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Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. If you liked the original, Speedball 2 will not fail to fulfil your expectations.
  2. In most ways that matter, this is a fine conversion of an enduring classic, and is exactly the sort of game that makes Xbox Live Arcade one of the most exciting gaming platforms around.
  3. If you're looking for a multiplayer blast, they don't come much more violent, or more entertaining than this. [Sept 2007, p.109]
  4. Playing the original ROM of Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is great, but we were hoping that the Xbox Live Arcade graphically enhanced gameplay would be a bit better.
  5. Speedball 2 doesn't offer a lot of frills and extras, but it does prove to still be a solid action/sports game that is just as violent today as it was 17 years ago.
  6. Speedball 2 is not going to win any beauty contests, and the controls make it feel as though you are playing with a field of squeaky tin men, but it is not without its charms. The wealth of game modes, ability to run and grow an online team, and frantic gameplay ensure you will play this title for longer than a quick stroll down memory lane.
  7. A fun little game that will probably do a better job in stirring nostalgia in those who were playing it 16 years ago rather than drawing in any new players.
  8. A good game, but both newcomers and Amiga stalwarts will no doubt be put off by the insane pace, which is a pity as there's plenty to enjoy here if you persevere. [Issue 27, p.118]
  9. The Xbox Live Arcade version of Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, then, does a solid job of re-creating 1991's game, but falls short almost every time it attempts to improve upon or enhance it.
  10. Still, even the subtle control lag that crops up online can't diminish the ham-fisted charm of each vicious contest, so retro fans shouldn't think twice about dropping 10 bucks on Speedball 2. [Oct 2007, p.81]
  11. This game may or may not have been popular and revolutionary when it came out, but by today's standards it's just plain boring.
  12. 58
    It's a faithful translation of a classic game that many gamers have fond memories of playing. The gameplay hasn't aged well, though, leaving most of the game's appeal to fans of the original.
  13. If you take away all the bad things in this version, and you are still left with the same game as the original.
  14. Unless you grew up playing Speedball 2 and have a strong desire to relive your childhood you should probably pass on this one.
  15. Sixteen years on and it's not so fast, or smooth, or fun. The controls are stiffer than cold porridge and the new HD graphics are no improvement. [Sept 2007, p.96]
  16. The poor animations, and more than anything, the lax controls, make this a game that few will play more than once.
  17. Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe used to be fun, but time has not been kind. Despite a variety of new gameplay options, this Xbox Live Arcade entry is not worth a second glance, due to poor controls, graphics, and sound.

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