Speedball 2100 (Sony PlayStation, 2000)
The first incarnations of Speedball came in the late 1980s with games playable on the home computer systems. The Bitmap Brothers' Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe was an early release for the Genesis and remains a cult classic today. Speedball 2100 brings the game ahead another decade or so in terms of graphics and sound, but the title remains true to the volatile, fast-paced action and simple control interface that have won the loyalty of many fans. Although Speedball 2100 adds some features over previous versions, it is primarily a port of Speedball 2.
Speedball has been described as a cross between handball, roller derby, and hockey (though it's quite a bit more violent than any of those sports -- all in good fun of course). Two teams of nine players each face off in a closed arena with high walls on all sides and a goal at either end. The object is simply to throw the ball through the opponent's goal to score as many points as possible. Points can be scored in other ways as well however, such as lighting all of the stars on a wall or by hitting Bounce Domes with the ball.
The game is constantly moving as the steel ball is passed back and forth or stolen with a heavy body-slam or a quick elbow to the teeth. Special power-ups can increase scoring possibilities or even temporarily disable opposing players. Several modes of play are available, from quick one-time grudge matches to season-long league play.
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Violence|
|Number of Players||1-2|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Speedball Series|