Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic 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. Like Burnout with balls, it's a blast. [Oct 2011, p.105]
  3. 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.
  4. Jul 5, 2011
    80
    While it's a bit pricey for what it offers, Backbreaker Vengeance is football at its most enjoyable, basic level. If you're a football fan who can accept this game for what it is as opposed to what it's not, you're sure to have fun with it.
  5. 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.
  6. Jul 13, 2011
    70
    Visually, the game packs a solid punch with the Euphoria physics engine as the highlight of the package.
  7. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    The American football game for those who don't like American football, as it rules out simulation in favor of an arcade obstacle course. Its price might be a bit too high considering its roots as an iPhone game, but this is pure fun while it lasts.
  8. Jul 10, 2011
    70
    To only play the game on your own would be dull, and at best somewhat tiresome. Playing with another person comes recommended; it's much more fun.
  9. Jul 7, 2011
    70
    In this arcade iteration of the brand, Backbreaker works better than in the previous retail version. Reinventing itself (starting from some peculiar game modes) the title can be a good way to cheer up this poor gaming summer.
  10. 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.
  11. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    A step in the right direction. The first Backbreaker struggled with the central mechanics (although a post-release patch worked wonders). The second game only really struggles with the over-optimistic pricing... Next time out, then, we should be in for something special.
  12. 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.
  13. Jun 30, 2011
    65
    Realistic animations and a satisfying two-player mode make Backbreaker: Vengeance fun for a while, but that quickly fades away.
  14. 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.
  15. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    Although a bit expensive, it is a fun and addictive game, although it can get repetitive soon.
  16. Jul 11, 2011
    60
    It's fun as a distraction for a while, and there's a lot of content, but $15 is too much to pay for a simple minigame collection.
  17. Jul 11, 2011
    60
    Backbreaker Vengeance has interesting ideas, but problems are bigger than the good things. The awful lag during the online matches and the slow controls are quite a problem for such a good arcade gameplay.
  18. Jun 30, 2011
    45
    Provides a few rounds of fun, but the control problems, price point, and lack of variety and real football stand as glaring indicators that this experience probably should have stayed on a mobile platform.
  19. 35
    As a cheap, on-the-go timewaster, this game might work. But at $1[5], forget it. [Aug 2011, p.83]
User Score
4.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User 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. 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?). Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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 Full Review »