The Pinball FX 2 Thread (Cause Sometimes You Just Wanna Play Pinball)

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The thread for the best Pinball video game in the world. Just got the Fantastic Four table and it's pretty awesome. Challenging like the Iron Man table and with enough weird states and stuff like the Blade table. Not quite as good as my favorite two tables - Spiderman and Mars.

Mordy, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 17:41 (ten years ago) link

I played so much of this for some reason. Never got any tables other than those that come with the game though.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 18:06 (ten years ago) link

the best Pinball video game in the world

Nah, these still play better than FX (and they're all on gog.com, I think):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Pinball:_The_Web
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Pinball:_Timeshock!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Pinball:_Big_Race_USA

And the same people went on to make this, which is also fantastic:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroid_Prime_Pinball

JimD, Thursday, 26 May 2011 08:20 (ten years ago) link

fair enough -- I meant this gen pinball

Mordy, Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:00 (ten years ago) link

Will totally rep for Metroid Prime Pinball!

Nhex, Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:50 (ten years ago) link

There's another one I picked up on steam recently...slam it pinball maybe? Don't remember, haven't played it much, but that might be ok too.

JimD, Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:39 (ten years ago) link

The pinball game I got for the iPad is pretty great.

polyphonic, Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:56 (ten years ago) link

which one?

he he he what would i not eat? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 May 2011 05:41 (ten years ago) link

War Pinball

polyphonic, Friday, 27 May 2011 05:45 (ten years ago) link

i had pro pinball too, that was amazing

i still really enjoy psycho pinball on the megadrive

but i should get this fx2, how much are the tables costing?

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Friday, 27 May 2011 11:02 (ten years ago) link

idk, something like 250 microsoft points? i don't remember the conversion rates

Mordy, Friday, 27 May 2011 12:30 (ten years ago) link

so i got this. trying streetfighter table, but also got the f4 and excalibur ones

who is Shinefield? and how did you get such a huge score on the SF table?

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:35 (ten years ago) link

That's me and I don't think I ever played the Streetfighter table?

Mordy, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:36 (ten years ago) link

I got a decent F4 score tho. Tell me if the Excalibur one is any good?

Mordy, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:36 (ten years ago) link

I got War Pinball. It's pretty good, but seriously lol at whoever came up with the original idea for PLATOON - THE PINBALL TABLE.

I should give FX2 another chance I guess, I've only played a five minute demo.

JimD, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:39 (ten years ago) link

oh its your superscore it comes ramming in my face, which i think is your accumulative score for all tables

Excalibur is pretty good, but it has one annoying feature of a huge ballista object placed over the left flipper tunnel, which means its difficult to see the ball coming down there.

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Sunday, 29 May 2011 20:13 (ten years ago) link

Psh, Mordy's superscore is unnaturally inflated imo.

polyphonic, Sunday, 29 May 2011 20:35 (ten years ago) link

really like the F4 table, trying my hardest to get THING but just cant get that last letter. and not managed to finish any of the missions. my fave so far

now downloading the marvel ones

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Sunday, 29 May 2011 20:57 (ten years ago) link

Unnaturally? I just play a lot! (Esp since baby was born, it's basically the only game I have time for.) I'll challenge any of you on any table. :)

Mordy, Sunday, 29 May 2011 21:04 (ten years ago) link

Okay I'm well into these. Gone a bit table buying crazy today but fuck it, it's holidays.

Love the Spiderman table, it's just so vibrant and the web like twisty ramps are cool.
Also enjoy the Wolverine table too. Not too keen on the Iron Man one though, seems like the table is cramped with the ball only able to move in the bottom half of the table most of the time.
Blade is pretty decent, love the colour change, but that right hand ramp is a pain for sending the ball straight down the middle.

No idea what I'm doing on most of these yet, and cannot read the instructions on the screen at the same time as trying to keep the ball in play.
Could also do without the highly distracting score messages. "shinefield is still millions of points in front of you" and "You have beaten polyphonics high score". pointless stuff like that

Are any of those old originals worth getting (speed, agent etc) ?

