Racket Fury is one of the most popular ping pong/table tennis games inside of VR up to date. This game is widely known for their outstanding graphics and its incredible physics. Everything about this game makes sense, and you can’t go wrong investing your time and money into this game. We love this game, and we are excited to review for you today as a part of our quest for 100 in 100.
In our in-depth game reviews, we look to cover each and every aspect of a game you would want to know (and should know) before you go out and try or buy a virtual title. From the physics in this game to the customization you have with you Robo ping pong player, this game review is going to cover everything you will want to know about Racket Fury VR. We think this is the best ping pong simulation game on the market, and we are excited to review out for you today.
Getting Up and Running
This game is available on all virtual reality platforms. The Viveport Store, the Steam Store, the Oculus Store, and even the PSN Store have this game available. All will be priced at $19.99 and this game is rarely on sale. If you are looking to get a copy for a discounted price or no price at all, you’ll be happy to know that Viveport Infinity is also carrying this game, and will be for the foreseeable future.
The file size of the game is only 3 GB and is not going to be taking too much space on your PC gaming rig. If you are connected to quick and fast internet, you can download and install this game within five minutes of pressing download. If you are connected to some slower internet connections, the game could take nearly half of an hour to download and install. Getting into this game is no different than any other VR game you’ll play. Clear some space and get ready for some fun.
Type of Game
This is a casual sports simulation inside of virtual reality, and it doesn’t come with any twists like most VR sports games do. You will be playing the tournament mode in this game, unless you are trying to get better through practice. The tournament mode has over 40 opponents for you face, so progressing through them will feel natural and as real ever.
There aren’t any other game modes in this game right now, but it important to note that the game is still boasting the “coming soon” title by the online multiplayer section. The game turned two years old earlier this month, so the chances of us getting a multiplier mode before a new game from the studio releases another game is slim. If you are looking for some virtual ping pong against your virtual friends, this game is not for you.
You’ll be playing this game from the first-person perspective, but it won’t be showing you much other than the paddle and your off-hand controller. You’ll see the Vive controller (regardless of your real controller) in position of your left hand. We played this game with the Valve Index controllers and still didn’t see that represented in the game either. Even when you fully customize your robot, you will never see that represented in the game.
Theme and Story – Score: 8/10
Just like most sport simulation games, this one went without a story. Usually, that doesn’t help the score, but a theme that is strong and repetitive does. The theme is ping pong in the future with robots, and that is maintained very well throughout the game. From the menu to the taunting in-game, everything is done well in this game when it comes to the theme, and that really makes up for the story not being included in this game.
Controls – Score: 9/10
The reason for the controls getting a much higher score than any other ping pong game was the responsiveness of the physics. The physics of this game are incredible. The best place for them to be showcased in this game is the practice mode. This mode is when the ball feels even more free to do what it naturally does. There is no score in this game mode and there is no competitive nature. The practice mode is a fantastic c place to hone your skills and brush up on technique. You will always be the person serving in this game mode and the balls are unlimited. Simply pull the trigger in your non-paddle hand and release as you hit the ball with your paddle.
Music and Sound – Score: 5/10
This is the one part of the game that felt like it was lacking and did not get the attention it deserved in the development. It could’ve been the robot hovering, a crowd making noise, or anything else, and it would’ve added to the sound. Its only getting five, which is high, because they do a great job of reflecting what a real ball and paddle would sound like.
Player Movement – Score: 8/10
The player movement here is great, and the only knock is for when we bashed our hand into the (luckily padded) wall to the side of us. You will able to move left and right easily, but we wish the ball would’ve been only in placed inside of our guardian. This game tempts you to reach outside of it, and that is not going to end well for most people.
Kinetosis – Score: 10/10
Just like most standing experiences that don’t throw you around in the virtual world, you are going to be relatively fine in the VR experience. Racket Fury is no exception. You could stay in this game for hours and hours and take the headset off, and not feel a slight hint of motion sickness. If you are looking for a game that isn’t going to throw you in a virtual loop, this is a great pick. It also doubles as a great virtual reality starter game.
Environment and Immersion – Score: 7/10
The environment is done very well here, and the immersion is top of the line when it comes to sports simulations. With that being said, there is a lot of work to be done in the audio department. That was a big enough glaring issue to make this game needing to be improved in this department. If you are looking for a game to lose yourself inside of for the weekend, this game might not be the one for you.
Overall – Score: 7.8/10
We love this game, and the score does a fantastic job of reflecting that. Racket Fury has plenty of replayability, so you know we will be going back to it for some time. If you can get this game on the Viveport Infinity subscription, we think it is well worth the download. If you need to pay full price, we still think this game is worth your time and money.