Our sports man, Samit Sarkar, wasn’t a huge fan of NaturalMotion’s Backbreaker, ultimately concluding that it “simply isn’t fun to play.” This was due to a number of problems, many of which the developer hopes to correct with a huge game-changing patch that it’s calling “Greathouse.”
So what’s it do? Quite a bit, actually. Here’s the list, straight from the developer and the game’s publisher, 505 Games:
- Brand new replay system with the addition of seven fully functional cameras, including free flight mode and a cinematic ‘ball-lock’ option.
- More than 100 new plays added, including an additional nine formations.
- Improved Quarterback camera view and passing game.
- A user-catch system, giving the player a much greater level of control over the on-field action.
- Interception control, the user is now given full control over interception attempts when controlling a defensive player.
- Comprehensive review of the penalty rulings following an analysis of reported errors
And those are just the “major features”; there may even be more goodies hiding inside Greathouse. Todd Gibbs, head of game development for NaturaMotion says the changes come directly from requests found on their online forums, reviews, and a number of in-house playlists.
Does it make the game better? I’m going to pester Samit to see if he can spend some time with the update game. The update is said to drop in early August.