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Monday, 30 May 2011 01:18 (ten years ago) link

oh and don't get the streetfighter table, its crap

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Monday, 30 May 2011 01:20 (ten years ago) link

Are any of those old originals worth getting

The old ones are a little more simplified compared to the new ones, but I love Speed Machine and Agents. But the new tables have more bells and whistles for sure.

polyphonic, Monday, 30 May 2011 01:26 (ten years ago) link

Mars table is amazing btw. Iron Man def hard but worth working thru imho.

Mordy, Monday, 30 May 2011 02:23 (ten years ago) link

I want to retract my earlier pooh-poohing, this game is fantastic.

JimD, Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:43 (ten years ago) link

yeah tis

oof got a sick score on F4, still only half as good as Mordy damn you

i know multiball is a window of high scoring opportunity but i hate it, and i'm so unlucky all the balls fly at my flippers all at the same time, all the time.

remove this man from the internet (Ste), Saturday, 4 June 2011 12:53 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

got Captain America table last night, latest edition to the Marvel collection.

Is okay but frustrating moments of ball going straight down the middle of the table seemed to happen an awful lot.

Also noticed some annoying unskippable message moments, like after ball loss and it shows the updates. could have been just me and late night tiredness though.

Ste, Monday, 11 July 2011 10:47 (ten years ago) link

and i really like the music on the Wolverine table

Ste, Monday, 11 July 2011 10:48 (ten years ago) link

If I get this, what are the good tables? Ste, any other good ones besides the Spiderman and Wolverine tables?

Nhex, Monday, 11 July 2011 11:49 (ten years ago) link

All the Marvel tables (Wolv, Spidey, Iron Man, Blade, Cap America) are decent, and the Fantastic 4 one (which i don't think comes as part of the Marvel collection, could be wrong).

It could be down to personal preference really, 3 tables I'm not overly fond of - SSF, Haunted Mansion, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. But I know lots of other people think they're great. Good thing with all the tables is you can trial them for free first.

Lots of people say that Excalibur is one of the best, but to me it's just okay.

Ste, Monday, 11 July 2011 12:57 (ten years ago) link

oh and i haven't bought the four pre installed tables, but they look really good. I should get those at some point.

Ste, Monday, 11 July 2011 12:58 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

While ILX has been down, this has appeared on both iOS and 3DS, and both are great. iOS version is free with one (new) table, then wolverine/captain america/thor are in-app purchases. 3DS version has 4 completely new tables.

JimD, Monday, 2 January 2012 09:42 (nine years ago) link

Re my paranormal score: suck it.

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:23 (nine years ago) link

I picked this up a few weeks ago... need more friends to fight on the leaderboard besides ant! Really enjoy the Marvel tables so far, especially the Wolvie table.

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:32 (nine years ago) link

What platform?

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:57 (nine years ago) link

xbox

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:16 (nine years ago) link

add me - 'Shinefield'

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:27 (nine years ago) link

four weeks pass...

this looks so good: http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2012/02/02/a-closer-look-at-zen-pinballs-upcoming-epic-quest/

Mordy, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:10 (nine years ago) link

yeah it does. should get me back into this game.

Summer Slam! (Ste), Friday, 3 February 2012 12:31 (nine years ago) link

That reminds me that I wanted to check out the Wizorb game...

Nhex, Saturday, 4 February 2012 00:49 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Nobody else playing epic quest? I'm not seeing any of you on my leaderboards at least. Only table I'm even half decent at so I want some competition.

JimD, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 19:11 (nine years ago) link

oh yeah, i wanted to give that a try. maybe after passover

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 19:11 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

Marvel: Vengeance and VIrtue and the core Pinball FX2 both 50% off until tuesday on XBL

Nhex, Saturday, 8 September 2012 07:58 (eight years ago) link

Bah, more sales on tables I don't already own please.

JimD, Saturday, 8 September 2012 10:32 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ends tomorrow, but the newer Marvel pack is on sale right now, as is Captain America. I haven't played the other tables yet but that pack is worth it alone for Infinity Gauntlet, great stuff.

