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Thread: Pinball FX3

  1. #1

    Pinball FX3

    I was staunch The Pinball Arcade through and through but the Williams licence pulled me over to FX, and it's won me over.

    I'm not a huge fan of the original/videogamey tables but I suppose they're okay to have there. Something to maybe buy on special offer to mix things up. But it's those licensed tables I really love and they're done really great justice. Like the devs scored the licence and put every effort into making them the best versions available.

    Something I didn't expect to be a fan of was the augmented versions of the tables. You can play classic mode, which provides a sim like experience, which is the mode I thought i'd be all over. But the alternative (or default single-player mode here) really adds to the fun. Tables are brought to life with animation and buffs can be earned to tweak how you score.

    I went back to The Pinball Arcade (the reason I bought a PS4 at launch) and although some reviews say you can hardly notice the difference between those tables and the new FX3 version I can see clear refinement.

    I bought the Williams Pack 4 today, mainly for White Water, but it's Red and Ted's Road Show that's really impressed me. It just feels very realistic. Great table too.

    Hope they keep the licensed tables coming. And keep the production values high (something I thought TBA was a bit hit & miss with).

    Anyone with the PS4 ver please feel free to ad me to your friends list: bunk-72
    Last edited by Atticus; 29-05-2019 at 02:12 PM.

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    I don't understand why they alternate between the Zen Pinball name and Pinball FX name. I don't get it. But I like it. Generally, I'm a big fan of their more gamey tables - I like that they break out of what you can do on a physical table. The Skyrim table, for example, is made with real love and it's a lot of fun - you even continue with your character across games. The Walking Dead table based on the Telltale game is great too.

    But it's even better now that both the unreal/gamey tables and real table sims exist in the same package.

  3. #3
    Yeah, it seems to be the law that all pinball simulations need corny branding and horrible interfaces.

    This looks good, what are people playing on? I’ve never been able to commit to this or Pinball Arcade as I can never decide on a platform. Maybe Switch with a Flipgrip would be best.

  4. #4
    I'm playing on PS4. I find the shoulder buttons more comfy for flipper action.

  5. #5
    All the table packs (apart from Williams 4) are discounted for this on Steam at the moment, mostly 50-60% - I like the vast majority of the tables, although I do find the voices in the Star Wars themed ones grating given they aren't the real actors and it just doesn't sound right. They're all worth a play and given you can trial them all, so I'd grab them while they're cheap if you like them. The Balls of Glory pack is definitely worth a look.
    Last edited by MartyG; 29-05-2019 at 07:53 PM.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyG View Post
    All the table packs (apart from Williams 4) are discounted for this on Steam at the moment, mostly 50-60% - I like that vast majority of the tables, although I do find the voices in the Star Wars themed ones grating given they aren't the real actors and it just doesn't sound right.
    Also unless they have patched it recently, The Force Awakens table doesn’t have music from that movie and BB-8’s sounds don’t match the movie.

    That’s an issue with some other tables too. E.T. doesn’t seem to have the classic music. Back To The Future too, I think but I’m going from memory here. That’s a big deal when you’re trying to capture the feel of a classic.

  7. #7
    Yeah, the Universal Classics tables were a bit disappointing, the Jurassic Park tables did a much better job of capturing the themes of the films. As I mentioned above, the Balls of Glory pack which features Family Guy is probably the best example of the TV/Movie themed tables.
    Last edited by MartyG; 29-05-2019 at 07:58 PM.

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