Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe Review
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is a remake of the original Bitmap Brothers Commodore Amiga game, developed by Empire Interactive. Costing a mere 800 MS Points, this classic game features an almost exact conversion of the original 1991 game as well as an option to play it in an enhanced mode which features High-Definition friendly sprites.
Speedball 2 is a futuristic mix of American football and ice hockey, played by six players on each side with a playing field dressed with steel walls and a ball that is also made of steel. With the tough surroundings, it’s no surprise Speedball lacks any rules and any kind of contact is allowed. The standard Xbox Live Arcade features are present here such as online leaderboards and achievements. The game also features larger leagues with more teams, and local and Xbox Live multiplayer modes featuring ranked career and preset matches (though at this time of writing finding an online match will be very difficult).
Graphically, the original sprites are still best suited to the gameplay; although they are a little pixelated they still seem to suit better than the enhanced graphics. In enhanced mode the view is zoomed a little further in which destroys the original feel of the game, and although you can change the view point to a more isometric viewpoint, you still eventually find yourself resorting to the original top-down viewpoint.
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.