Review: Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead (DLC)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead
Format: PSN (89 MB)
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Zen Studios
Developer: Zen Studios
Original MSRP: $5.99 (US), €5.99 (EU), £4.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:

Gameplay:
Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead adds the zombie filled table to the standard base game. At first glance around the spacious room with the sunken entertainment area, things look exactly the same, it is only when you select and play on the new table that you notice the differences to your surroundings.

Just like the other tables, the controls remain the same and feel very responsive and your viewing angle is excellent thanks to the PlayStation VR headset, but I will go into that a little later. The table is based on Telltale’s Walking Dead game and cleverly integrates some of the memorable areas from the distinctive title, including St. Johns Dairy Farm and the Travelier Motel.

This single table add-on content marks the first to be based on an outside intellectual property for the PlayStation VR version. Missions focus on making some difficult decisions, acquiring vehicles and fuel, and using a rifle to clear an area.

It’s a fairly easy table, at least with regard to keeping the ball in play. My difficulties still remain in hitting the correct ramps within the strict time limits. I seem to do marginally better with this version and claimed the top spot on my friends list.

The kickbacks are different from what I am used to, as you must hit the spinner several times to activate it. There are plenty of side missions and episodes to figure out and most of them are timed so you will need to get your timing spot on.

… a very unsettling and entertaining game of pinball …
Visuals:
The young girl, Clementine, from the game hides from a walker who lurks on the other side of the pinball cabinet and occasionally lunges over it. There are also a few of the undead hammering at the large windows of the property that is now filled with a ghostly mist and the unearthly darkness of a world on the brink of despair.

This table captures the feeling of the world that Robert Kirkman created and Telltale molded. Tough choices and moody lighting make for a very unsettling and entertaining game of pinball. The view in VR lets you take in the entire table with its dimly lit city street running along one side of the table and a walker straining to get out of a drain.

Audio:
Many of you will be happy to hear the voices of Dave Fennoy and Melissa Hutchison using some original lines not heard in the episodic game. Part of me was hoping to see the large Clementine character move her mouth when she spoke, but just like the other tables, this was not to be.

The music and sound effects are pulled from the original game and work very well with the eerie atmosphere and it works very well with the 3D audio headphones.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is singleplayer only. As this table is add-on content, it uses the same extensive leaderboard system that tracks you and your friend’s scores found in the main game.

Conclusion:
Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead is a great pinball table and plays even better in the virtual environment. Zen Studios made good use of the surroundings to create a threatening and disturbing atmosphere. I heartily recommend this for anyone who likes pinball, The Walking Dead, good games, or all of the above.

Score:

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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