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The original Speedball is a cracking bit of science fiction themed sports action, but this sequel blows it out of the water, improving on almost every aspect of the already solid base. The essential gameplay remains pretty much the same, but thanks to that classic Bitmap Bros. style, this one just feels smoother, faster and just altogether more enjoyable and needs to be added to any collection which includes their other work like Xenon 2 and Gods. Here, you're thrust into the role of the manager of Brutal Deluxe, the worst team in the future sports league that is Speedball. It's your job to take these losers and turn them into the ultimate champions on the pitch but the catch here is that Speedball isn't your average sport. It's a mix of hockey, soccer and Blood Bowl, being fast, furious and very violent, as two teams go head to head in a rough and tumble competition for goals. The essential elements are classic sports stuff, but it's in the details where Brutal Deluxe scores, from the clever ways of scoring extra points to the sheer fun to be had from knocking seven bells out of the other guys. As far as future sports games go, this remains a top notch experience. Right from the super stylish visuals, which could only have been done by the Bitmap Bros, to the impressive audio and sheer outrageous fun of the sport itself, you're in for a great time with this. It's not an overly complex game, but this works to its benefit, and it is pretty tough, thanks to some sharp AI, so if you're in the mood for some bone crunching sports action, this is a great choice.