Pinball FX3 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - PS4 Review

While the actual move The Last Jedi was pretty divisive among fans, the Pinball FX3 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi should fare a bit better with those who enjoy Zen Studios' pinball offerings. There are two tables in this pack, and while they aren't the best tables ever released, both are enjoyable.

The Last Jedi is a layered table that has a lot going on. There is an upper tier with its own flippers (and a total of seven on the table, which seems ridiculous at first glance, but actually works quite well due to the layout). It is really a cool table due in large part to the different scenes that are staged throughout it. Despite the fact that this is a tall table, it can be a fast one as well. Usually the long and open tables play a bit slower, but there are enough bumpers, flippers and ramps strategically located all around that the ball never seems to slow down.

If there is a downside to this structure, is that there were a handful of times I had juuuust a little trouble tracking the ball. I am not personally a big fan of the overlay visuals where the tie fighters go zooming over the table in distracting fashion (the dragon in the Skyrim table that is part of the Bethesda pack has this same element that sometimes gets on my nerves despite being an otherwise very entertaining table). I realize that is probably part of the challenge, but if feels a little cheap at times as well. It is that fine line between physical, classic pinball and the digital tables that Zen Studios provides. Most of the time they hit that balance just right, but at least for me personally, I am not a fan of this particular design choice.

Next we have to Ahch-To Island table, which is very different than the aforementioned Last Jedi one. I love it when these packs have tables with different vibes, and usually what we see in these multi-table packs are large, wide-open tables complimented by the tighter, more compact ones. Here, both tables are long and wide, but there are fewer obstacles and flippers on the Ahch-To Island one. As a result, the pace is much slower - almost relaxing. If anything, I think it is interesting that Zen Studios went to create such polar opposite tables, but as a package I think they work well to compliment one another.

Here we have a table that offers longer play sessions than its counterpart, cycling between night and day as the sound effects and action are still there - just in much lesser, slower paced quantities. If there is a quibble with this particular table, it is that high scores can take quite a long time to accumulate - you really have to have a long session because there just are not as many opportunities to score and score fast. I can appreciate both styles of play, but that they are so opposite of one another means that one table is likely to be an immediate favorite and the other could very well be ignored by fans who strongly prefer one style of play over the other. For better or for worse, even the multiball scenario on this table just felt less chaotic than usual.

If I am picking, The Last Jedi table is certainly the more interesting of the two. I do wish that there was a third table in here, perhaps something more in the middle of these two offerings that would have better rounded out the overall package, but what is provided is still quite good. The presentation is still excellent, with sharp visuals, lots of great music and some familiar lines (though not voiced by the original actors from the movies, I believe) that perhaps get repeated a bit too often - this is especially true of The Last Jedi table if you hit the same space over and over again in a short period of time.

Pinball FX3 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi is yet another welcome addition to the Pinball FX3 family. While the actual movie was seen by many as a black sheep among the Star Wars family (I will admit - I enjoyed the movie most of the time but there were a couple of plot points that really bothered me as well), the two different styles of action provided in this set of tables should offer at least one very comfortable experience to any pinball fan.

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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