Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi (Xbox One) Review

By Josh Di Falco 16.06.2018 3

Review for Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi on Xbox One

Zen Studios has long been a massive fan of adapting pop-culture pinball tables, with Star Wars being a major reference point for many of the previous table packs. With the release of the eighth film in the series last year, Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi brings two new tables to the latest Pinball FX 3 collection. It features characters such as Rey, Finn, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, BB-8, Captain Phasma and, yes, even the Porgs make an appearance. Following on from previous packs, there is an easy table to gain high scores on, as well as a harder table that rewards with killer high scores, albeit a lot harder to get momentum flow.

The first table, named after the film The Last Jedi, is an amalgamation of different environments from the eighth film, specifically Ahch-To and Supreme Chancellor Snoke's flagship, the Supremacy. Following closely with the events of the film, this table features six different scenes that bridge together the story very loosely. Of course, playing this table won't fully delve into the story, but it does feature fun sequences, such as Finn and Rose's chase through Canto Bite casino. Designed like a traditional pinball table, it has the usual setup of side ramps, as well as an extra couple of flippers for the upper portion of the table. Due to how tight-knight everything is laid out, gaining a run of high scores is easy and it does not take much effort to activate multi-balls.

In the middle of the table sits a blast door, which is the key to activating the movie scenes, and, thankfully, two of the six scenes on offer contain multi-ball sections with massive score rewards if used correctly in conjunction with the Double XP ability. The bumpers are easy to hit the ball into, as they sit behind the blast doors, with two ramps on either side of dead centre to allow for consistent ball hits to make the most of them. Unlike some of Zen Studios' past tables, the first table does not contain many "dead" spots; previous tables had these awkward spots that would render the ball "dead," as it would then drop straight through the flippers into the gutter. However, The Last Jedi does not contain any of these frustrating spots, which is a massive plus.

Screenshot for Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi on Xbox One

The second table, Ahch-To Island, takes place at Luke Skywalker's hideout on Ahch-To and is a much harder table to rack up high scores on. This is due to how wide the centre of the table is, with overlapping ramps featured in the corners of the table. These ramps are pivotal to racking up the high scores, but they are quite difficult to get continuous ball hits up the ramps because of their awkward entry points. Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Chewbacca are the centre of this table, as the story follows Rey's training under the tutelage of Luke. In the meantime, Chewbacca has his own mission of trying to find and cook food for himself to occupy himself during the training.

R2-D2 has his moments on the second table, where he appears after hitting the right triggers. Then once he is on the table, he will temporarily charge up any ball that goes near him. Plus, he is the key to triggering the fun multi-ball portion that makes getting a high score on this table that much easier. Just keep the balls afloat and constantly charged by R2, and watch that score metre tick overtime. The cute little Porgs make their videogame debut in a minor cameo, mainly being Chewbacca's potential food.

Both tables look great, and they still contain that essence and magic of the Star Wars franchise, although its musical score hardly holds a candle to some of the previous tables that Zen Studios has adapted. However, the tables are packed with little goodies from the film, such as when the balls take the form of the rocks that Rey is trying to lift instead, or that multi-ball mission where the balls leave the dust trails from Crait. It is the little touches like this that truly showcase the care and detail put into every single table released, and this latest pack is no different.

Screenshot for Pinball FX3 - Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi adds two new tables from the blockbuster franchise, and Zen Studios has applied the same exquisite details that it has become well known for now, adapting Ahch-To Island, both on its own table, as well as the combined table with Snoke's ship, the Supremacy. Following suit from what is expected, this amalgamation table is the easier of the two, allowing for a general flow of the ball, while gaining scores at a leisurely pace. However, the Ahch-To table may be harder to score, but the multi-balls make it a heck of a lot more fun. Play through the chapters from the film and re-enact some of the more iconic moments from the movie, although pinball aficionados who don't watch or are not privy to Star Wars may not find much to appreciate in terms of the details.

Developer

Zen Studios

Publisher

Zen Studios

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

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Our member of the week

Wait, those tables are not available on Switch yet, so... how?

Cubed3 Limited Staff :: Review and Feature Writer

Oops... *ahem* Nothing to see here... (changed it now - my mistake!)

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Adam Riley said:
Oops... *ahem* Nothing to see here... (changed it now - my mistake!)

No big deal. But when they do hit the Switch, I'll be eager to try those out ^^. Not a big deal either if I couldn't though, but just voicing my interest in a Switch version of this Smilie.

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