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Brutal Sports Football

Chopping heads is the name of the game
by Gregory D. George

June 5, 2001
You know, you try to impress your friends with games like Battlemorph, Tempest 2000, or Iron Soldier, but what do they bite on? Brutal Sports Football. Yes, those wacky Medieval guys are here to show you how to play a game of football. Punch, kick, bomb, and chop your way to the goal line.

The graphics for the game are certainly not 64-bit. This was a port from an Amiga and Atari ST game back in the 16-bit era. However, I doubt either of those computers could manage the amount of colors that the Jaguar version sports. I like how the turf gets ripped up and destroyed as the game progresses. The animation of the characters is smooth and fluid.

The music is actually pretty nice for a Jaguar game. There are just so many games for this system that have no music and we always make excuses for it. "Oh, this game is better without music anyway!" Many times that's the case, (as with [i]Alien vs. Predator[/i]) but it's nice to have music once in awhile. The sound effects are pretty good too but there don't seem to be all that many "oofs!" and "booms!" you'd expect.

The control is practically perfect. Push right, your man moves right. Push left and your man moves left. Push up... Well, you get the idea. There's no lag when moving your character around, which is nice. You can also jump, throw the ball, and pass. Sometimes it's hard to remember which button does what if you haven't played for awhile.

The gameplay is superb. There are powerups around the field that will make you faster, give you bombs or weapons, give you a shield, and other abilities. Of course, my favorite ability is chopping off the heads of your opponents and using THAT for the ball!

There are a bunch of gameplay options here including a password feature, but I must confess, I usually just play a quick game of Unfriendly. But if you want to really get into it there are several modes of play including League mode, Unfriendly, and Knockout. You can change your formation to aggressive, standard, or defensive. You can also go into the locker room and heal/upgrade your players.

Brutal Sports Football won't wow your friends with it's 64-bit looking graphics. But the fun and energetic gameplay more than makes up for it's lack of visual pizazz. If you like these kinds of fantasy football games go get BSF.

Brutal Sports Football

(c) Telegames

Head chopping action!
Nothing like chopping off your buddies head in an unfriendly game of BSF.
Brutal Sports Football
System: Jaguar
Publisher: Telegames
Genre: Sports
Graphics Score: 75%
Sound & Music Score: 70%
Gameplay Score: 80%
Control Score: 85%

Final Score: 65%

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Reader Comments for Brutal Sports Football

must have by robert nicol on 2008-01-02 06:13:32
very much love this game like the way goals get scored nice graphics
Article Updated by Greg on 2008-01-03 14:20:36
Well, I finally fleshed out this review today. Of course, no one will know unless they visit this page. ;-)
Great "Low Tech" Game by Guitarman on 2014-07-09 23:53:23
BSF is indeed an enjoyable title if you can live with the choppy animation and extremely repetitive music. The hybrid version of soccer and American football is a nice unique combo that keeps the action non-stop. The introduction of bombs and blades to hinder your opponent makes the gameplay that much more entertaining. Unfortunately this title certainly does not by any means tax the hardware capabilities of the Jag.
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