Review: Pinball FX3 – Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC)

Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Pinball FX3 – Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack
Format: PSN (365.4 MB)
Release Date: September 12, 2018
Publisher: Zen Studios
Developer: Zen Studios
Original MSRP: $9.99 (US), €9.99 (EU), £7.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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I jumped at the chance to review the Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack for Pinball FX3. It’s not because of the Star Wars name as I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never watched a single movie. It’s quite simply down to the fact of it being three new pinball tables from the incredibly talented developers at Zen Studios.

Gameplay:
Pinball FX3 – Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack collects three pinball tables in one pack: Solo, Calrissian Chronicles, and Battle of Minban. Those words mean nothing to me but I bet all the fans will know exactly what they refer to.

The Solo table feels and plays like a traditional table and has quite an easy combo multiplier, I’ve often racked up several million in a few well-timed shots.

Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC) Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC)

The Skill Shot can be tricky as the correct amount of force is needed to reach the upper right flipper that will hopefully launch the ball over to the other side of the table into one of the two holes. The larger hole awards a Skill Shot while the smaller scores a Super Skill Shot.

There’s an easy and stackable Magna Save feature that, when activated, draws in any draining balls from those pesky outlanes. I still forget to do this almost every darn time.

The Calrissian Chronicles table is a large open area with some quick lanes. It looks deceptively easy. Newcomers to the virtual pinball genre will probably end up continually activating the Battle Droids mode.

There are five scenes to activate and play on this table and I’d suggest checking the table guide as it explains the story of each and even where in the Star Wars Universe they were plucked from. For example, the second is based on a Lando comic book appearance.

Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC) Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC)

There’s plenty of warning to quickly select the unlit rollovers, which will increase the Bonus Multipliers. I also found this table easier to nudge the ball back into play than the other two.

The last table, Battle of Minban is by far the best table of the pack. It feels like a dirty and tricky version of the other two and also immerses you in the action far better than the others.

It’s a small and compact table but it manages to not feel cramped, at least until a massive AT-DT Walker invades the left side of the screen. I did keep turning off lit rollovers as this one is quite a fast table but I still found that the ball was easier to keep on the table.

I also found changing the view on this one helped aim that awkward top flipper. This was also the only table out of this pack where I got a Trophy the first time I played it.

Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC) Review: Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack (DLC)

Visuals:
Zen Studios is known for stellar visuals and all three of these tables look beautiful. The tables continue to be based in reality with a layer of the impossible on top. If it weren’t for the characters clamoring over the tables and shooting at each other, these tables could be built.

Zen’s excellent lighting and ball physics make these a treat to the eyes. The animations are great and there are even some nice fire effects.

Audio:
The Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack has all of the usual sound effects and music that you would associate with the gargantuan franchise. While the voices aren’t the actual stars of the films, they sound very convincing, to me at least. Certain audio phrases in one or two older pinball tables have been slightly annoying after a while, but these are fine.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only but does feature a Hotseat mode with up to four players able to compete on the same console. Plus, each table has both Friends and Global leaderboards. I have spent plenty of time edging my way past my friend’s scores on the leaderboard, I’ve really got to stop looking at that thing.

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Conclusion:
Star Wars Pinball: Solo Pack is a worthy addition to the ever-growing list of tables in Pinball FX3. I’ve become quite addicted to the Battle of Mimban table and it’s earned a spot in my list of favorites.

Would I have enjoyed them more if I had watched the films? Probably. Did it spoil the movies? Not really. Would I recommend them to a pinball fan? Definitely. So, stop reading this and grab them. And you never know, you might even beat a few of my scores.

Score:
8.5

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

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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