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PlayStation Plus Hidden Gem: Pinball Heroes

8 PlayStation classics in table form

A.J. Maciejewski

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If you want some nostalgic pinball table fun then look no further because the PSP classic Pinball Heroes is a clever blast from the past.

Pinball Heroes is a PSP classic that's available to play with a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription (Essential < Extra < Premium). ➕

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The Fat Princess table is probably my favourite

I remember playing PSP almost constantly back in the day and one title that I played a lot was Pinball Heroes which eventually boasted a whopping 8 pinball tables that are all based on iconic PlayStation franchises. So, not only is Pinball Heroes a nostalgic experience on its own, it'll also make you reminisce about a bunch of long-lost series. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Specifically, Pinball Heroes includes 8 tables which are based on Pain, High Velocity Bowling, Hot Shots Golf (AKA Everybody's Golf), Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, WipEout HD Fury, MotorStorm, Fat Princess, and ModNation Racers. If you played PS3 in the late-'00s, you'll recognize most (if not, all) of these games and I personally played and still own all of them.

The tables based on these titles emulate aspects of the games quite well such as how you can accumulate resources in Fat Princess and that the WipEout table plays impressively fast. Playing these provides a ton of fun and brings back great memories of a long-lost era and the overall experience definitely makes me wish that these games would come back for the modern age. That would be awesome! 😊

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Pinball Heroes plays fine for a virtual pinball collection although the physics are kind of floaty so it takes a bit of getting used to before you can control the ball effectively. Once you do, it's rewarding to beat the preset high scores on each table and doing so will also grant you a trophy 🏆 for your efforts which is always nice. There are also table-specific challenges to complete as well as tips for each table which will make completing the challenges much easier. Considering there's such a wide variety of tables, these replay incentives are superb. 👍

Seeing as this port of Pinball Heroes is available for PS4 and PS5, it comes with some welcome features such as the already mentioned trophies, up-rendered visuals (although they're still rather blurry), the ability to rewind (which kind of feels like cheating in a pinball game, haha 😅), a few graphical options, and a quick-save feature. These additions are nice to have for sure although I wish there were online leaderboards but that's probably asking for too much. Either way, I'm still very happy that this PSP classic has been revived.

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ModNation Racers was so much fun; they should make a sequel!

Pinball Heroes is a nifty time capsule of the PSP / PS3 era and the fact that it offers some solid pinball gameplay is the icing on the cake. Have you played this cool pinball table collection? If you could bring back 1 series from it, what would it be? 🤔

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