As much as I love ESPN NFL 2K5 I've played the crap out of it. I need a break. I fill my time with other sport and non-sport games, but I always start jonesing for another football fix.
Recently I played through two full seasons (15 minute quarters) of All Pro Football and while it was a fun experience and even beat out 2K5 in some ways, the lack of a Franchise mode really hurt. I just could keep investing 30 hours of time, only to have to restart again-and-again. I moved on to Madden 09 on my PS3 a couple of weeks ago and am about halfway through my first season (Colts). I have to say that it has grown on me a little since the first time I popped it in on launch day and was so disappointed that I ejected the disc and put it away for several months before deciding to give it another go. Knowing what to expect helped a little and some of it was that I was just too wrapped up still in 2K5 last August.
Anyway, it's looking like Madden 2010 might be my only option again next summer. All Pro Football 2010 is probably a pipe dream and Backbreaker seems to have dropped off the radar completely and its doubtful that it will satisfy a true sim fan like me anyway.
I just hope EA shows the blocking, running, and defensive aspects of the game for 2010 the same love they showed to passing in 09. I like EA. I've purchased their games for a couple of decades now. Thousands of dollars later they are my only hope to finally see a football game that surpasses ESPN NFL 2K5's game play and presentation. All of the licenses are in place. EA has the tools. They can build a Madden that sets the world a blaze, while still making the corporation a mint. Here my plea EA and bring the house!