Zen Pinball 2

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Portal Pinball announced, stars Chell and GLaDOS

Portal's world and characters will soon appear in Zen Studios' pinball games.

Chell, GLaDOS, Wheatley plus robot ATLAS and P-Body appear in a special Portal-themed table for Zen Pinball 2 on PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita and Wii U, as well as Pinball FX2 on PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The new pack launches during the week of 25th May, priced 2.49. Mobile platforms also get the add-on, priced 1.49.

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Pinball FX2 Xbox One release date set

Pinball FX2 Xbox One release date set

No option to import tables from last-gen version, unlike on PS4.

The Xbox One version of Pinball FX2 launches on Thursday 31st July, developer Zen Studios has announced.

"Nearly" the entire library of existing Pinball FX2 tables will also be available on that day, including all Star Wars and Marvel content released to date.

But, disappointingly, there's no option to import the tables you've already bought for the game's Xbox 360 version.

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Zen Pinball 2 gets PlayStation 4 release date

Zen Pinball 2 gets PlayStation 4 release date

Redownload PS3 tables for free.

Zen Studios has announced an 18th December release date for Zen Pinball 2 on PlayStation 4.

As on other platforms, the game itself is available as a free download, with tables then bought within the game itself.

All players can download the fantasy-themed Sorcerer's Lair table for free at launch. Marvel's Doctor Strange will also be available for $2.99 (likely around 1.99 here).

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Star Wars Pinball: The Empire Strikes Back review

When I was a kid, I used to hang around the local arcades an awful lot, and pinball was what the men played. The machines were fascinating, but unapproachable for an eight-year-old: too big and constantly surrounded by chain-smoking malcontents. Every so often there would be the scary shunt noise, great big bangs snapping you out of a virtual reverie. Sometimes there'd be no-one around, though, and then I'd stare at the flashing lights and gaudy art, wondering if I should put one of my precious 20ps in. But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles always won out.

So the first pinball game I ever played was Sonic Spinball and, though I've obviously been on real machines since, pinball has always been a video game for me - and as I became fascinated by its history and heritage, ironically enough, even more so. But while titles like Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection encapsulate this, there's also a purely virtual strain of pinball games that do things that couldn't be done with a physical machine. And Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is one of the best, probably the best, I've ever played. Not just that, it also manages to capture everything I love about Star Wars better than any other game has in years.

Star Wars is a cultural touch point that's become an all-encompassing children's brand, and along the way alienated grumpy sods like me who think the original trilogy is where it begins and ends. If you're nodding in agreement, this is an essential purchase. The Empire Strikes Back table is a brilliant distillation of Star Wars' finest moment, absolutely jammed with voice samples and table mechanics that evoke the movie, its scoring system both intricate and deeply bound to the aesthetics.

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Zen Studios, the developer best known for its Zen Pinball series, is releasing a set of three Star Wars tables on 27th February on PSN, Xbox Live, iOS, Mac, and Google Play. This first pack of Star Wars tables (yes, there is another) will include stages based on The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and The Clone Wars.

Zen Pinball 2 PS3, Vita release date announced

Zen Pinball 2 PS3, Vita release date announced

Plus, new mystery table based on a PopCap "mega hit" teased.

Zen Pinball 2 launches on PlayStation 3 and PS Vta on 4th September 2012, developer Zen Studios has announced.

That's a Tuesday, when games go live on the US PlayStation Store. Fingers crossed it goes live in Europe a day later, on Wednesday 5th September, when our PlayStation Store updates.

Zen Pinball 2 has some cross-platform functionality, such as shared global leadervoards, online friend challenges and tournaments. The pinball simulation launches with 26 tables. Any Zen Pinball 2 purchase gets you both the PS3 and Vita versions of the game at no additional charge.

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Zen Pinball 2 announced for PS3, Vita

Zen Pinball 2 announced for PS3, Vita

Existing players can upgrade for free.

Zen Pinball 2 launches on PlayStation 3 and Vita this Spring, developer Zen Studios has announced.

There are a total of 26 tables on offer as well as improved ball physics, online leaderboards and cross platform play.

Anyone who owns either the first Zen Pinball or Marvel Pinball can download the sequel for free, whereas newcomers can download the core platform and trial each of the separate tables before parting with cash.

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