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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by simes » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:34 am

RMLF wrote:Not played anything modern alas.

but modernish I have to go with True Pinball, Epic Pinball and the Pinball classics doodah by Gottlieb on the Ps2
Forgot about True Pinball! Picked up a copy of that a couple of months ago for a couple of quid but I don't tend to play it too often. I really do need to get my Amiga 1200 set up again though for the ones by 21st Century...
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:58 am

Future Pinball and Visual Pinball are the way to go on PC:

http://www.futurepinball.com/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vpinball/

You can comine Visual Pinball with PinMAME to get the full experience. Just like MAME, there's hundreds (thousands?) of table available.
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by davyK » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:59 am

Flipnic on PS2 is great though its a bit "far out" - if you prefer "normal" pinball then.....

Digital Pinball (Saturn) has a nice selection of tables that are designed to be clear with the 3D whole table view and there are well designed cues that point out what to do next which makes it all very approachable. Hardcore players might find it a bit condescending though.

Pro Pinball The Web on Saturn is nice too and that table is missing from Pro Pinball Trilogy on Dreamcast for some reason (this game looks stunning on DC with the VGA box).

I liked Tilt too - you can select from 2D or 3D views on the fly (it switches to 3D when multi-ball is activated). A great selection of tables. I have the Saturn version- can't vouch for the PS1 version.

Gottleib classics - had this on PS2 and its lovely but its buggy - the game is prone to freezing - have since got the Wii version which is crash free and very nice but I find it hard to settle on which camera angle I prefer - I suspect the PS3/360 versions really benefit from the increased resolution but the Wii's remote and nunchuk are well used for nudging.

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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:13 pm

Aren't the 'Classics' series on Wii highly regarded as the wiimote handles tilts and nudges nicely? I'm not sure which of those saw a PAL release.
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by shiftytigger » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:52 pm

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire pinball - or cheating slightly with Pinball Dreams / Fantasies on PSN.

Pokemon pinball is a good fun take with some great scoring opportunities. Pinball dreams and fantasies should need no introductions.

Not really played much pinball otherwise - sadly I find a lot of console pinball doesnt live up to the real thing.
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by STranger81 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:21 pm

Another nod to Zen Pinball on the 3ds here. Some fantastic design went into this, great tables, sound, themes, modes etc.

And obviously the Gottlieb and Williams collections too. Although the selection of tables on Gottlieb is somewhat of a let down. Strikes and Spares? Seriously?! And the Williams collection features Taxi, easily one of the greatest pinball games ever made!
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Misery » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:10 pm

Pinball FX 2, definitely. Some REALLY great tables there... those guys really know what they're doing.

And once Pinball Arcade comes to consoles.... ooh, I think those two will be tied in terms of awesome. Having spent extensive time with the iOS version... yeah, it's definitely on par with Zen's stuff. That's one to watch for. Also coming to PC, I understand. The Black Hole table has quickly become my favorite.

Also, in case it's not obvious, Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball are the same things. FX is on the 360 and Zen is the PS3 version.... I've never been sure WHY. There are a very few tables that are exclusive to each version.... but the majority of them are on both.

Also, for the Marvel Pinball stuff, FX 2 contains those tables as well, as DLC. While apparantly on the PS3 it's a seperate thing? I again have NO idea why. But they're still really freaking good regardless of the version.

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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by simes » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:40 am

I don't think Zen Pinball has really had the recognition it deserves on the PS3 and there isn't a great choice of additional tables to download (I've been in two minds about getting it). In contrast, I bought Marvel Pinball on the day of release as well as all of the extra tables so splitting the licence certainly made a difference for me, and I guess it did for a lot of other comic fans.
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Misery » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:06 am

simes wrote:I don't think Zen Pinball has really had the recognition it deserves on the PS3 and there isn't a great choice of additional tables to download (I've been in two minds about getting it). In contrast, I bought Marvel Pinball on the day of release as well as all of the extra tables so splitting the licence certainly made a difference for me, and I guess it did for a lot of other comic fans.

Yeah, I *really* dont know why in the heck they did it that way with the PS3 version. It's one of the reasons why I chose the 360 one, because it let me have almost all of the tables in one single program.... and that's quite alot of tables.

I personally would rather see more original concept tables, as opposed to licensed stuff.... I'm not a comic-book fan and know exactly squat about most of the Marvel stuff.... but still, those are great tables nonetheless.

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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by simes » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:36 am

It's probably the opposite for me. In the arcades some of my favourite machines were the licensed ones - Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, The Addams Family - and Marvel Pinball really manages to capture all of the individual characters brilliantly. Spider-Man feels very reminiscent of the 90s cartoon musically and I can't wait for some of the tables that are on the way, although I think that some of the "filler" tables may only get a couple of plays.

I'm getting a lot of repeat play out of it at the moment as well trying to beat everyone's scores who I have on my friends list from here, but that's another matter altogether but if anyone else is up for a challenge...!
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by SoupDragon » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:01 am

My current faves are Zen/Marvel pinball. Love a bit Pro Pinball Trilogy on Dreamcast too.
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Sixteen Plus » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:18 am

Not quite so modern. I recently completed Sonic Spinball on my Nokia. slightly cut down megadrive verison, very tricky and much easier on the megadrive itself.

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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by simes » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:29 pm

If anyone feels like a bit of a high-score challenge on Marvel Pinball or Zen Pinball on the PS3, feel free to add me to your friends list! I don't have it yet but I'll be getting Zen Pinball and a few extra tables later tonight so I'm up for a bit of friendly competition...! :D
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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by Misery » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:10 pm

simes wrote:If anyone feels like a bit of a high-score challenge on Marvel Pinball or Zen Pinball on the PS3, feel free to add me to your friends list! I don't have it yet but I'll be getting Zen Pinball and a few extra tables later tonight so I'm up for a bit of friendly competition...! :D
I'd jump for that, if I wasnt using the 360 version.

In all honesty trying to use the PS3's controller for these would drive me crazy fast. This is the ONE and only instance where I actually think that the otherwise-useless 360 controller is the better choice, since the triggers dont suck and arent in awkward spots. Bloody PS3 controller kills my arm if I try to play something heavy on the.... on the.... whatever those buttons at the top are called.

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Re: Best modern pinball game

Post by simes » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:40 am

Got to be honest and say that I'm not as impressed with Zen Pinball as I am with Marvel Pinball, despite both of them being pretty much the same game when you strip away the individual tables. Downloaded it a few days ago along with three additional tables (Epic Quest, Mars and Street Fighter II) and apart from Mars and Epic Quest they all just have that "generic" pinball feel to them and Street Fighter II... well I just expected more from it to be honest.

Sound has always been a pretty important part of games for me (blame the C64 for that!) and I felt that the voiceover work was a big let-down and it really needed different actors and something more suited for each table. Overall though, I just didn't really feel a connection with any of them though apart from Epic Quest which I've kept going back to over and over.

In all honesty, releasing Marvel Pinball separately was definitely good business sense as I wouldn't have stuck with Zen Pinball long enough to have bought any of the Marvel tables! As it stands however, I don't think there's a bad table yet in the Marvel game, they're all true to the characters, have fairly good voice work, great music and just "feel" right. I just hope that they don't run out of quality characters as some of the suggestions for the next pack are a little... odd!
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