Nhex, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 02:08 (eight years ago) link

Ace, got, thanks.

JimD, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 09:01 (eight years ago) link

That reminds me that I wanted to check out the Wizorb game...

Oh, if you didn't pick it up already, that's included in this.

JimD, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 09:03 (eight years ago) link

I got it a few months ago - cute, though slight, it's a $3 title, so expect about that much worth out of it. Great style obviously, and works as a great NES-era throwback, as you can beat the whole thing in about an hour.

Nhex, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 13:08 (eight years ago) link

how does this compare to The Pinball Arcade?

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Tuesday, 2 October 2012 18:03 (eight years ago) link

Pinball Arcade seems like a much stronger physics simulation, as their goal is to get perfect emulation of real tables, frustrations and all. I definitely swing more towards Pinball FX and other "fake" pinball games, where you can (and should!) take advantage of the fact that it's a video game to do weird stuff, camera tricks, animations, etc.

Nhex, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 18:08 (eight years ago) link

I vastly prefer Pinball Arcade. To me the Pinball FX games aren't video gamey enough! It should be more like, I dunno, Wonderputt vs. real miniature golf. Plus I love supporting the project of Pinball Arcade because I love old pinball tables.

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Tuesday, 2 October 2012 18:13 (eight years ago) link

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1790321238/pro-pinball-revived-and-remastered

This is going to fail in the next couple of days, 400k was hugely optimistic. And part of the problem for me is that the originals are on gog.com and still look and play great anyway, so there's no desperate need for remakes. Still, that new table would've been nice.

JimD, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 06:31 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

http://blog.zenstudios.com/?p=2918

Star Wars tables out tomorrow.

JimD, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 08:23 (eight years ago) link

Ooooh. I may break my habit of waiting until they're on sale for this one...

Nhex, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:17 (eight years ago) link

Ha, the impersonators they've got in to read the dialogue lines are laughably awful, their yoda sounds more like Phyllis Pearce. Tables are great though, especially the Clone Wars one.

JimD, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:56 (eight years ago) link

I like Pinball FX2 (or whatever the PS3 version is called) but some of the tables last way too long. The Spider-man table in particular has lots of easy extra balls and entire modes where ball save is permanently on.

abanana, Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:09 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I don't really like that Spider-Man table. Too many ramps, I guess?

Nhex, Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:15 (eight years ago) link

Also Mordy has some kind of insane score on it, if I remember

Nhex, Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:15 (eight years ago) link

yeah i loved that spider-man table

Mordy, Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:21 (eight years ago) link

Star Wars tables are like a solid A-.

GM, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:00 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Couple sales today (US) - Plants vs. Zombies, Marvel Chronicles pack (the newer one), and the original Pinball FX tables. Also most of last year's Summer of Arcade, but that's not related to pinball.

Nhex, Tuesday, 2 April 2013 14:48 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

now on steam. not yet on mac :(

Mordy , Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:27 (eight years ago) link

? https://itunes.apple.com/app/zen-pinball-2/id527953383?l=en&mt=12

Nhex, Sunday, 12 May 2013 08:30 (eight years ago) link

weird that they didn't go with steamplay though

Nhex, Sunday, 12 May 2013 08:30 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Currently a weeklong Humble Bundle up with a crapload of tables (PC version) for $6
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
tempted to rebuy since i never got Epic Quest for Xbox, but ehhhh, really wish it was the Mac version available

Nhex, Saturday, 23 November 2013 05:01 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Huh, could've sworn I pledged for that but then it failed to hit the target. Guess they must've tried again.

JimD, Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:44 (seven years ago) link

Ah no, this is the one that failed: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1790321238/pro-pinball-revived-and-remastered

So yeah, great that they're still pressing ahead with something.

JimD, Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:46 (seven years ago) link

Yeah this looks great

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

All Pinball FX2 tables are 50% off this week on XBL. I suspect they're gonna go next gen soon, so this might be the last good time to pick up tables.

