Saturday, June 05, 2010

Video game number one hundred and fifty one: Backbreaker

Video game review number one hundred and fifty one in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is"Backbreaker".

If you look through my (extensive) history of played games, there are a few categories that are obviously missing. One is RPGs. The other? Sports titles.

I'm simply not a fan of the newer football games, and I haven't been for years. The last one I truly loved was Madden 92 for the Sega Genesis. Those were the "glory days" for me and since then, football games have evolved to a point where I'm just not interested in them anymore. It seems that the more time that passes, the more complicated they get, and the less fun I have with them.

Backbreaker came out this week, and I thought I'd give it a try. It's supposed to be a little more "arcadey" compared to regular football games, so I figured it was worth a shot. I did the entire tutorial, learning how to pass, run, block, kick, etc, etc. Some of the drills were hard, but overall, I thought the moves were fairly straightforward and had some high hopes for this one.

Unfortunately, in my first game...I was quickly reminded why I don't play football games anymore. The stupid computer can read every single offensive play I pick, their defense is incredible...and when I'm on defense, they get by me like crazy. The game can pick out the routes the opposing players may take (and show them to you), but even that didn't help me. I tried switching to a better team (they're not real NFL teams, but I picked a fake one with good stats) and then chose a crappy team for the computer. Even though the match was a little closer, the stupid computer still kicked my ass. I never got a touchdown. The computer got several.

I got tired of it and switched it off.

Overall Score? 3/10. The game might be wonderful, but not for me. I just don't like these stupid games. On to something more my a shooter. :-)


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