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i'd hate to say it, but it's a let down

7.7

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Almost, but not quite"

Summary

now i love the metal slug series, so it pains me to say that these games are a great let down. four following metal slug 3, just seems less polished and still offers decent gameplay besides the ship level, i never liked that one. but then there's five which i never played before. five is just down right boring with a ridiculous final boss. a new move is introduced, a slide move down by holding down and jump. this new move screwed me over plenty during the game as i'm too used to holding down and jumping so i can jump over something and be able to shoot down at it. like in the first game, it makes it easy to just jump back and forth over a tank to take it out without use of grenades. the new move is worthless. if you can find the game used, the price is worth getting 4, but not 5. should just wait for the collections in the fall.




Pinball Hall of Fame is a very good game overall.

8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Solid"

Summary

Pinball Hall of Fame is a very good game overall. I owned Central Park and the game play is very realistic. The other Pinball Machines are OK, but not my favorites. Nevertheless, this is a very fun game! I grew up playing pinball machines and enjoy the simulation games on PC or GC.

The only two negatives, and they are significant are as follows. First there is very little in the way of custom setups for the pinball machines. Other games include all the normal setup options like the angle of the machine (controls the speed of the ball), tilt sensitivity etc. Secondly, the nudge is virtually unusable as the game tilts way too easily. The Game Cube controllers are not best suited for nudging anyway. This is frustrating as some of the games really require nudging to get the highest possible scores.





I LOVE PINBALL AND I LOVE THIS GAME!

8.9

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
2 to 4 Hours
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

I have always considered myself a pinball nerd... one who doesn't get to play very often. This is mainly because I am way too lazy and poor to drag myself to the arcade on a regular basis. When I first saw Pinball Hall of Fame available for Gamecube, I was stoked because it was based on classic machines and looked extremely realistic! I have played other simulators, mostly for PC so I wondered if this one would be better than the others (I have never been a fan of simulator games).

Now for the PROS:

- Excellent interactive menu with speech. You actually enter the "arcade", as you "wander" past the different machines a voice says the name of the machine you are in front of.

- Great intro to each table. There are several different things you can select before actually playing the machine. The Instructions, Goal and History are printed and also spoken to you. You can even view the original promotional flyer for each table. This adds a very nice touch!

- Playing the tables themselves feels very realistic. The controls are very good after you get used to them. You can tell that the maker of this game spent a lot of time figuring out the ball physics as it is the best I've experienced. The ball actually feels heavy! The graphics are excellent, there is even a slight reflection on top of the "glass". There are about six different angles/views you can choose from depending on how close or far you want to be.

- There are quite a few unlockables on this game that can be won after reaching the different goals for each table. These features can also be unlocked by using a three letter code, but you have to enter the code each time you turn on the game, so it's better to just practice and meet the goals.

-Unlockables include a few fun things like custom ball, unlimited last ball, turn off tilt, a love machine, fortune telling machine, Playboy machine and even a picture tour of the Gottleib factory!

CONS:

- There aren't too many cons I can think of, but the one that really comes to mind is the way the game tilts. It is practically impossible to be good at any of the tables without turning tilt off because it's way too sensitive. To nudge you must use the analog control stick and it's really hard to nudge effectively without tilting (so I just turn it off to avoid frustration).

- I have noticed just a couple glitches in the game. My ball got stuck somehow in Black Hole and would not come out. I couldn't even pause to restart so I had to turn off the console. Another time my ball got stuck behind a target in Central Park. I didn't mind too much this time because it kept moving around and racked up the points and credits! I finally nudged it out of there, didn't want to get a high score by taking advantage of a glitch!

I can't really think of any other cons... just wish there were more tables to play! Eight 'aint enough!!! ;0) I really hope this game sells well enough to warrant a Pinball Hall of Fame 2, I would definetly buy it! I have already spent a ton of hours playing this game in the past two weeks since I've owned it.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

I really do love this game and if you enjoy playing pinball, you will love it too! It's nice to have a large variety of machines to play on one disc, make you feel like you own them all! If you purchase this game, you absolutely will get your money's worth out of it... so go buy it and support the making of Pinball Hall of Fame 2 (I hope)!!!








Great pinball game is lots of fun despite cheesy presentation.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

Gottlieb's Pinball Hall of Fame is a very good pinball simulation. At first, the table selection didn't seem all that exciting, but after playing for a while, I saw how fun and challenging these older tables can be. It's nice having a variety of tables from different eras too, because you get to see how pinball machines have changed over the decades, and you get a chance to play some tables you would never be able to find in an arcade today.

The pinball simulation is excellent. The controls feel accurate and the ball moves as you would expect it to. Table nudging is tricky to master, but works pretty well once you get the hang of it. Overall it's a very credible simulation. The table graphics are highly detailed and realistic. It really does look and feel like you're playing an actual pinball table.

The game has some quirks and rough edges though. First, the overall presentation is kind of cheesy. There's a bad 70s funk soundtrack and a goofy voice announcer that introduces each table. While playing, you hear sound effects from the other pinball machines in the room. I guess it's supposed to sound like you're in a real arcade, but I just found it noisy and distracting. Another annoyance is the awkward score display. Depending on the table and the camera angle, a portion of the playfield is often obscured by the score readout. You can toggle it on/off with the B button, but there really should be a better way to see your score and the table at the same time. I also wish the game had a top-five ranking for each table instead of just one high score.

Overall, this is a very good pinball game, and anyone who loves classic pinball games should definitely check it out. I hope they continue this series and come out with more Pinball Hall of Fame titles -- a Bally or Williams collection would be great!




this is the kind of game that takes you back to the past.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Very Easy
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

this game has gives you that kind of feeling as if it was the first day you had every played that pinball game! other games give off that vibe too! but this one has a lot of different games all packed in to one sweet game that anyone can enjoy! this game will always share a place in my heart along with a lot of other games too! after all, xoltron makes it fun to predict what your future may be, and playing the love meter can sometimes show how much in love you are! then having the ability to play poker and pinball mixed
is the finest of things that this game has to offer! who wouldn't want to look back at some of our past pinball games like that! i think that having that ability is one of the best things ever to hit the shelves! it is so easy to pick up on that a squirrel can play it! a parakeet at that! and with the different style pinball boards and other items on it make it a good game to get for you or anyone who enjoys pinball!
7.8

Great
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