Kotaku writes: "This past week I had so much fun tinkering around with a game that I'm almost embarrassed to go back and read my original review. Because I was very hard on Backbreaker.
I was far from the only one. Praised for its exceptionally realistic animations and luxurious visuals, Backbreaker was ripped, deservedly, on the building blocks of a football video game. Playing defense may have been a real blast - an uncommon thing to say about football, or any sport, really. But the design priorities that made it so also made a critical position that more people want to play - quarterback - more difficult and less enjoyable."