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Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe - Xbox Live Arcade review

Hockey from hell


  • 2X the teams of the original
  • Pick-up-and-play
  • Faithful to the Amiga game


  • "Enhanced" visuals suck
  • Sparse online community
  • Shows its age

Oct 24, 2007

If you were a gamer in Europe in the early nineties, chances are you'd at least played Speedball 2, even if you didn't own it. This series was pretty popular back in the day, which means this Live Arcade release should be fairly big in Europe. In the US, however, Speedball never really caught on, and that carries over to today, where it's really hard to find a whole lot of people playing Speedball 2 over Xbox Live at any given time.

Speedball is a futuristic sport that can best be described as a mish-mash of basketball, hockey, and a bit of arena football thrown in for good measure. Players wear armor, and fire a little, dangerous ball around the arena to earn points. Points are not only awarded for the obvious - scoring goals - but hitting various targets around the arena also yields points... as well as injuring other players. Games are rife with power-ups, as well, which can change the whole complexion of a match.

Brutal Deluxe features a nice amount of play options, including competing with one of the 32 teams on tap, as well as a managerial mode - where you don't actually play the game, but simply make key, managerial-type decisions - and online play modes.

The problem with online is, as mentioned earlier, the community. It simply isn't that big. So waiting around while the system searches for an open game is really common. And a high percentage of those matches tend to suffer from some awful lag issues.

More Info

DescriptionAnother well-done classic game revival.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date17 October 2007 (US), 17 October 2007 (UK)