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  • Summary: Pinball FX is back, and it’s better than ever! Pinball FX 2 offers improved graphics and a host of new features for novices and experts alike: a new state-of-the-art physics model that surpasses anything available so far, Operators Menu with custom settings and advanced play info, automatic in-game challenges against your friends, and split-screen local multiplayer mode-a first in video pinball history! Pinball FX 2 also offers full backward compatibility for Pinball FX owners-download Pinball FX 2 free and play all your Pinball FX tables within Pinball FX 2! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 17, 2010
    100
    They know traditional pinball well enough to design a great table, and they know how to complement a table videogame with gimmickry without upstaging the gameplay.
  2. Nov 15, 2010
    91
    When all is said and done, Pinball FX 2 gives gamers a chance to share their love for pinball all in one solitary room that provides them with all the knowledge they need to know if they are to truly become the pinball wizard of not only their friends, but of the XLBA community. A must buy for all fans of pinball...period.
  3. Dec 12, 2010
    90
    Even if you're not a complete comic book junkie, there's more than enough to see and play here to get your ten dollars' worth out of it.
  4. Nov 12, 2010
    88
    Pinball FX 2 takes the original Xbox LIVE game and makes is a much better experience. With great visuals, solid sound, and some fantastic gameplay, including the all important multiplayer component, how can you go wrong? Pinball fanatic or not, all those who play should enjoy what is offered here.
  5. Nov 15, 2010
    85
    Fast paced and exciting, with only a few small niggles.
  6. However you play, Pinball FX 2 is a must-have for any pinball fan who doesn't have a real machine tucked away somewhere. [Nov 2010, p.67]
  7. Nov 1, 2010
    80
    What it does, it does well, and it can be pretty darn entertaining. If you like pinball, and are in the market for a digital version, look no further.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Oct 31, 2010
    10
    Pinball FX 2 is not so much a game its a platform. You can download it for free and play trials of any table you want up to a specific point limit. The thing is the game is so addictive you'll need to get hold of as many tables as possible.

    Anybody who owned Pinball FX can download the original tables for free (and those who purchased the individual dlc for Pinball FX will get those tables free too). It when playing these tables that the differences between the original and this game become apparent. On top of the impressively overhauled and improved graphics, the physics of the gravity on the ball is much more realistic.

    The four brand spanking new tables are also a few steps up from the original offerings. They're more complicated tables, with more minigames and special fx that you cold ever expect to be on a pinball table, but they never lose realism.

    On top of the tables there is an nice added social aspect to the game. Get a number of friends who also play pinball fx 2 and you'll get on screen notifications when you're nearing and surpass their high-score. You also have local split scene multiplayer and xbox live multiplayer.

    All in all Pinball FX2 is a package you can't fault.
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  2. May 7, 2012
    10
    This ain't your grandma's pinball. The game is very addicting for the ancient pastime of pinball. It blends in the old age pinball with new stuff. While it does have more bells and whistles, the new effects add more functionality which make this game such a joy to play. It can get a little expensive, but is worth it. Everything feels fluid and polished. You are guaranteed to have a great time with friends. The graphics are much improved from the predecessor and the themed boards are really interesting. Who would of thought that Ms. Splosion Man would have her own?

    I think everyone should at least get the base game for 800 pts which will get you 4 really good tables. They are wildly different even for pinball to keep things less repetitive.

    To make things even more addictive, they have awards once you obtain an achievement once obtained in the in-game stories as well as a Wizard score that sums up your total from all of your tables.
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  3. Oct 30, 2010
    10
    If you have any interest in pinball games this is the one to buy. The original Pinball FX was a little disappointing since its graphics and table design were a little lacking. If you compare the old tables to the new ones there is no comparison. Colors and table layout are much better and allow for a much better experience. The game allows you to play those old tables as well so a very good deal. New tables are 200 points each. Try it out you won't be disappointed.... Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2010
    9
    I bought Pinball FX 1 and could never get into it. The physics seemed a little off, the sound effects and graphics were pretty bland, and the whole affair was just a bit off-putting for whatever reason. Pinball FX 2 completely changes that; it's weirdly compelling, and it's got updated versions of the tables I've already paid for from the first game. The ability to trial extra tables is a great idea, and the social aspects are well put-together (and help me realize how horrible my scores actually are). The physics, sounds, and graphics feel more reflective of actual pinball tables, and the whole thing just ends up being more fun. // It's disappointing that single-console multiplayer only works on the new tables, the table sounds still aren't terrific, and the tables don't have as much personality as decent (real) pinball tables, but it's still a great package. Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2010
    9
    This is the first game I have written a review for, so go easy on me! Pinball FX 2 is a game that has a lot to offer for what I believe is a small price compared to other games on Xbox Live. For starters, there are a ton of tables, they look great, they play great - and there is this really cool in game notification system that tells you when you are close to beating an old score, or a friends high score (I am yet to beat any of them!). Also, this is a game that got my wife playing, which is hard to do. She considers me a lazy guy who should read books instead of play games, but when she saw Pinball FX 2, she wanted to play! Overall, I think PInball FX 2 is one of the best games I have played in a long time. Going to check out the Marvel Pinball tables next. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2010
    8
    The moderately enjoyable, if a little bland, Pinball FX has been given the makeover treatment and now returns as the flashier, more immersive and more enjoyable Pinball FX 2. Zen has done many things right by addressing the shortcomings of the original Pinball FX while also adding a number of new features, that it's hard to find a reason to not recommend this to fans of the original as well as players who may be new to the video pinball genre.

    In addition to newly-added multi-player features (local and online play), there is the much-advertised ability to import your existing Pinball FX games into the PFX 2 interface for free, with new achievements to unlock for all the original tables - all the more reason to play them again! PFX 2 gives you an easily accessible and at-a-glance view of all the tables (locked and unlocked) that you have across both versions and is a breeze to navigate through.

    The only downside of PFX 2 I'd have to say is that even though the tables are graphically better than PFX 1, they are visually darker. This is especially noticable on the imported tables (like Rocky and Bullwinkle) where the areas of the table that only light up once you activate them are now shrouded in shadows instead of being just "off". It makes a great effect once the whole table lights up, but until they do, you can't help but feel like you're playing on a table with a couple of fuses blown.

    But overall, Pinball FX 2 is great upgrade and a worthy addition to the panthenon of video pinball games -- and if you have PFX1 then getting this is a no-brainer.
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  7. Dec 28, 2010
    7
    Let me get right to the point: The physics of this game feel all wrong. If you're looking for the feel of a pinball machine, look towards the outstanding Williams Collection title. Not downloadable, alas, but between having real tables and a much better feel to the game, it's far more bang for a somewhat increased amount of buck.

    I'm not one who often writes a lot of game reviews, as my tastes and those of a lot of modern gamers have diverged significantly over the passing years. Pinball, on the other hand, is a great love, and it saddens me to see pinball tables all but disappeared outside of conventions or the occasional movie theatre arcade.

    Pinball FX 2 is inexpensive and easy to get a hold of. It has all the modern whizbangery you'd expect of an Xbox title - tight integration with Live so you can have your bragging rights with your friends. The artwork is superb, the music is well-composed but lacks the life of the pinball machines of yore. The voices are pretty terrible, but who can expect Raul Julia to voice for every table?

    Still, I can't get past the feel of the game. The ball feels heavy and dead, and the tables are generally far too busy, and the design, again, lacks the natural flow of the games of old. The Williams greats (and their virtual equivalents) were made by people with a love of the art, and it showed. Pinball FX 2 was made by people who clearly had skill, but the love wasn't there, and the end result is a tease of what could have been.
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