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Theme: Future sports / Brutal sports

Group Description

A common sci-fi theme, dating back at least to the 1975 movie Rollerball, is that of futuristic gladiator games as a panem et circenses for the masses of a dystopian future. According to video games, the most common sport of the future is a bloody variation on rugby or American football, played by heavily-armoured, genetically-manipulated athletes. The genre-defining classic is considered to be the Bitmap Brothers' Speedball, though it was neither the first nor the last.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Speedball 2 HD2013WindowsMastertronic Group Ltd.3.70
Death Track: Resurrection2008PlayStation 3, Windows1C Company2.36
Speedball 2: Tournament2007WindowsAkella4.14
Ratchet: Deadlocked2005PlayStation 2Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.03
Motor Duels: Outcast2004J2MEdeepMist Studios...
Mad Cars2004WindowsRealore Studios2.85
Speedball 21002000PlayStationEmpire Interactive Entertainment1.88
Crush! Deluxe1997WindowsMegamedia Corp.3.95
XS1996DOSSCi (Sales Curve Interactive) Ltd.2.60
Mutant League Hockey1994GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.4.45
Heavy Smash1993ArcadeData East Corporation...
Brutal Sports Football1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, JaguarMillennium Interactive Ltd.3.33
Mutant League Football1993GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
BattleWheels1993LynxAtari Corporation3.00
Battle Cars1993SNESNamco Hometek Inc.1.83
3D Ball Blaster1992DOSHomebrew Software2.90
Base Wars - Cyber Stadium Series1991NESUltra Games3.94
Killerball1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSMicro├»ds...
Super Baseball 20201991Arcade, Genesis, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.49
Trex Warrior: 22nd Century Gladiator1991Amiga, Atari STThalion Software GmbH3.40
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe1990Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, J2ME, SEGA Master System, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360Arena Entertainment3.47
Smash T.V.1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Genesis, NES, SEGA Master System, SNES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.53
The Running Man1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.2.85
Deathtrack1989DOSActivision, Inc.3.72
Skateball1989Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumUbi Soft Entertainment Software...
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Selected Covers

Smash T.V. SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Smash T.V.
Skateball Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Skateball
Speedball 2 HD Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Speedball 2 HD

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from 3D Ball Blaster
Title Screen
Screenshot from Smash T.V.
Control method?
Screenshot from Skateball
Speedball is a brutal sport: my forward knocked out an opposite player, my team gets points and the forward dances...
Screenshot from Speedball 2 HD