Man, it's been two years and a half years since the release of Home Run in Berzerk Land, and you would have thought that by now we would have developed a way to physically slap annoying people over the web. Oh well, as usual, our dreams far outpace our technology. But if you'd still be interested in taking out a little rage by using a cricket bat to launch a facsimile of a fellow internet user into the ionosphere, then it's nice to know that Berzerk Studio still has us covered: Berzerk Ball 2 is the latest in the series of action games that demonstrates how hitting-stuff-with-other-stuff will never get old.
After choosing your character, you will be presented with a geek to launch. Using the meters, click to determine the power and angle of your launch. Once airborne, your character will have a certain number of Power Smashes, activating by clicking. These smashes will give the geek a little more speed with a Meteor Attack, or, if close to the ground, smash him up to the sky with a Hell Raiser Various obstacles will either slow the geek down or blast him further. Your distance will determine how much XP is added, with each leveling up granting you skill points to distribute amongst various stats. Crushing obstacles will earn scrap to be spent on various weapons and stat-boosting items, as well as regenerating your power smashes. Crush enough stuff over several launches, and you'll fill up your Rage Meter to unleash a super attack. Reaching certain milestones will unlock minigame challenges. Do well enough on those, and soon, other members of your team will make an appearance during launches to help you out in various ways. Earning achievements will give you precious metals, which can also be earned at a Daily Spin. These metals can be traded at the blacksmith for random quality items. The more you play, the more customization there is, and Berzerk Ball 2 is definitely a game designed for the long haul.
For a game with such slam-bang action to it, Berzerk Ball 2's pace is surprisingly methodical. Every time it seems that all the game's wrinkles has been revealed, and that it's about to fall into that old launch game pattern of upgrades and clicking, a new element, a new feature to unlock becomes apparent. No doubt this unlocking is a little slow at first, which is sad since the earliest bits are the most familiar. Those who stick with it, though, will find it very much worth their while. Admittedly, the presentation of Berzerk Ball 2 is as jam-packed as its content. It seems to be a game which was created within the limitations of mobile device screens, and sadly does not take advantage of the larger resolutions of the browser window. Things definitely get a little cramped. Not so much that it affects gameplay, but it can be a little overwhelming to the senses. That said, it's hard not to like Bezerk Ball 2's addictive gameplay and gleeful biting-the-hand sense of humor, and, when it comes to dealing with the frustration of dealing with dismissive online malcontents, it's a much healthier option than putting your fist through the monitor.