Microsoft launched its series of Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets in partnership with Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer last month with the Samsung Odyssey arriving in November. After the first spate of launch titles other videogames have slowly begun appearing, the latest being Pinball FX2 VR by Zen Studios.
Pinball FX2 VR has appeared on numerous head-mounted displays (HMDs) over the past year, featuring on Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. The Windows MR edition features the same three core tables as the other versions: Secrets of the Deep, Epic Quest and Mars. An additional five tables can be purchase via the Pinball FX2 Season 1 downloadable content, adding CastleStorm, Wild West Rampage, Paranormal, BioLab, and Earth Defense.
Pinball FX2 VR has been a hit virtual reality experience for Zen Studios, mixing old school pinball gameplay with modern immersive technology. Just like you’d be able to do in real life you nudge the tables if needed whilst strategically activating the flippers to get the ball where you want it.
Each table is highly detailed, with all sorts of action taking place beneath your nose. You can lean right in to check out the artwork or analyze the table, looking for the best way to score points or uncover new areas that you may not have noticed. Adding that good old VR twist to it all, whilst playing each table the characters and imagery come to life around you, with aquatic sea monsters appearing from behind the table or a spaceship suddenly flying over your head.
VRFocus reviewed the Oculus Rift version of Pinball FX2 VR back in 2016, giving a full 5 stars, saying: “Pinball FX 2 VR is a hugely pleasant surprise not in that a VR edition of the franchise has been created, but that it’s of such a high quality. Zen Studios has created some remarkable digital recreations of pinball and yet every other version now seems redundant: Pinball FX 2 VR is the way digital pinball is meant to be played.”
Pinball FX2 VR is available now on Windows MR for $14.99 USD, with Season 1 Pack DLC also available for purchase for $24.99.
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