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Stern Pinball Arcade – Ghostbusters Review

Pinball is something I have never really been good at. Going to the arcades at Hunstanton as a child was a regular occurance and I was always faced with a 3 way decision of where I would spend my pocket money. Slot Machines, Video Game cabinets and Pinball were all choices, and Video Games always won out. But watching a good player on Pinball was mesmerising, as they played for ages and racked up this ridiculously high score. But when I dabbled, I just couldn’t replicate this skill at all.

Pinball on consoles again is a strange beast. Surely the tactile feel of a pinball table is impossible to replicate, so just how does it port over successfully? There are a few options available to experience Pinball on a console. The one most familiar to me is Pinball FX, which is now available on current consoles as Pinball FX3. There is also Stern Pinball Arcade, which is the review subject here. Both games are free to play, with additional tables available as paid DLC. FX3 goes down the licensed route and features new tables based on popular franchises, such as Star Wars and The Walking Dead. Stern Pinball Arcade goes down a slightly different route.

In 1999 the Pinball industry was virtually dead and the main two creators moved away from manufacturing machines. Williams moved into gambling devices and Sega sold its division to a chap called Gary Stern, who created Stern Pinball Inc. And, after recruiting staff from Williams, they started to create and manufacture Pinball machines. Stern Pinball Arcade is a pinball simulation video game developed by FarSight Studios which includes recreations of those pinball machines manufactured or licensed by Stern, who also owns the rights to machines from Data East and Sega Pinball. So the aim of the video game is to faithfully recreate these tables in digital form. The first sign of this is on the loading screen, where you can see the original advertising artwork for the table.

According to Stern, the Ghostbusters pinball experience highlights the humor of the film as the player progresses through the game. It includes custom speech by original “Ghostbusters” cast member, Ernie Hudson, who guides the player to become the newest member of the Ghostbusters team in order to defeat Slimer and The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man!

Gameplay wise the mechanics are incredibly simple. RB and LB control the flippers, and the RS releases the ball at the start of every round. And thats it. The table (as per most tables) also has intricate details and gameplay features that are not obvious. For example, at the beginning of each ball you have a set of Skill Shots to choose from. Using your flipper buttons you can choose what you would like to go for. You have nine distinctly different choices which include “Start A Scene” and “Light Playfield Multipliers”. To the uninitiated (like me) this is intriguing and confusing, so you can go into the settings to find the table instructions. All 398 pages of it! However, these are a great way to learn the table and can be an enlightening source of information to learn more of the basics of scoring and basic table layout of a pinball table.

The original Ghostbusters table contained a simple graphics screen on the top panel and this is recreated as a panel in the top left of the screen. This is your main source of information as to which quest is active and occasionally gives you instruction as to what to aim for next.  Obviously being an officially licensed table the music and sound effects are just what you would expect, and fans of the films will not be disappointed. It looks great, and the way that the screen scrolled and zoomed to ensure your viewpoint was correct worked for me. The display is also set out from a players viewpoint of the original table and graphically the game is quite impressive.

I enjoyed my time with Ghostbusters, but only up to a point. There were too many occasions where the ball was fired straight at the hole in between my flippers, ruining the run I was on. This might be a Pinball “thing” but I found it frustrating. The game is great for a short five minute blast, but I just can’t see this being a game that I will return to regularly. But I query whether that’s because the game isn’t great or because I’m not a big Pinball fan? Researching this subject on the internet does uncover some love for the digital games, especially from those fans who may not have immediate access to local arcades. There was also love towards Stern for replicating these classic tables. So, I guess that fans of Pinball will enjoy this game, but I assume that people who don’t would probably not be interested anyway!

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Something strange is coming to the Xbox One

Inspired by the comedic action world of the up and coming Ghostbusters movie, Activision Publishing inc, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products has announced that a new Ghostbusters game is coming to consoles and the PC.

Set after the events of the new movie, the Ghostbusters game introduces us to a new cast of rookies who have been tasked to keep watch over the station while the now-famous Ghostbusters tour the country stopping high-profile poltergeists. However it’s not long before the new recruits get thrown into the thick of the action when New York City is overrun with apparitions caused by a paranormal phenomena.

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Ghostbusters is a third-person action role-playing game with up to four-player local co-op. Each player can level up their character’s gear and abilities by battling ghosts, completing objectives, or discovering hidden collectibles. Players will have four heroes to choose from, each with their own unique personality and play style that benefit the overall team.

Ghostbusters is expected to arrive on consoles and Windows PC in line with the movie release on the 15th July.

Lego® Dimensions story trailer released

LD_GameplayScreen_137_bmp_jpgcopyWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the story trailer for
LEGO® Dimensions™, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO® brick building with interactive console game play.  The game features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™, TheLEGO® Movie, The Wizard of Oz™, LEGO®  Ninjago, Back to the Future™, Scooby-Doo™, LEGO® Chima™, Doctor Who, Jurassic World,Ghostbusters™, The Simpsons™, Portal™ and Midway Arcade.

In the game, there is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO® worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilisation. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, LEGO® Batman™, LEGO® Gandalf and LEGO® Wyldstyle journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations, and they soon realise that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

LEGO® Dimensions will be Launching 29th September this year.