Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
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  1. Although it can't be defined as an absolute masterpiece, Backbreaker proves to be a well crafted game, capable of assuring a fun and engaging experience to both fans of the genre and potential newcomers. If you're looking for some hardcore action and you're not afraid to get hurt, this is surely the game for you.
  2. The game works well for what it is trying to accomplish, and that is to really make you feel as though you are right there on the field, standing in the players cleats. Those that are trying to get this as a replacement for Madden will be sorely disappointed.
  3. The cold, harsh truth is that Backbreaker feels like a Euphoria tech demo. It comes as no surprise to learn that the game was once designed as a downloadable title to showcase NaturalMotion's clever physics skills.
  4. To be honest there is very little that Backbreaker does wrong. Its only real drawback is that it is not an official NFL licensed game and misses out on the major draw of taking a team to the Super Bowl.
  5. Backbreaker brings the fun first and opens up a door for the future. For a freshman effort, the final result isn’t perfect but it’s far from being boring. And please, don’t get this game with the intention of skipping Madden. This isn’t a Madden killer…at least, not yet.
  6. It's just the lack of visibility and a pervading feeling of not knowing where the opposition is that brings this game down, along with that virtually useless offensive line.
  7. Forget the rest of the game, Tackle Alley is where it's at. Rent the game for that and you may find an accessible, different take on football as a bonus, but by no means should you purchase this as a football game first.
  8. Backbreaker is trying to break into a genre that is dominated by a 2,000 pound gorilla and for that alone I applaud them. However they need to do some serious enhancements, maybe even illegal ones, in order to be taken seriously.
  9. Realistic animations can only hide the sloppy foundation of this football game for so long.
  10. It's nice to see another American football game from an outlet besides EA, but NaturalMotion misses the mark with Backbreaker.
  11. 50
    As it stands, this game feels more like a beefy Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network release searching for its identity than something that belongs on retail store shelves.
  12. Animations and the Tackle Alley mini-game aside, Backbreaker doesn't have much to offer fans of the sport. It's worth a rental, if only to see what other developers can do with the genre.
  13. Natural Motion's Euphoria technology is a great building block for a football game, but Backbreaker suffers from too many rookie mistakes. Only the most hardcore gridiron fans dying for an alternative to the EA Sports offerings should bother bringing this one in for a look.
  14. Overall, Backbreaker has a couple good things going for it with the physics of the Euphoria engine, the team customization, and the unique POV when on the field, but the actual gameplay really sets this one back.
  15. All of this hammers home the notion that you're playing a really nice tech demo and not a complete football game-and the $10 discount price of $49.99 isn't enough to warrant a purchase.
  16. But among the worst of it all is the lack of presentation. Nearly every football player looks the same. Their uniforms look like they're made from plastic. Referees have been transformed into Jumbotron cut-scenes. There are no coaches or players on the sidelines. And the crowds are comprised of the same four people copied a million times over.
  17. It is hard to recommend Backbreaker since there are so many problems with it, but dig deep enough and you may find a fun gridiron game at its core.
  18. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Brilliantly rookie-friendly. [July 2010, p.114]
  19. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    The main reason you will enjoy it is because the twin analogue stick controls are as simple as they are rewarding and each tackle is a cacophony of limbs that is extremely visceral. [July 2010 p73]
  20. Games Master UK
    Basic, but brutal and thrilling - Backbreaker hits home hard. Hut! [Aug 2010, p.100]
  21. Play UK
    Backbreaker fails to offer anything truly special to sports fans and feels like a fun-to-play tech demo. [Issue#193, p.97]
  22. PSM3 Magazine UK
    It feels like clever technology that has been fleshed out without any real thought. [Aug 2010, p.96]
  23. The missing NFL license is a big let-down. Combined with the rather clunky gameplay, you should better switch to the big competitor.
  24. That doesn't mean it is completely unrewarding, it just can't hang with the competition. In the end, this is a distinct take on football that is worth playing as a rental, but even at its discounted retail price isn't worth the price of admission.
  25. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Bogus one moment, brilliant another. [July 2010, p.81]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 52
  2. Negative: 11 out of 52
  1. Aug 20, 2010
    This game after the patch is the best football game out. Everything from the tackling and blocking is spot on. There are many people onlineThis game after the patch is the best football game out. Everything from the tackling and blocking is spot on. There are many people online that have created the NFL roster and logos so the NFL license is not needed. If your tired of madden or NCAA is game is at least worth a rent. The developers of this game are also very interactive with the community and you can tell that they arent just about the money. This technology there using is the future for sports video games Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    This game has over 60 teams. It has a season mode and also Road to Backbreaker. It also has tackle alley the hit iphone game. The only thingThis game has over 60 teams. It has a season mode and also Road to Backbreaker. It also has tackle alley the hit iphone game. The only thing that could make this game better is an nfl license. This is a must buy. Full Review »