it is a good thing that the game is so cheap; as it is neither good enough nor long enough to warrant £50 spent upon it.
EL33TONLINE (Jan 26, 2007)
Table Tennis is essentially a bare bones table tennis game that focuses only on the core table tennis game play. This is a fantastic shell for a game, but a greater variety of options would have given the game far more longevity. It is a great pick-up-and-play game for two people looking to challenge each other, although I would argue that the mechanics reward the dedicated gamer far more. The game feels like it’s in the no-mans-land between arcade gaming and serious sports gaming, while not excelling at either of those as much as it could have.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 25, 2007)
The game's one-player tournaments are unreasonably difficult (the CPU gets to everything), and unlockables open much too slowly (great, I won another shirt color). Most of the matches against my friends were terribly one-sided, although that might be attributed to my propensity to suck. There's really nothing wrong with this game. Table Tennis really hasn't been done before in a video game, and this is probably as good as it could be done, so I'll give it the credit it's due. But please, let's not get carried away here.