Backbreaker NoteI know that the impressions post on Backbreaker last week was harsh in places, but it doesn't mean that I'm not still interested in the game. Without the ability to adjust ratings to investigate the CPU offensive issues, though, I was at a dead stop.
However, Flying Finn (a legend in sports modding circles for his ESPN NFL2K5 editor) is working on an editor for Backbreaker, which would allow us to change player ratings.
This would allow me to create a team with lineman rated 90 in every ratings category, for example, and see if that reduces interceptions and sacks by allowing the QB more time to throw. Or increasing quarterback ratings, or reducing defensive back ratings.
I get the sense from playing Backbreaker that there's an excellent game inside the Russian nesting doll. It's just going to take some work to extract it from what shipped. As long as they patch the obvious rules errors, Finn's editor could help take care of almost everything else.