I'm a brand new pinball player. I started playing pinball when Ghostbusters (pro) hit my local scene (yes that new). Pinball completely skipped my generation as I was a video game / pc / basement kid (and always will be). Pinball provided this incredible difficulty that video games weren't able to provide (I can murder any machine on Pinball arcade.. billions easy, it's the same physics) but the physical nature, real world / rule set of an actual machine? Nothing beats it. This is where Ghostbusters comes in. (I bought a premium... There was just something about it that no other pinball machines had, it almost called to me - TZ did the same thing...)
As a "gamer" Ghostbusters - Premium is the hardest challenge I have ever experienced trying to get to the next level. Yes, I understand I'm still only about a year in and my skills aren't perfect but honestly, Ghostbusters makes me a better player. I'll put in 5-10 games of Ghostbusters in (while wanting to set it on fire by the way) then go out to my local pubs, arcades etc and play the "other" machines. What I started to realize is I could hit shots so much better and get higher scores incrementally, more an more I played. It was almost as if this machine was literally training me in the hardest way possible.
I may be too new school to say this but this is the only pinball machine that fights you back. Just like a video game would. When you bring that kind of "hard" into the physical world it's a brand new high I have yet to come across yet. I feel as though Ghostbusters is the next level in pinball, not so much a discussion, as it is an "evolve or perish."
I've also never seen a pinball machine yet that goes from Pro to Premium that are completely different games. I have done nothing to mine (factory settings all the way) and those mag slings are pure punishment. Maybe I'm a masochist? I don't know but I also don't understand a lot of people complaints about it. I think there has been a lot of posts that touched on these points that can be summed up as such:
- If you don't like it don't play it.
- Don't disregard a machine in the "ether" of pinball just because you aren't good at it. (In the gaming world you're a what we call a "N00b")
- Ghostbusters is still doing code updates don't forget (and in my opinion have gotten better each update - PLEASE DWIGHT... It's not done yet)
- All that talk of "Ghostbusters will drop out of the top 50 in the next 6 months" sounds elitist as hell.
At the end of the day this game really symbolizes the next step in doing what Pinball 2000 couldn't do. It's the perfect time for pinball's evolution and I feel as though this machine (with a few more code updates) will fly that flag high.
"Adapt or Die"
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"Everything about this game has the potential to be the best game ever and right now I'm extremely nervous because only the software can fuck it up." - Dwight Sullivan