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Extreme Pinball is old enough now that you can probably pick up a copy for bargain prices, and if you like pinball, I suggest you do just that. But not before you snatch up True Pinball first.
Schon auf dem PC
Pinball keine gute Figur, doch was uns
hier für die PlayStation aufgetischt
wird, ist schlichtweg eine Frechheit. Es wurde nicht im Traum daran gedacht, Grafik, Sound und Gameplay den Fähigkeiten der PlayStation anzupassen; durch die Konvertierung wurden damit genau diejenigen Schwachstellen mit eingeschleust, die Extreme Pinball zu einem Schnarch-Flipper des unteren Mittelmaßes machten:
ruckeliges Scrolling der Spielfläche und der Kugel, mangelnde Übersicht und definitive Action-Armut. Extreme Pinball präsentiert sich zudem äußerst hausbacken und macht von den Möglichkeiten, die sich im Gegensatz zu einem echten Flipper theoretisch auftun (Explosionen, mutierende Objekte etc)
keinen Gebrauch. Wenigstens die
Ladezeiten werden dem “Extreme“ des Spieltitels gerecht: Vom Einlegen der CD bis zum ersten Flippern vergehen exakt 2 Minuten und 32
Sekunden. Nein danke!
Konzeptionell ist Extreme Pinball echt gelungen - wenn‘s nur nicht so arg an der Technik hapern würde. Das Ruckeln trübt den Spielspaß doch erheblich.
There’s a smart multi-player mode and lots of moving parts and features to discover, but the whole screen does tend to shudder when the ball is in motion, and this really is the main downfall of Extreme Pinball. Secondly, why on earth wasn’t a 3-D mode included for each table? The ball itself moves OKish, but not smoothly enough to give that all important feeling of realism. What a shame! Granted, there are countless little features and bonuses hidden away, and the digital display screens look good, but for the most of the time the tables are static and there’s not enough excitement, no flashing lights or speech. This reduces its lifespan considerably, and I had no incentive to carry on after playing each table after a few hours. I don’t even think that pinball fans will be impressed with this, and it’s a pity that Electronic Arts, who normally produce high quality games, has let things slip and produced a rather dull, and to an extent, unplayable package such as this.
The biggest problem with Extreme Pinball is that none of the four games within a game really looks or sounds much like a real pinball machine. And none of the games is exciting or different enough to excuse itself for this shortcoming. Encumbered by ball-movement that is too slow at times, boring bumpers and tunnels and targets that further slow the game down, Extreme Pinball actually plays a little bit like a real pinball machine. The only problem is, it plays like a really boring pinball machine.
I would never tell anyone NOT to buy this game, but I would strongly recommend that you TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! I played this game for about three hours in total over the first week and am looking to trade it for another game as soon as I can.
Digital pinball games have become quite popular over the last few years and so it isn't surprising to see them showing up on the Sony PlayStation. Electronic Arts has supplied gamers with a pinball game for the PSX by porting an identical copy of their Extreme Pinball version for the PC over to this platform. The result is four medium paced pinball tables that will provide you with a challenge until better pinball games are released.
This is the dullest pinball game ever. So dull even pinball wizards would fall asleep during a session. Avoid.