Woop! Here we go! A brand new set of tables for the 360's Pinball FX 2, and just to quell the screams of the internet denizens allergic to lycra, there isn't a single superhero to be seen. There is a rub however, although new to the 360 these tables have been seen before, they are the Playstation 3's original core pack of tables from Zen Pinball, although they have been given a visual and aural makeover in order to bring them up to date.
So are these tables worth 800 of your precious moonpoints? Well lets have a look and see. Tesla is first up and it's one of the best tables I've played, a purists table even. Twisty ramps, tricky shots to be made and bonuses to build up for MAXIMUM DAMAGE (points). Graphically it's a Steampunk's wet dream, full of brass, cogs and crackling electricity. It's not flashy at all but it plays a mean game of pinball. Shaman probably benefits the most from the XBLA spit and polish, being noticeably more colourful than its PSN cousin, what it does retain though is the superb playability. Spin discs, ramp jumps and a tiny upper playfield are the main highlights of the Shaman table, it also comes with a peppering of fun missions to complete which means that this table is up there with the best of them.
Eldorado is basically a love letter to Indian Jones with it's ancient Mayan temple setting and treasure looting tasks, it's a nice open table and never feels unfair, and there are some particularly tricky skill shots for you to master, which always feels harder to manage in a more spacious layout. Whilst it's not quite as good as the previously mentioned tables, it's solid and you'll definitely waste a few hours on it. The final table is the ginger stepchild of the bunch, V12 is another car based table, tasking you with upgrading engine parts and maxing out your nitro, it all feels a bit sterile and is nowhere near as much fun to play as the others included in this pack, and certainly not as good as the already existing Speed Machine table. I'm no petrolhead though, so your mileage may vary (pun intended).
Overall this DLC is cracking value, three great tables and a hum-drum one is not a bad return at all, and though Zen Classics lacks some of the bells and whistles of some of the newer tables released, I can't help but feel this unexpected Christmas present will find an eager audience with those who prefer a more traditional game of pinball.
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