November 28, 2023 - Day 331 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 351
Game: Pinball FX
Release Date: Apr 13, 2023
Installation Date: Aug 22, 2023
Unplayed: 98d (3m6d)
Pinball FX is a pinball simulator, and is a sequel to Pinball FX3.
Bit of an odd game to be reviewing, but it's literally the only thing I played yesterday, and is my only review option.
Pinball FX uses the razor business model of giving the game away for free, and selling the tables as DLC.
Over time I'd collected quite a few tables in Pinball FX3 (14 hours playtime), but I'd specifically downloaded it for one specific table - The Getaway: High Speed II.
This pinball table is a core memory for me. I spent countless hours and dollars playing the real-world version of The Getaway. Any arcade I entered (or still enter!), I will scan for this machine. Given that it was released in 1992, I'm usually disappointed.
When Pinball FX3 presented the opportunity to be able to play it again, whenever I wanted, I jumped on the opportunity. For what it is, it's great. It's not the same though.
In 2021 the dev team behind Zen Studios announced that they were going to reboot the Pinball FX series in Unreal Engine 4 (with a now-expired exclusivity deal with the Epic Store), and that all future tables would be released on Pinball FX, not Pinball FX3.
Of course, existing tables that were purchased for FX3 do not transfer to Pinball FX, meaning if you want to play your tables in FX, buy them all again, sunshine.
However, they've since made concessions, and you can buy a "bundle" for any owned DLC that provides the FX version of the table at 50% off.
For the Black Friday sales, they heavily discounted all of the DLC, which meant that I was able to upgrade my Getaway table for $2.64.
As for Pinball FX itself? It's good. The interface is a lot cleaner that FX3. The flippers seem feel a little bit... off, but I need to investigate more.
However, what it DOES do properly is ultrawide portrait mode, which was broken in FX3.
Playing Pinball FX3 on a QHD monitor in portrait mode was a revelation (thank you again, @atomicpoet), but it was miserable on an ultrawide in portrait mode.
Pinball FX, however? Being able to see the whole playfield AND part of the cabinet brings a whole new sense of immersion, and enjoyment, and feels as close as I'll get to owning The Getaway (real table? AUD$5500) which makes that $2.64 worth it.
The thing which takes the edge off is the seemingly ever-present microtransactions built into the game. They don't seem to be necessary, and I'll likely continue to ignore them.
Even so, I'm more than happy to declare Pinball FX:
New review time -- as I drop some coin into the Pinball FX version of the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball table. It's a great table, that's mostly flawlessly recreated.
Exploração Intergaláctica Chega ao Pinball FX com a Tabela Williams Pinball: Star Trek: The Next Generation!
Zen Studios lança emocionante tabela de pinball baseada em Star Trek para Pinball FX. Aventura cósmica e efeitos 3D incríveis!
#StarTrek #PinballFX #Pc #Xbox #Gamerscore
New review time, as I take on the Godzilla vs Kong pinball pack for Pinball FX on the Nintendo Switch. I'm a noted Godzilla fiend, so this will easily win me over, right?
Novas Aventuras de Pinball Aguardam! Três novas mesas agora disponíveis no Pinball FX!
Experimente a emoção do pinball com três mesas novas empolgantes no Pinball FX! Williams Pinball: Whirlwind™️, Samurai’s Vengeance e Verne’s Mysterious Island venha conheçer essas novas mesas!
#PinballFX #WilliamsPinball #HonorAndLegacy #Gamerscore
Decided to take a couple of weeks off producing #YouTube content. It’s surprisingly difficult for me to keep up with a consistent 3-video-a-week schedule.
I have some mild complaints about this #Pinball game, however. Sometimes it appears to take a cheap shot at me and roll the ball in such a way that I can’t actually catch it with the flippers in the first seconds of a launch, even after a saved ball. Making matters worse, nudges are particularly risky on this table, as I get a warning on the first nudge, and a tilt if I nudge a second time within a certain window of time.
Besides that, however, I’ve been having a blast with the My Little Pony table. I’m gonna be aiming for THE high score, eventually!
