Review by 03J
A football game with an arcade feel.
Blitz: The League II was released for the Playstation 3 in the middle of October of 2008. This is a football game that revolves around semi-pro teams and has more of an arcade feel to the game.
The game is easy to play. Button combinations kick off the ball whether it's a kickoff, punt or field goal and it is very easy for beginners to get a hold of. The game's difficulty does increase but it's not going to get very hard very quickly.
The game is a lot of fun because there are different game modes and there are a variety of different injuries you can cause to your opponents, however these injuries are intentional. On top of that you might have to give a player a shot if he gets a certain injury or snap a limb back into place. Also on certain plays there are times where you can beat an opposing player down. As far as the different game modes, they are as follows:
Quick Play is the exhibition mode of the game. One or two players just play a single football game in Quick Play mode.
Campaign is the season mode of the game. The story in the season mode I will discuss later.
Tournament is a 16 team single elimination tournament. Even if one player is playing the game, a player just enters their initials then chooses their team then the computer will control the other fifteen teams with the other fifteen teams being picked at random.
Bonus Modes are games where the rules are altered in some way. There are a few modes to unlock which you do in Campaign Mode.
Online is so you can play the game online with other players.
Training Camp is where you hone your skills in certain areas around the game. There are certain drills you have to pull off and you only advance when you pull a exercise off successfully.
Extras are where you can view strategy movies about teams you beat in campaign mode and Touchdown Codes along with other things.
The Options obviously are where you set the options to your liking about gameplay and other things.
The controls are easy to pick up and work well. There isn't one problem I encountered with the controls. Also the controls are displayed so no beginner to the game will have any problem getting used to the controls.
The story mode of the game is you control a player named Franchise and you start off at a press conference answering questions and how you answer questions (from a choice of options) will determine what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are and what position you enjoy playing the most. After that you have to win a certain number of games in each division to make the story move along while getting sponsors and trying to keep your team healthy.
The graphics and sound are okay. There are no complaints with the graphics and sound because all the different football fields look nice and different The cheerleaders do not look that great and the commentator on the game responds to every single play that happened. Also there is a lot of rap music in the game which is either a plus or minus depending on the player's taste in music.
There is replayability in the game because even after Campaign Mode is finished and you unlock everything, you can always have some friends over and try the tournament or exhibition mode and this game does feature online play.
I give Blitz: The League II a 9 out of 10. The only big complaint I have in this game is when you play a game in the prison field because fumbles happen almost after every tackle like no one can hold on to a football without gloves. That is unrealistic because people who get together and play with friends have no problem holding on to a football.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Blitz: The League II (US, 10/13/08)
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