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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.

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.

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