Speedball 2 HD is a modern reincarnation of the classic futuristic sports game from The Bitmap Brothers. A brutal mixture of handball and ice hockey played at break neck pace, this game already has a fan base of millions. Now Tower Studios, Vivid Games and The Bitmap Brothers have created a glorious fusion of classic gameplay and modern technology to launch this game into the 21st century.
There are a huge variety of game modes and options - quick matches, single player tournaments, one on one multiplayer and full career mode. Your ultimate mission is to assemble your own Speedball team to win the Speedball Intergalactic Champions League and bring the greatest prize in Speedball back to earth.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2600 MHz) or Intel Pentium D 950 Extreme (3400 MHz), 1 GB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 300 MB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.03
Posted on 2013-12-05 19:36:01 byTerrorK:
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe was definitely a great game, and still is. This HD remake looks awful considering it's supposed to be a high-def remake, and doesn't play anywhere near as smoothly as the original. The fact that a more than 20 year old game looks better than this remake is shocking. The textures here are terrible and don't blend naturally with their surroundings, everythingread more moves like it's barely interacting with the surroundings and the whole game and design has this "tileset" look to it that makes everything look so artificial rather than the more natural, properly designed original game with an overall smoother look to it. That whole metallic steel look that helped define the game's visual design has been replaced by awful textures that don't really suit the feel or atmosphere.
I love the Bitmap Bros. and their classic games, but this isn't one of them and doesn't look or feel like one of them. I think I'll stick to simply emulating my Amiga original, because it's a far superior product in every way.
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Posted on 2013-12-10 09:47:28 byZabohad:
As nostalgic reminder of the original, Speedball 2 HD could suffice; as a separate game (remake or not), it's hardly worth the price.
The rules, gamefield layout, controls, sheer pace and simple gameplay are taken fully from the original, that's the good news. Less pleasant fact is, the flaws, namely lack of content and questionable AI, remains too. But that could be overlooked,read more if the SB2 HD was true remake and nothing more. Unfortunately, The Bitmap Brothers apparently tried to "improve" it to today's standards.
The graphic is pretty much taken from the original (up to the after season "champions"/"eliminated" pictures), but the distinct metallic "feel" of the original design is lost with palette changes (see TerrorK review). The UI is bland and less intuitive then original.
Worst of all, the career mode is painfully easy; unless you lose on purpose, you easily win all competitions on the first try. There is hardly a point in ten season career, if you can boost the whole team stats on max to the end of season 3 (and you can, yes, you can).
If they enhanced the remake in some positive way I didn't notice: The new teams and arenas are just sligthly different textures of players/fields. The multiplayer is still limited to hot-seat. Less universe-building flavor elements than original (read: none at all).
To sum it up: Speedball 2 HD is repetitive and too easy, sadly wasted opportunity to revive great "bloodsport" video game.
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Posted on 2013-12-21 06:47:23 byDrisk:
I am sorry to say how much this game has disappointed me and the fact that Jon Hare is behind it makes me sadder than you could know... Its the graphics that really upset a 100 times worse than the original artist ( Eric Matthews -bring him back please). No longetivity... I still own Speedball 2 on CD32 and that is so much better... All Jon had to do take that game and graphicsread more (also sound) and then build up the multi player and logetivity aspect and you would have the hit this game should be. Loved the idea of different pitches though... as it stands though this is another shameful cash in on Speedball and the fact it was done by Sensible Software's Jon hare is simply shameful.
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