Nhex, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:24 (seven years ago) link

The heck is this Super League junk?

Nhex, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:29 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

You know what I love? Not playing a table for a year or two, coming back, getting your best high score ever on the first try.

That's a long way of saying I beat your score on Spider-Man, Mordy!

Nhex, Friday, 9 May 2014 03:17 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

humble bundle, now!

JimD, Thursday, 27 November 2014 20:27 (six years ago) link

(btw is this the only star wars project ever that Anthony Daniels hasn't turned up for?)

JimD, Thursday, 27 November 2014 20:29 (six years ago) link

still kinda bitter that they didn't do the Mac versions again for humble

Nhex, Thursday, 27 November 2014 21:25 (six years ago) link

Wow, I guess Zen hasn't run an XBL sale in a while, because I'm realizing I don't have most of those tables. Maybe I'll bite

Nhex, Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:44 (six years ago) link

Yeah I didn't have many either. $6 for 17 tables, hard to say no, wish there was a way to move my high scores from xbx to pc though.

JimD, Friday, 28 November 2014 00:02 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

All the Star Wars tables are on sale this week on both Sony and MS stores, so I'll probably get them but... tempted to switch platforms to PS4 for the future. Out of curiosity, anyone here doing/done that? Seems like most of us here were on XBL. Gotta admit that leaderboards are a motivating factor.

Nhex, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:36 (six years ago) link

Yeah I actually ended up with a full set of all tables for PC, thanks to various bundles and deals, but when I play I still lean towards 360 because PC leaderboards are a wasteland. Can't face the prospect of rebuying everything yet again for PS4 though.

JimD, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 09:39 (six years ago) link

I'm not going to rebuy everything, just thinking about doing a platform/brand switch for new tables, since I don't plan to get an Xbox One. Will be feeling similar pain when the new Rock Band comes out, sigh.

Nhex, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:23 (six years ago) link

At least with this game, it doesn't look like they've optimized for the new console generation anyway... so maybe I will stick to 360 out of inertia. OTOH, the cross-buy between PS3/PS4/Vita/future Sony ecosystem, maybe I should just go ahead and pull the trigger. Is there going to be a Zen Pinball/Pinball FX3?

Nhex, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:26 (six years ago) link

Seems unlikely, if they were going to upgrade the engine then the move to next gen would've been the time to do that. And there's really nothing wrong with the engine as it is anyway.

Harmonix have saved me from the Rock Band dilemma by dropping support for keyboards, which means I'm sticking with RB3 anyway.

JimD, Sunday, 3 May 2015 10:27 (six years ago) link

Ooh.

http://youtu.be/V_IaXhheqTU

JimD, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 18:02 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

amazing humble bundle this week that makes me really angry that pinball fx is still not mac compatible

Mordy, Thursday, 3 March 2016 21:59 (five years ago) link

lol too true

Nhex, Thursday, 3 March 2016 22:04 (five years ago) link

not sure if this will still work but:
Pinball FX2 - Star Wars™ Pinball: Balance of the Force Pack
MTMLF-VBI77-EP4L0

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 22:51 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Ok this launched for PSVR yesterday and I really shouldn't be starting all over again in a new ecosystem (my original table purchases were on Xbox and then I got a ton of extra tables on PC too through bundles etc, I even bought the 3ds version) but I couldn't resist picking it up. And ohhhhhh shit it's AMAZING, by far my favourite version yet.

JimD, Friday, 2 December 2016 00:26 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/06/28/announcing-pinball-fx3-the-biggest-most-community-focused-pinball-game-ever/

I haven't played in a while but I'm still interested. Wish I could somehow merge my PC/Xbox tables into an account and/or move over to PS4.

Nhex, Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:15 (four years ago) link

Community focused pinball

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:05 (four years ago) link

Then most community focused pinball game, ever

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:06 (four years ago) link

i'm game <3 the pinball

Mordy, Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:22 (four years ago) link

I guess if they take this as an opportunity to move to cross platform leaderboards then that'll be a good thing, even if they're clearly not going to go so far as "hey bring all your PC tables over to PS4" or anything.

