My top score in Pinball Arcade Arabian Nights is 33 million. In the Williams Arcade version it is around 60 million.
OK, I've finished my testing. There is no inherent lag in the PS3 game. At least, not any moreso than was in their Williams Arcade release that received universal praise.
In fact, looking at places like NeoGAF where you'd expect an avalanche of complaints, most who have commented said they don't sense any lag. There is one guy there writing non-stop that the PS3 and Vita version is full of lag (but also says sometimes it is barely detectable
), but it isn't some epidemic of complaints by any means.
Here's what I tested...
For one, remember when I said above I didn't notice lag in Black Hole but noticed delay in Arabian Knights after two nights of owning the game? I figured out why. When I played the AN table on the second night for the first time, it was right after watching a Bluray movie and my set was still on 'Cinema' mode which adds lag. I've played in 'Game' mode since then as well as on my lag-free monitor - there is no added lag from the game.
I went back and played the Arabian Knights table on the Williams Arcade release for two straight hours. I noticed the table is on less of an incline than Pinball Arcade because the ball moves slower, and the lighting is worse as is the compressed audio, but playing gave me a feel for the earlier release. I immediately went to the AN table in Pinball Arcade and my combos were spot on.
Who knows why a few out there are saying they experience lag, and I definitely notice it when I play action games in general. But whatever is going on (tech problems or something else), the game itself has no issues.
About the physics of the game... I agree they still aren't "real life' perfect, but of all the video pinball games I've played this engine is the best. I noticed a few quirks since my last post, like sometimes the ball taking off faster from a soft flipper hit than it should, but all in all they did a great job with this release. I do hate the new plunger camera though. I can't get a strong feel for it yet.