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Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Advance
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2.5
SEGA Master System
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...
Amiga CD32
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2.7
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Description

Brutal Deluxe doesn't live up to their name - in fact they're the worst team Speedball has ever seen. As their manager, it is your job to transform their fortunes. As well as the league system, which consists of 2 8-team divisions and challenges you to advance to the top, there are also 2 cup tournaments, one of which is played out over 2 'legs' with the aggregate score deciding who progresses.

You can play the matches as well, which is the real meat of the game. They consist of 2 90-second periods, and the gameplay is futuristic, fast and frantic, with heavy tackling encouraged to retrieve the ball. Power-ups and tokens appear on the pitch, including ones to make your players extra-tough or freeze the opponents.

The sides of the pitch each include a score multiplier, which you can run the ball through to increase the value of your scoring - the opposition can sometimes immediately grab the ball and nullify this. There are also 5 stars which are worth 2 points each if you hit them (more if you have the multiplier activated), but these can also be cancelled out by the opposition hitting the same star, and their points values only become set after the half. Next to the stars there are 'portals' which throw the ball out the opposite side of the pitch, in the direction it was going.

You get money for the results, and by collecting the silver tokens which appear on the pitch at random intervals. Between each match you can spend these either on improving your existing players as far as they can go, or on buying better ones and fitting them into the team. Your original players can only be improved to a certain extent, so remembering where your signed players are and making use of them is important.

A variety of tokens also appear during the match, some of which boost your team's power for a short period of time, and one freezes the opposition.

Screenshots

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Genesis but there's always next time ...
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Atari ST The computer player hands me my tail.
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Game Boy Advance A rare moment of not being attacked
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe DOS Upgrading players

Alternate Titles

  • "Speed Ball II" -- DOS Kixx release media title
  • "Speedball 2" -- Master System title

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User Reviews

Awesome futuristic sports game! DOS Roedie (5226)
Yet to be bettered Amiga Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419)
Made me purchase an Atari ST Atari ST Neepie Lantern (482)
Clearly inferior to the Amiga version. DOS Tomer Gabel (4374)
Brutal. Fast. Fun. DOS Gothicgene (83)
The #1 future sports game! DOS Vince (4)
Even better than the Amiga version DOS Mussan Smith (2)

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Atari ST Jul, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jul, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1991 9 out of 12 75
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 2007 7.1 out of 10 71
Games Radar Xbox 360 Oct 24, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Genesis Oct, 1992 58 out of 100 58
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jan 31, 2008 C 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Amiga version of Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Ideas that were scrapped

According to Eric Matthews during development saving a team to disk in order to take it to a friend's house, as well as player-designed home courts were discussed, but both ideas didn't make it in the final game. (Source: Amiga Power #2, 1991/6).

Version differences

The Genesis port is a very quiet port, a lot of sound effects have been left out. The MegaDrive version that went out in Japan had silver and gold teams rather than red and blue.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • April 1991 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1992 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1993 - #4 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1994 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Best Soundtrack - 16 Bit
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #43 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #31 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Graeme Boxall and Martin Smith

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Contributed to by necronom (73), Kabushi (126385), Martin Smith (63136), Roedie (5226), Terok Nor (19022), Tomer Gabel (4374) and コナン (77432)