In the year 2095 the sport of Speedball was driven underground. In a desperate attempt to regain public support, a Speedball council was set up. New rules were brought in to make the game more appealing. Teams were renamed and stadiums rebuilt. Speedball 2 was born!
Soon 16 teams were contesting the coveted Speedball 2 trophy. One of the new teams is Brutal Deluxe. You are their manager and as the 2105 season begins your hopes are riding high.
The pitch has changed, it's now 100 per cent larger! In addition to the usual goal-
Scoring goals will earn your team ten points. Hitting one of the two bounce domes will earn you two points Illuminating one of the stars on the side of the pitch will gain you an extra two points, while lighting all five will provide an additional bonus of ten. Taking out an opposing player will also score you ten points.
The game also features a score multiplier. Every time you throw the ball into the multiplier the points you score will be increased. Naturally, if the opposing side has control of the multiplier you can reduce his score by using it yourself.
Speedball 2 also sees the inclusion of pick-ups. Should one of your players collect a pick-up he'll gain a special ability. These range from freezing your opponent and reversing his joystick controls, to giving your team members maximum attributes and making your players immune to all tackles.
In addition to the pick-ups, players may also grab other goodies. Tokens will help you pay for extra training seasons or star players. Amour and weaponry will increase individual player's attributes.
There are two play modes in Speedball 2. The first, like the original Speedball, sees you controlling the team. The second puts you in a managerial role. You train and coach the players while the computer controls them during the actual match time.
There are three competition modes - a knockout tournament, the league and the cup. A special practice mode lets you perfect special moves and tactics. However, your team won't find their way to the top easily.
As well as skill you'll also need cash. Using the tokens you can increase your players' attributes. In addition you can also peruse the transfer tables for prospects.
At the end of the day it's goals that count. Only the elite will win their way to the top, but in the cup games it's anyone's bet.
What are you waiting for? Pad up and head for the tunnel. Speedball 2 is here.