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Is it just me or is something really lost in the translation of a real pinball machine into a virtual one? Now I love pinball don't get me wrong. Pinball machines are a lost art that are very sadly most likely gone forever but there is something missing from the formula when you play pinball on a T.V. screen that can't be felt unless you get off the couch and go to some dark, smoke filled bar at 3 A.M. just to play some Star Wars : Episode One pinball. (Ah the good old days) Now for the record some will find that playing pinball sitting on your lazy rump with a controller in your hand is quite alright (what you don't know can't hurt you) but for old school gamers like myself there is something missing in video game pinball that can never touch a real pinball machine experience. There are great video pinball games out there (Alien Crush and Devil's Crush are two that come to mind and they're both available on Wii Virtual Console BTW) and this is a great pinball video game but i'm afraid that is all it will ever be. R.I.P. pinball. I knew ye well...
This game is THE quintessential pinball game to have, whether you are new to pinball or are an old salt who might have actually played the tables represented here a few times. The game play is spot on, the graphics are true to life and the atmosphere of the game itself will ring a few nostalgic bells for some. I happen to live in Las Vegas, where the caps of these machines were done at the pinball hall of fame, I HIGHLY suggest you look up the Pinball Hall of Fame if you come to Las Vegas for a chance to play the ACTUAL machines scanned into this game. Every machine in the PHOF works and you can play it. All moneys go directly to CHARITY! Have fun and keep pinball ALIVE! (One of Vegas' best kept secret fun things.) Bottom line, this game ROCKS, and so does the PHOF.
This is a great game for us old pinbll lovers. I rented it a few years ago from a store, and was happy to get it on Gamefly. One drawback is the lack of saving options. Seems once you start a Williams Challenge, you have to finish it.