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This game has finally hit the North American eShop and it's pretty fantastic... four fun, quality tables in 3D for $6.99.
I've already put a couple hours into it and I'd have to say that Excalibur is my favorite of the tables so far. There's a lot of fun toys and modes that aren't too difficult to unlock. The physics are well done and the graphics are pretty nice, though perhaps not quite up to Farsight's efforts with The Williams Collection.
I was hoping to get my hands on Pinball Arcade soon, but it looks like that's going to be a little delayed on the platforms that I have access to, so it's nice to have a quality pinball game like this to tide me over. I guess it is also going to support DLC tables in the future. Good stuff.
If you like pinball, you should probably buy this.
I've always disliked the analog buttons introduced by the DualShock 2. I always felt that they were a little less responsive for digital applications, and I sometimes felt like I had to press them harder to make them register the input. Or for racing games, all of a sudden I'd realize I wasn't going as fast as I could because I wasn't holding the button down hard enough. Very annoying.
The one use I liked for them, though, is for the plunger in the PSN version of Zen Pinball: the pressure determines how far back you pull it. It works and feels great.
And I miss it.
You can use the circle pad to do a similar thing, but it's not the same. It doesn't feel right, and not just because it's on the left when the plunger is on the right. There's also a delay between when you let it go and when the plunger shoots the ball. Heh.
A word of warning: I started playing on the bus, far from wi-fi, then got home (where there is wi-fi), lost, then checked the leaderboards.
My score wasn't on it. Looks like to get on the online leaderboards, you have to start and complete a game within wi-fi range. I can't say I like that. It means you don't get to show off any high score you get when offline!