According to Sensible Software's Jon Hare "'Speedball 2' is a classic sports game by one of the UK's greatest development teams of the 80s and 90s 'The Bitmap Brothers'". It first saw light of day on the Amiga. It presents a fictional sport that's an odd fusion of rugby and ice hockey with an ultra violent, futuristic twist. It has often been compared to the film 'Rollerball' but Mike Montgomery who designed the game claims this wasn't the intention. "I know 'Rollerball' was around at the time, but to be quite honest it was a coincidence more than an influence."
The most controversial way to win though was by assaulting the opposition. "We wanted people to be quite violent," says Montgomery. Every player on the pitch has a health metre and a player will collapse of violently tackles reduce this to zero. The result of this is the opposing team being given points and a substitution coming on. Once all three substitutes have been used the downed player has a worse fate; forced to play on at half speed and half strength. It's a brutal fictional sport and according to games historian Joel Snape "the satisfying violence of the tackles is a huge part of the appeal". Edge magazine once noted that" the foremost strength of 'Speedball 2' was the addition of arena furniture and new ways in which to score which encouraged strategic individuality during play". "We tried to make it more of a tactical game" acknowledges Montgomery "where goals mattered but there's other ways of scoring".
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