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I know that when Ping Pong VR first came out people were less than impressed with what it offered. However, it has actually undergone a pretty significant update that has seen it become one of the most action-packed versions of ping pong that you can currently get on the Oculus Go.
The first thing that you have to talk about when looking at a game like Ping Pong VR is the controls. I think that for the most part, they work quite well. I felt like my paddle was actually doing what I wanted it to do most of the time. However, sometimes the game does kind of crap out and the ball would be stuck on the floor or the paddles would have a mind of their own. Coming out of the game and going back in did tend to fix this, but it is something I hope that they fix in a future update.
What I really like about Ping Pong VR is that it is a game that does not take itself too seriously. Sure, you can play your standard game of ping pong against an AI opponent or another player in multiplayer. However, I love the way the game also has some pretty over the top style as well. I think this is actually what sets it apart from all the other ping pong games that are available for the Oculus Go.
If you watch the trailer you can see how nuts that Ping Pong VR has gotten. My favorite aspect of it has to be when you can play using lightsabers! This is awesome and if you are playing with a fellow Star Wars fan you guys are in for a real treat. It makes me wonder why the heck there is no official Star Wars game like this yet. The lightsabers control just like the regular paddles, but they are a little thinner so a wee bit more skill is required.
Ping Pong VR keeps things interesting by having other weird things. For example, you can play with a bunch of flowers that will shoot their parts over the place as you play! You can even charge up a special move that will shoot fire at your opponent. This is really tough to deal with and the VR effect here is actually really well done. I do think that this help makes Ping Pong VR standout from the other VR ping pong games that I have played.
The art style that they have gone for is pretty cool. Rather than just being in a boring ping pong arena. They have made different arenas ranging from one that has a sci-fi twist to one that has a more fantasy feel to it. Now granted these do not really change anything from a gameplay point of view, but the different arenas do help keep things fresh.
I had a good time with Ping Pong VR and think it is one of the more fun ping pong games that I have played with my Oculus Go. Still, with that being said, it is not a perfect game and I certainly feel that they need to work on some of the bugs as it is very annoying when the ball just disappears or your paddle goes haywire. Still, for the price, this is a fun VR ping pong experience.
Different rooms add variety
You can play with lightsabers
Special moves make matches more unpredictable
Different game modes
It is quite a fun game to play
The ball can sometimes disappear or get stuck
Paddles on occasion have a mind of their own