I’m not sure I actually like FX3. They’ve basically made the core loop of beating friends high scores even more annoying and opaque than FX2. It’s the best part of the game and they’ve hidden it behind way too many menus and UI in general.
When at a game over screen I only want to see my score, and the leader board. FX3 absolutely belabors showing you your final score to the point of absurdity. You upgraded your bonuses! Do you want to change your active bonuses? Now here’s your score rolling into existence with no way to speed up the process. Then, if you want to see how you did on the leaderboard you need to back out of the table entirely.
Similarly the new table select screen is clunky as heck, and only shows you the high score when you select a table, and selecting single player. It’s somehow a downgrade from the old UI, which was at best not actively awful.
Also a totally minor thing, but on the leaderboard screen you need to actually select a table with A in order to see the leaderboard, instead of just hovering over it. Why? Just show me the highlighted leaderboard. Also why can’t I launch a game from the leaderboard screen? That seems like a no-brainer.
Like, why is this so hard? Beating your own or other people’s high scores is the basic “hook” to pinball IMO and FX3 somehow makes that even more annoying. The quick play things on the “dashboard” screen had promise, but don’t really live up to it. Here are the things that I want to be super obvious and immediate in the UI: which tables do I have the high score on? Which tables has someone beat my high score? Which tables do I have no score at all on? It’s really not that hard. FX3 has made all of that even more hidden than in 2.
As for the non-UI stuff. The new single player gameplay mode is lame as hell. Power ups, really? Hell, I understand trying to make the tables more accessible, but the power ups don’t even do that really. The power ups that would make the tables easier are actually pretty difficult to unlock. If you’re good enough to unlock the wizard power ups you probably don’t need them at all.
I really like the new challenge modes though, I think those are a great addition. One ball and timed are fairly different beasts from a regular play.
The “Matchup” thing makes no sense to me whatsoever. It just seems a bit grindy, since your score is largely a factor of how much you play, not how well you do. I don’t really see myself paying much attention to it. I haven’t dug into tournaments much yet, but it’s certainly a welcome addition.
Overall kind of a mixed bag. Most of the update is the new UI and it’s pretty awful IMO so… what’s the point?