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Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Review

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Graphics:

 

8.0

Gameplay:

 

8.5

Sound:

 

8.0

Control:

 

8.5

Replay Value:

 

8.0

Overall Rating:       8.3

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

Crave

Developer:

FarSight

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Arcade

Release Date:

September 22nd, 2009

A hi-definition pinball game is the last thing I'd have expected to see arrive at my door step for me to review. Upon opening the package, all I could say to myself was: "pinball?" Yes, pinball. In fact, a whole assortment of pinball games/tables, all of which are legitimately licensed Williams classics. If, by some odd chance the game sounds familiar to you and you feel like it's been released ages ago, you're not going crazy. Pinball Hall of Fame was originally released on the Nintendo Wii and PSP back in February of 2008. But here we have the PlayStation 3 version, which comes complete with all new visuals and three extra tables.

For starters, each and every table is recreated with intricate detail, staying true to the original set it's based on. In total, you have 13 tables to play on, three of which are exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version. These tables span across three different decades of pinball greatness, from the 70s to the 90s, and if you are a fan of pinball machines, chances are many of these will ring a bell, or perhaps bring back some memories. The following is a list of all the tables offered in the game: Black Knight, Firepower, Funhouse, Gorgar, Pin*Bot, Space Shuttle, Taxi, Whirlwind, Jive Time, Sorcerer, Arabian Nights, Medieval Madness, and No Good Gofers.

The layout of the game is very simple. You can enter the arcade and immediately have access to all of the 13 tables from the start. Some tables require a credit to be played, others are free. You start off with 20 credits and can earn more by achieving special goals and accomplishments that each one of these tables feature. Furthermore, you can even unlock certain table cheats. But of course, the ultimate goal is to earn a massively high score and have your friends attempt to beat it. And in order to get your friends in on the fun, you'll need to have them all in your room. Up to four can compete in a round-robin competition, where players take turns beating the previous player's score. A Williams Challenge mode is also set up for you to take on the scores of all the tables in the game, earn challenge points, and climb up in the online leaderboard ranks.

All in all, Pinball Hall of Fame makes for a great trip down memory lane and for the pinball fan, it's a worthwhile purchase. But I must address one little gripe I have with this compilation. I can't help but feel that perhaps this would've been a great addition to the PlayStation Store, as opposed to a $40 Blu-ray disc. On that note, perhaps $40 is a bit too costly, seeing as how the PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii games were only $20 when they launched. Although, I will note that at Amazon.com the game retails for $30, which is definitely a much nicer price.

As far as the visuals and sound go, Williams Collection offers all of the sights and sounds of the original tables, perfectly translated into a virtual recreation. Developer FarSight actually made scans of every table and modeled them with the utmost precision for unrivaled authenticity. Furthermore, thanks to its amazing game engine, the physics of the pinball are spot-on, in addition to everything being animated at a flawless 60 frames per second - which should assure you of encountering no hitches. The same care that went into developing the graphics also went into recreating the sound of each table as faithfully as possible. Even the raspy sounds of the mocking voices have been recreated with absolute perfection - it's quite refreshing. There is an 80s themed soundtrack in the game, but it's not particularly good, and can be turned off. Custom soundtracks would've been awesome here.

At the end of the day, it's hard not to like Pinball Hall of Fame. It offers a splendid assortment of pinball tables, with a superb game engine that boasts great physics, runs at 60 frames per second, can render at 1080p, includes flawless recreations of the original tables, and boasts sound bits directly from the original pinball machines. I would've liked to see this on the PlayStation Store and a bit cheaper, but if Amazon.com's price of $29.99 is permanent, go grab it there if you want this!

10/13/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (10 posts)

chucknasty
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 2:58:16 AM
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wondering if this will be better than Zen. I can see it if it has classic tables from my youth.

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:00:16 AM
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Pinball Illusions on the Commodore Amiga was the best pinball game ever! May look into this one though!

Q!

"i am home"

Last edited by Qubex on 10/13/2009 3:00:25 AM

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:34:40 AM

MS-DOS had the game also. That and the sequels were great back then.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:33:57 AM
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I have the PS2 version so not really worried about this. I wish they would remake the Balls of Steel pinball game that was on PC over ten years ago. The Duke Nukem table on that rocked.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 5:25:58 AM
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I've got Zen Pinball and this collection, as well. The Williams collection wins. I've played a lot of these tables and it's amazing at how "true to life" they are in this game. Good stuff.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:16:16 PM
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I love pinball, but I need the actual machine, doing it on a screen just isn't the same.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:48:54 PM

I agree but this collection is the best thing possible, without a table. It's that good.

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___________
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 1:52:05 AM

2 things i must get once i win the lottery.
1 popper pinball table.
2 full sized daytona arcade racing machine.
O and a MK 2 arcade machine.

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___________
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 1:49:49 AM
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huh and there i was searching for those dementia pills.
guess im not so senile after all.
anyone know when the NGS2 pinball table is coming to zen pinball?

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Pyramid
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 8:39:12 AM
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As always writing here for at least 2 years later,lol, and nobody gonna read this. Im a big fan of pinball machines and this is by far the best i played on console i even achieve 100% last month but no Platimun.

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