Pinball newbie here, but a fan for sure.
Just got some time on a premium, my experience so far:
Ordered in August and it was a long wait - at least for me. Pleased with my distributor, and they were responsive to my pestering. Thanks Cointaker!
FedEx was great. Minor damage to the box, but nothing to the game.
Make sure you call FedEx in advance to ensure you have an appointment for delivery. I didn't know this and almost missed my game after taking a day off work!
Play field is dated November 3, and as far as I can tell is good. Has the ecto goggles protection plate installed.
I immediately installed the Stern oem shaker motor - VERY pleased with that decision. Adds a lot to the game in my opinion and well worth it. I liked the idea of the lower speed rumble vs alternatives, so that is why I chose Stern's motor - although I have no experience with alternative shakers.
I also picked up the headphone kit from pinnovators. Also very pleased with that decision, especially considering the volume control issues with this game. One nit is that the mute switch makes the speakers pop occasionally. I would think this could be fixed (and would be better for the speakers), but might make the kit more complicated.
Lifting the play field is terrifying if you don't understand how the rails work. I wish this was designed to be a bit safer. Had to read a bit about how to stop the balls from crashing down. I'm sure there is a how-to video that would make this entire process much less stressful, although I went slowly and fortunately had no accidents.
I didn't bother playing the 1.05 code installed at the factory and upgraded to 1.11. upgrade went smoothly. As I'm a newbie, I liked what changes where reported in the new f/w to make it easier / more fun. Keep the updates coming Stern! Thanks for the support!!!
No weak flipper issues noticed so far.
Had the issue where the game went into ball search mode and slimer locked up to the right, once only. Power cycle fixed that.
Had two balls eject into the shooter lane - once.
Slightly disappointed with the construction of the tilt bob mech. Mine wasn't aligned even close. Was unusable as is, and had to significantly bend the wire (when level and set to 6.5 degree tilt). Not a big deal but this should have been checked at the factory. A better design IMO would have adjustment slots with lock screws so you can get it placed just right for a given slant angle of the play field.
Unpleasantly discovered that GB has no knocker coil, and instead uses (what I consider) a horribly distorted screeching/popping sound. Seemed like my speakers were going to self destruct. Made me cringe waiting for a match. Definitely not home friendly. Found the setting for this, but even low volume was way to loud - why isn't this scaled by the system volume? This sound also seemed to occur for extra ball awards. Anyway, I gave up and disabled the sound altogether. I sure hope Stern makes it actually sound like a real knocker and scales the sound better for home use!!! I like the satisfying sound of a classic pinball knocker... This is not even close.
Hit scream mode and dang that is loud! Again, why isn't this this scaled to the system volume? Not home friendly. Bummer, so I had to turn this very cool feature off for now. Hope this is fixed so I can enjoy this again.
Thank goodness for the pinnovators mute switch for these issues!
Also noticed that the sound glitches / pops when I turn off the game. This is minor, but feels like a cost reduction issue that could be addressed.
Wish the system volume range was more home friendly. Volume 1 in my setting is plenty loud. Volume 0 is even almost usable. This means my volume range choices for home are effectively on or off.
I'd suggest a home vs arcade set of defaults to make both camps happy. This could also set things like free play, etc which I otherwise had to hunt down in the menu system.
On to game play ....
Awesome, awesome and more awesomeness!!!
Love the sound, light show, shaker integration, etc.
I only hit multi ball twice so far (storage facility?), and man what a rush!
I'm not qualified for further review.
Oh, and I'm very happy with my choice of premium over the pro. Really like the features, although I haven't played a pro so can't say I'm X dollars happier.
That is all for now,
BTW: Can people recommend a good guide for learning how to play pinball better, And specifically the Ghostbusters rules, features, goals? Right now I'm just bashing the ball around and shooting things for fun. I'd like to up my skills and be able to explain basic rules / goals simply to my guests.
Looking forward to many hours of shared enjoyment with this game!