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Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (Xbox 360)

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2.4
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.3
Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 2.4


The Press Says

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82
Console Monster
If you liked the original, Speedball 2 will not fail to fulfil your expectations. With the enhanced modes, online leaderboards and ranking, local and online play over LIVE and some challenging achievements, Speedball 2 is a worthy purchase for the 800MS Points.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
In most ways that matter, this is a fine conversion of an enduring classic, and is exactly the sort of game that makes Xbox Live Arcade one of the most exciting gaming platforms around. Available for 800 points, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is not necessarily the sort of game that newcomers will take to, but for those of us who were around at the time, it's damn near essential. The Bitmaps deserve credit for not messing around with what made it great - but fix those bugs soon, eh chaps?
76
TeamXbox
Playing the original ROM of Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is great, but we were hoping that the Xbox Live Arcade graphically enhanced gameplay would be a bit better. This isn’t a huge deal unless you must play with the updated visuals; we’ll assume most of you won’t mind decent sprite-based graphics from yesteryear. The enhanced mode also seems to suffer from some control hiccups that the classic mode does, which is an even bigger shame. The classic mode also gets a nice shadow on the ball when a high pass is thrown, which is sadly absent from the enhanced version. This lack of shadow actually makes the enhanced mode more difficult to play well and, consequently, makes it a letdown for the most part. The bottom line: Pick up Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe for its ROM-perfect mode and online extras, but not for the (nifty-looking) enhanced visuals.
75
Defunct Games
Speedball 2 doesn't offer a lot of frills and extras, but it does prove to still be a solid action/sports game that is just as violent today as it was 17 years ago. Fans of Speedball should be impressed with what Bitmap Brothers have done with this franchise and new players shouldn't have much trouble seeing what the appeal is. It's not for everybody, but Speedball 2 is worth checking out.
71
Planet Xbox 360
Speedball 2 is not going to win any beauty contests, and the controls make it feel as though you are playing with a field of squeaky tin men, but it is not without its charms. The wealth of game modes, ability to run and grow an online team, and frantic gameplay ensure you will play this title for longer than a quick stroll down memory lane.
70
Games Radar
Speedball 2 is a fun little game that will probably do a better job in stirring nostalgia in those who were playing it 16 years ago rather than drawing in any new players. It's not going to set the Xbox Live Arcade world on fire by any means, but slots in nicely as another well-done classic game revival.
70
GameSpot
The Xbox Live Arcade version of Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, then, does a solid job of re-creating 1991's game, but falls short almost every time it attempts to improve upon or enhance it. Attaining some of the new game's varied achievements is tough enough to provide a lasting challenge even for speedball veterans, but don't expect great things from the online play. If you're new to Speedball 2, there are certainly worse XBLA games that you could spend your points on, but remember when the original was made, and don't expect to win many matches until you've learned your way around the arena.
60
Gamernode
This game may or may not have been popular and revolutionary when it came out, but by today's standards it's just plain boring.
58
IGN
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is not terrible, by any means. It's a faithful translation of a classic game that many gamers have fond memories of playing. The gameplay hasn't aged well, though, leaving most of the game's appeal to fans of the original. If you are one of those said fans, ten dollars isn't a bad price for a trip down memory lane. If you never played Speedball 2 before, though, it may be all too apparent why you missed it the first time around.
55
MS Xbox World
If you take away all the bad things in this version, and you are still left with the same game as the original. Add in achievements and online leader boards, and you’ve got something that might appeal to fans of the original. New comers will have to take the learning curve and the slightly overpriced 800 points price tag into consideration. With what they have tried to add to the original game, it’s a shame it didn’t provide more. I see it as a case of a good job emulating but severely lacking in ambition and originality.
54
Gamers' Temple, The
There are options to play in tournaments, to spend cash to improve your players, and to play online against other players, but when the gameplay is this frustrating and unappealing you’ll have no desire to spend the time with the game to make use of these other modes and features. Unless you grew up playing Speedball 2 and have a strong desire to relive your childhood you should probably pass on this one.
50
Gaming Nexus
Speedball 2 doesn't offer a lot of frills and extras, but it does prove to still be a solid action/sports game that is just as violent today as it was 17 years ago. Fans of Speedball should be impressed with what Bitmap Brothers have done with this franchise and new players shouldn't have much trouble seeing what the appeal is. It's not for everybody, but Speedball 2 is worth checking out.
30
GamingExcellence
Classic Speedball II may have been a big success in 1991, and could even be described as Bitmap Brothers’ franchise game, but players today demand far more for their gaming dollar. The poor animations, and more than anything, the lax controls, make this a game that few will play more than once.
30
Video Game Talk
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe used to be fun, but time has not been kind. Despite a variety of new gameplay options, this Xbox Live Arcade entry is not worth a second glance, due to poor controls, graphics, and sound. Skip It.