Geek Review: Captain America Pinball FX 2
Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 03:50 Written by LoganDX Monday, 27 June 2011 03:00
It’s no secret that we here at Don’t Hate The Geek are big fans of Pinball FX2. As evidenced on a recent Geekcast, The Geek and I gushed about it to Zen Studios‘ Mel Kirk. We became enamored with the geeky fan service they served up with their Marvel Pinball tables, namely Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Blade. Next up for Marvel fans is the Stars and Stripes wearing, shield slinging Captain America. Taking place during World War II, Cap and his constant companion Bucky must storm the gates of Castle Zemo, home of the maniacal Baron Zemo. A multitude of missions will be tossed at the duo, including a throwdown with the dastardly super Nazi, The Red Skull. So what’s the geeky verdict, must buy or wait awhile? Hit the jumpy jump!
Just like the fifth Marvel table, The Fantastic Four, the Cap set is a bigger and larger affair. This may not seem like a big deal but trust me, when these steel spheres are flying at you, you need that extra space. What this allows is more targets to enact your righteous fury, more comic book details to delight your eyes. At top the top of the table sets the Cosmic Cube, that mystical device of infinite power. Baron Zemo struts around the side of the table and Red Skull perches ever close to the cube, ready to snatch it away and commit untold genocide. On the sides of the machine are old school images of war, soldiers and bronze stars. The table has a nice, big image of the Captain emblazoned on the main space, invoking feelings of patriotic duty. What you can take from this is is Zen Studios really went all out on the visual stimulation.
Another key component of any good pinball machine is the sound effects. When the ball hits the bumpers above the flippers, gunshots ring out. When certain missions and ramps get hit, the sounds of an airplane buzz overhead. When Cap or Bucky speak out, it’s what I imagine them to sound like. The Red Skull SOUNDS like an evil, nasty Nazi. The Baron sounds dastardly. When Cap flings his shield, it sounds like it makes contact. The effects complement the visuals perfectly.
What my geeky crush with the Captain and his Commandos is saying is this is a great addition to the Pinball FX 2 family and is a great starter point for anyone who hasn’t yet had the privilege of the series. I say pick it up right away, well as soon as it’s released on the Marketplace. Oh and that would be June 29th for the Xbox Live Marketplace and June 28th on the PS Store.
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- When Captain America Throws His Mighty Pinball [Video] (kotaku.com)
- Captain America Table Coming Soon To Marvel Pinball (thegamesplace.wordpress.com)