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Elaine Sutton
• Saturday, 28 November, 2020
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Member in no particular order BEST -American Dad -Alien Isolation -Wild West Rampage -Archer -Son of Zeus Junior Member I have the Nintendo Switch version and only have 8 tables ATM.

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Senior Member It's hard to pick a good top (depends on my mood) But I always love these tables : Sorcerer's Lair An easy-to-understand table. The Biggest plus is the challenge how many times you can reach Wizard mode.

All the FOX net tables Cell shading and themes are not my cup of tea Jaws Can't say why but i dislike it very much. Maybe it's the depressing theme or the huge amount of unconventional table items.

When I went back to it recently, it was a refreshingly unlike the newer tables. Something about the new look of the Hulk table has put me off, but I still play Fear Itself a lot.

Special place in my heart: Infinity Gauntlet, Fantastic Four I find it really hard to precisely pinpoint 'bad' tables as I love them all.

Some seem inferior but have unique features or themes that make them shine. Computer tables can afford to be fundamentally different from their real counterparts in that regard as they don't need to be stingy and greedy to net money.

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So maybe the best criteria to rate tables is to first ask which ones *annoy* me most, for whichever reasons, keeping me from playing them. An honest answer to this will come naturally and reveal that the ones annoying least must therefore call the best ', so here come my 26 tables, sorted best to worst: Rebels, Han Solo, Mars, Wild West Rampage, Darth Vader, Sorcerer's Lair, Return of the Jedi, Droids, Castle Storm, Rogue One, Adventure Land, Star fighter Assault, The Force Awakens, Son of Zeus, A New Hope, The Walking Dead, Epic Quest, Paranormal, Excalibur, Earth Defense, Masters of the Force, Might of the First Order, El Dorado, V12, Tesla, Shaman.

Some tables need better mission balance (time, score). Others are let down by frustrating shots (narrow ramps, indirect targets).

A couple is ruined by unnecessary vision impairment (camera and obstacles). And finally, tables that combine those bad designs, are the least fun to play.

I wish there were more tables like this (maybe in a space, ocean or arctic theme). I feel that the Greek theme, voice acting, special effects and intuitive nature of this table result in a great combination that will keep me coming back to play this one.

The marked combo shots can give you big points if you hit enough in a row, but almost nothing else seems to be worthwhile. I just can't seem to figure out how to score many points, or even make my ball last for long.

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Senior Member I hate seeing v12 in the least favorite tables of so many when in reality if any of you had played it when it was first released in the original zen table releases you would have loved it, but then they changed the physics, and you can't trap the ball and the ball doesn't go up the ramps smoothly anymore. I used to be able to play that table for hours saving in between and without exception amass billions of points and now barely a 100 million if even that on my best day.

Zen made this table, and it was brilliant then they mucked it up and now it no longer flows. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded. Junior Member TOP 5 -DOOM -Ms. Explosion Man (the reason I still boot up FX2) -Ghost Rider -Women of Power: Champions -World War Hulk BOTTOM 5 -Back to the Future because it lacks the soundtrack and the voices are AWFUL.

Member Fans: -Fear Itself (my favorite table in the whole game) -Doom -Deadpool -Three of the four-Star Wars main episode tables : Empire for its atmosphere complex rule sheet and stacking modes. A New Hope for its speed, missions and difficulty level (just brutal).

The Force Awakens for its flow, the cinematic feel of the missions and the great FX. I like Return of the Jedi too but not as much as I love the other main episode tables.

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I am biased, as I liked the game a lot and find the way the table is created very good in deed. Senior Member I prefer originals, which is evident in my list.

Earth Defense Secrets of the Deep Rome El Dorado Paranormal Excalibur Sorcerer's Lair I am biased, as I liked the game a lot and find the way the table is created very good in deed.

You have to beat it three times to complete mission 2 and if you want to make the wizard mode a little easier on yourself, you have to remove the turrets by first hitting the bumpers a certain amount of times and then by playing that mini play field again. I love the normal table layout and I like the other missions and multi balls, so I don’t want to spend that much time on a frustrating mini-game that takes me away from all the good stuff.

