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  • Summary: Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection faithfully recreates eight of the most memorable tables from the golden age of pinball in photorealistic 3D. Working closely with Williams to ensure authenticity of each of the games, the collection is highlighted by some of the most popular and innovative Williams pinball tables, including Gorgar, the first-ever talking pinball machine, Black Knight, which introduced "Magna-Save" and Bonus Ball, and Space Shuttle, which took the pinball industry by storm in 1984. Every table has been meticulously recreated to bring players the visuals, sound effects and gameplay that made these games legendary successes. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection harkens back to the arcades of the 1980s. Players begin Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection with access to four pinball tables, and the remaining four tables are unlocked as the game progresses. Players can spend as little as two minutes on a quick pinball challenge, or delve deeper into the game, gaining rewards in a token-based system as they unlock each of the pinball tables. Single-player Arcade and Challenge modes provide hours of solo entertainment, and a Multiplayer mode lets players face each other head-on. [Crave Entertainment] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Even if you have already played and/or purchased the Williams Collection that was offered last year on the Wii and PS2, you would be crazy not to grab this edition as not only are the visuals and sound a major step up, but you receive two addicting machines in No Good Gophers and Medieval Madness that are must have for any pinball fan.
  2. Last year's iteration was great, but the three new tables give the PS3 and Xbox 360 version the edge. If you don't already own Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection for another console, don't hesitate to buy it now.
  3. 85
    This is easily some of the best pinball you're going to get in videogame form, and with so many machines out in the wild, hopefully this is just the start of things to come for the Pinball Hall of Fame series.
  4. It may not perfectly recreate the whole experience and the selection of machines isn't the most well-rounded, but the action on the table is what matters most and Crave Entertainment most certainly did get that right.
  5. This collection of 13 pinball tables offers more than enough variety to justify the price that you pay for infinite credits.
  6. In essence, though nothing beats being in front of the actual machines and feeding in a quarter to square off with it, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Williams Collection is about as close as the video game medium allows for.
  7. However, the game is enjoyable overall, though really only a ‘must have’ for those who can score a million points with their eyes closed and one hand tied behind their back.

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  1. May 5, 2012
    I gave the same title on Wii a 9 rating and decided that since they have added two more tables to the PS3 version and also updated to HD graphics this game is a perfect 10. There are a few very small things I don't like within this game, like when completing table goals a message pops up telling you so right overtop of your flippers in mid chaos to distract you but I don't have the heart to give this game anything other than a perfect 10 because as far as the similation of the tables goes, they are without a doubt spot on. The physics, ball weight and feedback of the balls bouncing off the bumpers really does a fantastic job making you feel as if you were playing the real machines. I actually played many of the machines in this collection is real life and its uncanny that they seem identical. I can make the same ramp shots and hit the same danger zones as in the real games. I'm still amazed they were able to replicate the gameplay dynamics as well as the tables themselves. For that reason I must give a perfect score. If you like pinball this collection is the holy grail and I recommend buying it first on this either Xbox or PS3, and secondarily on Wii. On Wii the numchucks do a very good job with the nudge/tilt and the Wii buttons actually feel the best as flipper buttons. If you like this then there is also a Gottlieb collection on Wii only (and ps2) but doesn't have the same perfection as this collection with respect to feeling as if playing a real table. None the less if you see any Pinball Hall of Fame collections, in my opinion they are the most realistic pinball sim out there. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    i really liked this game, because it had two of my favorite tables that i can play when ever i want. the challenge mode was difficult at times, and you can unlock all the tables in relatively little time. a real good value for some simple fun. Expand

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