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  • Summary: "Our goal was to create a game that is perfectly addictive in its focused simplicity, a game that showcases the true possibilities of a next gen experience, not just in looks but in feel and pace," stated Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "We wanted to use the power of the new hardware and the resolution of new televisions to give the game an immediacy, an intensity and a sense of physicality and reality, resulting in a purer, more visceral experience that simply was not possible previously." Houser continued, "It is a distillation of game design philosophy, focusing on removing the traditional areas of compromise inherent in managing size and scope and concentrating the hardware's entire power on one activity, with the aim of doing that better than it's ever been done before." [Rockstar Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. There isn't an annoying or bewildering array of modes because Rockstar had a single-minded ambition to create a game you play with your mates. Play the training modules if you like, but you won't need them. It's that good.
  2. As a pure videogame there's nothing on Microsoft's next-generation format to touch it in terms of instant accessibility, rewarding depth and immensely entertaining and addictive gameplay - maybe it's not a sports sim, but more a spiritual successor to the legendary PONG.
  3. Though it might be lacking in game modes, what is there is done so well that it will keep you playing despite the lack of a drawn out Career Mode.
  4. 80
    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.
  5. As such, the game has to be recommended but with certain caveats. Be aware of the skill levels needed to do well in both single player and multiplayer and if I’ve done my job correctly, you have now been well warned. If you have the mettle for the game, you’ll be delighted at what Rockstar has done and you’ll no doubt go on to great things on Xbox Live.
  6. It's a labor of love, yes--and one that you'll love playing. [July 2006, p.81]
  7. With good mechanics and delivery, Table Tennis will certainly keep you and your impoverished frat buddies entranced for a bit, but the profound lack of depth makes it a decidedly hard pledge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    If you love Table Tennis, you have to play this game, plain and simple. This game is perfect to play against mates both competitively and for fun. 10/10 from me. Expand
  2. MarcWhiffen
    Jul 4, 2006
    While not an XBox 360 AAA title, this proves what can be done if you make a game FUN rather than try to cram every available graphical trick into it. This is a game that has enthralled me and friends and is so simple to pick up and so hard to put down. One of the greater sleeper hits and a real smash from Rockstar (pun intended) Expand
  3. KyleD.
    May 24, 2006
    Beautiful for what it is; an addictive, online, gets-the-competitive-juices flowing, FUN game to play. And after all, it is a GAME, right? Fun wins the day for me. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2013
    It'll be 5 years, if ever, until a Kinect game can rival the gripping, true Arcade-simulation joy that is Rockstar Table need a friend or two to play With, as the Xbox Live community is dead,
    but it's not hard getting People hooked on's a game that hides nothing, pure table tennis and
    one of the best and intuitive head-2-head game of this generation
  5. Merrill
    May 31, 2006
    I've never played table tennis (not that I ever wanted to) and have to admit that this game is a alot of fun. I've only played one tournament on singleplayer and I'm really impressed with the graphics, physics, replays, etc. Hands off to Rockstar for making such a great non-GTA game! Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2014
    For once, a game by Rockstar Games doesn't feature hookers, grandmas, and policemen getting murdered. And it's an okay game. It's a game that you'll only play once or twice at the most every two months, but while you play you'll be engrossed and while there's a limited player choice and the graphics are average, it's still a fun sports game to revisit again and again. Expand
  7. SuperDave
    May 26, 2006
    Sometimes I think Rockstar could put out a game called Colon Explosion: Sticky Log Edition and people would rate it highly. This game isn't even on par with Pong, due to the lack of a Paddle Controller. More than that, table tennis is something you play when you're a dirt-poor college student, not pay $39 for. Avoid this garbage, unless you're related to Forrest Gump. Expand

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