Written by  :  Gothicgene (83)
Written on  :  Jul 18, 2001
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
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Brutal. Fast. Fun.

The Good

Everything. You have a team of losers (which you can upgrade with money you get after every match) and play against other teams... and then it just gets brutal! This game was the first REALLY good Amiga-to-PC port, and it's fast, action-packed, and fun. One of the games from that time period that I still play on a weekly basis. It was a LOT faster than M.U.D.S. despite being technically inferior, and Bitmap Brothers are awesome when it comes to gameplay. Especially when you play against some of the tougher teams (Steel Fury, etc) the pace picks up so much it's incredible. In a good way. This game is addictive beyond belief (even to me, and I usually disdain any sort of action game or Amiga ports), and it still runs well on a modern machine.

The Bad

Well, M.U.D.S. has a better "campaign" mode (buying and selling players, etc). but that's about it! Oh, and the key selection is awkward (O/P for left/right and Q/A for up/down) and can't be reselected, but you get used to it.

The Bottom Line

Well, I just saw an original boxed Speedball 2 on Disks with manuals etc. on eBay, and I stopped bidding at around $30. Needless to say, there are still many who have fond memories about this game, and rightfully so. Strongest recommendation to hunt this one down, although I doubt you can find it anywhere but illegal abandonware. They really ought to make a compilation CD of all the good Amiga ports from that time (Speedball 2, Xenon 2, Turrican 2, etc).