Pinball FX 2 Xbox 360

Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. Jan 18, 2011
    86
    Despite a few nagging gameplay issues, Pinball FX2 is certainly the best pinball game this generation of console is likely to see, and with the unending challenge of the leaderboards and all of the exciting DLC that is sure to follow, there is no reason that any aspiring pinball wizard with an Xbox 360 should pass on this title.
  3. Jan 1, 2011
    90
    Pinball doesn't get any better than this without an actual silver ball.
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    The menus are more than user friendly, all the information is right there for you to see. From player stats, to access to other tables, it is fast and simple. The single player is a blast unto itself.
  5. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    800 points for hours of youth-remembrance fun, it's not much. Generous, well polished, precise and addictive, Pinball FX2 is simply the best flipper simulator out there.
  6. 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.
  7. Dec 1, 2010
    88
    All of the tables are well thought out and each has their own individual nuances befitting of the theme. What is most intriguing is the fact that all of the tables flow incredibly well.
  8. Nov 30, 2010
    90
    And play it you will because when it comes to score attacks, then Pinball tables were the best years ago and Zen Studios are making sure that even in this current digital age of gaming Pinball is leading the way once again.
  9. Nov 15, 2010
    85
    Fast paced and exciting, with only a few small niggles.
  10. 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.
  11. Nov 15, 2010
    96
    Pinball FX2 is one of the most accurate and realistic pinball simulations I have played. If you appreciate the creation, design, and gameplay of pinball machines, you will get many finger-blistering hours from Pinball FX2.
  12. 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.
  13. Nov 8, 2010
    85
    Super fast and super addicting best describe Pinball FX 2 and the gameplay experience you'll receive.
  14. Nov 4, 2010
    85
    This great pinball game gets better every time another of your friends starts playing it, even if you're not playing together.
  15. Nov 3, 2010
    80
    Aside from Sonic Pinball and Devil's Crush, Pinball FX 2 is hands-down the best virtual pinball experience available on home consoles.
  16. Nov 1, 2010
    90
    Pinball FX 2 brings the excitement and authenticity of modern pinball to Xbox Live Arcade. Banging around the silver ball is a blast in and of itself, but the social options turn this experience into an addiction.
  17. Nov 1, 2010
    80
    With its platform-like nature and the ability to demo tables before you buy, Pinball FX 2 is new the videogame destination for pinball fans.
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 30, 2010
    93
    It's a blast when you have people over, because everybody knows how to play Pinball, and Pinball FX 2 is bar none, the best I've played without a coin-slot.
  20. Oct 30, 2010
    90
    Just unhealthily addictive. Our fingers are still aching from mashing the triggers with too-enthusiastic motions.
  21. Oct 29, 2010
    90
    Real pinball fanatics will be in tinkering heaven, too, thanks to the ability to fiddle endlessly with all manner of settings. Just don't get into a conversation with anyone who does this, ok?
  22. Oct 28, 2010
    81
    Just the fact that it's a free hub, allowing for individual tables to be purchased for a couple of bucks a piece is enough to make this a easy download.
  23. Games Master UK
    Dec 29, 2010
    87
    A bumper pack everybody must try. [Jan 2011, p.89]
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    85
    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]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    9
    While I still prefer The Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection due to its perfect execution of real tables, this is still a fantasticWhile I still prefer The Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection due to its perfect execution of real tables, this is still a fantastic collection of tables. It still seems like the ball jumps off the flipper a little too quickly in a non-realistic manner, which is the only thing that is keeping this game from a perfect 10 score. Download it and enjoy! Full Review »
  2. 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 pointPinball 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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  3. 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 immersiveThe 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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