Ping Pong VR - The Quick Review

Ping Pong VR has dropped for PSVR and I have to say, it's actually a lot of fun. While it isn’t exactly the type of game you yearn for (unless you’re obsessed with Ping Pong that is), it certainly offers a lot of fun and is a great title to pick up and play if you’re short on time.

Ping Pong in real life vs. VR is obviously very different, but the VR variant delivers a very close experience. While I can’t say that I am immersed into the game as I play, having an 8 bit opponent and 8 bit fans in the stands easily remind you where you are.

It takes some getting used to and trying not over or under throw the paddle is where it all begins. Because you don’t feel the impact of the ball on your paddle, it becomes a slight guessing game. The opponent's paddle is always up and down and doesn’t really move, so you don’t really feel like you’re playing against anyone. Sadly, the AI opponent is a really good player for someone that doesn’t move very much at all.

There is a handful of modes to pick from, but the majority is all the same, just a different icon and possible side to side movement speed increase. I went through all the game mode except for the TI Cup. Every time I tried to play it, the game would freeze when it was time for the first serve. I was forced to close the app and reopen. Outside of that, everything else ran smoothly.

All in all, the game offers a feel of playing by yourself against a wall. Like I said, it isn’t immersive, but it is still a lot of fun. Currently priced at $14.99 (USD) in the PlayStation store, it's isn’t much to spend for some cheap thrills. If you wanted to wait to pick it up, you will probably see a PSN deal soon, that will drive the price even further down.

While it doesn’t exactly make up for a lack of VR games on the PSVR headset, it’s a nice break away from the usual suspects, if you want to kill a little time and just have a bit of short lived fun, I would recommend giving it a shot. You never know, it just be something you enjoy enough to play frequently. To each their own.

If I had to rate Ping Pong VR, I would give it a 6 out of 10. Not for nothing, it true to the classic tabletop game, but with TI mode crashing, I have to remove a point or I would give it a 7.


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