Games review: Backbreaker


Format PS3, Xbox 360

Publisher Natural Motion

They might not sound like a particularly hi-tech component of a killer title, but camera angles really can make or break a game. So while the makers of Backbreaker should be saluted for trying something different from the usual sporting approach, veering away from the tried-and-tested top-down view makes for some frustrating moments. It might make for greater realism but it can seriously impair your finely honed tactics. Fans of American football, take note – this is no Madden, not least because without the NFL licence, you don’t get the NFL players. Still, there is enough here that’s worth checking out, especially if you’re willing to put in the hours, as Backbreaker does require an above-average knowledge of American football sims. Not sure whether to take the plunge? Two demos are also available on the App store.