Pinball FX2 Zen Classics Impressions

Game Reviews, Games

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Zen Studios has given us a steady stream of high quality, fun, and varied pinball tables over the last couple of years.  Over time, the quality of design of the tables has improved greatly, which makes the recent (re)release of these classic tables a touch bittersweet.

The Zen Classics tables originally appeared as part of Zen Pinball on the PS3, making this their first appearance on the Xbox 360.  Because these tables are remakes, albeit with improved graphics and physics, they don’t quite display the quality, flair, and balance that the more recently developed tables do.  On the other hand, all four tables bring a retro vibe that fans of the early 90’s pinball era should be stoked for.

Whereas the more modern styled tables typically include a 3D model of a character or two, these classic tables are more “realistic” and you really get the sense that there are physical mechanisms at work here.  The included tables are:

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Marvel Civil War – Pinball FX2 table review

Game Reviews, Games

Civil War Battle

Pinball FX2 is inarguably one of the finest Pinball simulations ever made.  Both the physics and graphics engine behind the tables are very well done.  It’s then up to developers Zen Studios to produce tables that utilize the FX2 engine artfully to ensure that pinball fans have a variety of themes and skill levels to choose from.  These tables are released as downloadable expansions to the base game.  This is a review of one of these expansions.

The Marvel license has been good to the Pinball FX franchise.  Digital pinball wizards have an assortment of Marvel tables featuring some great characters and “storylines”.  The story in the Marvel Civil War table unsurprisingly follows the Civil War storyline in the comics.  This storyline follows the tragic incident at Stamford, Connecticut where super villain Nitro killed more than 600 people with his mutant powers.

This event causes the government to enact the Superhuman Registration Act in an effort to catalog and track superpeople worldwide.  Iron Man agrees to help round up the superhumans whereas Captain America refuses, seeing it as an infringement on civil liberties.  This disagreement between two prominent superheroes results in a “civil war”.  Both sides of the issue rally for support of other mutants as the war gets bigger and and deadlier. Continue reading

Zen Studios Releases Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ Themed Pinball Table

Comics, Games, Music

Zen Studios has released its newest Marvel themed table for Pinball FX2 today. It’s the best Pinball sim game you could ever hope for and they keep dishing out the high quality tables. This newest one is based on the Civil War storyline that pit hero versus hero against each other over differing opinions and views. Fight for the side you believe in utilizing little metal spheres and your talent of striking them to various locations using skill and occassional randomness.

Zen Studios were nice enough to make the soundtrack for this table available for FREE as well. Head to the bottom of this page to download the tracks for yourself and enjoy the sound of comic book pinball conflict whenever you feel like it.

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Marvel Pinball: Civil War Begins Next Week

Comics, Games

Join forces with Iron Man or Captain America in the newest Marvel Pinball table, Civil War! The Superhuman Registration act has stirred up controversy within the Marvel universe. If passed, this act would force those with super powers to register with the federal government and reveal their true identities. Iron Man is in favor of this act, while Captain America leads the charge against it. Choose a side and rally the support of other superheroes!

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