Review: Zen Pinball 2 Portal Table (PS4)

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Crafted in collaboration with Valve and Zen Studios, Aperture Laboratories is proud to reveal the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, proving that persistent experimentation is not only the hallmark of good science for the benefit of mankind.

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Pros:

  • High quality graphics that you now accept as the norm in Zen Pinball tables.
  • Awesome animated table, From the robots moving to the flashing lights and transforming platforms, Portals appearing and disappearing. It is a busy table!
  • Original voices including Stephen Merchant.
  • Collect cake ingredients and prove itis not a lie.
  • Create portals to move around the table faster.
  • Co op multi ball with P-Body and Atlas.
  • Quality original soundtrack.
  • Animated score boards are a thing of beauty.
  • Time your launch ball correctly and you can get a skill shot opener which transports you straight up into the higher parts of the level for more points.
  • Face off against Glados.
  • Six test chamber missions, Each one different and each one harder than the last.
  • Five unique ways to unlock extra balls.
  • Light up all Ratman lanes to unlock a random reward like ball save, more point etc.
  • Ratman level built into the table, Watch as the table transforms into the new sub level mini game.
  • Activate lasers and direct them over the map to manipulate the table.
  • Varied missions: You can face off against hordes of turrets, use portals to get the jump on surprise attacks and so much more.

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Cons:

  • Really easy to lose the ball, Even at the beginning a bad launch can set the tone.
  • Some missions are really tricky and can be hard to see where to go.
  • Only one new trophy and it is a hard one.
  • With so much going on, Having a long list of conditions to meet means you are juggling a lot of things at once.

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In Summary, Hands down one of the best tables on Zen Pinball 2. Its fast furious and has so much content its unreal. I do not like the fact that I could lose my ball so quickly and cheaply in a lot of places, But that said the plus side is you get the shear wealth of game types and missions. It retains the Portal atmosphere with voice work kept to a minimum to avoid repetition, It feels like a Valve game and I for one will be playing it for a long time to come.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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