Part 2 October 2008
Genre(s) Sports, American football
Mode(s) Single player, multi player
Rating(s) ESRB: M
I never would have thought that one day I would get interested in a game such as American football. Some will not have the time to learn more about the game and some say it’s too complicated with too many rules and plays in just one game. But when I took a time just to get into the system, the more I play, watch games and read more about the sport the more I understand it. It’s not a typical get the ball to the opponents end and make a touch down (a goal in soccer). The rules of the game runs deep and isn’t as easy as it looks like and not too hard to understand and better yet love it if you will. In the end, it is one heck of a game for me. I have played a few football games on consoles but today I’m reviewing two titles and compare them one another. So to those who’s not a fan, read this. Those who’s interested to know about this painful but wonderful game, this is for you and to those who wants to know the difference between the two, check it out.
The first time I bought the 1st Blitz I thought of the 1999 movie “Any Given Sunday”. Has a very engaging storyline that tells a dark fictional world of American football. Both storyline weren’t related but will see some familiar players to the sequel. Personally, I would go to BTL2’s storyline arrangements and I have to give it to BTL1 for voice acting. Music selections will go to BTL1 with nice selections while BTL2 has some slight issue of genre battles (hey I like all sorts of music but it really helps if they put on a fair number of selections to the lists).
Score: BTL1 7.5 - BTL2 8 out of 10
It’s obvious that they invested a lot of time to polish those graphics on BTL2 with stunning details and flashy (or shiny sometimes) graphics than the dark and a bit outdated one from BTL1.
Score: BTL1 6.5 - BTL2 8 out of 10
The gameplay is more Arcadic than a formal Madden game. This is one of the things I really love about BTL and what makes it so special. This isn’t you’re typical clean football game. Its dirty, mean, bloody, women and fast phased action. Tackles are insane to watch especially in BTL2. Injuries are a pain and after every attempt, it shows the locations of where the player is hit and mostly broken bones. Similar things between the two are personally customizing your players by training and/or by implementing those supplements (and even illegal ones). What makes them different is BTL2 has more options like girlfriends, treating an injured player and better controls than the 1st. sponsors is included on the sequel and lets you try their product free of charge if you impressed them enough in a given match. I would say the sequel got a better justice on gameplay here. They also share a fair difficulty level so sometimes its sucks and frustrates you whenever you have difficulties on winning the game.
Score: BTL1 8 - BTL2 8.5 out of 10
Now this is another strong point for BTL. Fortunately I never been this hyped whenever I hear them cussing/cursing in the game. Unfortunately, the sequel did not deliver the same as the 1st one. Who never get pumped when a trainer/coach tells you to “wake the F*** UP!” whenever you fail an attempt? That’s BTL1 for you. But BTL2 sounded more like a silly geek was trying to be tough but failed to do so. So a big sigh on that one. But voice acting wise? I’d give it to BTL1 for their motivated words they say on each game. Sorry BTL2 you guys blew it big time on this one.
Score: BTL1 9.5 - BTL2 6 out of 10
I started to get to know more on this sport and I may say it’s really not bad after all. When you look at it its more muscles and hitting guys till they broke something but obviously it also includes mental speed, wit and testing your IQ level. BTL is actually a darker side of sport but I love it. Playing both games was a pleasure and fun too. Just to sum it up I like both BTL on their differences but it could have been a little slower and a little easier at some point because seriously I got sacked a lot on offense and fail to defend my position on defense for the first time. I thank Midway for making this game and I really do hope a new one is on its way soon because I want to try it online someday. This franchise should not die.
Score BTL1 7.5 - BTL2 8 out of 10
Arcadic and fast gameplay
Not your typical American Football
Great voice acting
Great Music selections
New gameplay and features
Sometimes it’s a little too hard to play.
Not much people I see playing it online (or even none)
Sometimes it runs a little too fast than your eyes can see.
It’s a little too fast
Where the heck did you get those rant from? I laugh instead of getting motivated.