We must protect this hoouuuse!
Does Backbreaker require some suspension of disbelief and NFL/NCAA football rule and play conventions? A little, sure. No normal league play that I know of has this many sacks or interceptions, doesn't have play challenging at any level, or no injuries what so ever. Fine, concession granted. Beyond the ample room for rule deviation niggling, there's a fine and fun football game running on the fields of Backbreaker.
I haven't even mentioned the really savvy work in the defensive game. Playing defensively as an individual player has never been this fun or viable. With a combination of a focus mechanic (like the QB focus trigger, but on the ball for defenders) and arcade mode's highlighting and play overlays, the actual roles of defense start to make even more sense than they may have in other football games. Despite its specific penalty issues, as noted in the Destructoid review, this is an excellent way for football novices to start to understand how the game works on a strategic level. What may have taken me years of Madden play to really functionally understand, a new-to-football Backbreaker player can probably assimilate in just a few games.
If you're approaching Backbreaker for the full on, authentic NFL experience, I'm sorry to say, you can't quite find it here. The world of Backbreaker builds on an implied lore and alternate world, where players wear what looks like spaceage-hard shell vests instead of jerseys, and everyone wears a visor helmet. Honolulu might actually have a team and California could very well have about 8 different teams. There are no superstars and no legacies until you make them. If you're the type of football fan that can sit down and enjoy a good game of football (like the last few Super Bowls) without following a season's worth of drama or caring about the teams, Backbreaker could very well be just the game you're looking for.
And from there, I really have to recommend that everyone even remotely curious about football as a game should try to get their hands on Backbreaker. While its admittedly hard to recommend at full price to anyone but a die-hard game-of-football fan, its a game that should be tried as a rental, or otherwise snatched up when it inevitably hits under $20 status. Save for the most unwavering of committed NFL league fans, Backbreaker is in no way a "Forget it" title, and deserves at least a rental status on any core gamer's play-list.
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