Excerpt: Backbreaker is a football arcade/simulator from developer Natural Motion that showcases groundbreaking player animations due to new development software. I have been looking forward to this title for quite some time, and on some levels it did live up to expectations. However, there are too many design flaws and setbacks to keep Backbreaker from being a real contender.
Excerpt: Backbreaker Vengeance is the sequel to the Backbreaker football simulator/arcade title from developer Natural Motion. While gamers will recognize the presentation and gameplay similarities from the original Backbreaker, little remains from the original. Backbreaker Vengeance strips away almost all resemblance of a football game and slims down to little more than an obstacle course in football pads.
Excerpt: The realm of football video games has narrowed in recent years, as the NFL’s license became exclusive to one franchise. But some options still remain available, one of which was Backbreaker, which had impressive visuals and brutal hits. While this is not a sequel to that game, it does take some of the mini-game elements and expand upon them. You have three modes to select from here, Tackle Alley, Supremacy, and Vengeance.
Excerpt: Backbreaker: Vengeance continues on the tradition (or lack there of) of football games in the gaming community that no longer features 11 on 11 play. Like every other game since the 2nd Bush administration, thanks to EA sports, we get several mini games that gives us a taste of gridiron action on a different scale.
Summary: This is a bizarre case of the games being good for what they are while the product itself is massively overpriced. If Backbreaker: Vengeance is ever reduced to about $2 to $4 USD, it might be worth a look. Otherwise, this offers terrible value for your money and should be avoided.
Excerpt: Rushing in, you boldly take the ball. Defenders are everywhere, but somehow your body and this ball have to get around the wet mulch pile, over the wooden bench, through the foursquare area and finally into the clear. You turn around, taunt the panting defenders by holding the ball just out of their grasp, and then you flex your muscles just like Hulk Hogan.
Summary: As strange as it sounds, the full-fledged football action that last year's Backbreaker was built around was its weakest aspect. Thankfully, in this downloadable spin-off, the restrictive rules of the sport have been removed in favor of focusing on what Backbreaker does best: big hits. Vengeance is an expanded version of the original's violence-driven minigame, Tackle Alley.
Pros: Eerily realistic animations, Two-player competitions are lots of fun, In-depth replays let you review the carnage
Cons: Action is ultimately too shallow to entertain for long, Control and camera problems