Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: FarSight Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Crave Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 22, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

From the outset some tables are locked, some require credits to play, and others are available for free play. Each table comes with its own set of goals that can be completed in order to earn credits. These goals can range anywhere from getting higher than a certain score to making specific things occur on the table. Getting a high score is pretty straightforward and so is completing the seemingly more obscure objectives. Thanks to a very handy tutorial provided for each table, figuring out how to activate a multi-ball on a certain table is as easy as just watching what needs to be done in order to trigger it before playing on the table.

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection screenshot

Once all of a table's standard goals have been met, you'll be able to unlock a table of your choosing for free play. This will also unlock a set of more difficult wizard goals for the original table. These extra goals are a nice way to keep you focused on more than just trying to get a high score, but it does have a small flaw. If you happen to have a terrific run on a table on your first try and met the requirements for some of the wizard goals, they won't register. This is because you have to finish the standard goals for the table and finish playing before the wizard goals will unlock. This can be pretty aggravating, especially if you continually to fail to recapture the same success you already had in a previous outing.

Aside from just this choose and play mode, you'll also find a Williams Challenge mode as well as tournaments. Tournaments can take place on one to seven tables of your choosing and support you and up to three friends taking turns playing. However, the Williams Challenge mode is a one player trek through all of the game's tables. You're given three chances on each table to best a predetermined score and should you fail to do so, you'll have to start over again from the first table. This mode is definitely challenging, but if you spend a decent amount of time learning the tables prior to embarking on the challenge, it shouldn't take more than a few attempts to make it through.

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By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
All of the included pinball tables look great in HD.
4.6
Control
The accurate and responsive controls mingle well with the game's spot-on ball physics.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
All of the pinball tables sound just like the real things. Unfortunately, the soundtrack for the game is mostly made up of pretty terrible rock music.
4.5
Play Value
With thirteen classic tables, two sets of goals for each, online leaderboards, tournaments, and the Williams Challenge mode, there's plenty of pinball goodness to be had.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Three New Tables: No Good Gophers, Medieval Madness, and Tales of the Arabian Nights.
  • Pinball level ranking.
  • Enhanced art and physics.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • More/expanded table goals.


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