Kinect Sports Table Tennis is probably the event that attracts the most competition on Xbox LIVE, and this has resulted in some players being seemingly unbeatable. That is, until we decided to unleash one of our testers to show you how to play different shots, return smashes, and basically give you all the advice you need to beat other players and the game itself on Champion difficulty.
You’ve watched the video, on to the tips…
The invention of Table Tennis must come high on the list of Britain’s greatest achievements, sandwiched somewhere between the discovery of penicillin and the Harrier Jump Jet. It started life on the middle-class dining tables of Victorian England, and has since been exported to just about every country in the world.
We like to think that Kinect Sports Table Tennis is bringing the game of paddles and pongs back into the home. It’s become a real hub of social activity for many, especially the organisers and participants of the BackSpin 2011 Tournament. This event brought the brightest stars of New York’s technology industry together for a big night of beer, bats ‘n’ balls and charity fundraising.
BackSpin 2011 was the brainchild of TechiesGiveBack, a group founded by Adam Gillman and Simon Kirk to raise money for charities like CampInteractive, City Harvest and Child’s Play.
“We try to combine giving back with having fun. In a little over one year in operation, we have raised over $50,000 for the various charities we’ve supported,” says Kirk.
Around 150-200 people attended BackSpin 2011 from across the New York tech community, including developers, founders and even a few CEOs. The New York Times, Google, Foursquare and AOL were just some of the teams shooting for glory on the virtual nine by five.
Kinect Sports Boxing is not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done… or something like that anyway.
In this third instalment in our series of Game Guides, we show you exactly how to prove the critics wrong and become a raging bull inside the boxing ring. While flailing about can help some players win, true fighters know that blocking allows you to deliver the biggest hits and ultimately win the big fights… in Russia or Germany or anywhere else for that matter.
We already know you’re ruling the roost at Track & Field, but how about Beach Volleyball? A highly competitive sport (especially online) that takes a while to perfect. We often hear “If only there was some sort of Game Guide available that shows you all the tricks of the trade…” so we thought it only right to oblige.
Below you’ll be able to see one of our testers running you through the finer points of Beach Volleyball, while we’ve included some extra written tips for those of you who like text with your videos.
So you bought Kinect Sports (thanks by the way) and now you need to know exactly how people are able to perform massively better than you online… well, we’re here to help.
In a series of blog posts/video guides, we’ll be telling you exactly how to beat the crafty computer on champion difficulty, which should also give you a leg up on the highly competitive online community. First up: Track & Field.
Extra insight into each separate event after the jump. Ha ha, after the jump… never mind.
There’s always room for more gamerscore, and our Kinect Sports Samsung Party Pack is one of those oh-so-sweet occasions where you can bulk up your points tally without even having to make a purchase. As this add-on is totally free, all you have to think about is unlocking those achievements.
With that in mind, we’ve put together another series of video guides to complement the original set, hopefully offering you enough advice to snag all ten new cheevos. That’s a tasty 250G coming your way, so let’s make like Zippy Zombie and get on with it.
The secret to this one is hitting a three-point target to earn a smash, giving you the opportunity to collect a whole load of points in one shot. The best way to do this is to serve to the left-hand side then repeatedly strike the same point, drilling down through the targets as they scroll to to the right.
After breaking a three-point target, smash the ball back to the left to start racking up the points. Continue to hit any available three-point targets to keep gaining smashes and you’ll soon reach 130 points. Remember that you get a time bonus each time you gain 20 points, so keep playing right to the last second. See the video below for both Table Tennis Party Pack achievements.
To earn a smash, hit a three-point target and the ball will loop back to you ready to be smashed. Each time you land a smash, a group of targets will break, opening the way to another three-point target. Keep the smash sequence going by always reaching those three-point targets and this achievement will soon be yours.
What better footnote to the end of Rare’s 25th anniversary year than a look back at where it all started – with Ultimate Play the Game’s Jetpac. In 2007 we re-released the classic shooter in a new Refuelled version for Xbox LIVE Arcade, but also paid homage to the ZX Spectrum original by including it in the package.
Still a fantastic and challenging game after all this time, the re-release also captured many people’s imaginations with the inclusion of global leaderboards. While most retro games have their high scores, there was never an official record set for the original Jetpac (at least not beyond a five-minute time limit), so this was a chance for the most dedicated players to shine.
At the top of that list stands Mike Kelehan, a veteran gamer from Maryland, USA with an incredible score of 4,979,525. We caught up with him to find out what it takes to be the greatest Jetman in the world.
Rare: Was the XBLA release of Jetpac your first experience with it, or did you play it when the original version came out? What are your earliest memories of it?
Mike Kelehan: I never played the original version of Jetpac on the Spectrum. I was born in 1981, so I’d have been 1 or 2 when it came out, not to mention that America didn’t have a ton of Spectrums. The first time I played it was actually in Donkey Kong 64, back in high school, and I remember really enjoying it.
Jetpac is a tough game, probably even more so than the Refuelled version – what attracted you to get the highest score in Retro mode?
I think the pure, arcade-style nature of the game attracted me to it. You can always account for your goal, and you can always account for what will end your game. If you die, it’s your fault. Playing more will only make you better at it. Developing skill in a game like that, to me, is a ton of fun.
What is the hardest part of Retro Jetpac? Is it a certain type of enemy or a particular stage?
The hardest part of Retro, originally, was the UFO enemies. Since they follow you around, you need to think quickly to get out of their way and finish the level. Eventually, I figured out a strategy for trapping them all in one spot, which made it significantly easier because they stacked on top of one another to effectively function as one unit, which could be easily avoided. I actually found a Google video that I uploaded with that strategy, three years ago:
Hard to imagine that five years ago when we completed arbitrary tasks in a game we received nada. All that changed when the Xbox 360 was released. Increasing your gamerscore through achievements has become a way of life for some, and a pleasant distraction for the majority.
With 1250G up for grabs in Sports (including the free downloadable content), our comprehensive guide should help you attain all the not-so-easy achievements without the hours of physical suffering should you be less naturally movement-inclined.
Choose Pin Rush from the Mini Games menu and prepare your arms for the trauma that’s about to come. A variation on the windmill technique is favoured here – swing both arms simultaneously and keep racking up those bonus seconds.