Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball - PS4 Review

Given the upcoming Jurassic movie, it only makes sense for Zen Studios to dip into this particular property, and I'm happy to say that by and large the  Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball DLC delivers a pair of really good tables along with a somewhat more mediocre one that on the whole should make Pinball FX3 fans happy.

The first table is based on the original movie, and it hits a lot of the right notes for me. I was left somewhat ambivalent towards the use of sound in the Universal tables Zen Studios released a few months back, but am happy to report that the lines and sound effects in all of these tables works far better - and perhaps to best effect in the Jurassic Park table. The roar of dinos and a few of the movie's more quotable lines feel right at home here. This table feels more like an overview of the park - how it's meant to function and be seen by guests.

That makes the next table something of a stark contrast as it is themed around the 'mayhem' of the evacuation half of the movie. While I dug the darker view, the table's design just did not resonate as well with me personally. It just comes across as the most cramped of the tables, and if you have been reading my reviews of Zen Pinball tables over the years, I prefer the longer, more open design types. It is not a bad table, but this one was a bit harder for me to get into and enjoy.

The last table focuses on Jurassic World. Right off of the bat, I like the idea that you can play out scenes in movie order or in order of your own personal preference. The scenarios are all solid and I tend to play this out in the movie order of operation, but for those who prefer later scenarios, it is nice to have the option to attempt them earlier in the table and try to get your groove going. This is probably the table with the most interesting design overall, even if personally I just enjoyed the old school nostalgia of the first Jurassic Park table.

All of the other bells and whistles that come with the Pinball FX3 series are here as well. These tables are part of a larger ecosystem that allows you to unlock frames, new bonuses that can jack your scores and more. These RPG elements certainly do add a nice bit of life to the overall tables and while I have been a fan of the Zen Studios style of pinball for years, the FX3 release has more longevity to it than its predecessors and  Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball feels right at home here.

With two really good tables and one so-so table, the overall value here is still sound if, like me, you are a table collector and like having all of them at your disposal. This is a much sounder release than the Universal tables, which were something of a missed opportunity in my mind.  Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball adjusts nicely from most of those missteps and provides a lot of pinball fun to be had here.

Game Information

PlayStation 4
Zen Studios
Zen Studios
Single Player
Other Platform(s):
Xbox One

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Article by Nick


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