Speedball 2 HD is a modern reincarnation on the classic, futuristic cyberpunk sports game Speedball, originally developed by the Bitmap Brothers and first released for the Atari ST in 1990. A brutal mix of handball and ice hockey placed at break-neck pace.
User reviews: Mixed (451 reviews) - 65% of the 451 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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"A futuristic sports game comprising of 2 99 second halves, with a simple, enjoyable management mode. A great way to kill a few minutes / hours."

About This Game

Speedball 2 HD is a modern reincarnation on the classic, futuristic cyberpunk sports game Speedball, originally developed by the Bitmap Brothers and first released for the Atari ST in 1990. A brutal mix of handball and ice hockey placed at break-neck pace. Now Tower Studios, Vivid Games and The Bitmap Brothers have created a glorious fusion of classic gameplay and modern technology to launch this game into the 21st century.

Game Description

In 2326, rival gangs formed an ultra-violent street sports league called Speedball to settle their deadly disputes. Two teams face each other in bloody battles for a steel ball: Nine on nine – in an all-out rush on the opponents’ goal. Almost any malicious move is permitted. The winner of the matches secures supremacy over the city.

The highly anticipated PC revival to the legendary Amiga classic transforms the futuristic game setting with state-of-the-art technology into a high-speed sports spectacle.
There are a huge variety of game modes and options - quick matches, single player tournaments, one-on-one multiplayer and full career mode. Your ultimate mission is to assemble your own Speedball team to win the Speedball Intergalactic Champions League and bring the greatest prize in Speedball back to Earth.

Choose from 28 teams across 6 new Speedball Arenas, Speedball 2 HD includes all the intense gameplay of the original with new teams, more formations and in particular the new Fire, Ice and Cyber teams.

Key Features

  • HD Graphics in classic Speedball style
  • 6 brand new Speedball Arenas
  • Choose from 336 unique players and 28 Teams across 4 Planets
  • Full Player Transfer Market and Player Upgrade System
  • Ability to create and customise your own ultimate Speedball team
  • 5 different Formations allowing strategy changes during play
  • Score with Goals, Bonus shots and Brutal Knockouts
  • A host of Steam Badges, Cards and Wallpapers to collect
  • Over 20 power-ups and special effects
  • Multiple game modes including 10 Season Career Mode and 10 Single-Player Game Modes
  • Supports game pad and keyboard controls for 2 players at once
  • Local multiplayer mode includes customisable tournaments for up to 8 player teams
  • Plenty of Trophies and Achievements to collect
  • The World famous “Ice Cream... Ice Cream!!” sample

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8.
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2600 MHz) or Intel Pentium D 950 Extreme (3400 MHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATi Radeon X1300 Pro, NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache or Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Speedball 2 provides few retro thrills but remains undeveloped. It has zero additional team features, including functioning online play, which results in a lack of replay value.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The best version that's ever been available on PC
If u played this on PS1 u will remenber :D
Worth alot !!
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75 of 83 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
I wish there were a "depends" recommendation option for this.

For people familiar with the Amiga classic, yes I reccomend this - for nostalgia if little else. It's billed as a HD version of the original. It's not. It's a copy of the original, but not a totally faithful copy. The feel is fairly different, including but not limited to:
  • In the original you were limited to 8 directions for throwing the ball. Speedball 2 HD has some kind of auto-aiming which I think is worse because it is requires less skill.
  • Substitutes never seem to run out (you had 2 in the original and after that you had less players)
  • The AI is worse - it practically ignores the scoring multiplier and the stars (AI is a lost art form in modern gaming)
There are other things that can be annoying. Player auto selection can be infuriating and unpredictable. It is also buggy - sometimes the highlighted player isn't the one that moves - and not as responsive as the original. Then there's the bugs with achievements and cups (hint: never exit the game immediately after winning the league or champion's league) and the fact this game feels more like a grind to get the best players than the original where I felt a bit of skill could work against far superior teams.

It's OK. It's not a classic like the original. Despite being a very similar game with HD graphics, it seems to be missing the soul of the original game and they've made changes based on making the game easier when easier isn't always better. If there were a bugfix release with a few improvements, I'd change the recommendation to a Yes. It's just too flawed for the moment.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Argh, conflicted. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

There are good(ish) and bad points to this tarted up version of the 1990s classic.


It looks OK
It's full of nostalgia
It's playable enough
You can turn your brain off and just play


Gameplay (and to my mind graphics) are not as good as the Amiga or Atari ST version. This is not forgiveable in 2014.
It's too easy
The ball velocity has been slowed down
Clumsy animation

So why am I still playing it? Because my Amiga is long dead and as bad a version as this is, it's still as close to the original as I'm going to get.

Marginal thumbs up 5/10
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
If you love the original Speedball 2 then don't get this. It will ruin your memories.

This is a terrible "HD" remake of the game. It is actually lacking in some features the original had, like the manager mode. What it also is lacking is any difficulty at all, you will easily steamroll every team in the first two seasons, except when you suddenly play a team that is completely maxed out when you still have very low stats.

What this game also lacks is any decent graphics. Sure, they are "HD", even though you only get to choose from 4 basic resolutions. Sorry laptop users. But they look terrible. Bitmap Brothers games were known for their slick, stylish graphics and this game almost seems to make a mockery out of that. To add insult to injury the game is locked at 29 FPS, making it difficult for me to play for any length of time due to eye-strain (as if the graphics weren't insulting my eyes enough already).

Then finally you would probably expect an HD remake to have online multiplayer. Nope... Sorry guys. All this remake offers over the original is the higher resolution/horrible design graphics. That's it. No Manager mode, no online multiplayer, no challenge, no point in buying this. Oh did I mention the game crashing, save file corruption, playing teams with identical outfits to yours making it impossible to tell them apart (and then crashing after the match), terrible intro "video", lack of the awesome original soundtrack...

I could go on but this should really be enough for you to make your mind up. Avoid like the plague.
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