Quoted from markmon:
When people get excited for a Steve Ritchie game, its for the fast smoothness of the ball returning to the flipper. On the le you lose that due to the ramp clunking around the upper playfield. As I indicated, a dedicated shot to enter the upper playfield that wasn't the ramp would have solved this problem for those of us that are considering pro due to the upper playfield. Add to that, the video on the pro showed the software and the modes catered to making ramp combo shots.
In the past, the le models were the full game and the pro were less than generally to save money. In this case it's not true. The pro is not just less than since the ramp adds a different dynamic to the game play. If both were the same price I would still be more interested in the pro here.
there wasnt much of any klunking going on at all with that mini pf that i saw. The returns were fast and smooth. Flow to me is how does the table react to missed shots? how about made shots? what about those half ass shots? The flow from ramp to mini pf to return lane was top notch if you didnt touch the ball. And if you did, flow was still present within the mini pf and made/missed shots with it. Ritchie is the king of flow and it shows. From pics, i also was with you in that a diverter should have been put in place on the ramp, but after seeing it in person i think he nailed it.
as for code; once the mini pf gets its well deserved attention im sure we'll see a different side of it.
The pros almost always get the better code out of the gate and the LE's typically always follow suit.
That all said i can only squeeze enough to go for a pro without selling TWD or STLE and simply put, thats not happening. I think both will play differently from each other but exceptional at the same. If i were deciding between premium, le, or pro - i'd wait and play it for myself no need to rush in that retrospect.