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11/13/2007 12:38:00 PM
Review: Table Tennis (Wii)
Reviewed By Lee Clontz
Things We Like
Head-to-head matches against another player get seriously intense, and the Wii remote gets your whole body moving. Once you’re a few dozen shots into a volley, the urge to win gets downright primal.
The motion controls generally work well, even if they don’t work the way you might expect. Suffice it to say that the game is great fun once you find a preferred control scheme and get acclimated to the controls.
At 40 bucks, the cost of entry is relatively low.
Table Tennis in action:
Things We'd Change
You’d expect Table Tennis to be the ideal game for the Wii remote since it’s about the size and shape as a ping-pong paddle. The possibilities are awesome -- you can easily imagine twisting your wrist to put English on the ball -– but the reality is disappointing. You can swing the remote at any point during your opponent’s return volley and your player will hit the ball automatically. The placement of the ball is dependent on the direction you swing, but not at all the force you put behind it or the way you twist the remote. You put spin on the ball with the directional pad, which is not only awkward, but antithetical to the whole Wii concept. If ever a game should be controlled entirely through motion controls, it’s Table Tennis.
Graphically, the game is a disappointment next to the Xbox 360 version. The cool cloth physics and detailed textures and sweat from the original version are missed here. Obviously, the Wii can’t do HD graphics, but it’s hard not to compare the muddy look of the Wii version with the crisp details of the aging 360 version.
Once again, online play is sorely missed on the Wii, even more so because the older 360 version pulled it off so successfully.
Table Tennis is a tough game to review because it has to compete with both the Xbox 360 version as well as Wii Sports tennis. There’s nothing groundbreaking about either the graphics or the gameplay, and, as modern games go, it’s a pretty spartan experience. That said, it’s a fun diversion if you have a second person to play with and are looking for a more fast-paced experience than Wii Sports. It’s just too bad that the extra year didn’t bring more enhancements to the game and that the developers didn’t use the Wii controller to its fullest extent.