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Backbreaker Is Coming Back In A New Spin-Off

I’m not a huge fan of American football despite being born and bred in America (Chicago to be exact). Sure I’m a fan of the Chicago Bears (they’ve been decent but that NFC Championship game against Green Bay was a disgrace) but I’ve always been more fond of other sports like soccer and rugby – thus I’m not a hardcore player of football video games.  I can dig what Madden does but for some reason it was never the game for me despite the dozens of features and sometimes on the money gameplay it offers.

Backbreaker [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Backbreaker may not be a perfect football game but it isn’t far from becoming one. While it may not have the finesse of EA’s Madden, Backbreaker is still an enjoyable game that tries its best at offering a simulation based football experience.

The Pros: 

Nice control scheme that is relatively easy to get into. Most of the animations are nice and have that natural feel thanks to using the Euphoria tech. The custom team, jersey, and logo options are really deep and will hook those who wish to recreate their favorite team in the game. It may not push out an incredible amount of detail but the game does look nice visually even if some aspects are missing character to them.

The Cons: 

The presentation could use a bit of work. At times it seems like the A.I. can intercept the ball too often. It would’ve been nice if the player models were more varied as there aren’t any 330 pound behemoths on the field. The playbooks aren’t necessarily deep. POD’s “Here Comes the Boom” needs to go away.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

One of the most popular sports in the world is football. And by football I mean the football that’s popular in North America where players throw around a ball and try their best to tackle one another without causing life changing injuries.  Football is a major part of the American culture and surprisingly its video game counterpart has also been a huge staple as well. For the past fifteen years Electronic Arts’ Madden franchise has been the top football game amongst gamers and the mainstream press.

New Backbreaker video gets defensive

On Friday Xbox Live Gold subscribers were lucky enough to enjoy the football offerings of Backbreaker thanks to a demo.  Those left in the dust for the time being (XBL Silver and PSN peeps) can spend their time watching this new Backbreaker video.

Focusing on the defensive side of the game, players can get a glimpse at how they’ll become a badass player in the vein of Reggie White. Just like the rest of Backbreaker’s core gameplay things are kept relatively simple. Check out the full range of defensive abilities offered in Backbreaker in the video below.

Backbreaker demo available now

If you were on the fence about Backbreaker then you’re in luck as a demo is now available on Xbox Live.  Currently available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, the demo allows pigskin enthusiasts to play as six teams in the San Francisco stadium. The demo also allows users to get acclimated with things a bit as a training mode is also available. If that wasn't enough there's also the Tackle Alley mini-game where you can put your tackling skills to the test.  

New Backbreaker running game tutorial video

This latest trailer for 505 Games’ Backbreaker gives us a much needed look at the most important thing in football: the running game.  With a behind-the-shoulder camera and Euphoria based animation and physics, the running game is unlike anything we’ve played before. 

Important moves like juking or doing a quick spin are easy to pull off in Backbreaker thanks to being mapped to the right analog stick. And thanks to the Euphoria implementation, your momentum is accurately depicted with each hurdle or dive you perform.

New Backbreaker video shows off the user customization tools

When it comes to sports I’m more of a fan of European football compared to American football.  The same goes with my sports video games as well.  But what the development team at Natural Motion is cooking up with their football game Backbreaker has caught my interest. With things like the Euphoria animation system, a unique 3rd person camera and an aesthetic different from Madden, Backbreaker is shaping up to be a football game that could make a stable base for itself in this Madden filled world.

Backbreaker is shaping up to be a worthy alternative to Madden [Video]

When it comes to video games competition is certainly a good thing.  Most developers put their all into a game but you usually get the most out of them when another game is breathing down their neck.  For the past few years Electronic Arts has been the king of football with their Madden franchise.  But being the sole football title out there hasn’t exactly been the best for Madden. It hasn’t exactly become extremely stagnant but some may say Madden was at its peak during the battle with 2K Football.

[Video/Screens] Tired of Madden? Then maybe you should check out Backbreaker

For the last couple of years football fans have had only the Madden series as their source of pigskin action.  To some this is a good thing but lately the Madden series hasn’t exactly been as good as it once was.  A few football alternatives have popped up such as Midway’s Blitz: The League. But that games lack of big NFL names and over reliance on “shocking” content didn’t exactly pan out in the end.

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