Over-the-Top, Drama-Packed Football at its Arcadey Best
22 September 2009
Excerpt: Juiced up players, broken limbs, girlfriend drama -- Blitz: The League II's male soap opera take on professional football isn't afraid to take jabs at the NFL. The over-the-top campaign follows the career of The Franchise, a dual-threat rookie of your creation who dominates opponents on both sides of the ball.
Excerpt: One of the most enjoyable and, in my opinion, fan focused football games returns for another season in Blitz the League II. I remember playing Blitz at the arcade as a child and later on the Playstation and absolutely falling in love with it. In no other football game could you blindside someone who is celebrating their touchdowns, body slam a running back, or drop kick a receiver.
Conclusion: Far from a great game, but worth a rental if you're even moderately interested in this type of action... or if you're a dog lover who wants to grab the Pitbull Payback achievement for knocking "Mike Mexico" (Midway's ode to Michael Vick) out of a Prison Ball game. Check out our other reviews at www.gamedebateclub.com!
Excerpt: Graphically, this brawler fits its arcade look and feel perfectly. The player models look decent both on and off the field, while in their uniforms or in their best suits. The only complaint about the visuals that I have is that the players tend to be a bit too shiny, especially when playing in wet conditions.
Excerpt: Madden's monopolistic grab of the NFL license was a blessing in a disguise for the NFL Blitz franchise, even though many would have thought that it would have been Blitz's death knell. Blitz may have lost the ‘NFL' from its title, but it gained the freedom to emphasize whatever aspects of the sport it wanted to without the watchful eye of the NFL looking over its shoulder.
Conclusion: Blitz: The League II definitely delivers the
most outrageous football yet! It is jam packed
with dirty rules and brutally satisfying
injuries never seen on a next generation
console; this is the stuff that casual gamers
look for: over-the-top and raunchy. The controls
here are relatively easy but the gameplay is
where the true handiwork begins, as it
continually pushes you to perform bigger plays
to make those long 30-yard cuts.
Conclusion: Dances around being good. The amount of options you have off the field are awesome but is not backed up by the gameplay on the field. The story is pretty good but the graphics are last-generation and the sound effects are quite bad. The tough boy arcade gameplay comes off as old and poorly implemented. The couple of good design decisions don’t save this one from the sea of mediocrity. Might be fun for a rental with friends but you don’t need to take it any further.
Summary: Blitz The League II is a great release from Midway on so many levels, as it stays true to that classic arcade football formula and amplifies it many times over. If you are a fan of over-the-top arcade sports games you really can’t go wrong here, it is a blast to play.
Pros: # Easily the most politically-incorrect sports game on the planet, gratuitous violenc
Cons: Gameplay shows some of same flaws and repetition of previous Blitz games
Summary: The idea behind Blitz ’s gameplay premise has always been sound: Take the intensely aggressive game of American Football and crank it up to eleven by letting players literally break each other apart while on the field. While Blitz: The League II is no different, and features some of the most bone-crunching gameplay the series has seen yet, it also lacks much in the way of a proper football game.