Speedball 2 Tournament PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 7.4
Developer: QVS
Review Date:
February 2008
Reviewer:
John Crowe

7.2


Speed 2 Tournament
 

The old school Amiga 500 game makes a welcomed return on the PC in Speedball 2 Tournament that is set in the distant future where blood sport is a number one game. Ironically, the game looks almost identical to its distant predecessor but it now features 21st century graphics with a twist here and there to make this one of the most original games in a long time. However all this renaissance comes at a price.

 


The storyline still revolves the clichéd tales of the 90's where street gangs rule the streets and play the blood sport called Speedball in order to control the streets.It's camp, it's cliché and it's pure 90's cheese but at the end of the day, it actually goes towards the enjoyment of the title.

 

Speedball also offers single play (e.g. league and cup) and even two player action on the same PC which is true retro gaming. Best of all is the multiplayer aspect of the title that almost makes up for the flaws of the game ad nothing is more enjoyable than violent pummeling your opponents or friends.

My first issue with Speedball 2 Tournament was the installation process, thanks to the developers using the online verification system called Steam. Although I installed the game from the CD, I had to download a plethora of updates and additions in order to make the game work.

Once installed, Speedball 2 Tournament is a strange beast that is quite a lethargic creature when it comes to load times, even though we had a Quad Core processor with 4GB of RAM that created some discord among our staff. Once loaded, our staff were brought back to a simpler time that was fraught with nostalgia and entertainment.

 


Apart from the graphics, the game has hardly changed and still features all the thrills and excitement of the Speedball franchise that feels like the gamer is playing a futuristic soccer game with no holds barred.

 

As with soccer, the main point of Speedball 2 Tournament is maneuver the ball into your opponents goal by using a variety of means possible, match that with some futuristic powerups and it's almost as you are playing Fifa with swords.

The control system of Speedball 2 Tournament definitely requires a controller and if you attempt to play it with the keyboard, you are in a whole world of hurt and frustration. Still, nothing is more enjoyable than knocking your opponents across the field as fight your way into the opponents goal. Every now and then, the control system seems a little forced and sometimes difficult and we're not sure whether that is the programming or our gaming skills.


Graphically, Speedball 2 Tournament is a little dated on the PC and is quite resource hungry in the graphics department that requires quite a powerful CPU and graphics card to play the title at high resolution. The game is reminiscent of the original with its top-down view and bulky characters. There are a variety of shadow effects and lighting in the game to assist in the illusion of a futuristic blood sport but at the end of the day, it seems like it is a few years behind. There are also a variety of different stadiums in the game to liven things up which assist the gamer in being drawn into this futuristic world gone mad
.
 

In conclusion, Speedball 2 Tournament is an interesting game that also has a great price point. The only downside of the title is the horrible installation process and sometimes antiquated gameplay. Definitely a title for the lovers of the original or for those seeking a different type of sports game.

 






 
 



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