Hold onto your pinballs, Pinball FX 2 is on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star with Pinball: Rogue One.
By the looks of the below screenshots, holographic scenes from the film are projected onto the top of the table as the action frantically plays out below as you attempt to beat each of the challenges that make up 10 story-related sequences.
Rogue One will join the other Star Wars Pinball tables on January 31.
May the 4th be with you! To celebrate Star Wars day Zen Studios have discounted their entire Star Wars Pinball collection with discounts from 77-33% off the asking price. You can of course just pick up the whole Season 1 bundle for $20.99 – buy this you will!
Here’s the full discounted list, which will be available to purchase from May 3-9:
Star Wars Pinball: 77% off
Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force pack 50% off
Zen Studios have been bringing some great tables to Pinball FX 2. In celebration of Aliens day – April 26 – Zen Studios have unleashed three tables set in the Aliens universe. Two of the tables are based on the films. One from arguably the best film in the quadrilogy, ALIENS, and the other from arguably the worst film, Alien vs. Predator – I guess they really wanted to include Predator somehow. The final table is based on the most recent Alien game, Alien Isolation.
Each table looks stunning, Aliens Pinball in particular looks like it could very well exist in some shady arcade by the seaside. It also sounds superb with sound clips taken from the film – although some of the one-liners do get awfully repetitive. The Aliens Pinball is also the least cluttered looking table. Lanes are well-marked and the table graphics don’t interfere with the layout making it enjoyable to look at and to play.
You can opt to go through the game modes of the Aliens Pinball table in either film order or by that of your own choosing. Once activated, the game modes range from putting up barricades and repelling Alien attacks to setting up the UA 571-C Sentry guns and navigating the M577 APC through the rubble of LV-426.
I found the modes to be really challenging, getting the ball up each ramp is a task that pinball wizards will easily accomplish, and while I struggled, I thoroughly enjoyed playing a table version of one of my favourite films – it’s just a shame that the queen only ever menacingly hisses as she looks on from her nest at the top of the table rather than stepping down to engage Ripley in combat.
Next in the lineup is Alien vs. Predator Pinball. This was the easiest table to get to grips with but the table graphics made it look rather cluttered and confusing to navigate. The table features a large open area at the bottom, with a few side ramps and an Alien lying in wait to grab your ball as it flies past. Once grabbed, one of the table’s game modes will start – and here lies the biggest problem – the Alien usually misses, which is rather frustrating. Hitting the few table elements and getting ramp shots doesn’t score too highly so game mode activation is the only way to shoot big – they also happen to be a lot of fun too.
One mode flips the table upside down as Aliens attack from the roof and another sees the table plunge into the thermal vision of the Predator. This table may not have the initial wow factor of the Aliens Pinball table, but there’s a hidden charm to it – minus the awkward symbol matching pyramid mini game!
Alien Isolation Pinball makes up the Aliens vs. pack. This table looks fantastic and as ambitious as the ideas are, it was my least favourite. The table is the smallest of the three making the action feel quite claustrophobic – perfect for mimicking the action of Creative Assembly’s title.
You must keep Amanda safe from the Alien, which stalks about the table, but getting her to safety seemed to be my biggest challenge. Thankfully she can’t die but her health will affect the final score.
Other enemies from Creative assembly’s game attack the table too, hitting them with the ball uses ammo which needs to be topped up if you hope to break out the flamethrower against the Alien – this of course is only awarded by completing mini games which were the most awkward of the three tables to activate. A small console must be hit and I really struggled to get a clean shot on it. There’s also a hacking game where you must match symbols by using the pinball to hit them, bouncing it off a paddle at the bottom – it’s easier said than done – and felt really clunky to play.
The Alien Isolation Pinball table looks fantastic – modeled on the corridors of Sevastopol Station station, it’s like the table has been dropped right into the middle of the station’s corridors forcing Amanda and the Alien to work around and over it.
The Aliens vs. Pinball pack is one addictive set of tables. Not only was I intent on beating my friends on the leaderboard, I was hooked to having “just one more go” in the hope of cracking the table’s many game modes, and while some mini games played rather oddly and the queen seemed to just hang out at the top of Aliens Pinball, Zen Studios have created an awesome set of tables that will make Aliens fans very happy.
It was bad enough when the Alien stalked Amanda Ripley in Alien: Isolation. Now it’s back, stalking her around a pinball table, that will be released as part of the upcoming ALIENS vs DLC pack for Pinball FX2. Working Joe and security guards also lurk about the Sevastopol pinball table and you will have to craft weapons and heck computers if you want to survive.
We’ve been craving a decent Alien game for a while. Then just like buses, two have come along… albeit this next one is a set of pinball tables.
Zen Studios have partnered with Fox Digital Entertainment to unleash three ALIENS vs. pinball tables.
Based on the 1986 blockbuster, the star of the three tables is the iconic ALIENS featuring our favourite heroine, Ellen Ripley. Not to be left out, Alien Isolation swaps its creepy confines of the Sevastopol for the rush of pinball. Finally, Aliens’ biggest enemy, Predator, gets in on the action in the third table.
This will be one set of tables I shall definitely be picking up! Look out for the Aliens vs. Pinball pack coming to Xbox One on April 26.
Disney, Lucasfilm, and Twentieth Century Fox have just announced the availability of the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection – all six Star Wars films for the first time on Digital HD, and with all new never-before-seen bonus material.
Xbox have been confirmed as a digital distribution launch partner and are offering exclusives for Xbox customers who purchase the Saga on Xbox Video.
There are two exclusive incentives for fans who purchase the six-film bundle on Xbox Video. First, you’ll receive R2-D2 as an Xbox Live avatar companion that flashes characteristics of classic R2-D2 from “A New Hope.” Secondly you will receive the action-packed Star Wars Pinball Pack for the free-to-play game Pinball FX 2, for Xbox One or Xbox 360.
Finally, Disney is offering a Star Wars featurette video for Xbox customers; by pre-purchasing the Saga on Xbox Video will you receive a roughly 60 second sneak peek at the bonus material included in the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. Customers will receive the Xbox featurette when they pre-purchase the “Star Wars” saga bundle on Xbox Video, then all six films in the Saga will be added to their collection on April 10.