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Global football has moved beyond the restrictive rules of the U.S. Football League. Physical enhancements have made the sport more intense and more deadly. Players have developed distinctive skills to overpower enemy players. Some are fast. Some are strong. All are out to eliminate their opponents.
Plan your strategy to get safely into the end zone. Your opponent will do everything he can to destroy your players and take possession of the ball. Can you overpower them and score a touchdown? Score 2 touchdowns and you'll be the Battleball champ!
This is a well balanced game with a solid and consistent game engine and rule base. The game is complex enough (and uses polyhedral dice) to appeal to a core gamer, but it's streamlined enough to have mass-market appeal. After playing several games, I would like to dispell the idea that this is a luck-heavy game. An experienced player has a distinct advantage over a newer player. Strategy plays a big part.
This one is a winner ... very fun.
Finally, a game that that gets it right. Football has been said to reflect American society (Constant violence and endless committee meetings!). Other futuristic football games such as Blood Bowl were too complicated to invest the time (not to mention the price). This game is reasonably priced and actually has a good bit of skill for the sports game genre. No, it not a realistic simulation of the NFL (It's pretty close to some games at the tailgating parties given by New England Patriot fans in Foxboro, but that's another matter) but it isn't suposed to be. Hasbro seems to understand that a good game doesn't need to be overly complicated or require a heavy investment.
The characters are cool as well and my son has already given them his own names. Anyone looking for some fun and unusual football like action should give this one a try.