Romanowski, Taylor get Blitzed

Admitted steroid abuser joins admitted crack addict as cover boys for Midway's latest out-of-bounds football game.

See ball, kill ball! NYRRAAAAAAHHHH!

Midway's unlicensed football game Blitz: The League is all about the unpleasant side of professional football: drugs, egos, and career-ending hits. For the series' debut last year, the publisher enlisted NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor to be the cover boy. An admitted cocaine abuser, Taylor has struggled with drug addiction and in 2004 told 60 Minutes that after his playing career was over, he would spend thousands of dollars a day on crack and women.

For the series' debut on the PSP and Xbox 360, the publisher is once again tapping Taylor as the cover athlete. But this time he'll be joined by a former pro who can give him a run for his money when it comes to notoriety. Sharing cover space with Taylor will be four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski, who played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philladelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders over his 16-year NFL career as a linebacker. As intimidating and intense as any player to strap on a helmet in the league, Romanowski may be best remembered for hitting a teammate in the face when he played for the Raiders, breaking the man's eye socket and ending his career. Last year the linebacker admitted to 60 Minutes that he used steroids and human growth hormone for the last two years of his career.

Just as Taylor adopted the role of Quentin Sands to play a part in the game, so too will Romanowski assume a pixelated alter ego. Stepping into the cleats of Bruno Batagglia, Romanowski will portray the Baltimore Bearcats' franchise player and play a pivotal role in the game's story, both on and off the field.

Blitz: The League will appear on the Xbox 360 in October, followed in November by the newly subtitled PSP edition of the game, Blitz: The League Overtime. A Wii version of the game was previously announced as well.

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40 comments
slayer1090
slayer1090

wonder if this can beat NFL street 2. That game was amzing on the GC.

geebus
geebus

BETTER THEN MADDEN!

omegared22
omegared22

I enjoyed last year's Blitz and it was the best footbal game out (in my opinion) since madden was just a bore to me (especially on the 360). This one sounds like it s just a port because last year, the character Bruno Batagglia later joins your team after you make it to Division 2 so why is he back on the Baltimore Bearcats again? Either way, I'm picking this one up but probably not for $60. I'll wait for the price to drop.

boocreepyfootdr
boocreepyfootdr

Crazy stuff. LT is loved, but Romanowski is pure evil.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

I'm hoping this will be decent now that Madden wasn't worth all that hype

KKuja
KKuja

i read somewhere the price will be $49.99 on Xbox 360!

Autolycus
Autolycus

trick_man01 I don't think these guys should be rewarded for breaking real-life rules and using drugs and performance enhancing substances. -=-=-=-=-=- I dont think we should be punished for EA's or NFL's greed to make money off of the madden name, but we dont have that control and never will

mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

This is going to be a great game on the Xbox 360!

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

i really wanna play this game on my 360! too bad it will be 60 bucks..its kinda outdated just with nicer graphics..i think it should be sold at like 40 but eh wut i think dont matter to these companies since lots of ppl will still pay 60 for it

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

I can't wait for the Xbox 360 port. And I admit, I'm a fan of Bill Romanowski.

cypher50
cypher50

"Admitted steroid abuser joins admitted crack addict as cover boys for Midway's latest out-of-bounds football game." Best.Byline.Ever...well, not really but still had me cracking up.

wooooode
wooooode

Always use the Juice to heal, why wait 4 games when you can wait 4 plays.

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

wow, i still cant find the ps2 game in any rental store's around here

smerlus
smerlus

it's funny getting actual junkies to cover the game... i just hope they fix the cheap AI from the first one and throw in more play modes

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

it would be great if they made another nfl blitz...i never really was a fan of madden n those other football ones

trick_man01
trick_man01

I don't think these guys should be rewarded for breaking real-life rules and using drugs and performance enhancing substances.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

I still think we need two leagues for every sport. The Clean League and the Roid League (where steroid usage is mandatory). Now that would make for some entertainment.

Pablo620
Pablo620

I read lawrence taylor's biography and trust me...this game will be an episode of Barney and Friends compared to his life

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Okay that is an awesome picture lol...but anyway you would think someone get sued for these games lol...notice Jack Thompson hasn't gone after this yet lol....it's just a matter of time I guess...

mrbass208
mrbass208

As long as the 360 version isn't just a rehash, I'm buying this bad boy day one....Okay, I'd still buy it as long as the graphics kick @$$

Icekxg
Icekxg

Blitz was fun and all, but I want the REAL bloody, cheating, bone crushing game to come back. You all know what I'm talking about...EA, bring back MUTANT LEAGUE FOOTBALL!!! and after that, bring back mutant league hockey while you're at it!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

It was fun when me & my friends played it at the arcades in the '90s.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I hope we can end the career of Romanoski as well that'll be cool, like break his legs and arms or something like that. That's what this game is all about, breaking bones and gushing blood, pretty violent but fun, in a sick and twisted sort of way.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Should be amazing on the great Xbox360!:D

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

My friend has the first game. Most fun he ever had with a football game.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Clarett is the ultimate bad-boy of football......

enoslives7
enoslives7

Maurice Clarett (with AK-47) should be on the front of the packaging........

Ghost_Warrior
Ghost_Warrior

A 360 version sounds cool, maybe I'll check it out if Madden doesn't turn out to be as good.

jks22112
jks22112

Is this going to be a new game, or the same old game again? Bruno was a great character in the PS2 version, probably made better by Romanowski.

teknocack
teknocack

"I have some thing to tell Romanowski get off the juice. But He will not and will only be hurting him self." Dude, get a grip and speak when you have something to say, not just to pump up your GS ranking. Romanowskis career is over so he is off the juice. *sigh* Kids these days.

MercuryFlash
MercuryFlash

Glad to see we finally got some info about the 360 version. Can't wait to try it out in October!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I have some thing to tell people that use steroids and other things get off the juice. But He and so many other people like him only destroy there career instead of help it. I wish the Blitz game for the 360 was a whole new game instead of the port from the PS2 and Xbox.

Hamwrath
Hamwrath

I went to the same high school as Bill. It's too bad he decided to use steroids. I might check out this game since I always enjoyed the over the top play of NFL Blitz from the 90's.

thekey
thekey

Interesting, but not suprising.

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Romanowski is fricken crazy, hes had so many concussions. thats probably why

runstalker
runstalker

More steroids and crack than a WWE dressing room.