So I usually try and buy every new stern that comes out but that hasn't been the case lately and even skipped ghostbusters; just way too many air balls and rules. Haven't wrote one of these in awhile; but this game needs it, because it has that magic to it. Ya know that feeling where you just want to hit that start button again and again.
Aerosmith hits on all cylinders and is truly Borg and Lonnie's masterpiece. Big thanks to the entire team on this game because wow they knocked it out of the park in so many ways. Will break it down into several sections here guys and please link any questions you have on this thread and I'll try to answer it as best I can.
Well I have a Metallica right next to it and dirty Donny killed that game, and thought it was a game changer in pinball art. Well wait till you guys get to see Aerosmith; he really outdid himself. Whether the backglass, cabinet art, playfield art and even the plastics; he destroyed it. Wait till you see the detail of Jackie and the plastics around him with the evil toys on them. His attention to detail is amazing. He also mesmerizes with the evil toys on the backglass art and all the hidden treats he has on the playfield art too.
Have to give this section a 10 out of 10
Dirty Donny will have a tough time beating this game art guys it's really jaw dropping.
Here is where I was very skeptical; I had watched many of the videos online and they seemed just ok we'll wait till you get to see them in real life. Will just go over a couple of the great highlights; wait till you play dude looks like a lady; the animations in this mode are really great and very cool when you start nailing shots on the field. Another one that is really cool is the toys animations when you start nailing jackpots in toys in the black x mball. Some other great modes and animations are back in the saddle, walk this way(nothing like some hot chicks coming across the screen and shaking it), lastly forget which mode but you get to see differnt extermination trucks with differnt album cover art. Overall the display is a please t surprise and really reminds me of an upgraded dmd and has some killer art to it and huge props to the entire team for really doing some cool and unique stuff here. So for animations I'd say it gets a 8.5
Sounds and Music
Well here the new spike 2 sound system shines really get to hear just how good and clear the new system is. Really love how with spike 2 you can go in adjust the bass and treble along with the volume. I was really worried hear because some of the early sound effects seemed like they were borrowed from kiss; well those all seem to be gone now and game really shines hear with the real nice old school Aerosmith tracks. Along with some very cool sound effects. Lastly let's talk about call outs which has been a big topic of discussion here on the group and jackies voice. Jackie's voice does not really bother me but that will be for everyone to see what they think. So keeping all that on in mind; I'd rate this section like this
Music a 9; would be a 10 but no Dream On
Sounds a 8 as they stand and lastly
Call Outs get a 7
Gameplay and Layout
So here is where most of the magic comes from on this game. Your going to want to look at it and say wow looks like Metallica or maybe it looks like Kiss. Well I'm here to tell you it plays way different then both of those games; which is also a great surprise. One of the things I really like is how challenging the game is and it has several very cool and challenging shots on it like the orbits (hitting the left orbit and going right through the pops is one killer shot), another oddly not a gimmie shot is the scoop on the left which is different from your typical Borg scoop, lastly the right ramp can be very challenging; mainly because of the height and ramp opening being very narrow. The easiest shot on the game is the elevator shot. But the game keeps you on your toes and the ball is very fast and wild on this one. The gameplay has a very differnt type of feel to it with some really cool combination shots available like hitting the outer right orbit to the left flipper and then nailing the elevator for the ball lock. The magnet on this game too has some really wild new action to it unlike any other magnets out there really different. The main toy is the jester and it rocks. All I have to say is go for the 6 ball mball for some crazy mball action and some killer points too. Game has a great mix of flow and some stop n go to it. Borgy really gave us a killer layout and table here.
Overall rating for layout and gameplay a 9.5
Lastly let's talk RULES
So I was along with everyone else and was a little worried when I heard LONNIE was in charge of software on this one; we'll let me just start with this and that is this is LONNIE's masterpiece. He really gave us some very cool features on this game. We'll start with the ability to be able to crank up your modes when you are in them and go for some higher point values when you hit the scoop. Another highlight is the combo system with the coins. Not to mention toybox mball and the ability to choose how many balls you want to start mball with and then when you are in mball gives you the ability to lock multiple balls back in the jester too and go for triple scoring. Also love the arrange of super modes that you can achieve when defeating one of the regular modes in the game and he just fixed the roadblack that was in the code for love in a elevator mball. Touching on the code; this is by far the best out of the gate code stern has put out in a long time. I feel here it would be unfair to judge the code just yet though until we get some more updates, but I can say this what's in it already is great fun.
So overall this to me has been the pleasant surprise of 2017 and the best part about it is it's not that expensive for a pro. Borg, Lonnie and the entire team Aerosmith really put their heart and soul into the game and you'll be able to tell when you get to play the game. I'll sum it up like this; game can be very challenging and just gives you that let me hit the start button one more time feeling.
My overall rating guys is a 9.0; please share any thoughts or questions anybody has and you will be very happy when you get your hands on an Aerosmith and get to play it.