Tag Archives: pinball

Rollers of the Realm review

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Over the last few years, it seems like role-playing mechanics have seeped into every conceivable genre. From the inclusion of MyGM mode in the NBA 2K series- where players make decisions via branching dialog trees to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of ...

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Pinball FX 2 (Xbox One) Review

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Since Pinball FX 2 first launched in 2010, the franchise has earned a fervent legion of fans thanks to its technical prowess. While eschewing a recreation of real-world machines, the series offered a mounting roster of fantastical tables that offered ...

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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within Pack Review

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In 2008, Zen Studios released Pinball FX, a prodigious title which strove to adapt the nuances of the cherished pastime into video form. While most critics praised the game’s ball physics and online functionality, many found that the three bundled ...

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Zen Pinball 2 (PlayStation 4) Review

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Although the PlayStation 4’s software library is still in an embryonic stage, Sony’s new system already has two pinball titles in its lineup. Remarkably, the two games take radically different approaches to the beloved pastime. The Pinball Arcade aims to ...

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Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force Review

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Amidst the craze of crowdsourcing neglected amusements, it’s a bit surprising that there isn’t more of a movement to bring back actual pinball machines. Undoubtedly, one of the key dissuaders in the endeavor is the accomplishment of the Pinball FX ...

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Pinball FX 2 PC Review

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No doubt aficionados of all things pinball are already shaking their heads. “Pinball FX 2? You’re reviewing a three-year-old game!” To that I say: “Ah, but it hasn’t been released on Steam yet. When I played that preview version, the ...

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Star Wars Pinball Review

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When 2007’s Pinball FX was released for the Xbox 360, critics had a common stickling point: the steel-ball simulation failed to recreate actual machines. Although Zen Studios has yet to fulfill that wish, over the years the developer has offered ...

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Zen Classics: Pinball FX2 Review

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Although actual tables are becoming increasingly rare across the recreational landscape, pinball’s zeitgeist has been sustained thanks to the efforts of Zen Studios. Since the developer’s inaugural console release- 2009’s Pinball FX, the team has spearheaded a resurgence in simulating ...

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Zen Pinball 2+Plants Vs. Zombies Table Review

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Preceding the launch of Pinball FX 2 onto Xbox Live, developer Zen Studios referred to their steel ball simulation as a “platform”, rather than use a more orthodox descriptor such as “game”. For some critics, a bit of healthy skepticism ...

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Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles Review

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In the real world, the future of mechanical pinball is balanced on a precarious precipice, steadied by the contributions of two audacious manufacturers: Jersey Jack and Stern. However, in the realm of simulation, the recreation remains poised, thanks to the ...

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