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Best Standard or Pro game of current production


1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    Looking at new games. I understand that with Le games the more bells and whistles can impact the game. The question is this. Where is The sweet spot for getting a Pro or Standard game that gives you enough game and then creates a great value over the Le version? Example might be a Shaker motor which might be fun but really does not add that much to the game for a lot of people. Don't get me wrong. Toppers, artwork, sound upgrade and trim colors of which I would love to have it all but at what expense. So here I am, which current game plays as good or almost as good as its Le upgrade? There must be a difference between manufacturers and games that this would apply differently.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

    Or just buy a Stern from before they started the whole Pro/Prem/LE thing. Pirates, Ripleys, LOTR, Simpsons, Spider Man, Iron Man - all excellent pins with nothing missing.

    I think I'm pretty set on new in box. Also like the upgradeable software to improve the game.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

    Agreed! Best NIB value. $6k-ish for barely played Houdini also an excellent value

    Looks like whether it's Chicago Gaming or Stern the difference between the Pro or Premium for Stern or Classic and Speciale for Chicago Gaming the difference is roughly 1500 bucks. That difference seems to be quite an upgrade with lighting, sound and board attractions. When you get into the Le version that's more with painting, signatures, limited-production, medallions and toppers. Things like that for the most part. For me unfortunately it looks like I might have to be in the Special or Premium grade with looking what you get with the upgrade.

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from MightyGrave:

    These games are AS good AS their LE versions and they only need a shaker to bring in more fun.
    Dialed In standard = same gameplay
    IMDN pro = same gameplay
    MET pro = same gameplay
    GOTG pro = same gameplay
    DP pro = same gameplay
    TWD Pro = different gameplay due to walkerbombs

    Thanks, that's helpful. Game play is important in the equation. That's something I couldn't research easily.

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from Vino:

    I thought gameplay was what you were after based on your original question.

    DP premium and LE play slightly different based on a diverter that completes left orbit.
    May or may not matter to some.

    Well I guess everything physically about the game affects gameplay whether it's visual or physical. I wasn't even thinking whether the actually game would play differently with different versions. Just trying to analyze the upgrades in different versions how much effect it has on the enjoyment of playing the game and also versus cost. How big of a deal do we think the lighting upgrades are on the field?

    #28 1 year ago
    Quoted from Squeakman:

    It sounds like he's asking what games have the same toys as a pro or upgraded version. I could be wrong? Like Metallica is missing the hammer or aerosmith is missing the mini playfield. He wants to know what games offer all the features minus the bling and price tag.?

    No I think everybody's looking at my question a little bit differently. Which is giving me ideas that I wasn't necessarily thinking. It's opening up many things for me to consider. Which is exactly what I was looking for. As I was looking at the upgrade models it seems like a major thing is the lighting with RGB and things like that. When you look at a machine the lighting is really one of the things that adds excitement. Was just thinking that might be a important factor. As far as the toys go I guess I don't see that as important but like I say every game is different at the different levels for each manufacturer. I'm sure I made everything more confusing now. Really appreciate everybody's input.

    #29 1 year ago
    Quoted from chubtoad13:

    This is what I think the OP is looking for. The LE versions of all these games are great, and the upgrades can be justified. But the pro versions are not lacking. If you get any of these you’ll be happy and never know you’re missing anything.
    ST pro is in that boat too. I believe it’s still being produced

    Yes I believe you are correct. Also it seems like that pricing is coming down on some units.

    #31 1 year ago
    Quoted from silver_spinner:

    FOR EARNINGS on location or for your house? big difference.

    Good point, home use.

    #35 1 year ago

    Most of the LEs have high-definition anti-reflection glass. Has anybody seen a big difference with this?

    #38 1 year ago

    It's funny when I was buying my first plasma TV. A 50 inch Panasonic for over $3,000 back at the start of HDTV. On the AVS Forum as conversations went on I came to the conclusion "The more I know the less I know". Looking at the Matrix for Iron Maiden games seems like a good value Pro versus Premium leaning towards Pro. I really wasn't an Iron Maiden music fan, should I be worried.

    #43 1 year ago
    Quoted from tbaum:

    I can't get into SW as much as I try. There just seems to be so much arbitrary scoring, where sometimes you just seem to "get" 200M points out of nowhere. For me, IM is just a much superior game in terms of rules and flow (hitting the ramps or the loops is so satisfying). The IM sounds (music aside) are so crisp and well tuned it makes the whole game feel like one of the most complete games out right now.

    Yeah at this point I'm kind of leaning towards IM. Seems like a lot of people happy with it more so then Metallica at a couple hundred dollars cheaper. A while back I was really interested in MBR but it's 500 bucks more so I don't think so. If it was a much better game I could justify but I don't think that's the case.

    #44 1 year ago
    Quoted from silver_spinner:

    FOR EARNINGS on location or for your house? big difference.

    For earnings is it a 50/50 split or 60-40 in favor of operator?

    #47 1 year ago
    Quoted from ovfdfireman:

    For current games in the under $6k category, my top choices are
    MBR Classic - original classic game
    Iron Maiden - game play is amazing personally don’t know the music but it’s fine music.
    Deadpool - love this game, fun, artwork really good.
    All similarly priced and available.

    They say the call-outs and clarity of them are very good in Iron Maiden

    #49 1 year ago

    Was playing Iron Maiden a little bit ago. Didn't play it enough to really know anything but it looks like it could be challenging in the long run which is good. I do like the TV screen over the dot matrix. Metallica was next to it looks good did not play it.

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