Hot damn, last night I had the game of my life. 48 billion!
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This is on all standard settings, including the standard outlane positions. I do have the tilt bob loose, and the machine is on a hardwood floor for easy slide saves which I do frequently. And this is on a Pro model, which is substantially easier than the premium, for hitting all the death star and hyperspace shots without having to get up that fork ramp.
Played as Luke, started with Light Tatooine Missions, and shot Death Star, Endor, and Hoth until they were all lit too. I drained once on the first mission stack (Endor 2 + Tatooine 3.)
Then I played a nigh-on *perfect* game from there. I went all the way through all the rest of Luke's missions, Lightsaber Duel, and the four planet multiballs - including all four victory medals - all on the same ball and without ever even losing the multiplier! Including Death Star 1 which scored 3 billion with all the shots at 40x. Plus some stacks with Hyperspace and TIE multiballs, and also several hyperspace hurryups and video modes also all at 40x (never missed having the multiplier in place for any.) And collected three EBs along the way.
The last tasks were Jedi Training and Escape from Boba Fett. Now I drained twice (both brutal kicks into the left outlane) while shooting the shots to light Fett, but at least I got to take Jedi Training for each of the next two plunges. I got Fett done (with a low multiplier), then won Jedi Multiball to reach a total of 24 billion, with two balls remaining after the current one (on ball 2 with one extra.)
R2-D2 is always my choice of second character to play after Jedi MB. In fact I don't play him first so he can be played second. He's got the best path to quick points when you aren't expecting to reach Jedi, with short mission stacks to get to the planet multiballs. His weakness is Jedi Training, particularly on the second loop with fewer instances of TIE and Hyperspace MBs to hit the training targets. But his big late-game strength is that +5% Score is high on his awards list and is usually available.
I won Lightsaber Duel (it was lit right after Jedi MB and at 40x again), lit all the missions (at 40x, this gives 200m per shot!), then drained twice while working on R2's mission stacks (Hoth 2 + Tatooine 1, Hoth 3 + Tatooine 2.) But now on each plunge I took +5% Score for nearly 1.5 billion each time.
I started my last ball at 30 billion game score, played and won Hoth 4 and Tatooine 4 again, plus more video modes and hyperspace hurryups at 40x again, including one for just over 2 billion. Then I nailed the big scoring for Death Star 1 again, all the shots at 40x for another 3 billion, and crossed 40 billion with the last shot of that. I even won Death Star 4 again including the victory medal, though didn't get that for Endor 4 this time.
The game ended when once again I drained while trying to light the shots for Boba Fett. I actually tilted, when I had to make a slide save; I knew I was already in double danger, but that came out of pure instinct, so I lost my bonus. But I don't mind, I'm pretty sure it wasn't enough to matter for anything (to cross 50 billion total, would have needed 1.3 billion bonus, and it wasn't quite *that* high.)
Grand Champion 48,721,122,470
Luke Champion 24,520,170,460
R2-D2 Champion 23,750,951,200
Death Star Champion 5,133,401,200
(Funny that the Luke and R2-D2 scores don't add up to the GC score, there's a half-billion missing somehow, but I don't think I'm going to bother reporting that bug to Stern, hah.)