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Aliens vs Pinball – Pinball FX2

The three tables included in this DLC include: an Aliens table, an Aliens vs Predator table, and an Alien Isolation table. Check out the table preview below as a companion to the written review.

The Good

The three new tables presented here are the same high quality that Zen has been making for years. They use original audio from the movies and game to bring you into each table, and it works great. Hearing the characters scream with dialogue from the movies and game makes you want to keep putting in more quarters start a new game each time you run out of balls.

Each table has multiple missions to complete, and hidden areas that make standard tables inferior. I would love to see a real life table this complex.

The Bad

My only complaint, and this has been the case since the game was ported to the One, is that there is only one achievement per table, and each of the achievements are not something a beginner could do. I hope that for future tables they go back to 3 achievements per table, with varying degrees of difficulty.

The Achievements

With only one achievement per table, it may take players some time to unlock all three, as they require complex tasks, and require you to know your ramps and table locations.

In the Aliens table, you must play on mission 3, Ulterior Motives, and defeat both Facehuggers. Luckily, you can enable mission select for the table, so as soon as you hit the mission marker you can select mission 3. Unfortunately, you only get one shot at it, and if you lose a ball, you will need to start the game over in order to select mission 3 again.

The AvP table requires you to rank up. I wasn’t able to unlock it during my playthroughs for my review, but it is probably the easiest of the 3. The final achievement is for performing 20 stealth takedowns on the Alien Isolation table, and I’m not sure what is required for this.

I played each table for around an hour a piece, but wasn’t able to unlock any achievements. With some practice, and maybe a guide, I can probably unlock them at a later point

Final Verdict

Other than the achievement complaint, these are solid tables for anyone that enjoys pinball, and especially for fans of the Alien franchise. I recommend this DLC and at $9.99, it is standard pricing for similar table packs. I look forward to the next high quality DLC from Zen Studios.

 

4outof5

 

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Paranautical Activity Review

Paranautical Activity is a rougelike first-person shooter that I could best describe as a mix of Minecraft-style characters with a room structure like The Binding of Isaac. It was originally developed by Code Avarice but later sold to Digerati.

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The Good

When I first started playing Paranutical Activity, I really didn’t know what to expect. The first thing I noticed were the Minecraftian graphics. I have to admit, at first I was really apprehensive that I was going to like them, but they grew on me quickly. The game spends no time messing around and throws you right in the action which is exactly what I wanted. It was very easy to get accustomed to the controls and how everything worked even though that was basically no guidance at all. The map and the general layout of the HUD was done well also.

I liked finding the shops on each floor, it kind of reminded me out the shops in the original Zelda games.

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The bosses are really random and often bizarre

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The Bad

The music got really obnoxious after a short time. Thankfully the settings menu is very simple.

The dungeons are randomized, but they don’t really change that much.

 

The Achievements

I played Paranutical Activity for 9 hours and 16 minutes and managed to unlock 6 out of 45 of the achievements for a total of 120/1000 Gamerscore.

 

Final Verdict

Overall I had a good time playing Paranutical Activity and I think it’s reasonably priced at $9.99

 

3.5outof5

 

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Soda Drinker Pro Review

Soda Drinker Pro tries to be a terrible looking game, but its hidden game, Vivian Clark, is amazing, and the best part of Soda Drinker Pro. With its wide variety of mini-games, and gameplay similar to Wario Ware, Vivian Clark stands above other ‘so-bad-its-good’ games, by actually being good, and fun to play!

Check out the above video for a more in-depth review of Soda Drinker Pro

 

3outof5

We give it a 3 out of 5…soda slurps

Party Hard Review

The music is easily the best feature followed closely by its humor. The controls and concept are very simple, so if you are looking for a game that you can easily pick up and put down, you won’t be disappointed. At times it can be slow moving and frustrating when waiting for chances to make a move, but patience pays off. Oh, and there is a story line!

There are a number of unexpected and hilarious turn-of-events that keep things interesting. The story is just as wacky as the concept, with a retro vibe to boot. Overall it provides a fun, but sometimes repetitive experience.

Check out the above video for a more in-depth review of Party Hard

 

3outof5

 

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