| Friday, April 27, 2012
- ZEN Studios
- ZEN Studios/Microsoft Studios
- Xbox 360 - Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation 3 - Playstation Network
- 1-4 In House or 1-2 Online
As much as I enjoy virtual pinball, which, if you read our little site often enough, you’ve likely realized is quite a bit, I am finding it increasingly difficult to give an instant thumbs up to the ongoing expansion tables ZEN Studios is releasing for its Pinball FX/ZEN Pinball franchises. Yes, I still had to play the tables to form my opinions, but, initially, I was instantly enamoured. With the more recent releases though, and most often with the Marvel packs, my enjoyment has been brought down by the inclusion of tables that didn’t quite live up to the others in the pack. That’s not to say they were “bad” per se. They just didn’t reach the level of fun or interactivity of the other tables.
This first happened with the original Marvel Pinball release, with one half of the pack not quite living up to the other half. Now the same thing has happened, though not to the same extent with the Vengeance and Virtue pack. Three out of the four tables are quite enjoyable, but then the Ghost Rider table shuffles in there to ruin the party with its ugly simplicity. What’s the point?