follow us:

Latest News

Yes, we're still alive
It's been a busy time for O.G. and Harlem. They've reunited to talk about what games they played in the past months, what happened at PAX South and what they're playing right now.... [read more]
Multiplayer DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition is free…and has dragons
BioWare announced new multiplayer DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition called Dragonslayer. ... [read more]
Ether One, Guacamelee, Hohokum, and more PS+ games for free in May
Sony’s PS Plus free games offered for the month of May have the letters PS4 plastered all over thanks to the cross-buy feature. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

Evolve, day 1 DLC, and the entitlement of gamers
Evolve hasn’t been out for 72 hours yet and gamers have already decided to make it public enemy number 1. This is thanks to the umbrella claim of “2K charging full price for an incomplete game, as well as for DLC that should have been included with the original purchase.... [read more]
PAX South Tour Guide Pt. 3 - Quick Tips
So far we’ve told you what to do in San Antonio as well as where to eat and drink while at PAX South. Now we have a few quick tips for those traveling to our great city. ... [read more]
The OG Replay for Jan. 19
We're less than a week from PAX South and everyone here is excited. Not only is one of the biggest gaming events coming to our home city of San Antonio, but we're going to have our own panel. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Sunset Overdrive Review: Grab an energy drink and grind some rails.
Insomniac Games heads to the Xbox One with their exclusive title, Sunset Overdrive.... [read more]
Dragon Age: Inquisition Review
Every time I tried to play either Dragon Age Origins or Dragon Age 2, I’d find myself playing for the first 10 or so hours before turning it off and playing a different game. I gave it one more chance with Dragon Age: Inquisition.... [read more]
Driveclub Review
Originally announced at the PS4 reveal event in Feb. 2013, Driveclub was due for release as a PS4 launch title. Development misfortunes led to an 11 month delay and the game was finally released in the first week of Oct. 2014. The game faced major challenges at launch as the... [read more]

Latest Videos

PAX South 2015: 8-Bit Eric does a Starr Mazer interview...kind of
On display at PAX South was a game called Starr Mazer, which mashes shmup gameplay with point-and-click adventure gameplay. 8-Bit Eric tried to do an interview with the developer, and well, you'll have to see what happens. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Shiny the Firefly Review
8-Bit Eric takes a look at Shiny the Firefly on the Wii U. An indie game developed by Padaone games where you control a firefly on a rescue mission to protect its babies.... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Ping 1.5+ Review
8-Bit Eric takes a look at the Wii U puzzle game Ping 1.5+ from Nami Tentou Mushi for the Wii U. ... [read more]
Pinball FX 2 Review
Posted on November 28, 2010 by Oscar Gonzalez




As a kid, pinball tables always fascinated me. I can remember venturing into arcades, and instead of being excited by the state of the art graphics on display from the videogames, I always found my attention was drawn towards the flashing lights and mechanisms of the pinball machines. Even now, if I’m in a bar and there happens to be a pinball table in one of the dimly lit corners, it takes a lot for me to resist the urge to examine every inch of the table, trying to discover what each moving piece does and what will happen if the ball hits various places.

For this reason, I was pretty excited when I first opened up Pinball FX 2. With a wide array of tables to play on, I found before me a chance to explore multiple pinball worlds, each table different from the last, with different routes available to me to smash my way through a host of highscores. With the decline of arcades, pinball tables have increasingly moved to the virtual world, so Pinball FX 2 (released on Xbox Live Arcade) is up against some tough competition.

WHAT MAKES HIM SO GOOD?

From Soho Down To Brighton, I Must Have Played Them All Pinball FX 2 starts off as merely a shell of a pinball game. You download the game (for free), open it up, and, if you haven’t played the previous title, you are met with a screen of ‘trial’ tables, which you can purchase at your pleasure. If you want one table, just buy one. If you want all of them (of which there are currently 13), you can buy all of them. This works very well for a pinball game. If you purchased the original Pinball FX, you can import the original tables into this sequel, which spruces them up with improved graphics and physics.

I Thought I Was The Bally Table King, But I Just Handed My Pinball Crown To Him New to the Pinball FX series is the addition of Multiplayer, and in particular, leaderboards. This adds a whole new dimension to the game, as not only are you competing against pre-loaded highscores, but also against your friends online. In a novel twist, the better you or your friends are at the game, the more the game rewards you, through your ‘Wizard’ score. This combines your high scores for the various pinball tables, how many tables you’ve played, and how many tables your friends have played, which are added up to contribute towards the almost forty achievements and even Avatar unlockables that the game provides.

I Ain’t Seen Nothing Like Him, In Any Amusement Hall - Pinball FX 2 is incredibly easy to pick up and play, like most pinball games. However, what sets this one apart from many other pinball games I have played is the camera. Oftentimes I have struggled with the camera in other games as it flies across the table, often obstructing my view of the ball. When you’re already trying to track a moving object, having a moving screen as well makes your task a whole lot harder. Thankfully, Pinball FX 2 realizes the importance of a static screen. Furthermore, the graphics are crisp and clear, and you never struggle to work out where the ball has gone when it disappears down tunnels or tubes.



THERE'S GOT TO BE A TWIST

He Ain’t Got No Distractions, Can’t Hear Those Buzzers And Bells - Sadly, with all the visual greatness that Pinball FX 2 provides, its audio just cannot match the visuals. I know, pinball tables aren’t known for their musical greatness, but the tables provided here seem to almost go out of their way to drive you insane with their repetitive tunes, which aren’t even that great to begin with. By the time you’ve played a table 3 or 4 times, you’re ready to play it on mute.

He Stands Like A Statue, Becomes Part Of The Machine Another issue I had with the game is that sometimes, and seemingly randomly, the ball gains a sense of weight, and will change its trajectory. While this is by no means a game-breaker, is it a little confusing, particularly in a game that does a lot of other things right.



Without a doubt, Pinball FX 2 is one of the better pinball games that I have played. With the ability to choose how many or how few tables you wish to own, and the depth that multiplayer and leaderboards provide, Pinball FX 2 will provide a lot of satisfaction to pinball lovers. Minor gripes aside, (honestly, other people may well enjoy the music) if you enjoy pinball, I definitely recommend downloading this game. It’s free, you get a good chance to try out some of the tables, as well as a reason to watch Tommy again.

- Jack Moulder

Send your comments to the author jack@original-gamer.com

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for May?

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Project CARS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker
Magicka 2
Splatoon
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Yes, we're still alive


Mario Kart DS Review

Mirror's Edge Review

Earth Defense Table for Zen Pinball Review

Other Gaming News From The Web