Football is a complex, multifaceted sport; perhaps it’s unfair to ask that NaturalMotion have all the kinks worked out when Madden still can’t get it completely right after more than twenty years of iteration. That said, Backbreaker just isn’t a competent simulation of football.
Destructoid gives NaturalMotion credit for their uncompromising vision -- they stuck to their guns and didn’t include things like a standard football game camera angle, which would probably have felt like a cop-out to them. But any game that makes them listen to P.O.D.’s “Boom” every damn time someone kicks off (and Refused’s “New Noise” at the beginning of every game) is going to draw their ire. For all its lifelike hits, Backbreaker simply isn’t fun to play.