I am going to start this review with one simply thing, if you do not have VR (and i mean one of the big vr kits not the mobile phone thing) then this review is not for you, i know you are tempted to call VR a gimmick, to downvote/dislike etc as i say it is how it should be played, resist try the game in VR.
Ok so i have been a Zen Pinball fan for many years (Zen? But this is FX2!…. Well on the ps3 then ps4 it was called zen pinball)
I owned most of the ps3 tables and when the ps4 came out i was able to import them, I confess i was a little annoyed when i downloaded the pc version and could not import my tables! So on the ps4 i own …well nearly all of them if i am honest, these are really really well made tables!
Sadly on the VR version there is only a tiny selection of tables and no sign that we will get any more. This does include the awesome Epic Quest table though. It was annoying that the tables had to be re-brought (those i own on the ps4) but i was willing to do so to help support the developers.
ROOMSCALE / ENVIRONMENT / GRAPHICS
You can have 3 tables active in the room space at any one time, however this is largely academic as you will only ever be playing one at a time (even if they let you play all three at once i doubt you have enough arms!) this does seem to be a disappointment to some and i confess i do not understand why (again i am only in possession of two arms and one head so perhaps those with multiple of them want to play more than one at once?)
The area you play in is done well and you have easy access to the menu and leaderboards, what is really cool is that each table comes with props that float and animate around you while you play, the animations on the tables are also really well done and translate well into VR (i so want to play the portal table or see what they come up with for the deadpool table in VR…one can dream)
I had no issues at all and there is plenty of options to tailor the game to your machines specifications, i have heard people bemoaning the performance but as i say it worked great for me and since this is my review…..no performance issues.
There is a bug that is unrelated to performance, and more a “why the hell have they not fixed this yet thing” – The tables are very low which means when you stand your looking down a lot, not comfy with the vive and easily fixed with a height slider (Their community manager actually said to stand a stool or chair, reset the position then jump down…..proving that sometimes people just do not think, personally when blindfolded by the vive i avoid climbing on chairs, perhaps that makes me a coward lol) I did find though that being sat and loading the game seemed to put it at the right height for me to play sat down.
It is pinball, you hit the ball with the flippers and scream at it when it jumps down the whole at the bottom. Can not get much more intuitive than that. The controls are clearly displayed on your wands too.
It has leaderboards, i for one like beating my mates scores (on the ps4 i am top dog on every table i own 🙂 among my mates).
- The pinball tables are exceptionally well done.
- The animations around the table are very cool and add a good atmosphere (and amusement).
- Pinball in VR works really well, i do not think i can go back to flatscreen pinball now (annoying as i have £100+ worth of tables over the years on the ps4)
- Seems abandoned by the developers, no additional tables or important bugfixes.
- Fx3 is coming out soon and has no VR, this is a bad sign for FX2 VR.
Getting it shows the developers that VR pinball is something we want to see more off, but only get it if you are happy to keep it how it is (for the content available now it is not cheap but worth it)
I am deeply displeased that the company has all but abandoned VR and i really hope they do a U-Turn on Fx3 and add VR support, i certainly will not buy any FX3 content while they avoid VR,i just can not go back to playing it flatscreen, the ability to see the whole table makes playing it just so much more enjoyable. As the only VR pinball table game i have played (are there others?) and ignoring the fact the company has, as i say, all but abandoned us, i do recommend it, most highly.
Find it on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/547590/Pinball_FX2_VR/