Quoted from Rarehero:
Quite the opposite. The last thing I want to see outside of work is FG. It's just a flat out great game. The most Williams feeling Stern has built and one of Pat Lawlor's best. Great design, great unique main toy, great rules by Keith Johnson. It's highly rated by tournament players, casuals, and players in between. I think you're a little too against the game for reasons never quite explained...usually completely out of context & just to push my buttons for some reason.
I'm always surprised when I really like a game and others hate it and vice versa. How can people's tastes be so different?
I'm a big Lawlor fan and was a big fan of FG show at the time the game came out. It was one of two games at the local bowling alley so I nhave played FG hundreds and hundreds of times. Maybe my expectations were too high, which makes its shortcomings more amplified in my mind.
Main issues are in no particular order:
Call outs get old and annoying after awhile more so than other games. Hearing same jokes and Louis' voice over and over.
If a game only has one ramp it better be a really good and satisfying shot to hit like TOTAN for example. FG ramp is easy to hit, cheap plastic, does not elevate very high or criss cross, etc. Very bland ramp.
Mini play field feels like cheap kiddie toy you would buy at Toys R Us. Scaling down a play field does not translate properly. Mini play field was unreliable and the little ball would often bounce over flippers.
Rules were alright but nothing special.