I’ll save an in-depth criticism of the lunacy of separate achievement lists for another post, but nowhere is it more ridiculous than in Pinball FX 2.
First the good news: It’s great you start out with one free table, Mars. It comes with two achievements for 50G and it a good little table to get you started. Now the bad news: If you have an account on Pinball FX 2 on the Xbox 360, don’t be fooled into thinking that it will port any of your stats over to the Windows 8 version. It doesn’t port a thing. You’ve got to start from scratch even on the same Xbox LIVE account you use on the Xbox 360.
Given the central scoring system of Pinball FX 2 is designed to encourage people to buy as many tables as possible and get as many friends as possible playing, all of which create multipliers that boost your ‘super score’, it’s absolutely insane that none of this comes over from the Xbox 36o with you, meaning you have to start again or, as I suspect most people will, simply not bother.
It’s even more galling because if you buy a table for the PS3 version, called Zen Pinball, then you get the PS Vita thrown in too, which is exactly what should happen for Windows 8 and Surface tablets. The fact it doesn’t makes you wonder what Microsoft is thinking when talking with developers.