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« on: December 08, 2004, 09:24:01 AM »

Gamespot has posted their review.  Their conclusion -
"It looks good, controls well, sells at a budget price, and should be a no-brainer as an addition to your library if you're a fan of simulated pinball."
Anyone try it yet?  I'm thinking of getting it tomorrow when I pick up Growlanser Generations.
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2004, 02:15:15 PM »

I would get it but I haven't seen it for XBox yet. Is it only out for PS2 now?
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2004, 03:36:37 PM »

I've had it for the PS2 for a couple of weeks. I like it a lot. It does a nice job of presenting 7 real-world tables. Some tables are more enjoyable than others, but that's a personal taste thing. They did a good job on this one!
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2004, 03:46:33 PM »

Any chance we get a Bally/Williams version?
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2004, 11:25:12 PM »

Nooooooo!!!!

I can't afford all these games!  :!:
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2004, 05:53:30 PM »

Finally picked this up the other day.

Just as stated already, it looks good, sounds good, and plays well.

More tables would be great, though
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2004, 02:59:25 PM »

I found this dirt cheap at Walmart and I've put a few hours into this game.

The seven tables there are supposedly simulated from the real tables. But I can't comment on how they play to their original design.

There's a few problems with physics - namely a ball finding itself under a flipper will 'pop out' from under the flipper. (This is in those places where there is a flipper and a wall, not the bottom) While this is a little annoying, it's not gamebreaking.

The thing with the game is that all of the tables are very simple. Some of the tables don't even have a ramp. The 8-ball pool themed table is a prime example of this. There are fifteen targets on the table - 14 wall targets to hit and one 'pocket' target. The goal of the table is to hit all fifteen with a single ball. This is relatively easy to accomplish - I had it on my fifth game or so. The simple design here is much appreciated, but for people who are looking for the depth of pinball tables found in say, Pro Pinball, you're likely to be disappointed.

The controls take a little getting used to. Tilt, for example, is done using the left thumbstick. But don't ever touch it because you will tilt the table even anything but the slightest jostle of the thumbstick. I was annoyed when I accidentally touched the thumbstick and the table tilted.

Balls also have a habit of going down the drains really easily. More than once I've seen a ball go straight from the launcher down to the drain pipe. There's no 'ball save' like in other games.

There's also (as far as I can tell) no way to turn off the glass glare. It looks like scrolling lines on your TV, and is very distracting. It might be something you get to unlock, but it should have been an auto-inclusion.

In comparison to Pure Pinball, I like that game better. But I've spent a good deal more time with it. I've only really gotten in a good amount of time with the 8ball table. I prefer the more complicated designs of the tables in Pure Pinball. This is not to say that Pinball Hall of Fame is a bad purchase. I think both are well worth the cost. It's just a personal preference.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2004, 03:29:20 PM »

I like the simple table designs.

Very few other pinball games have a complex table that isn't hard to see what's going on.

I've also not had the ball-down-the-drain-too-easily problem.

I do agree about the tilt, however.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2004, 03:43:13 PM »

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I would get it but I haven't seen it for XBox yet. Is it only out for PS2 now?


It's out for Xbox.. look for the scantily clad women on the front of the box. They're totally unrelated to the game, just like a *real* pinball machine. biggrin
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2004, 08:45:42 PM »

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I would get it but I haven't seen it for XBox yet. Is it only out for PS2 now?


It's out for Xbox.. look for the scantily clad women on the front of the box. They're totally unrelated to the game, just like a *real* pinball machine. biggrin


That's Pure Pinball

Pinball Hall of Fame has a different look.
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2004, 06:47:56 AM »

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The goal of the table is to hit all fifteen with a single ball. This is relatively easy to accomplish - I had it on my fifth game or so.


For me, the goal is to constantly strive to improve my high score and mastery of the table. (I love that table btw, great fun biggrin )
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2005, 03:52:28 PM »

I want a pinball game with post 90s Williams games... now that would rock the hizzhouse.
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2005, 03:57:35 PM »

I STILL haven't seen it for X-Box yet!
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