JimD, Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:15 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Sounds like that's gonna happen! Glad I got one or two of those Humble Bundles.

Nhex, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:18 (three years ago) link

http://www.pinballfx.com/?page_id=7348

Nhex, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:19 (three years ago) link

Oh yeah that's great news.

JimD, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:00 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Urgh. So FX3 came out, I've not tried it on console because all my tables were on 360 and this gen I've only got a PS4, but I've given the PC version a try and it's pretty awful.

- Apparently there are graphical improvements, but I couldn't see any.
- Frame rates are massively down, I could previously maintain a solid 60fps at 1440p on my surface book, in FX3 I've had to drop to 1080p and I'm still seeing regular stutters
- Tables now level up as you play: you unlock upgrades which mean eg the bumpers score more per hit, or the multiball scoring increases by 15%, or whatever. So trying to score well on table before you've fully levelled it up is pretty pointless, they've managed to introduce a pointless grind to fucking pinball. You can turn that stuff off, but the online leaderboards are based on it being turned on.

JimD, Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:30 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

I've only just noticed FX3 in my Steam library. Installing now so will give it a try, sounds like I'll be disappointed though.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Friday, 2 February 2018 13:52 (three years ago) link

Hate to admit it but the RPGification stuff is actually pretty compelling so yeah, I've ended up playing the new version a lot more than I initially expected.

Irritating thing which might just be me getting something wrong - they make you connect your steam/MS/PSN account to one of their own zen accounts, but don't give you enough control to let you make sure that eg your steam/MS/PSN accounts are all linked to the SAME zen account (which is the main reason you'd want to be able to do this).

JimD, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:47 (three years ago) link

they make you connect your steam/MS/PSN account to one of their own zen accounts, but don't give you enough control to let you make sure that eg your steam/MS/PSN accounts are all linked to the SAME zen account (which is the main reason you'd want to be able to do this).

Yeah it seemed literally a button click and then um, what ok

Played Spiderman, Empire Strikes Back, Secrets of the Deep, and trials of Jaws, Aliens and Adventure Land

I like it yeah, graphics slightly improved but not outstanding. I still have issues with some of the ball physics too.

Personally not bothered about the upgrade stuff, seems they're trying to go for the mobile phone game appeal.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Friday, 2 February 2018 14:54 (three years ago) link

It would be cool to see some more old fashioned style tables on there as well

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Friday, 2 February 2018 14:55 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Don’t know whether anyone’s been paying attention but they’ve announced Pinball FX4 (though it’ll just be called Pinball FX). And they’ve managed to piss off the entire fan base. Previous purchases don’t carry over, every table will need to be paid for again. And they’re not launching on Stream (it’ll be an epic game store exclusive). And they’re not launching on PS4/XBOne either, it’ll be next gen only on console (except they’re sticking with Switch for some reason? Maybe just to further annoy the PS4/XBOne owners who can’t play it on their more powerful consoles?).

They got bought out last year so I’m guessing none of these cash grab decisions are actually coming from the dev team themselves but still, folks seem pretty angry. I’d actually got to the point where I had all 99 tables on steam over 8-10 years or whatever, so yeah, no way I’m rebuying all those at £3-4 each.

They’re ditching their own engine and rebuilding everything in unreal 4. That’s the main justification they’re giving for “so you need to pay again” but as a user who cares what the engine is? It’s all very weird and poor decision making on their part.

JimD, Friday, 26 March 2021 08:41 (four months ago) link

Oof. Terrible move, huge part of the appeal was that you could carry the library over from gen to gen, as long as you were in the same console or PC ecosystem. Then again, I haven't touched this game in years - hopefully they use the next-gen opportunity to actually change things up somehow. (But as you said, they're sticking with Switch, so... probably not.)

According to Zen, the game “will introduce Pinball Royale, a new multiplayer action mode incorporating frantic battle royale-style gameplay.
hm.

Nhex, Friday, 26 March 2021 12:52 (four months ago) link


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