Pinball FX2 Review

Pinball FX2 is the best pinball (“Flipper” in Croatia) game I have ever played. It has an endless replay factor, is great for parties, and is constantly challenging and fun! So what else is there to say in this Pinball FX2 Review? A lot actually!

The graphics in Pinball FX2 are excellent. Everything is modelled in a fashion that is smooth, clean and realistic, yet with a 3D rendered feel that is enjoyable, as apposed to something that would pull you out of the experience. There are a lot of Star Wars and Marvel themed tables that do a great job of capturing the essence of the story and characters being portrayed. Here’s a video showing different tables, including the intro camera flyby and a bit of action.

The core Pinball FX2 game is free, and tables are purchased separately in a DLC format. I’ve been lucky to wait out for sales on Steam when purchasing single tables and also picked up an amazing bundle of tables during one of Humble Bundle‘s weekly sales. This had proven to be a full collection worth playing, to pick up for 5 minutes, or to power through a longer session, seeking the glory of having the top high scores. Its a bit of old fashioned arcade bliss in that sense. The other bonus is that the studio behind Pinball FX2, is always working on new games. At the time of this writing, there was recently added a Marvel Venom table. Venom is a villain in the Spiderman franchise. There are even South Park tables! I can’t wait to grab one on sale, maybe during the Steam summer sale.

Pinball FX is vast and engaging enough for hours upon hours of single player fun, with seemingly unlimited replay value. Its also a fantastic party game. There is a “Hotseat” mode in which you only need 1 controller and it utilizes a turn based system for up to 4 players. It would be nice to see more players available. Why not up to 10? As in regular pinball, each player has 3 starting balls, or turns. In hotseat mode player one starts, when they lose their ball, it is player 2’s turn. When player 1’s turn is over, they hand the controller they were using to player 2 and so on for everyone playing. There is a very convenient, if not initially confusing live score marker in the top left of the screen, under the info panel. Each player has their own colour and there is a triangle on a line which shows where each player is, compared to everyone else. It adds to the party atmosphere of a more direct competition in who can score the best.

What I have experienced though, is that most people don’t care about the score. The tables are immersive and the fun is in just hitting the ball and keeping your play going as long as possible. From experienced gamers, to people who have never played a video game in their life, almost everybody loves playing this game. I say almost, because you can’t please everybody, all the time. In the times we have had guests over and played the game, action can continue for a good hour where everybody is having fun, laughing, yet still being able to be social when its not their turn. This blend makes for a perfect party game.

For all of my gaming, I use a Microsoft Xbox controller, which is perfect for Pinball FX2. The “A” button launches your ball and you can use either the back triggers for the flippers, or the top bumper buttons. That’s it! Simple and effective.

Pinball FX2 is the first game I’ve given a 10/10, and it totally deserves it.

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Summary

Hands down the best pinball arcade simulator there is. Great ball physics and engaging table design. Your friends will want to play more after their first taste!

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