Junior Member As a newcomer to pinball fx3 I do not have that many yet, except the free sorcerer, Portal, and the three Alien. Today I just added Son of Zeus, Adventure land, and the two tables of the Force Awakens.

Where on earth did they get such high quality LSD which they apparently took when they created that table? Boy would I have loved to compose and record a more fitting music, complementing that LSD trip.

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MMM... Now wait... Now I know what's missing in the Zen List, a dedicated Timothy Leary table! Crap... straight away top 5... three left only.... note to self, stop buying them tables.

You have to beat it three times to complete mission 2 and if you want to make the wizard mode a little easier on yourself, you have to remove the turrets by first hitting the bumpers a certain amount of times and then by playing that mini play field again. I love the normal table layout and I like the other missions and multi balls, so I don’t want to spend that much time on a frustrating mini-game that takes me away from all the good stuff.

I don't like the muted blue and gray color scheme. Yes, I know that's how the main game is, but I prefer my Pinball to be colorful.

V12 Age of Patron Civil War Archer Rome Ninja Garden Senior Member One thing this thread shows is that people definitely have different tastes as to what makes a good table.

It’s funny that there are a number of tables that are in both the top 5 and bottom 5 lists of different people. It shows that Zen does a good job of offering up tables with diverse play styles.

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Come on Boss time, that table is pure pinball magic. One thing this thread shows is that people definitely have different tastes as to what makes a good table.

It’s funny that there are a number of tables that are in both the top 5 and bottom 5 lists of different people. It shows that Zen does a good job of offering up tables with diverse play styles.

The changes made to the physics make it no longer flow and the ramps are almost impossible to hit. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

I will continue to be vocal and hope they return it to the original physics or retool it so that it works well, like it used to. I've never liked V12 in any iteration- the feel, music and vibe is just generic and boring.

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I stand devout in my loyalty to this table knowing full well how it used to be. Haven't even tried to overtake the high score because it just doesn't flow now and the speed of the ramps just suck.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

It's an older table, but great feel and challenge, keeps me coming back. Some strange shots in the upper right area, really the whole right side of the play field is a bit tricky.

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No matter if you are a pro or playing your first game there is something about taking down a castle that does not get old Wild West Rampage and Sorcerer's Lair are both great easy playing tables for players of all skill ranges.

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I have a cabinet at home, and when I have parties or family over there are a lot of people who have never touched pinball before. Love the cartoon robotic vibe, the colors are dreamy, and everything seems to really flow smoothly.

2) El Dorado (PFX3) The theme of exploring old temples is a winner to me. 3) Walking Dead (PFX3) Love the dreary atmosphere, completely unique for a pinball table.

The different track loops and gimmicks dotted around are an absolute blast. Member First cantankerous, I wish I played V12 when it came out cause you make it sound wonderful.

I've played through almost all the tables and there are some I just keep coming back to, Han Solo, I love this table, and now it's broken because you can't lock the ball into the death star so no wizard mode. Archer, I'm glad Zen made the achievement so hard on this game because I played it so much to get it and found out what a great table it is in the process.

Excalibur, I just keep coming back, I love this table, the theme, just everything. Castle storm, when this came out it just hit me at the right time, it's a lot of fun.

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There are several other tables I come back to time and again in no particular order, Pasha----Thor----Rome----Fear itself----Deadpool----civil war. I love those tables too, but they aren't on FX 3 Keep them coming Zen.

Bottom: I don't really 'hate' any Pinball FX3 tables, I probably enjoy playing junkyard the least. Member Hmm nearly 10 months after I previously mentioned my best and 'worst' tables things haven't much changed.

So thanks to a few videos I skimmed through and the great guides that are posted here I have been playing both. It's a hard table, but I've found that if I follow these rules when playing, I do pretty well.

Light kickbacks Always keep left flipper up, except when suspension is ready to upgrade. Most times I forget this because I'm so worried about losing ball on right side.

Keep trying to hit tire upgrade lane if not in combo mode. Top score was 198 million with multi ball and ball save and rewind upgrades.

