Age Rating: 12+
Review System: PlayStation VR
Price at Time Of Review: £12 ($15)
Comfort Rating: Green
Size: 802 MB
Controller System: Move Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Multi Player: No
VR Ping Pong (PSVR)
Intro: Each environment is styled as a stadium with a fully animated audience, creating an immersive playing environment. VR Ping Pong features several addictive gameplay modes allowing players to experience the thrill of playing Table Tennis with PlayStation VR. Practice mode – train against the AI. Single match mode – play competitively in a one-off match against the AI. Tournament mode – play multiple matches and take on the challenge of becoming a champion. Arcade modes – improve your skills and compare your records with friends. Choose different levels of difficulty level for each gameplay mode. Can you become the ultimate VR Ping Pong champion?
Review: I remember the first time I played ping pong, it was back in my primary school days and while I sucked at it I did have fun playing it. Move forward a few decades and here I am once again about to play ping-pong, only this time in VR! VR Ping Pong is pretty much what you might expect, it’s a retro looking ping-pong simulator that features a pretty impressive physics model.
You get a practice mode to try and hone your skills. A single game where it is first to get to 100 points a TT cup for the more confident players and an arcade mode that has a much faster feel to it. Apart from those, this is just like a real game of ping-pong. You serve, bat and try and get the ball past the opponent (having first hit their side of the table). While there isn’t much of a tutorial I soon got the hang of what to do and how to serve and found the controls to be very responsive. It’s just a shame I suck at playing ping-pong much like I did back in primary school.
Verdict: At first, I thought this game had poor responsive controls and it was those that were making me play like a 1-year-old, but having since tried to play Ping Pong in real life while on holiday I realise that it was me that was the terrible player, not the game at all. But this is not a serious Ping Pong simulator at all, it’s somewhere between a simulator and a fun arcade game and once you realise that you start to have a lot more fun with this game.
As per usual with PSVR games I feel it is a little overpriced to say the least (why is it twice as much as the Steam VR version?!?), but I will admit to having a good laugh with it. A multiplayer mode would be welcome, but it did keep me amused for several hours. It’s a fun retro looking simulator that shouldn’t be taken too seriously.