Zen Pinball 2: Marvel's Women of PowerOverview -
Ever since 'Zen Pinball 2' released in 2012, developer Zen Studios has supported their video pinball game with dozens of new tables. Most of these have been based upon licensed properties such as 'Star Wars' and 'South Park,' but the most prominent license they've used is Marvel. Over 20 pinball tables have been released bearing the likenesses of famous Marvel comic book characters, and now two more arrive in the form of the 'Marvel's Women of Power' DLC. The two tables focus on female superheroes including Black Widow, Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl.
While I don't find either table to be particularly impressive from a visual standpoint, both do more than enough to get the job done. They share a similar cartoon art style that is rather fitting considering the characters' comic roots. As expected, each level is filled with references to the characters and in the 'Champions' table I managed to spot a copy of a fictional newspaper, the New York Bulletin, questioning whether or not Ms. Marvel is a "superhero or sell out?" This sort of attention to detail is phenomenal, and it's these small things that really make each table feel special.
The sound design in 'Zen Pinball 2' continues to be excellent. I constantly heard different sound effects due to hitting bumpers and going through lanes, and that type of aural feedback is highly satisfying. The only thing that really feels like a step down is that none of the characters really have memorable voice acting (which is a far cry from something like the 'South Park' table), nor do they deliver any great lines. Still, some enjoyable, if a tad bit generic, superhero theme music plays on both tables, and they add to the overall experience.
'Marvel's Women of Power' is yet another solid add-on for 'Zen Pinball 2.' Clearly Zen Studios knows how to produce great pinball tables, and it's a pleasant surprise to see lesser characters from the Marvel universe receive the spotlight. It's not the best DLC, as 'Aliens Pinball' and other tables have topped it by being more inventive, but it's still worth picking up if you're a comic book fan or are just looking for some new high scores to beat.
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