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  • Summary: Backbreaker: Vengeance takes the intensity and AAA appeal of the original Backbreaker Football console game and combines it with the pick-up-and-play nature of the multi-million selling iPhone games to create a whole new one-of-a-kind sports experience for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360. It takes as its inspiration the wildly popular "Tackle Alley" mini-game in Backbreaker Football to deliver an all-new arcade slant on football. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    83
    Backbreaker Vengeance is so far from a sim, it's hard to say any given gamer couldn't enjoy it, no matter their tastes.
  2. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    It's the perfect arcade title – quick gameplay, insta-restarts and fun multiplayer. When it's showing you failure in slow motion, you can't help but laugh. Squeezing through a gap, dodging multiple people only to showboat across the line, is a fantastic feeling.
  3. Jul 24, 2011
    75
    At 1200 Microsoft points, though, Backbreaker Vengeance feels a little pricey for what's offered. Give the free demo a shot, but don't be surprised if you end up purchasing it later.
  4. Jul 3, 2011
    70
    Backbreaker doesn't do anything wrong as such and it seems to tick all the right boxes, it just feels a little flat as a package, it will be played for a good solid period then will likely be forgotten about as newer titles come out. You'd be foolish to not even give this game look though.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    67
    A frenetic, simple and very arcadey simulation of american football. Price could be more affordable, and the package is pretty limited.
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    60
    Backbreaker Vengeance is very entertaining and lasts quite a while, but is far too lacking in content for a game that costs 1200 MS Points.
  7. 35
    As a cheap, on-the-go timewaster, this game might work. But at $1[5], forget it. [Aug 2011, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 6, 2011
    9
    If you were expecting 11 on 11 regulation football, then you need to look elsewhere. Backbreaker Vengeance is not Madden. It's more like the football equivalent of Trials HD. And if you're willing to accept it for what it is, then you'll soon find that Backbreaker Vengeance is awesome.

    Here's the gist of it. You guide a running back / defensive back / ninja through over 300 obstacle courses. You vault over, slide under, and truck motherf**kers on your way to either (a) a ball carrier or (b) the endzone. But that's only the half of it. The real object of the game is to score as many points as possible and get your name posted at the top of the leader boards. Taking greater risks will net you extra points.

    Some guy said that the controls were sloppy in one of the reviews I read. Guess what? That guy is full of s**t. This game feels perfect. Performing special moves on dudes feels extremely satisfying. I've heard complaints about not being able to turn on a dime. That's BS. Maintaining the right speed for a specific challenge is part of the strategy that goes behind the game. Run too fast and your turns will end up being too wide. Run too slow, and you'll end up having to deal with the defenders that just caught up with your a$$.

    Some people are saying $15 is too much to pay for this game. That's bull. Trials HD is the same price and there's less of a game there. Hell, Child of Eden is $50 and Backbreaker Vengeance has waaay more content than that game. The only complaint I have is that I wish there was a qb attack mode. But this is an awesome game overall.
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  2. Jul 1, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Un giorno veramente divertente e con parecchie modalita, tra cui un multiplayer divertentissimo, graficamente si attesta su livelli medi ma sempre accettabili e con un ottima fluidita' il prezzo di 800 point viene ottimamente ripagato e nonostante non possa contate su una grafica di primissimo livello posso dire che mi ha tenuto incollato al jaypad per parecchie ore e senza mai annoiare, in un mondo in cui ormai si guarda al comportarto grafico posso dire che pee pochi euro si riesce a trovare un gioco che da. Al videogiaatore cio che vera,ente dovrebbe contare: il divertimento Expand
  3. Jun 6, 2012
    3
    Plain old stupid for the price. If this game was under 800 msp, i would buy it, but this repetitive, dull, fake football game just doesn't appeal to anyone (Did backbreaker 1 in the first place?). Expand