While fans will love it, you don't need to be one, or even know much about it, to enjoy the new #CryptOfTheNecroDancer pinball table for #PinballFX. Here's the link to my review: https://paulsemel.com/crypt-of-the-necrodancer-table-for-pinball-fx-review/
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#CryptOfTheNecroDancerPinball #CryptOfTheNecroDancerPinballFX #CryptOfTheNecroDancerPinballReview #CryptOfTheNecroDancerPinballFXReview #gaming #games #VideoGames #Pinball #PinballFXReview #PinballFXPS5 #PinballFXPS4 #PinballFXXboxSeriesXS #PinballFXXboxOne #PinballFXPC
You're entering a dimension not only of sight and sound but of fun...it's my review of Bally's classic "Twilight Zone" table for "Pinball FX."
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#gaming #games #VideoGames #TwilightZone #TwilightZonePinball #PinballFX #TwilightZonePinballFX #TwilightZonePinballReview #TwilightZonePinballFXReview #PinballFXPlayStation5 #PinballFXPlayStation4 #PinballFXPS5 #PinballFXPS4 #PinballFXXboxSeriesXS #PinballFXXboxOne #PinballFXPC #PinballFXReview #Pinball
#PinballFX podría ser un juego divertido y entretenido (casi como está planteado ahora). Pero está tan empeñado en sacarte los cuartos que es asqueroso. 🤮
Though not based on their best movies, or even all of the new ones, the virtual pinball tables in the ""Godzilla Vs. Kong Pack" for "Pinball FX" are still as fun as a barrel of monkeys ... fighting a barrel of lizards. Here's the link to my review.
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#GodzillaVsKongPack #GodzillaVsKongPackReview #ZenPinball #ZenPinballReview #gaming #games #VideoGames #KingKong #Godzilla #GodzillaVsKong #pinball #PinballFX
Crypt of the Necrodancer AND Pinball?!?
The best of two worlds, awww yeah!
Dance your way to the top of the leaderboards on Crypt of the NecroDancer Pinball! Experience the ultimate fusion of rhythm and pinball on our new table inspired by a beautiful classic from Brace Yourself Games.
Coming to Pinball FX on April 13!
Nun wollte ich das Spiel loben, weil man einen 1-Tages-Pass freischalten kann, wenn man sich durch 8 Challenges gequält hat. Der Pass hätte dazu berechtigt, fast alle Tische spielen zu können. Schade nur, das mit der letzten Challenge das Event irgendwie wechselt, ohne dass der 1-Tages-Pass freigeschaltet wird. Top! 👍🏻
Puh, also mit dem neuen #PinballFX für #PS5 ist aus meiner Sicht kein großer Wurf gelungen. Völlig unübersichtliche und verwirrende Menüführung. Dazu als Gratis-Tisch der schlechte Wild West Rampage, der irgendwie noch schlechter (weil unfair) geworden ist. Sehr schade. Hab ZEN Pinball stets gefeiert. 😢
Ebenfalls schade aber nachvollziehbar: Dieses Mal kann man keine gekauften Tische aus dem Vorgänger mitnehmen. 😢
So the new #PinballFX is out and… dear lord. Someone thought buying pinball tables wasn’t monetization enough and now it’s filled with useless virtual collectible tat as well. *And* it features a virtual currency.
Yeah. Just no.
Update: I introduced the day nurse to #PinballFX. He sounds like he’s a huge pinball fan, part of the #VFWPinball community here in Ann Arbor, and able to recite all four previous locations of Pinball Pete’s in the city. https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/pinball-fx3-switch/
Pinball FX: Borderlands und Brothers in Arms-Pinball-Tische erscheinen im Februar für Xbox – Trailer
#Xbox #InsideXboxDE #PinballFX #Repost
Zen Studios wird Tische basierend auf Borderlands, Brothers in Arms und Homeworld veröffentlichen, wenn Pinball FX im Februar auf den Markt kommt.
#Xbox #InsideXboxDE #PinballFX #Repost
Sunday morning pinball on the cabinet: played a bunch of PinballFX today. Cabinet support is still spotty, but I get by.
I love the Homeworld table. It's really fun to see those game models flying around. Also checked out the new Grimm Tales table. It's absolutely gorgeous.
Zen Studios bringen Pinball FX im Februar 2023 zusammen mit dem The Addams Family-Tisch auf die Xbox und PlayStation!
#Xbox #InsideXboxDE #PinballFX #Trailer