March 06, 2014

Super League Football Review for the PS Vita


Zen Studios, famous for its excellent and diverse pinball series, recently released Super League Football for the Zen Pinball tables (that's "soccer" to the US, not the US football that doesn't really use your feet). But how does it play, and should you download a table?

If you've played any of the series (I'm a fan of the Star Wars tables) then you'll instantly know to expect glitter and solid gameplay. Super League Football (SLF) doesn't let you down in that respect. If you want, give the game a try and download a demo or two of any from the series. 

The upper board. More work before reduces the defense!
Similar to other tables, there are other "levels" to reach beyond the main board. This game is clearly set around scoring goals, and from the opening sport announcers welcoming you to play you feel like you're actually in a competitive sport event. 

Part of the difficulty of creating a pinball game based on a sport or a movie is to try to make it feel like you are in that specific genre while still batting around a pinball with your flippers. SLF does this really well. As you roll the ball around (textured like a football), you start to feel the crowd cheering as you string together combos, and then as you advance to the upper board you feel the urgency to shoot on goal and score. Combos, like hitting a successful "One/Two" move, will make the crowd cheer louder, but also help you offensively. The upper board will have fewer defenders on it if you hit the combos first... thus making it easy to score. 

Different DLC show different team members and team colors
You play 45 minute halves (at a sped up rate, so you won't be there for 90 minutes), but don't expect to play the whole thing. When you lose enough, the ref "calls the game." 

Here's the deal: Each team costs $3 to download. You don't have access to all 8 teams. So choose wisely. AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, and a Zen choice team, just to name a few. The boards are the same, the skins for the tables are different. 

Verdict: 8/10
Easy to pick up gameplay is perfect on the Vita. You'll feel like you're on a team playing the game technically and working towards that elusive goal. 
You'll like this game if you: 
  • are a pinball and football fan: gameplay is addictive!
  • enjoy easy pick up and play games on the Vita
You might not like: 
  • the $3 per each team purchase

What is your favorite Zen table to play? Have you tried Super League Football?

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