Excerpt: I've always had a soft spot for pinball, and even though in recent years finding a machine has become an increasingly rarer event I still carry a torch for the silver ball. However, when it comes to videogame adaptations of pinball more often than not I've been, well, less than enamored. Thus it was with some trepidation that I sat down to give Zen Pinball a spin, but to my pleasant surprise I found myself enjoying the game.
Conclusion: Casual-hardcore may seem like an oxymoron, but it's exactly what Zen Pinball is. You can pick it up, and explain the three-button gameplay to your dad, and listen to him reminisce about the '70s and being a former "pinball wizard" (we all know he wasn't, but let him have his time). You can also compete online in pickup matches or in tournaments, where knowing the tables, the rules, and the proper strategies quickly separates the scrubs from the table terrors.
Pros: Easy to pick up, shockingly deep game play, Excellent online multiplater with PS3 Eye camera support for extra fun, Zen Pinball has incredible physics and runs at 60 frames per second at 1080p, it is very pretty, Lots of customization options to both master the tables and change-up the gameplay, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Street Fighter, Earth Defense and Excallibur are all excellent add-on tables, Easy to pick up, shockingly deep game play, Excellent online multiplater wi...
Cons: Long loading times, Would love to see the extra tables offered in some sort of bundle, Long loading times, Would love to see the extra tables offered in some sort of bundle