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Retro Classic: Speedball
Having grown up as a computer nerd during the 1990's, I have fond memories of many games which I look back on as classics. I have already written hubs on epic vintage computer games such as Elite 2, Syndicate Wars and Road Rash.
One of the most addictive series of sports games is Speed ball, Speed ball was a fantasy futuristic blood sport set in the near future. The game has a bleak Mad Max meets Blade Runner feel, and takes the grittier parts of Ice Hockey and American Football. I wonder if a game like Speedball will become a reality in the near future.
The Speedball games were released on a variety of different formats from 1990 to 2007. The original game was released on the Atari ST, and was soon ported over onto the Commodore Amiga. The game was playable as a one or two player game, and the game allowed you to gain points through violence as well as scoring goals. You are able to permanently injure an opposing player, which brings down the number of active players from five a side.
After the success of the first game along came the sequel Speedball 2, According to the game story the first Speedball league fails due to violence and corruption. The league falls into a state of anarchy, and the game is forced underground. After a five years break, Speedball 2 is born. The game starts in 2105 with a few rule changes to the original game, teams now have nine players on court rather than five, and targets on the floor and walls can be hit to receive bonus points.
The amount of points that a team receives for scoring a goal starts at 10 but can be increased to 15 or 20 via the use of score multipliers located on the walls of the pitch. The same amount of points for scoring a goal is given for injuring a player from the opposition.
The game was released for several platforms, such as the C64, Amiga, Atari, Sega Megadrive and the Nintendo game systems. The last commercial release of the series was Speedball 2: Tournament, and the game became a 3-D game as opposed to its original 2-D graphics.
Until recently you were able to download a version of the game for the Xbox 360 off Xbox live for 800 microsoft points. The title has now been deleted from the games arcade, but a few people have downloaded it. There has been no firm news of any further or future release for the title. I would guess that sooner rather than later a new version will appear, but I think we will be waiting a few years for it.
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