hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Review: Beer Pong!

5:00 PM on 11.11.2013 // Kyle MacGregor
  @DtoidKyle

Party foul

So you like beer pong. And as chance would have it, there just so happens to be a new beer pong game on PlayStation Network. The only problem is it's dreadful, just dreadful.

Run now. Run while you still can.

Beer Pong! (PlayStation 3)
Developer:  JV Games
Publisher: JV Games
Released: October 22, 2013
MSRP: $4.99

If you're still planning on reading this, well... Um, thank you? Maybe you're just one of those sick individuals that likes staring with prying eyes at the wrecked cars on the side of the road. Maybe you're just really interested in beer pong. It doesn't matter. We might as well go through the motions and explain why exactly you should probably be dashing toward the hills like someone with bees in their pants. It seems like the responsible thing to do.

So, beer pong is a rather fun and silly little party game. It involves two or more players attempting to throw ping pong balls across a table into cups of beer on the other side. Each side takes turns shooting. When a ball lands inside a cup, its contents must be consumed. The first team to eliminate the cups on the opposite end of the table wins.

Except nobody wins in the videogame. Beer Pong! takes the concept of its namesake and ruins it. JV Games picks up that lovely lager-coated ball and spikes it into the ground. Now there's carpet fuzz and God knows what else on that thing. And wouldn't you know it, it's going to wind up in our beverages at some point tonight. Probably multiple times. Fantastic. Way to go.

The way Beer Pong! works is -- Well, it doesn't. It aims to emulate the motion of throwing a ball at cups with the PlayStation Move or DualShock 3's SixAxis functionality. And of all the shaky ideas for motion controls over the last decade, this one actually isn't half bad. In theory, it has promise and actually sounds doable. So of course it's awful in practice.

The trouble is that it's implemented in such a way that playing feels like staring into the abyss. Players aim by raising and lowering the controller along a vertical plane. An arc will appear showing where the ball will go. A forward thrust of the controller will determine the strength and thereby accuracy of the the throw. Sadly, the game doesn't do a good job differentiating between the motions.

As one attempts to launch the ball forward, the target will change at the last minute, destroying any semblance of precision. It makes for a totally unreliable and inconsistent method of input, leading matches to degenerate into luck-based wars of attrition. Through no fault of their own, players will miss in embarrassing fashion time and again only to see the same terrible animations of their on-screen avatars recoil in disgust after every missed shot. And thanks to the slow, turn-based nature of the game, a single contest could dully drag on for what seems like hours.

At least Beer Pong! gives players a lot of choice in how they'll be having a terrible time. As if the controls weren't challenging enough, there are multiple difficulty settings to choose between. Cups can be made smaller, just in case you like torturing yourself. And there are different locales and table skins sporting varying product placements on offer for any Playboy energy drink fans out there.

Speed Pong is at least mildly entertaining. It eschews the monotonous pace of the basic game for a more arcade-y experience, but it does little to redeem the package. There's also an online component, but I was blissfully unable to find another poor soul actually playing this vapid mess of a game.

The music is similarly lifeless, featuring a boring melange of pseudo-funk rock elevator music that loops ad nauseam. Accompanying the tiresome tunes is an announcer, who is just awful. The commentary revolves around insulting poor play induced by the shoddy controls, and players will likely have heard everything he has to say before the end of a single game. 

There's just no reason to play this. Beer Pong! is a joyless shell a college drinking game. It revolves entirely around mechanics that do not function with any sense of accuracy or precision. Save your money and play the real thing. Or do anything else. Anything at all.



THE VERDICT

1

Beer Pong! - Reviewed by Kyle MacGregor
Broken - One of my least favorite games ever. Just thinking about it is upsetting. I am upset.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Kyle MacGregor, Associate Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidKyle Tips
World-renowned selfie photographer. more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Nerdcotic Network avatarNerdcotic Network
check out this awesome video made by the Nerdcotic Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3KgJfBt0uE
Nerdcotic Network avatarNerdcotic Network
Hay check out this awesome video made by the Nerdcotic Network on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QemwbuspOJg
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
[img]http://cdn.destructoid.com//ul/308609-RR1.jpg[/img] Dayum. Billy Mays is back and lookin' good.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
Pivot smash my way to victory
Osc44 avatarOsc44
You ever dream of flying through the clouds, but couldn't so you just watch TV? Me neither.
Zack Furniss avatarZack Furniss
Oh GOOD, The Flock is awful. I was hoping to break my high review score streak. (this is a joke)
Zack Furniss avatarZack Furniss
So many PAX things to write. So many.
Shinta avatarShinta
Bwahahahaha .... my helicopter now arrives in the middle of a fight blaring "Take on Me" on the loudspeakers. Metal Gear 5, 10/10. [youtube]https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914[/youtube]
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Oh neat, Hollow Knight got through the Colosseum of Fools stretch goal while no one was looking. Shame they couldn't get to three characters but the game still looks awesome.
techsupport avatartechsupport
S Rank is so satisfying. Too bad I rarely earn it!
Bardley avatarBardley
My MGSV: The Phantom Pain playthrough has quickly devolved into a journey to fill out Big Boss' 80's synth pop collection. And I couldn't be happier.
Dinosir avatarDinosir
You know what I love? Game tgat force you to connect to their servers even though you only want to play single player. Then the servers are down an the game tries for like 5 minutes, not even giving you a way to cancel the process, you just have to wait
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
In today's Spelunky daily challenge, I was nibbled by a bat that pushed me into a Tiki trap that landed me dead on Kali's alter. Kali was pleased with the bat's sacrifice.
Shinta avatarShinta
It's pretty good guys ... [youtube]https://youtu.be/_98VZT9s7M0[/youtube]
Shinta avatarShinta
FFXV is supposedly 10x as big as The Witcher 3. Wow ... [img]http://i.imgur.com/9tfSuxQ.png[/img] http://www.dualshockers.com/2015/09/01/final-fantasy-xv-map-size-potentially-revealed-its-roughly-an-enormous-780-square-miles/
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
The ending of "Return to Crookback Bog" in TW3 I got was so depressing. Wow. I think I need a break...
Shinta avatarShinta
I'm sitting here play Metal Gear V, absolutely loving it. But in the back of my mind ... all I can think about is Mario Maker. I'm really excited for that game!
Patrick Hancock avatarPatrick Hancock
Sold a digital item on Steam, that came with a physical item, for more than the cost of the physical item. This is the second time I've done this. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Everyone right now is playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And here I am, waiting for Super Mario Maker to come out. And also Star Fox Zero.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Patrick Hancock hates babies. Rick and Morty.... I wish I could view thee second season. I need to play MGSV. I spray farted earlier.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Beer Pong!


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -