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85 (Aug 03, 2006)
Die Pinball Classics haben den Sprung vom Handheld auf die Konsole verdächtig gut überstanden, mit Pad in der Hand scheucht man die Kugel genauso lässig. Die Pinball Classics bringen das Gottlieb-Erbe so kompetent auf die PS2, wie es technisch möglich ist. Zwar gefällt mir die einfach nicht chromcool glänzende Kugel immer noch nicht so richtig, der Rest dafür umso mehr: Tischauswahl, Realismus, Bedienung, Mehrspielerunterstützung – alles vorbildlich. Allerdings finde ich die harsche Beschränkung auf drei Startflipper etwas zu restriktiv, vor allem angesichts der Tatsache, dass die zum Freispielen der weiteren benötigten Aufgaben teils knifflig zu lösen sind. Für Gelegenheitskullerer mögen die Pinball Classics also schon etwas zuviel des Guten sein – für den Flipper-Kenner aber genau richtig!
85 (Aug 02, 2008)
Fans der traditionellen Spielhallenflipper kommen mit diesem Titel auf bequeme Art dazu, ihrem Hobby auch zu Hause nachzukommen. Das PS2 Spiel ist garantiert handlicher und kostengünstiger als die klobigen Originalmaschinen und bietet gleichzeitig eine Menge Abwechslung. Auf Authentizität braucht ihr ebenso wenig verzichten wie auf den interessanten Einblick in die Geschichte der Flipperautomaten. Der Reiz des Spiels ist nach wie vor gegeben – die Punktejagd macht geradezu süchtig. Insgesamt eine glänzend runde Angelegenheit, die ihr euch keinesfalls entgehen lassen solltet.
Next Level Gaming (Dec 08, 2004)
Pinball Hall of Fame offers old-school pinball gamers a chance to relive the past and save a few coins in the process. The game clocks in at only $20. That really is not bad for a game like this. I used to enjoy pinball when I was a child. And going back to something like this really brought back memories. Pinball was cool a long time ago, but sadly the age of arcade cabinets pushed the pinball machines all the way to the back of the arcade. If you want to play a pinball machine now your best chances are to go into a smoky bar to find one. This game is not for everybody though. Some people may not be able to sit there and try to score points by trying to knock a silver ball around a bunch of obstacles. Pinball Hall of Fame looks good and it plays good, and at $20 you can’t really go wrong with such a title. It may give more pleasure to the older crowd the Halo-Heads out there. Check it out.
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 21, 2005)
Overall, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection is a good value at 20 bucks. Any hardcore pinball fanatic should immediately pick it up. If pinball is not your thing, there isn't anything here to recommend the title, but I suppose that could have went without saying.
Game Chronicles (Dec 16, 2004)
If you are remotely interested in pinball, especially from an historical standpoint, or you are just looking for some good wholesome family entertainment without visiting a smoky bar or bowling alley and dropping a few dozen quarters into a slot then this is the game for you.
74 (Jun 27, 2005)
I was surprised by this title. Budget games can be very average and this game flew under the radar. If you're a pinball fan it's an essential purchase even if the audio visual side is a little below par.
GameSpot (Dec 07, 2004)
Despite the fact that a new company has risen to release all-new pinball machines, by and large, the pinball industry collapsed, along with arcades, a few years back. While you can still find machines in some out-of-the-way locations, it's getting harder and harder to see a fully functional pinball machine in its natural habitat. Over the years, this has given rise to a variety of video-based pinball simulations that tried to accurately mimic the ball physics and general gameplay of the real deal. Some, such as Crave's recently released Pinball Hall of Fame, even attempt to emulate actual pinball machines. With eight tables from several different decades, and good gameplay to boot, Pinball Hall of Fame represents a nice budget-priced collection.
PSX Extreme (Jan 26, 2005)
If you're over 30 years old and grew up playing pinball, then Pinball Hall of Fame, at its current $10 price is certainly worth picking up. Unfortunately, the gameplay is limited due to the poor ball physics, lack of analog flippers, and questionable table selection. For anyone under the age of 20, these tables probably don't have enough action to hold your interest, and achieving scores of 400 on the Central Park table isn't likely to be your cup of tea.
GameZone (Dec 16, 2004)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection is a nice game that shows off what was popular to play before arcades and home video console became the mainstream. If you are a big pinball gamer then you will want this; other than that this game is a good weekend rental and nothing more.
Worth Playing (Dec 21, 2004)
Overall, this game is far from perfect. It does have a good idea by placing together a collection of great pinball tables and staying true to its original nature, but the game still needs a lot of work. To make the game really enjoyable, the developers should have added a choice to re-spawn a pinball if it drops through the flippers within the first few seconds. That, in addition to fixing the sluggish flippers, would have made this a game a lot better. The audio is far from great, and the graphics are mediocre at best. For those with older PS2s, this is a CD game so you may have problems loading. I strongly suggest you try before you buy on this one.
IGN (Nov 17, 2004)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection offers a decent experience overall by providing seven classic boards. The physics feel a little wonky, mainly due to the ball's lack of weight, but it gets the job done in the end. The game also packs a history lesson through authentic game flyers and factoids, so those looking for a bit of nostalgia will find it. But is it worth spending 20 bucks over? That depends. If you’re a crippled pinball nut without real tables at home, then definitely go for it. Fans of virtual pinball will also find a lot to enjoy. Otherwise, The Gottlieb Collection is a rental at best.
Gaming Target (Sep 19, 2005)
It's a shame they couldn't nail down the games perfectly or you'd have one outstanding collection of pinball games from one of the more famous and successful pinball manufacturers in the world. As such, the game serves as a great history lesson (as well as a good little self-promotion for the real Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas), just with some awkwardly-playing games, though some are better than others. The occasionally wonky ball physics and weak flippers can be overcome with time, but they really do hamper certain tables, making them less fun than they could be. At $15 for 7 tables plus some bonus diversions, it's a solid value – 2 dollars a game (which looks even better when at a quarter per play, you could get 8 total balls for 2 bucks on a real machine), but unlike the mostly flawless emulation of the various game compilations (simple due to the fact that games are code, while pinball is not), Pinball HOF doesn't quite get it right.
Game Revolution (Jan 21, 2005)
And you will give up, because despite its old-school charm, Pinball Hall of Fame feels very low-tech. Sure, people used to enjoy catching balls in cups and playing paddle-ball, and they were probably pretty swell at these games too, but that doesn't mean that chasing a hoop with a rod will ever make a very good video game. As it turns out, neither does Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection.