- Developer: Zen Studios
- Publisher: Zen Studios
- Genre: Pinball
- Release Date: 26th September 2017
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
- Reviewed on: Xbox One s, 49” 4k HDR and TB 420X
- Game Supplied by: Zen Studios
How do you take a massively popular game like Pinball FX2 with over 65 tables and make it better? It’s pinball surely you can’t! Well they have and I for one am very impressed with what they have done with it and can’t wait for more tables to play
Here are the Tables currently:
Lets call it like it is, the tables are basically the same, it looks about the same, sound about the same. Don’t expect some major visual improvements, and i’m not saying their bad by any stretch of the imagination, they look great just not visually improved. Over coming months I would expect to see purpose made 4k tables on the new Xbox One X and see the improvements then.
Sounds are also as was, classic and new, depending on the table your playing.
So why am I so impressed with it?
Simple really, diversity and expansion.
Not only does Pinball FX3 still look great and play very well but you can import as per the list above most of your tables from Pinball FX2.
Straight away this gives you a massive array of games to play, and I know you’re thinking but why do I want to play the same tables over and over, well simple, Zen have packed loads of additional game options and features into Pinball FX 3
It may seem like a bit of a picture list but below i’ll take you through all the features on Pinball FX3 that make this game great and well worth the download.
Straight away when you load the game and have imported your tables (this takes about 5 minutes depending on how many you need to import) you will notice the familiar windows 10 style metro dashboard for the game. Simple and easy to navigate so a thumbs up there.
Head onto your favorite table and all seems quite normal until during the game loads of notification keep popping up, as if balls flying everywhere with table notifications and advice aren’t enough you’re now getting Xp notifications.
At first i ignored them but as the game finished and I discovered I had started to unlock some rewards in the form of table upgrades I suddenly got intrigued.
Head onto the upgrades and then WOW multipliers, time extensions and more are available to me to enhance my scores further, but how far does it go? I won’t spoil it for you, but getting rewarded and being able to outscore yourself so easily I thought was cool and a great way to bring me back to tables I might have previously finished with.
Now this alone makes for a better game but as I explored more I found even more on offer.
Challenges give another dynamic to each table allowing for you to test your table skills against others and beat friends of course. Only having 1 ball was a bit nerve racking and figuring out how to score the most points in 5 minutes was yet another challenge.
Pinball FX3 keeps giving though.
Table guides offer assistance on how to get the most out of your table and also guides you through where certain tables features are hidden, so for those struggling it’s a great addition to the game and allows better table knowledge. Obviously it’s optional but nice to know it’s there.
Knowing your overall table mastery is now important and they have coupled this all together for you on table summary screens
They cover each table as well as your achievements, and also another new addition the customisation.
This allows for earned rewards to add that extra element to your experience by way of banners and frames.
All in all to some this may not seem that much but add to that new tables which we know Zen are great at launching and I can see Pinball FX 3 being even bigger than it’s predecessor.
Below are the details for the new Universal Classics Tables
For a simple game to add cool features and upgrades in the third installment might seem like a natural progressions but after so many awesome tables on Pinball FX2 being launched and the majority being free imports with previous purchases this is a no brainer, and it’s free to download so you can at least give it a try.
I’m excited about what’s to come and can’t wait to see how friends fair on tables in comparison to me and giving more of the challenges a go. Nice one Zen Studios.