Excerpt: At one point in time, the NFL Blitz franchise was a huge seller for Midway back in the PlayStation and N64 days. The arcade smash translated extremely well for home consoles, and gamers flocked to the series with open arms. Eventually, as was typical of any arcade franchise, the games began to get more and more stale with every iteration, losing their fandom and success.
Summary: Back for another season of heart-pumping, bone-crushing, no-holds-barred football action, Blitz: The League II strips the rules and regulations from traditional football to enhance the fun by bringing the pain.
Conclusion: I had a good time with the original Blitz: The League and found that it offered a nice taste of the darker side of football. The gameplay was light, but fun, and the overall experience was enjoyable despite its flaws. The same can be said for its sequel, though the fact that Midway didn't really clean up the nitpicks from the first game leaves something else to be desired.
Excerpt: With an official license out of their reach, Midway has created an intricate world that celebrates the most unsavory aspects of the professional sports crime blotter. Gratuitous violence is king on this penalty-free, 8-on-8 gridiron, but off the field there's even more trouble: designer drugs, demanding sponsors, and fast women.
Conclusion: The overall story is fraught with sex, drugs, scandal, and betrayal, a not so subtle blend of ESPN's pro football parody Playmakers (the inspiration for the original Blitz: The League, and penned by the same writer), and The Longest Yard . Lawrence Taylor returns as bad-boy linebacker Quentin Sands and is assigned by the corrupt commissioner to join you on your squad.
Pros: Easily the most politically-incorrect sports game on the planet, Senseless, gratuitous violence, Campaign mode's ridiculous story is surprisingly entertaining, Customizable campaign team can be taken online.
Cons: Gameplay shows some of same flaws and repetition of previous Blitz games, Clash and Unleashed features are just too powerful, Fictional teams, Dated graphics with unrealistic character models and animations.
Excerpt: Blitz: The League II is the second in Midway’s anti-NFL football franchise, designed to highlight and glamorize the less wholesome aspects of the game. With no NFL license the developers have gone the extra mile to keep things interesting via plenty of rough play, injuries, drugs, and nightlife. This is no simulation. The “official” game of football is almost of secondary concern in Blitz.
Conclusion: Blitz: The League II has a few high notes, but one too many low notes. Ramping of the violence was a nice touch, but baring witness to a bone cracking or breaking almost every other play, it takes the entertainment value out of the feature and tosses it aside. The visuals were pretty solid, and considering Midway Games wasn’t going for a realistic simulation like Madden football titles, they work rather well for the title.