Summary: So, now that the Soccer review is out the way ( Pro Evolution Soccer, yesterday ) it’s time to turn to American Football. But not the whole game, just the bit that’s fun to play. Can Backbreaker take a three hour stop and start marathon of a sport and make it into a mobile marvel? You better bet it can.
Summary: Backbreaker Vengeance takes the intensity and AAA appeal of the original Backbreaker Football and combines it with the pick-up-and-play nature of the iPhone games to create a whole new one-of-a-kind sports experience for digital download.
Excerpt: It's gotta be difficult coming up with anything new in an area that already has a dominant presence. I mean how difficult do you think it must be to introduce a new cola in a world that already has the perfect soda in Coca-Cola? But sometimes a newcomer can shock the world and make its mark like Apple did with the iPhone several years ago. Well that brings us to NaturalMotion Games and Backbreaker, their version on American football.
Excerpt: It's not fair to say American Football fans have been lumped with Madden over the years. Even if in reality it's the only choice, it's actually quite good. Creator EA has the exclusive rights to all the real teams and players from the NFL, the game's presentation authentically recreates the spectacle that is Monday Night Football, and it's got more game modes than you can cope with.
Conclusion: It’s the perfect arcade title – quick gameplay, insta-restarts and fun multiplayer. When it’s showing you failure in slow motion, you can’t help but laugh. Squeezing through a gap, dodging multiple people only to showboat across the line, is a fantastic feeling. It really does nail the sense of accomplishment. Go break some backs.
Conclusion: To be honest there is very little that Backbreaker does wrong. Its only real drawback is that it is not an official NFL licensed game and misses out on the major draw of taking a team to the Super Bowl. It does well to create a bruising, action-packed take on the American football sim genre and any fans of the sport would do well to give it a try.
Conclusion: Forget the rest of the game, Tackle Alley is where it's at. Rent the game for that and you may find an accessible, different take on football as a bonus, but by no means should you purchase this as a football game first.
Summary: Massive AI issues, unbelievably poor penalty decisions and a hit-or-miss camera make this game less than what it could have been. A pity as it was doing so well driving down the field but still punted away what could have been a great game.
Backbreaker - A glorified tech demo for Euphoria, but with plenty of potential.
5 June 2010
Excerpt: One of my fondest football gaming memories is the first time I played Madden 2001 for Playstation 2. The game was such a step forward from the Maddens and Game Days of the previous generation that I found myself perfectly content playing nothing but exhibition matches. Having never been interested in extensive franchise options or gimmicky new modes for football games, I’ve been disappointed with the lack of innovation over the past decade.