Captain America Pinball FX 2 table review (XBLA DLC)
The Captain America table for Pinball FX 2 was developed by Zen Studios and retails for 240MSP. It will release on June 29, 2011. A copy was provided for review purposes.
Captain America is the latest addition to the Pinball FX 2 family of pinball tables. This table is a continuation of the Marvel Pinball table series and features none other than the red, white and blue hero in his fight against the Red Skull. Cap is one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes but really hasn’t been in the spotlight in recent years. With an impending feature film that will likely change. But don’t let any unfamiliarity scare you away, this table is great fun on its own. This is a medium length table and it plays on the fast side. Zen Studios continues to improve its offerings and Captain America is one of the best tables available.
Here’s what we liked:
High production value – All of the character models and voice acting is top notch. The Red Skull’s German accent is so thick it’s comical. The table itself has a rather slick design as well. Some tables feel like they have awkwardly placed ramps and bumpers, but that just won’t do for Captain America. The entire table plays very smooth while still remaining challenging.
Challenging and fun – To score big you need to complete missions. This table makes you work to activate the missions but at the same time it is not overtly difficult. There’s a great deal of variety in the missions: some have you hitting ramps quickly while others force you to hit specific targets and avoid others. One mission actually allows you to pick up where you left off if you run out of time; it’s a helpful feature as this one is a particularly tough mission. One of the side missions involves recruiting other soldiers to help you. By recruiting them you get special bonuses like slower counters or 30% ball save bonuses. These are helpful and encourage you to do more than just the straight forward missions.
High score potential – Within a week or two there are going to be some incredibly high scores being posted for this table. Captain America is a lot looser with points than many of the other tables out there. The table is not easy by any means, but it’s a lot of fun to see the score go up quickly.
Most refined table yet – It’s very clear that Zen Studios has learned and adapted with each table they have released. Anyone who has followed the series of tables has likely noticed that there has been a steady improvement with each release. While every player will have their own personal favorite Captain America easily competes for the most refined and overall quality table.
Here’s what we didn’t like:
Nothing really – We don’t have anything negative to say about the Captain America table. If you aren’t a fan of pinball you probably won’t like it. That is about it.
Captain America is another great table to add to the growing list. From the beginning Pinball FX 2 has been praised for its excellence. It stands as a high praise then to say that Captain America is among the best on offer. All PFX2 fans should buy it immediately.
Score: Buy it