'Pinball FX-2: Zen Classics'
Microsoft Xbox 360
ESRB rating: Everyone
Review rating: 3.0 stars
Just like the world-renowned inventor, Nikola Tesla, "Pinball FX-2" has quickly risen to the top of its class. But for some unknown reason, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are different. Now Xbox 360-owners can catch up to their PS3 brethren by purchasing the old-school add-on called "Pinball FX-2: Zen Classics!"
The pinball tables included in this pack are: Tesla, Shaman, El Dorado and V-12. All four tables were originally included only in the PS3 version of "Zen Classics" that was released a while ago, and now they have finally been released for the Xbox 360 in the updated title, "Pinball FX-2." While I'm glad the only upgrades include improved visuals and ball physics, these tables are a prime example of how far the series has come in only a few years.
I'm not saying that they're lame, but they definitely aren't as elaborate as modern add-ons to the series. In fact, their complexity pales in comparison to most of the superhero additions. When you add in the fact that it's very difficult to achieve scores in the tens of millions, the biggest draw becomes their nostalgia.
As a huge fan of the Steampunk scene, the Tesla table electrifies me the most. Players are tasked with performing cool experiments among whirring cogs, spinning gears and powerful electrical arcs. The wood panel background and copper pipes also add a nice touch!
V-12 is another elaborate table with a cool concept, American muscle cars, but the glare from all the chrome and bright lights makes the ball hard to see. Shaman is fun and colorful, but I think that six flippers can be overwhelming and the constant ball save extends games too often. El Dorado is the most basic of the bunch. Even the Nathan Drake lookalike can't save it from mediocrity.
"Pinball FX-2: Zen Classics" is a great way to complete the Xbox 360 version of the game, but the simplicity of these titles may disappoint fans of the modern tables.