'Pinball FX2: Star Wars Pinball'
Xbox Live and Sony PSN
ESRB rating: Everyone
Review rating: 4.5 stars
I chuckled to myself when a friend suggested that I try virtual pinball, but Zen Studios has blown me away with "Pinball FX2!" The realistic physics of the balls literally make it seem like I'm playing an arcade pinball game, and the surrealistic visual effects add immensely to the enjoyment. Now the developers have released a set of tables based on "Star Wars," and they're so cool that it makes me proud to be a geek!
Even though the "Empire Strikes Back" table looks bereft of options, players can easily activate one of five missions that get the action going. For example, one mission tasks aspiring snowspeeder pilots with taking down a giant AT-AT lumbering across the table. In addition, a cool new mini-game takes place on the Millennium Falcon where Luke Skywalker must use the force to reflect blaster fire.
"Star Wars" fans love Boba Fett, so it's not surprising to see a table based on the intergalactic bounty hunter. Although the missions are very similar in regards to their goals, some take place for the Galactic Empire while others are for the Hutts. It's cool to see Han Solo frozen in carbonite and I also appreciate the added touch of putting a Sarlacc pit on the table that must be avoided. This table is packed with action with one-on-one combat and lots of laser fire!
Similar to the cartoon series, "The Clone Wars" table is definitely not my favorite. Unlike the "Empire Strikes Back" table, this one is packed wall-to-wall with ramps and lanes stacked on top of each other. It's simply too easy to rack up points on this table, and it can actually become rather monotonous to watch fellow pinball wizards during multiplayer mode.
Whether you play "Pinball FX2" on Xbox Live or "Zen Pinball 2" on PSN, the Star Wars table set is a great addition.