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Star Wars Pinball VR Gets New Update with Two New TablesSeptember 20, 2023Zen Studios, the developer of Star Wars Pinball VR, has released a new update for the game that adds two new tables: "The Mandalorian" and "Classic Collectibles."The Mandalorian table is based on the popular Disney+ series of the same name. It features scenes from the show, including the Razor Crest, Nevarro, and the Tusken Raiders.The Classic Collectibles table is a more general Star Wars table that features a variety of characters and locations from the franchise. It includes the Death Star, Hoth, and Tatooine.The update also includes a number of bug fixes and improvements.Star Wars Pinball VR is available on Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR.

I've always dreamed of living a Star Wars life in virtual reality. From location-based arcades to AR headsets and the Oculus Quest, I've tried various VR experiences to get as close as possible. Even Disney's Galaxy's Edge isn't without its VR counterpart. So, when I heard about a Star Wars pinball game coming to VR, I was immediately intrigued. Little did I know, I was in for a truly immersive treat.

While a non-VR version of Star Wars Pinball VR by Zen Studios exists across various platforms, the VR version I experienced on the Oculus Quest 2 is truly immersive. Available on PlayStation VR and Steam as well, the game boasts eight exciting tables, each packed with unlockables, mini-games, and a plethora of extras. As you progress through the game, completing objectives unlocks even more Star Wars memorabilia, allowing you to personalize your very own virtual Fan Cave, complete with posters and collectibles.

Let's talk about the pinball itself. The tables on the Quest 2 are visually stunning, with smooth and fast ball movement. Standing at the table and manipulating the flippers feels surprisingly realistic, offering an unparalleled level of immersion.

While Zen Studios has released other VR pinball games, Star Wars Pinball VR raises the bar with its superior presentation and wider variety of tables. If you've ever dreamed of having a set of virtual pinball tables in your own home, this game is a surprisingly affordable option.

One of the most delightful aspects of the game is the presence of iconic ships and characters alongside the tables. 

The Mandalorian and Grogu, for example, watch over the exclusive Mandalorian table, occasionally moving and adding to the atmosphere.

Although Zen Studios has a reputation for creating high-quality VR experiences, the collection of tables in Star Wars Pinball VR feels a tad limited. 

Available tables include Episodes IV-VI, Rebels, Mandalorian, and Rogue One, along with a "Collectibles" table featuring action figures embedded in the design and a "Masters of the Force" table focusing on various characters. Unfortunately, there are no tables for the Prequels, New Trilogy, or Clone Wars, which seems like a missed opportunity, especially considering the Switch version boasts 19 tables compared to the eight here.Completing tables unlocks various rewards, including posters, models, helmets, and even full-size character recreations. These can be displayed in your virtual Fan Cave, which looks like a cozy basement setting.

Playing Star Wars Pinball VR brought back memories of my time with Oculus Arcade, an app for the Oculus Gear VR that offered a range of arcade games in VR. Unfortunately, the app never made it to the Quest. 

I always enjoyed the feeling of standing inside an arcade cabinet and playing Joust. The realism was just enough to keep me from impulsively buying an actual arcade cabinet for my home.

Star Wars Pinball VR serves as a reminder that sometimes the best VR experiences are the simplest ones, like pinball or ping pong. 

These games don't require complex mechanics or high-octane action to be enjoyable; they simply focus on providing a fun and immersive experience.

Overall, Star Wars Pinball VR is a must-have for any Star Wars fan or pinball enthusiast. The game offers stunning visuals, smooth gameplay, and a surprising amount of depth. While the limited table selection is a minor drawback, it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the game. If you're looking for a fun and immersive VR experience, I highly recommend giving Star Wars Pinball VR a try.

Written by Amit Caesar 

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