Looking at finally getting my first pin. I want NIB and due to budget, looking at Stern Pros. I want to get something that is deep enough to hold my interest for awhile, with bonus points going to theme, art and sound/music. I've played most of the modern Sterns a fair bit and have landed on SW and IMDN as my finalists (also liked Deadpool and Guardians, but found they weren't as deep as SW/IMDN).
I love the layout of IMDN, the multiple goals (modes, power features, loops, etc.) and that there will always be something to strive for (i.e. Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills modes). I'm ok with theme, music and art (I like metal, but never followed the band), though my wife and daughter (who are moderately into pinball) aren't really into it. Getting metal ramps instead of plastic is also nice.
SW is a dream theme and my family are big fans. Love the art, sounds and music. I know this shouldn't factor in as much as gameplay, but there's something to be said about the look and sound of this very expensive piece of furniture fitting in the home. I really like the feel and flow of SW and the rule set is fairly deep. Not only mastering the modes and shots, but also managing the multiplier (both hitting the center targets and re-orienting the shots on the fly) gives the player a lot to do, and I like the idea of chasing defeating the Emperor.
Looking for opinions on these two. I'm leaning towards IMDN due to the value that it brings as a whole, and a part of me feels that the gameplay will likely hold my interest longer vs SW, but I'm curious what others think, especially those that own/have owned both.