There are many different types of sports to be enjoyed in virtual reality these days. Table tennis is one of those sports which wills ee some initial success in VR over the coming years. Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR checks a lot of good boxes in this regard, although it is very difficult to be good at it. While not a 1:1 representation of table tennis in real life, there are some elements to like. The game is available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at the price of $9.99.
Racket Fury Does a Commendable Job
Emulating any form of sports which requires precise movements is nearly impossible in the world of virtual reality right now. More specifically, there are a lot of issues when it comes to topspin on balls or physics effects associated with fast-paced action. In Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR, that is no different whatsoever. In fact, it sometimes feels as if your spin-heavy balls are just the same as any other hit you deliver on the ball. It’s not perfect by any means, although it is very difficult to get this right. For now, it’s all about hitting balls back properly and worrying less about finesse.
As one would expect from this type of game, there are different modes to play. While not necessarily playing through an actual story, it is fun to play against different opponents in an offline fashion. Every individual will give you a good run for your money, and you will struggle to beat some NPCs until you get better at the game. This is how real-life table tennis works as well, and there is no reason to make the VR version any easier
Sadly, the online mode is absolutely miserable. While we were looking forward to playing Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR with randoms on the internet, it just isn’t feasible. You can play against the AI while you wait for a new opponent, but that gets pretty boring very quickly as well.Avoid the online multiplayer option for the time being, until the developers can sort out the lag and connectivity issues accordingly. The game is still under Early Access guidelines right now, and issues like these are to be expected along the way.
All things considered, racket Fury: Table Tennis VR is a great game. Whether you like real-life table tennis or not, the game is well worth checking out for owners of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The gameplay feels genuine enough, but there is a major issue in the online department. Moreover, the offline content could do with some sort of a background story or more content. For the price, we can’t complain too much, though.
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