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With the relative popularity of Zen Studios' Pinball FX games, it's easy to forget that they're not the only company to have released pinball games over this generation. FarSight Studios released several Pinball Hall of Fame collections over the past few years, featuring a variety of real-world tables adapted to the video screen. The company has now announced that it's setting up shop online with The Pinball Arcade, an ambitious digital home for more than 50 classic tables.
The game will ship in early 2012 with Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole. After that, FarSight plans on releasing two new DLC tables each month, along with additional features such as online tournaments and versus play. The company has licensed tables from giants such as Williams, Bally, Stern Pinball, and Gottlieb, so if you're a pinball fanatic you can expect to see some familiar tables in the future.
If they could navigate the ridiculously complex licensing mazes behind the Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and Terminator 2 tables, this could bump this news up from cool to amazing.
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Kewl!...sorta...as an big time old school (When I mean old school-I played Pong in the arcades when it came out.) game player....I think it is awesome that they are bringing back classics I grew up with...but the whole experience is kinda lost on a console. The feel of a pinball machine is exactly that. You can't replicate subtle vibrations you get from the machine and the suble bumps you give to it.
I can never get me enough pinball! Still have yet to break 1 billion on any of the Marvel pinball tables but someday! Either way this will be a day 1 purchase for me.
Aw snap, if they could get those classic licensed tables...
Theatre of Magic. This game has my money already.
Honestly only if they iron out the bugs that was in the Williams Pinball. Mind you it Williams pinball on PS3 and 360 both STILL play better than Zen's with the phys-x engine that far superior so it likely will have my support. What I hated with Zen's that I never got with Farsight was ball go up, then slows, forgets what way up is, goes back down... Goes up around a ramp flawlessly, goes back to the paddle, take exact same angle/power shot to same ramp, ball makes it half way and then down to death.. A LOT... That was my experience with Zen. Zen spends way too much time making their tables look pretty and not properly responsive. Faright has great response, but a few occasional bugs like ball go through the paddle...
sweet! Although, I am not interested, this looks pretty sick.
Well, if the game itself is 800 and new DLC tables are under 500 MS Points, then its golden in my book. But i would think that this game would be better with getting the licenses of The Simpsons and Indian Jones pinball tables.
I am hoping for "Attack from Mars" and "Fireball" as DLC.