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Secrets I have played more, that table is mostly just getting good at it's multi ball modes. All I remembered was the ball constantly drained down the left side.

So thanks to a few videos I skimmed through and the great guides that are posted here I have been playing both. It's a hard table, but I've found that if I follow these rules when playing, I do pretty well.

Light kickbacks Always keep left flipper up, except when suspension is ready to upgrade. Most times I forget this because I'm so worried about losing ball on right side.

Keep trying to hit tire upgrade lane if not in combo mode. Top score was 198 million with multi ball and ball save and rewind upgrades.

Secrets I have played more, that table is mostly just getting good at it's multi ball modes. As the person with 2 wr's on that table let me shed a little more light regarding my own specific tips.

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First I prefer the faster game types like survival, but have a game over a billion on single player, so I'm ranked in top 10 or better and have the single ball record. In game modes like 5 minute and survival stack your upgrades.

As you said, always keep the left flipper depressed as anything approaches that lane. Extra balls are only achieved by maxing out your speed then awarded at upgrade hole.

To hit the button on either the left or right you want to catch the ball on the respective flipper and just do a quick flip where you don't fully hit the flipper, and it will, if done correctly hit the button and pass to the other flipper where you can repeat................ It's takes practice and I rarely can achieve the upgrade without several tries. You'll likely never fully upgrade the tires as it continues to go up with the final one taking over 100 as I recall.....................it's a horrible table to try and wizard with likely less than 5 people excluding me who have ever achieved it.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

Now I've also gotten to all other upgrades complete except for manifold level 4 still, but that's easily doable. First, I use view 2, so I can see that upper flipper and now turbo shot is much easier, I can usually max out that every game now.

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Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

Just boring, and the speeder Mini game is plain stupid. Not sure if you can see this if you can't log in to Xbox Live, this is just a 5-minute clip of the farthest I've gotten so far.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

I've gotten back into PBX recently (I went a bit down the real pinball route). And have over the years re-purchased them on Steam, I can't say I have played that many for any considerable time.

So here's my top 5 ranked by the fun I had playing them either at point of release or through revisits. Quick note, I am 100% not a star wars guy, it was around that time that I stopped playing pbfx2, I also began to suffer the Marvel fatigue like most people did when Marvel felt like the only tables we were getting.

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With the first Marvel pack) it was far easier to just focus on one table and not get distracted. I loved that you can trigger multiple modes at once, and all the shots felt fun and flowed well.

Even if it's been outdone design wise (and I think game's go too long on Spider-man now) it's still an iconically addictive newbie friendly table with really fun boss battles. I've been very close several times, but I always just end up draining balls down the side or center after hitting the main mission targets, even with ball save active I feel this table is a drainer.

Once you start being able to consistently hit the annoying shots and start the modes, there's so much to do on this oddly short but wide table that it just ends up having a really nice flow. Mechanically it's probably severely out-of-date but to new fans, don't skip this one, it's great if you are looking for a table with fun stuff hidden away.

I came very close but never quite able to conquer the wizard mode, but I really just like the ramp shots on this. Unlike Iron Man which has some harsh drain bounces, Thor feels very fair.

The table is a bit gimmicky given that you have to level up to beat the final boss and complete it over multiple runs, but the table has lots of cool gadgets to bounce off and bonuses to unlock. It has loads of hittable targets and variety, and most ramps all lead to different weird areas, all with their own mini 'toys'.

The voice clips can get a bit tedious but the table itself is a true delight to play and whilst I don't have much desire to replay the whole adventure after my several hours with it and beating it, I do very fondly remember falling in love with this table akin to when I first played Spider-man. Most missions took a while to complete, but the game wasn't hard, just a bit tedious.

According to the guide, Peak performance was supposed to automatically be available at the upgrade hole. I'll post the video when Xbox Live decides to upload it.

According to the guide, Peak performance was supposed to automatically be available at the upgrade hole. I'll post the video when Xbox Live decides to upload it.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

Have not had a chance to play the newer Pinball FX3 tables yet, but they look good! Some of the Williams go on my least favorites as they aren’t as enticing in that I have already played them enough on The Pinball Arcade.

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