Pinball FX 2: Mars Table DLC Review Verdict


Posted May 17, 2011 - By Kevin Kelly

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Pinball FX 2: Mars Table DLC Review Verdict
240 Microsoft Points

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Pinball FX 2: Mars Table DLC Review Verdict

Pinball FX launched on the Xbox 360 back in 2007, and in 2009 creator Zen Studios also released Zen Pinball on the PSN. Not exactly sure why they needed the name change, and Zen Pinball actually featured exclusive tables, one of which was Mars. Mars was originally released in July 2010 for PSN users, and the team has updated that table's graphics and physics, and it's now available on Xbox Live Arcade. But is it worth the 240 MS points (three bucks) that you'll have to shell out for it? That's an easy answer: yes.

Now if Zen would just get busy porting their other Zen Pinball tables over to Pinball FX 2 (which replaced Pinball FX), like my favorite Tesla table that features electrical-based pinball action.

The reworked Mars has a new background, something you'll notice immediately, and it definitely plays different than it's PlayStation brethren. At first glance (even based off the name alone), it's clear that the action on this table takes place in outer space. Everything on the table from the ramps to the trap holes drive forward a story of space exploration where you can launch a shuttle, scan for lifeforms, and even complete a Martian pyramid. There's a fairly easy to nail multiplier that can give you up to 10 times your score as a bonus, and plenty of mini-missions for quick points.


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The table features an innovative multiball that actually puts your balls in zero gravity from time to time, and they'll leave the table completely as they float off the surface. While they're suspended, you can't do anything with them, but when they drop you can use them as ammunition for multiball, The Space Shuttle will also launch a sample claw from time to time when you hit the left ramp, and you have to steer your ball underneath it to complete that mission. Additionally, a robotic spider with hop from the left and right lanes from time to time, providing you with safety kickbacks should you steer the wrong direction.

This table is one of my favorites from Zen, because it's not nearly as busy as many of their other tables, including their Marvel Pinball tables. It takes practice to start nailing the ramps, especially the one that is only available from the top right flipper, but once you have it down and start paying attention to your multiplier and the larger missions, you'll easily rack up over 100 million points. Zen promises that more tables will be coming throughout 2011, and they've already announced that the Fantastic Four is coming to Marvel Pinball, so things keep looking better.

Now Zen, about Tesla. . .


Pinball FX 2: Mars Table DLC Review Verdict


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