I've narrowed it down to these three titles, which one should I buy and why?
3 good games, you cannot go wrong with any of them, I own 2 of them, and would like to add the third back in to the collection.
Demoman with the claw disabled. All three are great options though, I'd say it's a tough pick, but I'd probably go Demoman
Demolition Man is the best of the three based on what I have played. It rewards flow more than the others, has satisfying shots, combos, many multiball modes and lots of interesting ways to get points. Fun theme, good sound, solid Williams feel. Oh, and it has the triggers (awesome to use, and you get more points for it). It also offers a lot of flexibility in how you approach the game, based on whether you have the claw disabled or not. Play with it for a while enabled, then try it disabled--you have to approach the game in a very different way.
If you go with Demoman, be prepared to totally rebuild all three flippers, if they aren't perfect you won't be able to make the ramp shots consistantly
JM is a VERY fast game as others have stated, personally I hate the theme, and hated the movie more than I can say.. but the game is a total blast to play, when you have a great game on it, you feel like you accomplished something
DM is my personal favorite, especially with the swear roms installed, fast, great flow, great call outs with the real actors, lots of shots to master, you get one or two down, then forget how to get the other ones.. personally this would be MY choice out of the 3
LAH, just so much going on with that one, the crane does nothing for me, but you have magnets under the playfield, a 6 ball multi ball, real actors call outs from the movie, and a good amount of modes to get to the wizard mode..
DM gets boring after a while. I've owned it twice, and it won't be coming back. LAH I sold to a friend, and I regret it, but it will be back one day. JM is a fun machine, but the glove slows the piss out of it, it's a real downer.
LAH doesn't have a shot that isn't doing something at all times. It's a very deep game, with so many little side things going on. Modes are all fun, and the music is great. Why did I sell this again...?
Draw another card.
In the same price range, you can get a Dredd or Fish Tales. Both of those left my collection once and I missed them immediately; I have purchased both of those games again, and they're keepers. WCS is close to that range as well.
I'd go JM. Aside from the glove, there's a lot of fast action and plenty to shoot. Yea, the movie is terrible, but it's almost laughably terrible which gives it a certain charm.
I had a DM and it's cool too (I actually love the movie), but I personally got bored with it and moved it on after a few months. It's not as fast and flowy as JM and for being a wide body, I felt the whole upper left quadrant of the playfield could have been used better.
I don't have much time on LAH, but the game has never really grabbed me. It's a 'kitchen sink' of a game where Data East threw every trick up their sleeves into one machine. I could see fixing it being more difficult than the other two and I have seen more than one with heavy playfield wear by the scoop, so watch for that.
I don't think you'd really be disappointed with any of these games. They are all good, just not great.
If you didn't live so far away I would say stop over and play my JM and DM. You can't go wrong with either for the price. I know I sound like a broken record but I don't think it gets enough praise on Pinside; the Demolition Man on Steroids software upgrade makes it a whole new game. You don't need to understand the ins and outs of how it all works now, just know that when you get tired of the DM software you can upgrade.
I have to learn about this P Roc thing, I know there is a ton on the board about it, never really looked into it.. I got the other one on a rom, did not care for it, and took it right out and went back to the original. I like that you can play the original and the new one with the P Roc, but like I said, I know NOTHING about P Roc and what is involved in it.
Demo Man easily. Picked a nice one up cheap 3 months ago and was going to play it for 2 weeks and flip for a double. During that time I have sold 4 machines including Lah that I did not want to play after 2 weeks. There are too many shots on LAH and little to no flow. DM has some of the best flow and combo shots of any pin and has great toys and sound. JM I have only played 3-4 times but the hand was a negative for me.
The voice overs in JM are actually very good. What sucked was the absence of Dolph as Street Preacher. Would have been a cool mode, or mini wizard. Still I would take JM over MB,MM,CC and many other 6 to 10K titles, same with Shadow and Congo.
I agree my youngest son is a big Sly fan and keeps trying to influence the Demo man pin.
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