Ever since EA locked up the NFL license for ten years, the video game football community has suffered. You see, the year prior Sega Sports released a ridiculously good football game and even sold it for $20. That game, NFL 2K5, remains the best football game of the year. Yes, a five year old football game is better than Madden 2010. Why?
Real Football is Better than Arcade Football
Well, NFL 2K5 looked to create a realistic simulation of football, rather than a sped up arcade game. For people like me who love the strategy of football, more than just scoring as many touchdowns as possible, NFL 2K5 was a gift from the football gods. It played like football. Often games would end in realistic scores like 7-3, 14-10, 13 -9 and so on. Sure, a few times games would approach Madden scores of 42-35, but it was much tougher rather than an expected outcome of each and every game.
Heck, there would often be drives that took up five minutes of time and ran the course of 15+ plays. It was awesome.
Backbreaker Brings It
So awesome that EA decided it couldn't compete and locked up the NFL license for a decade rather than making their game better. And since then, Madden really hasn't innovated much (not that it innovated much before then). Well, a new game is being developed that looks to expand on the NFL 2K5 model and produce a real football game.
The game is Backbreaker and it features no canned animations and a realistic physics engine. What that means is that each player and each object on the field is given a detailed model, which allows for unique things to happen on each and every play. No longer will you jam the tackle button and see the same thing happen over and over. Nay, in Backbreaker, players will tackle and hit based on a realistic physics model that'll at least make the game look realistic Whether it'll play realistic will be tough to tell without getting our hands on it, but until then check out these videos and try not to get pumped.