Pinball FX2 VR Wows The Crowd With Believable Disturbing Zombies From The Walking Dead

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 12/02/16 05:20AM EST
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A screenshot of the Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead announcement trailer(Photo : PlayStation/ YouTube)

If you have been a long time games aficionado chances are you would be one of those who cherished the classic games you used to play. Some remained classic and just lingers on the memory; while some managed to survive time and the modernization of almost anything. One of this is the beloved virtual Pinball game – "Pinball FX" that went on to have a sequel FX2 plus the VR version.

"Pinball FX2" is actually the sequel to the original one, which it bears similarity but with added tweaks and more tables. It has been known in the past to add more tables with a theme based on different popular movie, TV or game series. The latest one to be added is the new The Walking Dead theme which has arrived this week for Vive and PlayStation VR.

The game was first launched for Xbox 360 and then Xbox One. Last March it finally made its way to VR via Oculus Rift. The "Pinball FX2 VR" is now jumping to Vive on SteamVR and PSVR. However, if you think that is just all, you are mistaken. Aside from debuting on other VR platforms, it is also brought a DLC pack of extra tables which includes the zombie horror based series theme.

According to Destructoid, Pinball surprisingly worked well in virtual reality. The report says that there isn't much that one who has played pinball won't expect to see. The game's setting is a fancy, heavily-windowed home with a few pre-set pinball table locations. You can swap tables in or out at will when you have a lot.

Navigation of the game is sight-based confirmed with a button press. As the player play the tables, the scene around him comes alive with relevant visuals. For the new TWD table, zombies peer creepily at the player from outside the windows with one of them standing so close to the player. The effects can be distracting but it is more convincing than others, the report continues.

Meanwhile, PlayStationLifeStyle shared that while "Pinball FX2 VR" was the perfect use of the VR technology, it still has some kinks like most games. One of which is when playing the game posture matters they stated. Based on their observations, while playing, the player founds himself looking down at the table for an extended period of time.

Then after a long time playing the game, the extra weight of the headset made his neck sore which he attributes to being a price to pay for the game's authenticity. So definitely comfort issues are at play here. It was also noted that the dreaded screen door effect that the game has, is impactful to the gameplay than the other things directly in front of the player. As there is screen blurring due to the positioning of the items depending on how close you are at the table.

Another issue which could be major for some is the pricing of the new game. The base "Pinball FX2 VR" package costs $14.99 and it only has three tables which are the Secrets of the Deep, Mars, and Epic Quest. The additional Season 1 pack costs $24.99 and has five tables which are CastleStorm, Wild West Rampage, BioLab, Paranormal, and Earth Defense.

Wait where did the Walking Dead table we were talking about? It comes separately on its own as a DLC costing $5.99. Imagine buying the base package and then the DLC; how much is it going to cost you in the end? So far there are also no discounts available which make it feel heavier in the pocket. Will you buy yours today or wait until they have their pricing scheme fixed a bit?

"Pinball FX2" is a pinball video game developed by Zen Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows XP and higher versions. The game which is the sequel of Pinball FX includes new features including local multiplayer and ability to tweak table settings. Gamers can even import all tables from the version they had previously.

The FX VR version of the pinball game has the same basic rules as the physical machine except its setting which is in the virtual world. Pinball FX2 allows players to use the Xbox Live Vision camera to operate the flippers and video chat with their Xbox Live opponents. It has an online multiplayer option played through a split screen that can accommodate up to four players.



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