Well, it seems as if Star Trek (Premium) is definitely winning the poll thus far. It’s also rated at 18 in the top 100 with a review score of 8.361 from the 509 ratings.
Ghostbusters (Premium) has gotten a lot of love from posts within this thread and it sits at 27 out of the top 100 with a review score of 8.211 from the 206 ratings. Still, it has a lot of time to move up as Star Trek has had more time to be played and reviewed.
Visually speaking, I really like Ghostbusters. The playfield looks awesome, but I still need to play it to really get a feel for it. I’ve played Star Trek and really enjoyed it, but the playfield was pretty boring to me in comparison to let’s say Ritchie’s ST TNG. I would definitely want to add some more toy props (ships) to the playfield to spruce it up visually.
I’m concerned with the “ghosting” issue with Ghostbusters. I honestly had no idea what “ghosting” was until I watched a YouTube video about it, but thankfully that owner received a new playfield. I would hope that Stern would fix this issue moving forward on all machines being currently assembled, but this definitely concerns me. I don’t want to spend that kind of money and end up frustrated with a machine that has major QC issues.
Another thought is the level of difficulty with GB. From reading posts and watching videos, the separation of the flippers makes the game seem pretty brutal. I’m not a pinball wizard, so something that will be fun to play is important to me. A visually striking game that is frustrating will only lead it to sitting untouched as a nightlight. Once again, I need to find a machine in the Fort Myers, FL area that I can play.
As for theme, I love GB. I’m more of a fan of the ST TNG cast, so the Stern ST would be for Ritchie’s work and to eventually be sitting next to a ST TNG.
If SW is Stern’s next release, I could definitely see a flood of machines coming up for sale. I like Star Wars, but I don’t love it like I do the Star Trek franchise. I’m also willing to bet that if SW is the next release, the pricing will probably be on par with what the high end BM66 are going for. George Lucas wouldn’t have it any other way lol…(I know it’s a Disney property, but my comment stands lol.)
I wish they would release a VE ST TNG and this decision would be simple for me. Add to that the X-Men pins that come up that have been nicely modded and are limited edition models also constantly tempt me. I’d love a Magneto machine and already own a Sideshow Collectibles (my other passion) Magneto that I’d use as a topper, or even get there latest Dark Phoenix statue and use that as a topper. X-Men is another theme that I love, and the game is fun.
I’m definitely leaning towards ST, but want to get my hands on a GB and play it. I bought the Stern Pinball Arcade game for PS4, but they still haven’t released the GB table. On another note, if the prices weren’t sky high, AC/DC is AWESOME! But at those prices I could pick up an X-Men and a ST…
Thanks to everyone that has commented.