Excerpt: Pinball FX was an excellent game, an addictive and wildly fun title with some remarkable tables to choose from. As good as that game is, Pinball FX 2 takes pinball to a whole new level. This sequel offers improved physics, dynamic new visuals, and a great interface to compete for top scores. You can track your progress against friends to determine who is the Pinball Wizard, or go for broke and compete with the entire world.
Excerpt: By now, great downloadable tables are almost the norm for Zen Studios, but we’re not taking Star Wars Pinball for granted. This initial three-pack (seven more tables are coming) delivers some of the game’s best production values in a sizzling mix of franchise-inspired action. Original Trilogy fans will swoon over the Empire Strikes Back table, whose wealth of unlockable missions and rewards lets you launch pinballs at a towering Darth Vader, topple an AT-AT, and even...
Pros: + Three lovingly presented tables that scream, + Nice variety among the tables; all three have enticing missions and rewards.
Cons: ? How sweet is the ball-swallowing Sarlacc on Boba’s table? Love it!
(Xbox 360 Reviews) Pinball FX2 – Star Wars Pinball
The Entertainment Depot
9 March 2013
Summary: Looking back on the annals of gaming history, it becomes obvious just how easy it is to completely waste the Star Wars license and end up with a game that ultimately pleases nobody at all. Luckily, Zen Studios’ Star Wars Pinball pack is not one of them, and instead should stand as one of the best examples of how a creative developer can breathe new life into a treasured and done-to-death setting.
Summary: Epic Quest may not be as ambitious as I would have liked, but it shows the developers aren't afraid to try something new. The end result is an enjoyable diversion from the usual pinball madness. If this is the future for Pinball FX 2, then Zen Studios officially has my attention! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Conclusion: Much in the same way that Puzzle Quest enabled you to play an RPG by playing Bejeweled, Epic Quest allows you to play an RPG by playing pinball. It is a well executed concept that only further reinforces my wish that I was any good at pinball so that I could level-grind Sir Max the way I would in the RPGs of old.
Excerpt: Epic Quest is great if you’re looking for an accessible table that isn’t overly cluttered ( Paranormal is fun but terribly claustrophobic), and the persistence is novel. I wish Zen had done more with the concept, but I trust that they’ll be releasing more tables; Pinball FX 2 works great as a hub game being supported by regular DLC.
Pros: Great ball physics, interesting persistence of items gathered, open design is friendly to new players
Cons: Gear doesn’t really seem to do much, operator’s manual is ineffective at relaying information to the player