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Thursday
Oct132011

Review: Pinball FX2: Sorcerer's Lair (Multi)

Sorcerer's Lair is an original table that released earlier this year on PSN (Zen Pinball) and has finally made its way to XBLA and Pinball FX2. "This is a fairy, cutesy hell hole!" I exclaimed upon launching the table for the first time, finding the aesthetic initially unappealing. After getting past the bug-eyed kids all up in my face, I started falling in love with the abundance of color and surprisingly found myself playing what would become one of my favorite tables to date.

After getting past the blast of purple and adorable eyes, I came to appreciate the beauty of Sorcerer's Lair. It does rely heavily on blue and purple, but there are hints of fellow colors throughout, making for one pretty ass table. In addition to the general table, specific missions take you to another area and add a tidbit of variety in both gameplay and visuals, both of which are enjoyable in their respective ways. If nothing else, Sorcerer's Lair has destroyed all my future political plans, exposing my flip-flop tendencies, and helping me discover I still kind of dig purple in more than just Donatello art.

In terms of gameplay, the general "pinballing" is no different than any of the other Pinball FX2 tables—which, if you don't know, means it plays extremely well. The unique aspects of Sorcerer's Lair happen to make it go from just another great table to one of my favorites. While I'd love to go into detail, I think it's best to go in fresh as I rhyme in jest, turning this review into a mess, but would you really expect anything less? If you accept my apology for that last sentence, please continue following me on this journey of a review.

Sorcerer's Lair has some fantastic in-game missions that leave me in a moment of Zen, wondering if this just may be my absolute favorite table. I know I may sound like a shill with my love for most every table Zen Studios releases, but it's more of a testament of just how good they are at what they do—making pinball tables like nobody's business besides the business of trying to make money, which is the greatest business of all. I really don't know what the hell I've been talking about this entire time, so I am going to shut up now and simply say Sorcerer's Lair is a must-buy for anyone who loves pinball. But in all honesty, I'd be shocked to hear of anyone fitting that criteria who doesn't already knowing that.

Pinball FX2: Sorcerer's Lair [DLC] (240MS Points/$2.99 -- Also available on PSN)

Reader Comments (24)

Pretty much any new table for PFX2 is guaranteed to get added to my wish list and this one is no different. But your most favorite table to date? Better than MsSM? Now I'm really intrigued. Maybe I'll get lucky and win a copy (wink wink)...
Thanks for the contest!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereugaet
A sweet so glad to get a new table, it looks cool. Thanks for the chance

@mysticfail
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@mysticfail
I love Pinball FX2 - Zen has done a great job with all of the tables & I am always excited when a new one is released.

Twitter: @ilRadd
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterilRadd
Zen Studios has had a really impressive track record with their tables. The first few may have been a little unpolished, but they've certainly refined their skills with their most recent efforts. I'd really love to win this one. Thanks, Kush!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosh
Pinball fx 2 just keeps getting bettre and better
thanks for the chance
@garrett0024
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett
Great Review! Looking forward to checking this table out!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeadlyMaverick
This looks to be a fun one. Thanks for the contest. Your meat is amazing...
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElektr0ns
Very interesting. I think it's cool that the unlicensed tables are able to compete with, and in some cases exceed, the licensed tables. Makes purchasing worthwhile, and investigation necessary for EVERY released table!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervictimsofadown
Looks great! Might buy this when i have the Microsoft Points XD
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Leuty
Being a HUGE fan of Pinball FX 2 I was so happy to learn this table that use to only be on PSN was coming to XBLA arcade. The best thng about Pinball FX 2 IMO is challenging my XBL friends scores! its also why I try to get everytable to have the highest Wizard Score of the all :)

@gentcoop007
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteragentcoop007

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