Blitz: The League II Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Blitz: The League II box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Midway Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Midway Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 13, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

This is where the game is somewhat hit-or-miss. Blitz football is partially defined by its Clash Meter and Unleashed Mode, which, when used correctly, usually determines the winner. As you run successful plays, your Clash Meter fills. Once it’s full, you have the ability to send the play into slow motion on offense or defense by holding down the left shoulder button.

Blitz: The League II screenshot

It’s a key element to the game, as it allows more time to make decisions, complete certain plays when needed, and target your tackles better to cause serious damage to cripple your opponent and leave him writhing in pain. But you’ll need to use your Clash build-up sparingly if you want to reach Unleashed Mode. Filling up six Clash Meters allows you to become Unleashed, similar to an NFL Street Gamebreaker 2, at which point you basically become unstoppable for a single play that will usually lead to a sure touchdown if used on offense or a turnover on defense. The system is a staple in the Blitz franchise that has never added more depth to the arcade, but is better than ever using Precision Aim Tackling.

The new Late Hit Beatdown feature elaborates on the wildly entertaining late hits with a series of cheap shots that allow you to go so far as to slam an opponent then stomp on his helmet after a play or beat him with his own helmet. Randomly mashing buttons pulls off various beatdowns, and the other player is given an equal opportunity to counter the attack after the whistle and return the punishment. Breaking the traditional rules of football is something Blitz has long been famous for, but never has the after-whistle violence been so brutal. While dirty plays such as these may not appeal to the more traditional football purists, they sure rub salt in the wound and allow for some fun trash-talk when playing against an opponent. Braggadocios elements are taken to new levels with player-controlled touchdown celebrations as well, another element Blitz has implemented that distracts from on-field gameplay but adds to the juvenile fun of the game. Choose how you want to celebrate when scoring a TD, with options that are as lewd as expected, including one that involves dropping “trou” and wiping your butt on the goalpost. While it’s not all that functional, it does provide a chuckle for the snot-nosed ten year-old inside all of us.

Another highlight of The League II and its predecessor is the attention given to the massive, fictional stadiums that pack people in to witness bone-crushing football. The futuristic architecture of the colossal arenas provides elaborate backdrops like no other football title on the market. Stadiums such as the Nightmare Cathedral and Miami Stadium are completely over-the-top atmospheres, and are especially so when combined with the sound of roaring crowds and loud music to parallel the exaggerated football happening on-field. Overall, there is a dark aesthetic to Blitz that also emphasizes the corrupt undertone of the game.

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In all, Blitz: The League II is a fun game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Therefore, players shouldn’t take in-game action too seriously either, and if true-to-life football, play-calling, and tactics is your thing, Blitz is definitely not for you. At the most, this is an arcade intended for a good time, though the fun can tend to be short-lived.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
While in-game animation is a bit rough around the edges, X-Ray images of bones bursting and detail given to elaborate stadiums are fun to look at.
3.1
Control
Addition of Precision-Aim Tackles adds depth to the foundation laid by the long-running arcade game style. Injury mini-games grow tiresome rather quickly.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent, energetic soundtrack hip-hop fans will enjoy. Hilarious voice acting from a decent cast, highlighted by the terrific Frank Caliendo.
3.0
Play Value
The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, though some gameplay elements suffer as a result. It builds positively on last year’s installment, and anyone who enjoyed the previous experience will have even more fun with The League II.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Precision-Aim Tackles: For the first time ever in the Blitz franchise, take control of the new hit-targeting control system to inflict serious pain on explicit areas of your opponent’s body.
  • All-new vicious tackles and gruesome injuries, including the return of late hits and new three-man tackles that pack the power to shatter helmets, crack bones, tear crucial ligaments, and send teeth flying.
  • Enhanced Clash Mode is triggered with a single-button, allowing players to slow the competition and unleash special offensive and defensive maneuvers. After collecting pay-dirt, trigger the player-controlled touchdown celebration and let the fans know who deserves the green.
  • Campaign Mode puts the player in complete control as he ventures through brutal on-the-field competition and entertaining off-the-field drama in his quest to reach the League Championship. Peter Egan (Playmakers) returns to pen the most entertaining Blitz storyline yet.
  • Online competition and downloadable content: Available modes include an all-new Campaign Mode, Quick-Play Versus, and fully-featured Online Modes.


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