Quoted from pinballlife:
I honestly don't understand the bitching about this game. I think it's deep enough and has enough risk/reward to be very engaging, without being pointlessly 27 layers deep, code-wise.
It's a good game. But, I'm more interested in PLAYING the "good Stern games" and much more interested in BUYING the "great Stern games".
Even more so when it comes down to paying 5K for one. If you set the brand new out of the box $5K Kiss next to a shopped $2500 MSF, there is no way for me to justify buying either one. If you set just about any other Stern machine next to MSF or say... a SST for $2500, and I am forced to buy one, I would buy the Stern more often than not. In the case of Kiss, WOF, or WWE I would buy the $2500 machine. I think comparing Stern KISS to WOF is not that far of a stretch. They are both good games that I would never consider buying.
Honestly, I'm not complaining fairly because I'm neither a former or current owner of the game. Plus, I don't really like Kiss as a band or Gene at all. I could have possibly changed my mind though, had things played out differently.
Kiss is a fun game that I've played many a times while at two different local arcades, as well as at a Stern launch party and a local tournament that required playing the game quite a bit and completely understanding it (since finals were on it). Cranking the play field multipliers up on Kiss are a lot of fun. I mean, I like CSI and it's nowhere near finished or nearly as fun as Kiss.
I've owned 2 different Metallica machines that I've played 2K+ times and I can barely name 3 of their songs! I totally get that a game can be lots of fun and finished without so much bs going on all the time on the PF. I just don't feel compelled to buy a game when I'm not getting that replay it again feeling inside.