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A Pinball game on the PS is a hard sell. With Take 2's new $9.99 program it finally allows the game to become accessible to those who love Pinball. However don't expect a greatest hit and know that in the end this is still Pinball, which while cool, gets old fast.
Ten quid, one table and decent ball physics – what more could you expect? Anyone who’s ever played Pinball Dreams on the Amiga will know just how good a pinball game can really be. And for the rest of you we have Fantastic Journey.
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Other nice features include saving high scores, purchasing extra balls (when 100,000,000 points have been achieved) and protecting the world from an evil general. If these features sound interesting and you're looking for the best pinball title on the PlayStation, Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey is the game to get. While the music could have been better, it's hard to beat the theme.
Granted, the Pro Pinball series is not for everyone. Even at an excellent price of $9.99, some people just are not going to understand why Empire Interactive would go through all the trouble of creating an accurate pinball simulator, and not exploit video pinball to its fullest by adding all sorts of impossible ramps to the table. But if you're a pinball fan, Fantastic Journey is a pretty amazing feat, and the price is definitely right.
In a nutshell, Big Race USA is a ramp driven game of pinball, whereas Fantastic Journey is more trigger-centric. The former is filled with cartoonish graphics - bright colors and neon lights make for a clean layout. This table is better suited to the younger or newer pinballer, while Fantastic Journey's darker tones and graphics are a good match for the old-schoolers. Plus, the 70's-styled music is much better than Big Race's.
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It's truly remarkable how much work went into the graphics, but it's a shame how much of that is lost during the actual game. Fantastic Journey has plenty of customization options, and even the background music is excellent.