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6:30 PM on 04.14.2011

Backbreaker Vengeance announced for Xbox Live Arcade

NaturalMotion's long-awaited Euphoria-engine-powered football game, Backbreaker, debuted last June to harsh reviews; it remained a bad game until a major title update in August fixed numerous issues. On the other hand, the d...

Samit Sarkar

Review: Backbreaker photo
Review: Backbreaker
by Samit Sarkar

You come at the king, you best not miss,” says stick-up man Omar Little in The Wire, when he retaliates against the Barksdale organization after they put a bounty on his head and tried to take him out. Madden is the king when it comes to football videogames -- if by default -- and threats to its throne so far, such as 2K Sports’ All-Pro Football 2K8, have failed to capture an audience.

NaturalMotion’s Backbreaker is the newest challenger to Madden’s gridiron dominance. The defining feature of this highly anticipated football game is its use of NaturalMotion’s Euphoria engine, which lends “life” to the 22 men on the virtual field and does away with canned animations in favor of a simulation of bodies that have skeletons, muscles, and a nervous system. Ostensibly, a football game is the ideal showcase for such an engine, which produces incredibly realistic collisions.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to simulating the sport of football than bodies hitting each other.

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11:20 AM on 06.01.2010

Backbreaker is out today, so learn about its modes

At long last, Backbreaker is here -- NaturalMotion's Euphoria-engine-powered football game is in stores today, and it offers some pretty deep modes. Check out the video above, the last one in a series of tutorials, to f...

Samit Sarkar

4:20 PM on 05.24.2010

How to play defense in Backbreaker

Backbreaker is a football game, but it doesn't play like most football games you might be used to. That's why NaturalMotion is producing all these tutorial videos -- to give players a heads-up so that they don't complai...

Samit Sarkar

5:40 PM on 05.21.2010

PSA: Backbreaker demo available now for XBL Gold members

NaturalMotion's Backbreaker isn't only special because it's the first sports videogame ever to use the Euphoria engine. Its simplified, pick-up-and-play control scheme is also notable, and in the tutorial above, yo...

Samit Sarkar

8:30 PM on 05.10.2010

Learn about Backbreaker's running game in this tutorial

Backbreaker, the long-awaited football game from NaturalMotion, is almost here. Set for release on June 1st, it's promising a completely physics-based game experience unlike anything you've ever seen before in a football vid...

Samit Sarkar

10:00 PM on 04.23.2010

This Backbreaker ad is coming to a TV near you

I haven't played NaturalMotion's Backbreaker since E3 2009, and while I liked what I saw, I feel like the game is going to need a major marketing campaign if it wants to avoid getting lost in the shuffle of big-name rel...

Samit Sarkar

5:20 PM on 03.22.2010

Get introduced to Backbreaker with a trailer and images

At Destructoid, we've been keeping our eyes on NaturalMotion's Backbreaker for quite some time. The game promises a hard-hitting, more-realistic-than-ever football simulation, and it still looks pretty damn impressive i...

Samit Sarkar

Going onto the field with Backbreaker photo
Going onto the field with Backbreaker
by Ben Perlee

Things have not been great for fans of football videogames, and that is the American kind I'm talking about. Throwing the ol' digital pigskin around hasn't been bad, per se, for EA has done a fine job of recreating the American sport in the Madden franchise, but sometimes the same-old, same-old can be just that. Since no one else is making licensed football games, it's easy to think that something might be missing from such a monopolized genre.

So that brings us to Backbreaker, a good ol' football game designed by... NaturalMotion. Excuse the ellipses, but NaturalMotion is an English company. From England. And they don't have the rights to the NFL. And they are English. What would they know about American football?

Well, if anything, they certainly know how to mix things up. With a very dynamic, Gears of War-inspired, over-the-shoulder camera; a reasonably powerful team creation tool; and the application of the always interesting Euphoria Engine, NaturalMotion might just offer enough of an outsider's perspective to shake things up. Hit the jump for my impressions.

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11:00 PM on 02.22.2010

Backbreaker dev diary 2 tells you why Euphoria is awesome

NaturalMotion believes that its Euphoria engine is a groundbreaking bit of technology. But in case its use in Grand Theft Auto IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed didn't blow you away, the studio has filmed ...

Samit Sarkar

10:30 PM on 02.09.2010

NaturalMotion guys explain Backbreaker in developer diary

In case you're unfamiliar with Backbreaker, a bunch of folks from the game's developer, NaturalMotion, are here to tell you all about it. The video above is a three-and-a-half-minute developer diary in which they explain why...

Samit Sarkar

9:00 PM on 01.07.2010

New Backbreaker trailer brings the pain

Details on NaturalMotion’s Backbreaker have been scarce since I played the game back at E3, but once the game found a publisher in 505 Games last month, I figured we’d be seeing something new relatively soon. Wel...

Samit Sarkar

Preview: Backbreaker photo
Preview: Backbreaker
by Samit Sarkar

Hey, remember Backbreaker? You know, that other football game that was announced forever ago -- the one that runs on the Euphoria engine, the one we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of in more than a year? Well, contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t vaporware. The game most definitely exists -- in fact, I spent about 45 minutes checking it out during E3, and boy, do I have a lot to tell you about it.

Hit the jump, where you’ll find the first official gameplay trailer for Backbreaker -- along with my words about the game that you can read with your eyes and comprehend with your brains. There are also six new screenshots in the gallery below!

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1:54 PM on 04.18.2008

New screens and first footage of NaturalMotion's Backbreaker

For those of you who are sick of the Madden monopoly on football games, here’s something that may pique your interest. Backbreaker is a football videogame under development by NaturalMotion. If that name sounds famili...

Samit Sarkar