Pinball FX 2 Review: Xbox Live Arcade

If you happen to be a fan of old school pinball tables you probably fell in love with Pinball FX for Xbox Live Arcade. Released back in 2007, Zen Studio’s game faithfully recreated the look and feel of those old machines, with accurate physics and cool, themed tables. This week, Pinball FX 2 was released, sporting four new tables, improved physics, “full compatibility for Pinball FX owners” and a host of improved online features. Here’s what you should know if you are considering upgrading.

The game itself is much more robust like situs judi online terbaik than its predecessor in that it keeps a track record of your performance across the entire game and compares it with that of your friends. You have a Superscore which is an indication of your overall performance and a Wizard Score that combines the superscores of your friends. The idea here is to form a team to try to beat other groups of pinball wizards. Additionally you can compete against your friends to own the high score for individual tables. You can play in tournaments, hot seat multi-player and split-screen, local multi-player when you have a friend over. The game is constantly giving you feeds with information about how you are doing and how you stack up against your friends. This gives the already addictive pinball formula another layer of competitiveness that keeps you playing.

Each table has its own rule sheet with special modes, missions and goals. The tables are customizable as well, allowing for adjustments of both settings and physical elements on the table such as bumpers and targets. One really cool feature is that you can import all of your Pinball FX tables into Pinball FX 2, playing them with the updated physics engine, graphical overhaul and new achievements. This is also where the Marketplace can be a little decieving.

If you look at the Marketplace screen for Pinball FX 2 and you already own Pinball FX, it will tell you that the download for the full version of Pinball FX 2 is free. This is not entirely true. You can download the upgraded Pinball FX engine and import your old tables, but to play the four new tables you’ll still have to shell out the 800 Microsoft Points. The price is fine and this results in a free update for Pinball FX owners, it’s just a little unclear in how its presented on the Marketplace and some gamers who think they are getting a deal for having purchased the original game may be disappointed. It’s best to know this upfront.

As of right now there are also a bunch of other tables you can grab for 200 points each and Zen Studios plans to release more down the road. At the game’s main menu you can easily see and select from all your tables. The tables themselves are beautifully rendered and have perfectly recreated sound effects. They really make you feel like you are back in one of the old arcades.

If you are a pinball aficionado who longs for the days when pinball tables were a thing that actually existed, you should take a look at Pinball FX 2.