I know there are a lot of premium/LE owners and they'll say the premium is the way to go. But I have played both and am quite happy with the pro. I could have bought either and ended up with the pro and honest to god never feel like I should have got the premium/LE.
I had XMLE and when I did I used to point out the features that were better/different but to me that was a case of myself wanting to justify the pin.
I'm not saying TWD pro is perfect, but it's very close to perfect (to me).
I never had the walker bombs so it's not something I am greatly missing (some say they don't like WB but I have no opinion on them, they are just something I don't have on the pro).
I have played the premium and can say the crossbow is meh. I could take it or leave it. It's the moving ramp on XMLE. It's there but it's not really something that can not be missed. It's the hammer on Met LE. I can take it or leave it. I mean (some may say) it slows the flow.
I have played several versions of TWD premium and (IMO) greatly do not like the BG ramp. IMO the BG ramp is a flawed design. Its not smooth, I've had balls fly off the ramp, it is not solid, it has a bump or hump, it's got a different angle of elevation. IMO the best game would be pro with WB and better improved lighting effect spinners and the pro BG ramp.
Although the pro while not being as intricate in the lighting department, IMO to me the lighting is very darn good for a pro. I can't put my finger on exactly what but it just works and I don't feel like I am lacking in the lighting department.
Of course the LE looks nicer (I love LOVE) the crate artwork, the pro/premium cabinet artwork are just ok but in my lineup the artwork is really hidden.
I'm just saying to me, the pro is a very VERY nice pin. Simple in all the places it should be, there is not any added frou-frou stuff. It's just what is needed and no more.
IMO -- I think the pro is better, I'm sure many premium owners feel the premium is the better game. I just would take with a grain of salt all the premium owners if they say the pro is that much lesser than the premium. I think the premium has some flaws, the BG ramp to me was not great, what I'd call the pebble in the shoe. I hear that you can fix it, you can fix the block in Metallica premium to make it play better etc.. but just to me, the pro is just about great. I love it. Given the choice to switch, I wouldn't.
I know the walker bombs are missing on the pro, but I never got used to them, I never got used to the hammer lock on Met LE, so it really doesn't bother me that it is missing on Met pro.
By all means if you like the premium thats fine get one. But I'm just giving my humble opinion that the pro is not bad at all and some people truly prefer the simplicity of it's minimalistic design.
I have *both* Met pro and TWD pro (and I think saved close to $4K give or take that's like giving me Tspp or Avatar pro after the dust settles) so yes I'd miss a few spinners and hammer lock and Walker bomb/drop target here and there but at the same time it's giving me a whole other game or 4/5th of a Lotr.
IMO if you like IM, and don't feel it's stripped down than you'd like TWD pro (and Met pro for that matter) I think TWD pro, and Met pro are probably great values in relation to the premium.