I apologize with Zen Studios to post something about a competing company but i think that this is the best forum about a virtual pinball game.
Today Farsight Studios released the xbox version of Pinball Arcade on xbla. (800mps)
I dont want to talk about the tables themselves but only about pros and cons of pinball arcade (pa) vs Pbfx2
Game lobby PA 6/10 Pbfx2 8.5/10
PA has a very poor customization of gamepad controls, no options about music and effects audio levels, no operators menu, no quick restart button, no game saves and overall poor design of game menus. PA instead have -VERY GOOD- detailed instructions for each table!
Graphics PA 7/10 Pbfx2 9/10 (marvell pack 8/10)
Audio PA 5/10 (downsampled original music and voices) Pbfx2 9.5/10
Physics PA 9/10 Pbfx2 8/10
(I thought pbfx2 was the best until i tried PA. PA has ery good feeling when the ball is hit by flippers! Very rare physics ball glitches, I hope they will be fixed.)
Game controls PA 8/10 Pbfx2 8/10
PA has unpredictable table nudge, this is more realistic than pbfx2 where you know exactly what the ball will do when you nudge the table.
Multiplayer PA none. Pbfx2 9/10
This is a very bad point in pinball arcade, there is no change for multiplayer (neither online or local) challenges. Pbfx2 instead has an advanced multiplayer system.
Real Pinball simulation PA 8/10 Pbfx2 6/10
This is the real difference between them. PA wants to be a real pinball simulation and Pbfx2 a video pinball. In PA you will find nothing more than a simulation of real pinball mechanics .