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Marvel Pinball For PS3 and Xbox 360

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Zen Studios has teamed up with Marvel Comics to create a series of pinball games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. The Xbox version is already available, and the PS3 version is coming tomorrow. Available tables include Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Blade.

For the Xbox 360, the game tables are available as an add-on to the free Pinball FX2 game. You download Pinball FX2 for free and then buy the Marvel tables for 800 MSP. For the PS3 the game is available as a stand-alone product. Zen Pinball is available for $9.99 on the PlayStation Network. Current table add-ons are priced around $2.50, so I imagine the Marvel ones will be similarly priced. When I know the price I’ll post an update. So, what do you get for your money? According to the official site you get:

  • Battles against multiple enemies per table
  • 4 highly detailed, full-featured tables
  • Local (hotseat) and online (simultaneous) multiplayer modes
  • Local and online high score lists
  • Save/Load, slow motion, and other unlockable cheats
  • The Operators Menu lets you customize practically every aspect of each MARVEL Pinball table including table and mode settings, tilt settings, dot matrix display and more
  • Detailed play stats for each table, with literally hundreds kept for all you statisticians
  • Full 3D environments, characters and objects
  • Train with slow motion and save/load game features
  • State-of-the-art physics model

Not a bad set of specs. How about the differences between the Xbox Live and PSN versions?

Xbox 360:

  • MARVEL Pinball capitalizes on the power of the Pinball FX2 platform, as the new content will be automatically updated to the platform providing easy access
  • Continue your quest to become the Pinball FX2 king by adding to your Superscore and Wizard Score!
  • Multiplayer options including split screen
  • 50 Gamerscore per table
  • Robust trial system allowing you to try each table before you decide to make a purchase
  • Live video chat via the Xbox 360 Live Vision Camera

PS3:

  • Controller tilt feature used to nudge table
  • Vibration support for Dualshock 3 controller
  • Trophies for high scores and other accomplishments
  • Playstation Eye support (video chat)
  • Hero Score and Team Force scoring systems introduce a new level of social interaction!

Both versions look pretty good. In my house, ties go to the PS3 every time. While there may certainly be a little Sony love going on in my house, it is more of a lacking feature on the Xbox 360. I don’t have a Wi-Fi connection for my Xbox, but the PS3 and Wii are connected. I haven’t bothered running a wired connection to the Xbox, so it mostly gathers dust these days. I like the trophy system better on the PS3 as it is, so I am looking forward to increasing my score with this game.

This looks like a really fun way to play pinball, and I am looking forward to spending some time with it soon. It’s almost download day as I write this. Check out the trailer for the Spider-Man table below. I think you’ll see why I’m looking forward to this game. Additional details can be found at www.marvelpinball.com.