Quoted from redman822:
The ugly -
- Not a fan of the button mashing tie fighter mode, with the ball in play. If it was a ball captured video mode, I would be OK with it, but...
- The price point vs. enhancements for the Prem/LE - Having a hard time (as much as I want the hyperloop and exploding DS) making the jump to the Prem.
The tie fighter bashing is a great little mode for us. So many times you are bashing it and trying to concentrate on not losing the ball. You can get to where you bash with left hand, because the ball is going to the right flipper, flip and start bashing with right hand because the ball is going to come towards the left. It's great poking fun at your opponent (my wife usually) when you forget to flip because you're smashing.
I think it'd be boring as a stand alone captured ball moment, but fun as it is. You can choose to just not kill the tie fighters with button mashing, but makes the tie fighter multiball much harder to get to.
I have the premium and we played the heck out of it all weekend. That hyperloop is just a rush. I finally got multiple balls in it, and they are flying around so fast and it's loud and insane.
I think more important than the actual hyperloop is the fork ramp going to it. That shot is more difficult than the shot on the pro, but so much more fun when you hit it well. It adds extra complexity to those modes and that shot. Instead of just being another loop, there is more to it (it is still a loop at times).
As for the cost increase, that's harder. There is a lot of metal and magnets in that hyperloop so a little understandable. I had decided early on before I saw the games I would want an LE, but I couldn't justify that price. I went with the premium and plan on putting on custom powder or chrome. I didn't give a lot of thought to the pro because it's SW and will be at our place for a very long time so the difference to me is less when you think about it being a more permanent fixture.
I think both the pro and premium/le are great, but I wouldn't go back to a pro after playing the premium almost non stop since we got it.