Pinball FX 2: Fantastic Four Review

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Marvel Pinball FX2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Galactus, preceded by his herald, the Silver Surfer, is approaching Earth. Only the Fantastic Four of Marvel fame can stop Galactus from devouring the planet. How will they do it? With pinball!

Kyle Ackerman

Zen Studios knows how to make a good virtual pinball game. That's reassuring in an age where real pinball machines are vanishing. As a game, pinball has a lot to offer – it can be as simple and mindless as using the flippers to juggle the ball, keeping it in play, or as complex as meeting the myriad challenges the table throws at you, performing difficult shots in sequence under tight time constraints. Pinball has depth, and can be fun at nearly every level of skill.

Pinball FX2 - Fantastic FourLike so many of Zen's tables, the Fantastic Four table plays well at all levels. It's a complex table with a lot going on, but it's as much fun in its simplest mode as it is when you're trying to save the planet from Galactus. Each of the Fantastic Four are represented, with Mr. Fantastic stretching to move the ball around, and The Human Torch setting parts of the table itself on fire. It's a vivid portrayal of the long-running comic book, in pinball form.

I loved just bouncing the ball off the bumpers and pins, but it took me a bit to come up the learning curve on the Fantastic Four table for Pinball FX2. That's my main criticism. This isn't as forgiving a table as others, so it took me a little while to get down aiming for the Baxter building (to start most missions). I was also too busy, at first, keeping the ball in play to follow much in the way of instructions. Once I got used to the table, I realized that it's deep, and all fun.

The art is vivid and Marvel-appropriate, all within the framework of an over-the-top pinball table. Most of the time, the soundtrack's energetic power chords just scream, "Super Hero!," but occasionally, there's a pattern that cries out to me, "Metroid Prime!" That was a little distracting. All together, it's an easy table to recommend for the $3 that it costs. It's the only Pinball FX2 table that can genuinely boast Earth-shattering events.

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