I was never really a big fan of pinball games on consoles – I was more of a hands-on with the machines kid. Since starting up with Pinball FX 2, my views have most definitely changed. Zen Studios are definitely known for being able to bring to life popular franchises in the form of pinball tables. The newest addition to the ever growing table list are the Star Wars tables that were announced a little while back. This week’s update brings us three of the ten announced – The Empire Strikes Back table, Boba Fett table, and Clone Wars table.
First up was The Empire Strikes Back table. With this movie being probably the best of the whole series, waiting to see the table itself was hard. Personally, I was a little disappointed with the table. The character voices on this table were very non-believable and didn’t bear hardly any resemblance to those from the movie. The top half of the table seems to be very overcrowded, almost as if everything that was left out of the pretty empty bottom half and had been squeezed in at the top. Style wise, it isn’t so bad. The lightsaber that makes an appearance every so often to beam the ball to where it needs to go is a nice addition, as is the artwork used on the table. Sitting back and looking at the table and pointing out different sections is very satisfying. Overall though, this is probably the most simple of the three tables to play and get the hang of.
Next up is the Boba Fett table. This is my personal favourite out of all three of the tables. It has plenty going on, no matter where on the table you are. The character voices on this table were very convincing. They include the voices of Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, and of course, Boba Fett. You are also presented with various mini but fun missions to complete throughout playing. These help to boost your score by a million points here and there. If like me, you are unfortunate as far as losing the ball more often than not, then you will be greeted with the sight of Boba Fett using his wrist launcher to save the ball – I love this! Boba and his wrist have saved my ball plenty of times! This is most definitely the best of the three tables.
The third and final table included in the first of the Star Wars table packs is The Clone Wars. This table is also fun to play, though in my opinion, not as much as the Boba Fett table. The character voices on this table are ok, but not great. It also does get a bit repetitive having Yoda repeat the same sayings over and over again. The Clone Wars table doesn’t have as many sections like the Boba Fett table, but that in no way makes it any less fun to play. There are plenty of sections on the table that allow you to rack up some high scores, as well as a few different areas to send the ball flying to.
This table pack is definitely my favourite addition to the list of Zen Studios table list. As I mentioned earlier, the Boba Fett table is by far my most favourite table of these three and is the one that I find myself going back to play time and time again. The Empire Strikes Back table is lacking a bit of everything and The Clone Wars table is somewhere between the previous two. Saying this, I can see myself playing this table pack again and again, even just to try and beat my previous high score. I think that this table will go down well with fans of the franchise as well as non fans – the tables are that great! Zen Studios have again proved that they can turn their hand to adding anything into the Pinball FX 2 world, and can keep their fans happy at the same time.
Now to wait for the next pack…