Quoted from pcprogrammer:
Iron Man has also started looking like a good candidate for our 2nd pin. Specifically asking those who have owned both or at least played a lot on both, and most importantly "enjoy" both pins. I know there are haters of any pin, especially X-Men, I get that. But I'm wondering, of those who like both of these pins, which one do you enjoy more? I like speed and adrenaline in my pins, that's what Iron Man would bring, X-Men looks deeper to me. I played Iron Man before at MGC, haven't played X-Men but I think it looks like a pin we would enjoy. Any thoughts on pro vault vs regular Iron Man? It might just end up coming down to buying Iron Man, or a couple others on our list, if we can't find an X-Men at a good price. Thanks for the input.
I've owned XMEN LE, XMEN pro, IM original, and IM vault.
In a small collection (2-3 pins); I'd go XMEN easily. IM is just too shallow for a small collection. Great game and I love it, but if you play a lot of pinball, you will get bored fast.
XMEN has its issues, most of which are minor and personal preference. But one things for sure, the shots feel great (beast loop, Xavier dunk shot, cyclops, storm, dark Phoenix loop, gambit hurryup flipper trick...all great shots). Rules are awesome and have lots to do for a small collection. The only con on the layout is wolverine bash toy is way oversized, magneto toy is oversized and looks funky as well, and the magneto captive lock could have been programmed better. The shots are tight, so if you're not a good player or don't like learning curves, it could get frustrating. But holy hell the shots are satisfying to hit. Storm is probably the second best upper flipper shot in all of pinball (with ST warp ramp being #1) IMO...
I've owned all 4. If I were to own again, I'd start with XMEN pro, then go LE (wolverine preferably - I really don't like the magneto red, again preference). LE had a fabulous light show, but the pro shoots better without night crawler bashing and Icemans oversized under utilized clunky ramp return. The spinning disk is awesome on the LE and the magnet effect sucks on the pro without the spinner. So either pin is great to have - pro for gameplay, LE for aesthetics.