X-Men (Pro) (Stern, 2012)

X-Men (Pro)

Pinside rating

This game received 217 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.860 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "X-Men". The group itself ranks #50 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.663

Artwork: 8.428

Sounds/Music: 7.264

Other Aspects: 7.993

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "X-Men (Pro)".
The other version is: X-Men (LE)

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8 months ago
XM could have been a great pin because the code is real good and the layout is cool, but callouts and music are terrible...
Too bad because it's a beautiful machine.
9 months ago
I think the scrunched up layout is the only real negative to this game. The left side of the pin is awful. If you can look beyond that, it is a beautiful fun pin.
11 months ago
Fun shooting game with decently deep rules. Good dmd animations and fun gameplay. If you are a fan of the theme then this would be a great game for you.
1 year ago
Not a fan of the third flipper. The Wolverine toy is too imposing and in the way. Not a fan of the magnet spinner either. But it does have a good theme and a lot of shots.
1 year ago
Beautiful cabinet, backglass and playfield art. Wolverine scale a little off but Magneto looks good. The rule set is excellent after some seriously needed updates which tarnished its reputation early on after release. Some call outs are aweful and completely over the top but others like Deadpool are hilarious. Everyone loves an upper flipper to ramp shot and this one is awesome. Overall very good and I'm probably in a minority of one but I actually prefer it to the similarly laid out Tron!
1 year ago
I lot of game packed into one machine. The dots and cabinet graphics are top notch. Most call outs are good. A variety of challenging shots, lots of hero and villain modes and a challenging, deep code keep me coming back for more. It's a great value compared to what you will pay for newer more stripped down games.
1 year ago
Xmen is a really fun game with lot of shots to hits. It seems like it has endless combos and modes and some very cool multiballs. Sound and artwork are top notch. The quality of the artwork is great compared to previous stern photoshop efforts. I really like this game a lot!
1 year ago
I really like X-MEN. Very fun game to play.Voices get a bit annoying. The only major issue I have with X-MEN is the placement of Wolverine. I just think it's too close to the flippers. I think if it was situated in a different spot, or even smaller this game would be top notch. Overall I do like and recommend it.
1 year ago
plays better/smoother then LE. only things i miss off LE is the spinning disk and GI light show.
1 year ago
Love this game. Of all my pins this is the one that brings me back more than any other. Fast, hard and fun!
1 year ago
One of my favorite games, and one I can't see leaving my collection anytime soon.

Having played both the Pro, which I own, and a Magneto LE, at the local Pinball Hall of Fame, I have to say I'm more pleased with the layout of the pro over the LE. The only feature I really wish was on both is the spinning Magneto Lock area. I can do without the Nightcrawlers and the moving right Iceman ramp; both are prone to mechanical failure from what I've seen. The ramp especially seems more akin to failing, and ending up loose, not providing good drains coming off of it.

If you're a comic book fan, I would rate the game as a must-have, as it's not based on the films at all.

One thing to note: The game is NOT easy, and I would hesitate to recommend it to someone who's just getting into the hobby. It's definitely what I would consider to be a slower "shooters" game that rewards painstakingly accurate shots. Don't buy this and expect it to flow like it's a Richie!
1 year ago
This game doesn't count because it's a pro, therefore it's not the full game. It's 1/2 a game, stripped of extra options, since they made 1/2 effort for full price, they're getting 1/2 my appreciation on this one and all other pros.
1 year ago
X-men is a decent game with very good art work .great game for beginners and kids easy to get multi balls bashing wolverine and magneto .excellent light shows very nice play fields that play very smooth .sounds and call outs kinda weak .good game overall .
2 years ago
Solid Stern Pin. Marked the first time Stern actually listened to the fans and put in Comic book art instead of low res pictures from the movie adaptations everywhere. Magneto is a very cool toy and multiball mode. The start of it is the best that I have seen since the bally williams golden era (theatre of magic, addams family, whitewater). Lots of very tight shots and fun to play.
2 years ago
X-men is a fantastic game. I was hesitant to get one since the early code suffered from some serious flaw but am happy I did. I find this game is great in a home environment because once you learn the ruleset is just really a fun shooting pin. I played it on location when it first came out and was turned off because it wasn't super obvious what the goals of the game were and in typical Stern style has a worthless instruction card.

I really enjoy collecting all the x-men by hitting their various shots. Professors X's mode of finding the mutant is super cool, but can be frustrating since some of the mutants shown aren't obvious which shot they go to and when you hit it again for it to light the shot, it isn't obvious which shot is lit.

Collecting storm is one of my favorites and I think the lighting effects when hitting the pop bumpers with the GI going off and the flashers lighting up simulating a storm is fantastic. It feels so great when you stack this with weapon X or magneto multiball.

I don't find the ease in starting weapon X multiball to be that annoying as others do. I still have the factory wolverine on there and while it's hard to strategize when to start the multiball, the randomness doesn't always come at a bad time.

I have xmen stacking turned on so I can collect multiple characters at once while playing thru the game. I personally find this more enjoyable and eliminates a little bit of the linearity that you would have if it's turned off.

My usual strategy is to try and collect a few xmen while making combos to get close to lighting deadpool and also lighting a villain at the scoop. I then will play the villain and I pick one depending on if deadpool is lit or not. If I have him, I'll usually pick sabertooth or Omega Red since I find those two modes to be more challenging to make the shots. If I don't have him, I'll pick sentinels since all shots are lit or shadow king.

