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Midway Blitzes the Xbox 360

Midway Games has shipped Blitz: The League for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console game system, adding another platform to its million-selling rough-and-tumble football title. The idea behind Blitz is all about keeping football aggressive, messy, muddy, nasty, and mean, rather than offering a by-the-rules, simulated-celebrity experience in officially licensed sports titles. Players take on a run-down football franchise and try to turn it into a league dynasty—with in-game help from four-time Super Bowl linebacker Bill Romanowski as the character "Bruno Batagglia."

"With over a million games sold on current generation systems, Blitz: The League proved to the industry that fans desire an alternative in the licensor censored, watered-down sports genre," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "We’re excited to now offer that alternative title on the Xbox 360, complete with the award-winning quality of gameplay and entertainment Blitz: The League is recognized as having."

The new Xbox 360 edition adds new cities, three new All-Star teams, and new achievement points to the Blitz game, along with a slew of new customization options, offensive and defensive moves, and online play.

Midway plans to release a version of Blitz for Sony’s PSP by the end of 2006; the game is currently available for Sony’s PlayStation 2.

Blitz: The League for the Xbox 360 is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB; expect retail prices around $49.95.