Posted: December 21
"Pinball Arcade" simulates actual, existing pinball tables. While not perfect, it's the best pinball machine experience currently available on market.
Visuals are quite dated for 2014 (textures resolution is low for PC standard, crude UI, no advanced lighting etc) but it doesn't ruin the game experience, which is a blast (well, depending on the table). It can be buggy, as developer doesn't address all issues of old tables, focusing instead on kickstarting new tables and porting PA to other platforms. So it is sort of quantity over quality at times, but it is balanded out by some fantastic tables like Medieval Madness, Bride of Pinbot (my personal favourite) or Tales of the Arabian Nights.
Final judgement depend of your sentiment to arcade pinball machines - if this is your thing, don't wait - Pinball Arcade is for you. If you are casual pinball fan, you may want to try it first before you buy ("Tales of the Arabian Nights" table is available for free) or, alternatively, check "Pinball FX 2" and decide which style you prefer (realistic, but somewhat clunky simulation in PA vs. shiny, polished "fantasy" pinball of FX2).
+ recreates the feeling of real pinball machine well
+ it has many of all-time-great tables
+ good table physics
+ many, many hours of fun
- dated visuals and UI
- not all tables are equally engaging
- can be pricey if you want to have them all
- lacks some well-known licensed tables, e.g. Lord of The Rings, Indiana Jones etc.