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Pre-holidays Edition of Working Man’s Review - Table Tennis

I know, this game is old and you can find it for $20 just about anywhere. That’s why I’m writing this review - should you forego a couple of bean and cheese burritos and pick this game up? Read on my friend, read on.

Unless you have plenty of money to keep buying new televisions, I would recommend avoiding this game. I picked it up, along with some of my friends, and I haven’t been so aggravated at a game since trying to rescue Quickclaw on Pitfall 2. Seriously, I wanted to throw my controller across the room.

Additionally, because everyone is from a different country in the game, it encourages negative thoughts and phrases directed at someone only because of their nationality. I won’t give any specific examples, but there was more than one occasion where I would shake my clenched fist toward the heavens and curse a digital character’s nationality.

Looking at your bang-for-the-buck, you really don’t get it from this game. Sure, you can always come back and pick up where you left off (which is good), but you’ll also likely have your frustration level pick up where it left off too (which is astronomically high in this game). I figure, why spend my limited amount of time that I have to play games on a game that is just going to chap my hide? I could get the same effect by raking the downed leaves in my yard and I end up saving $20!

I used to think, hey, if it’s $20 or less, it can’t possibly be a bad deal. Well, this one is. Stay away. It’s not worth the time or money. Ask yourself this, when your wife asks why you came to bed so late last night, do you really want to say, “Honey, I was trying to beat the Koreans at Table Tennis”? Trying to save the world from mutated zombies is much nobler a cause.

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Comment by mass9 on 2008-11-19 19:22:47 | Reply

loving the new review format.
keep it up guys.

Comment by bustation on 2008-11-19 19:30:35 | Reply

Too funny. I think someone has a chip on his shoulder about not being good at the game!

Great review.

Comment by Worms on 2008-11-19 20:52:19 | Reply

Thought the site had died again. It Lives!

Comment by kidkit on 2008-11-19 21:06:26 | Reply

bah, i paid full retail for this game and it was well worth it. as “working man’s” game it definitely has pick up and play appeal for a quick round of table tennis. Maybe you wont want to resume an unbeatable tournament but the feeling you get during long rallies can’t be beat.

Comment by StGermain on 2008-11-19 21:20:51 | Reply

It’s fun with two people in the same room, I agree about the AI though :)

Comment by InsaneBastard on 2008-11-20 12:21:26 | Reply

I respect your opinion. I however thought it rocked! :)

Comment by Veritas on 2008-11-20 21:58:29 | Reply

$20 for a couple of bean and cheese burritos? That must be an expensive Taco Bell.

Horse meat has gone up in price.

Comment by Smitty on 2008-11-21 07:19:21 | Reply

You guys are so desperate to keep Shitboxic going your resorting to doing reviews for games that are over a year old. Pure Crap!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-11-21 14:14:01 | Reply

But yet here you are every day commenting, makes you wonder what your sad little life would be like without it?

Comment by mass9 on 2008-11-21 15:52:21 | Reply

it doesn’t make me wonder at all.
He’s an idiot.

Comment by darren on 2008-11-22 03:36:30 | Reply

i kinda think your review sucked and i say that in all fairness.I have had the game since launch and me and many friends have spent countless happy hours trying to beat each other.I think you will find that just pressing the buttons isnt enouh and you acctually have to put after ouch on the ball much like football games.This takes a great deal of skill but when mastered it provides a stratigic,thrilling and fast paced game.It is not unusual to see rallys well past 100.The computer may be hard to play against but like all good boss s they all have a pericular weakness.

Comment by darren on 2008-11-22 03:37:31 | Reply

touch not ouch

Comment by darren on 2008-11-22 03:41:09 | Reply

also perhaps i should add that when after touch is mastered you can almost put the ball anywhere you want on the table.id recomend this game to anyone who has competitive friends.its much faster paced than fifa an in my experience people find it alot easier to understand

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