Published on December 5th, 2016 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor
Zen Studio’s Pinball: Bethesda Pinball Pack Review
Zen Studios has done a remarkable job releasing a number of different theme pinball tables for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX franchises. Table themes have covered popular movies, television shows, and comics and they are treated with amazing care and focus to details. Zen Studios is now venturing into video game themed tables. We received a taste in the Aliens vs Pinball pack with the Alien Isolation table.
I have played majority of the tables Zen Studios made available for Zen Pinball 2 and have high expectations. Honestly, as a pinball fan and gamer, Bethesda Pinball Pack blew away all of my expectations. I am aware in past Zen Studio’s pinball pack reviews, I have commended Zen Studios for releasing great tables with any given theme to the pinball arcade experience. Usually this includes being able to successfully convey the tone of the source material through visuals, audio soundtrack and voice over, and intense bonuses and mini games. All aspects any pinball fan should expect from a themes pinball table.
The Bethesda Pinball Pack includes The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout, and DOOM themed tables. All three tables are amazing. Each of the tables carries the tone of each respective franchises. Zen Studios’ care and attention to detail is remarkable. However, the Bethesda Pinball Pack takes gameplay elements from the games into the tables itself. With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout tables, RPG elements are introduced into the table. DOOM is fast and intense battle between demons and maintaining your health is essential to get big bonuses.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim table starts with you being able to choose the type of character you want to play as. Once, you pick your character, you begin your journey. You encounter a number of different enemies including dragons that will hurt your health if your ball goes down one of their fire filled ramps. You can take on different side quest to gain bonuses. Side quest are traveled to by hitting specific ramps. What makes this table amazing is the introduction of an inventory system. You access the inventory system by holding down the two flipper buttons. From here you have a variety of options including equipping different weapons. The options you pick effect the length of your bonuses and multipliers.
By including RPG elements changes the way you play the table. Instead of simply hitting the ball to prevent a ball out, the RPG elements causes you to stop the ball with your flipper and strategically hit it onto certain ramps, enemies, or hit points. A slower and strategic pinball gameplay fits perfectly into the tone of The Elder Scrolls. Decisions fill weighted and the affects will be a reflection of your overall score. To further divulge into the RPG elements, this table also has a leveling up system for your character. You have the option to continue with your initial character before and level them up the more you use them.
Much like The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim table, the Fallout table incorporates RPG elements from the game. Before each set, you have the option to “create a character” or use a random character. The create a character option allows you to pick the sex of the character, distribute skills points, and pick an already generated name for your character. Much like in the Elder Scrolls table, your states determine your ability to maintain bonuses and multipliers.
Much of this table’s setting is in the Vault, the bonuses include visiting different Vaults and encountering different types of enemies in which you have to hit targets or successfully go onto certain ramps.
DOOM’s table sticks with the traditional pinball table that does not include any RPG elements like the other two tables. However, DOOM does not need it. DOOM translate extremely well to traditional pinball gameplay. The table is fast paced as you are trying to hit multiple targets at once and the table is full of flashy lights, pop ups, and distractions. Fighting demons are the bonuses and combine a great alteration of both hit-the-target and hit-the-ramp. The aspect that ties the entire table together from something good to something amazing is the soundtrack. Just like the new DOOM game, the fast gameplay, tone, and intensity is perfectly accompanied with the metal music.
Summary: The Final Truth: Zen Studio’s and Bethesda has truly made an innovative and fun pinball pack that showcases the strengths of both companies. All three tables are unique and provide different pinball experience that would please anyone. If you are a Bethesda fan or a pinball fan, these tables are simply amazing. If you love both Bethesda and pinball then the Bethesda Pinball Pack is a must have.