I have yet to get to dark phoenix but have almost beat danger room.

My advice is to play a more than a couple of games on the machine before you judge it. It really is a great game, but lacks that easy to learn ruleset of the classic 90's B/W pins and takes a little time to learn. It is well worth it once you do.
2 years ago
Love the side ramp on this, it's one of those yes shots, loads of nice combos and easy to understand the rules but quite difficult to beat the villians.
2 years ago
Cabinet and backglass are outstanding. Game play is fun and has alot of shots to aim for. Really enjoy this table. The only thing that could have been better are the voice actors. Great game. I like playing this more than Iron man which is a great game too.
2 years ago
Much prefer the LE. The game is pretty fun I just can't get over the voices and call outs.
2 years ago
This game is an absolute blast! So many shots packed into this Pro version! Magneto Multiball has an amazing start up! Love how the magneto throws all the balls at you at once. I grew up an X-Men comic book fan boy. In fact I still have my collection. This is an X-Men comic book collectors dream game. It is completely comic book themed not movie themed. I first played it a couple years ago and if I ever see it I have to play and today I picked one up. Finally! If you love Stern's newer style of rules and you love the X-Men comics this game is for you!
2 years ago
Nice looking game with many gadgets, superb lighting and decent flow. I played a few games on it and had a pretty fun time. Every other missed shot seems to initiate a multi-ball sequence but that's OK. The sound isn't all that great, bordering on annoying.
Overall a very good game but not an outstanding game.
3 years ago
I've played the Pro and LE and like them about the same, which is to say "eh". The backwards Tron layout is just fine, nothing too exciting. I think it shoots just OK, I'm no fan of the giant action figure bash toy nor how hard it is to see the shots for the upper right flipper. The personally find the rules pretty unclear to the player. For those early solid state/EM guys who don't like modern pinball because it's too confusing, I think X-Men is a really easy one to point to. I was never motivated to work out the high scoring strategy or read the lengthy rulesheet to learn how to play, so my perspective isn't from someone intimately familiar with the game. Just not the game for me.
3 years ago
This game was pretty brutal in it's difficultly.
The artwork is amazing and themed very well. Magneto's magnet is great and the rules were interesting.
I could not get past the awful voice acting and call outs.
It prevented me from buying a beautiful used one that I played on.
3 years ago
This game is really overrated. Not fun, looks really cheep. This game is awful.
3 years ago
I have owned X-men for a few months now, and I totally love it, everyone in the family and friends that come over think its the best in the line-up, I cant fault this game at all, the object to collect x-men to fight magneto is so cool, all hero modes are great a lot of people say wolverine is to big which is totally understandable but I seriously don't mind it , because people come over who don't know to much about pinball get weapon x multiball and feel great that they have achieved something,which is what pinballs about making people happy, and for the good players wolverine isn't that easy to get first time around so you mite have to start it up a second or third time if you can keep the ball in play long enough, and you can use wolverine strategically to stack on top of villain modes. Villain modes are the best implemented modes in all pinball, what a great idea, fighting villains is lots of fun an picking which ones to fight with deadpool hired to help is fantastic an well thought out,great programming rite there.Magneto lock is awesome and looks great. The idea of hellfire an brotherhood added to villain modes to add two more mulitiballs to the mix shows how good this game is.Nightcrawler and Gambit are a total rush when you hear there music come on you know its showtime with points to be made,very hard to slow down and concentrate to make the shots required when the adrenalin kicks in, special combos are a great feature when you hit a few it feels like butter. The artwork all round is top notch, you cant fault it in anyway , The use of the third flipper is well planned and very controlled,Xmen will make you a better player with out a shadow of doubt,shots are very tight' every shot needs to be thought out, your not going to go very far if you just flail the ball around and hope for the best, rated this game a 10 because I personally think its that damn good, definatly one of the best buying decisions I ever made, don't regret it for a second.. not ever leaving my collection!!!!!update 2016 after having this game for a while I've lessened my original rating, I still totally love it, but my gripes are I hate the way hero modes can be started again once completed, I understand this is not the only game that does it example monster bash an medieval madness ( hit this shot X amount of times an mode will start) guess that's just how pinball works but there should be a super cool reward for completing it twice or three times, because to get to danger room your more than likely going to start cyclops or wolverine twice, with no need to play them out if completed just have to time it out, no point risking the ball if the character is complete, second is the xavier shot it's more luck than skill, can barley see the the thing .. Games still bad ass though.. Scores changed accordingly..
3 years ago
Xmen is a game with tons of tight shots and a really cool layout. The artwork on the cabinet and backglass are exactly what you'd expect as a fan of Xmen, although the playfield is a little lacking. It takes a beating from pinsiders when it comes to the voicework and I have to say I agree. If you can overlook the sounds it is a great game. There are a lot of shots to shoot for and the modes seem to be varied nicely with player control over what mode plays next. Since there are so many shots some of them are pretty tight. This seems to lead to either a really satisfying experience or complete frustartion depending on how well you are playing at the time. I really enjoyed this game during the 6 months or so that I owned it. Only reason I got rid of it was because someone approached me about it and offered me a trade.

Bottom line is that it's a fun game with a lot going on. Magneto and Wolverine throwing the balls around keep things interested. Unique combos and shots keep the replay value high. Gambit hurry up is one of the most satisfying shots I have ever seen in a pinball machine.
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