Tackling/Player Interactions - The game never 'feels' stale in the sense that each play often brings about some new looking outcome of a play.
Tackle Alley - I LOVE this mini game. If the developers were wise, they'd package this mode as a $10 DLC or something.
Control Scheme - The controls are simple, and they are effective. Probably my favorite part of the game.
New Take on Football - The game does offer a unique and interesting take on football with the almost first person perspective. Your first impression will likely be one which you might really like the game. Madden should totally take note of how defense is done in Backbreaker, perspective wise and nothing more though.
This is sim? - No injuries. No fatigue. Limited playbooks. Need I say more?
Artificial Unintelligence - Your computer opponents will be so bad that the progression of AI over the past 20 years might have been set back a decade. I have yet to lose a game, even while stacking the deck against me.
Stats? What Stats? - The stats are just bad. If you want realistic stats with your football games, steer clear of Backbreaker...unless you are into your games resembling Pop Warner stats with 5 - 21 with 6 INTs being the norm for opposing QBs.
That's not a penalty - The penalties are just bad. I'm not even sure how to describe them except to attach bad and inaccurate to most calls. Some penalties are implemented wrong.
Random Bugs - There are just so many little bugs that it really does drag down the experience.
Backbreaker is a first effort best left on the shelf. It has been the subject of immense hype because people hope every football game not made by EA can stand up to the giants in the room. Backbreaker not only doesn't stand up to Madden in any way, it also offers no reasonable reason to do anything but rent it. It's a shallow game of football which offers no real reason to consider single player and has too many bugs to make the multiplayer experience more than average at best.
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