Pinball FX 2: Captain America Table Review
Developer: Zen Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Captain America, Bucky and the Howling Commandos have located Baron Zemo's castle, where the Red Skull and Baron Zemo are aiding the World War II Axis powers. Intelligence suggests that the Red Skull has the nearly omnipotent Cosmic Cube. Cap and his companions must stop the Red Skull and his allies before they use the Cosmic Cube. How can they do so? The same way World War II was won – with pinball!
It's possible that someday Zen Studios will release a bad pinball table, but today is not that day. I enjoyed the Captain America table for Pinball FX 2 even more than most of the already great tables available. If you're a fan of Captain America, know that main missions on this table are inspired by Marvel's 65th Anniversary Special comic. If you aren't a big comic fan, it's still a brilliant table with a strong World War II theme.
The table is crowded, yet always seems to flow as if nearly empty. True to the theme, trenches and barbed wire run right up to fortifications, and Captain America himself stands holding his shield amidst the sandbags. The plunger is an automatic rifle. The sound is particularly good, with tremendous attention to detail. When hit, the slingshots sound like American rifles and the bumpers ring with the sound of bombs detonating.
The real strength of the Captain America table lies in the events. It's easy to follow the plot of this table, and easy to launch some exciting events supported by the 3D figures of Cap and his foes around the table. Whether it's a greenish adhesive that covers the table, or Cap deflecting Baron Zemo's death ray, there's a lot going on, also making this a pleasantly high-scoring table. I was great at deflecting bullets (in the form of balls) with Cap's shield, but my pinball-powered fisticuffs are pathetic. I also loved the way the sinkholes that launch missions are dynamic, alternately open and then closed, forming the ramps that lead into the World War II trenches.
This table is great pinball, and at $3, costs about what two games of physical pinball would cost you, if you could even find a table somewhere nearby to play. Whether or not you're a comic book fan, this Captain America table is tremendous fun.