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Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
52
1.6
Xbox
48
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User Reviews

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PlayStation 2 4 1.6
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Combined MobyScore 4 1.6


The Press Says

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92
PlayStation 2Playstation Illustrated
There Goes the Neighborhood is a solid street-fighter that builds on the good points of its predecessor, although it still has a few of its flaws as well. Anyone who found the first game enjoyable should definitely get this one -- and if you didn’t, give BYW2 a try. It may surprise you.
80
PlayStation 2Console Obsession
Backyard Wrestling 2 is a significant improvement over the original game and overhauled in many aspects. The addition of the turbo meter brings some welcome strategy to each and every match and the improved animations and overall game design considerably progresses the series to a better place, which hopefully will mean that future games will continually improve.
80
PlayStation 2PCMag.com
An aggressive soundtrack and the hysterical talk-show mode make this innovative title well worth playing.
76
XboxTeamXbox
A year ago Eidos introduced gamers to a brutal brawler that took wrestling out of the lush arenas and brought it into trailer park backyards where death defying daredevils would leap from rooftops onto tables that snapped in two. While the premise of Backyard Wrestling was an interesting one, the final product lacked a quality fighting engine and was more of a button mashing brawler without any decent wrestling features. Despite suffering a knockout in the first match, Eidos isn’t giving up and they’ve stuck to their guns, hoping that this year’s Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood takes the series to another level.
70
XboxGame industry News (GiN)
The bottom line is Backyard Wrestling 2 delivers the goods when it comes to overall presentation and it looks like Paradox Development and company are headed in the right direction as far as this unique genre of wrestling goes. While it's not the strongest grappler I've ever played, I do give this one an "above average" thumb's up. I recommend this title to any true wrestling enthusiasts out there and to those who really enjoyed the "Def Jam" wrestling series. This one gets a very solid 3 + Gin gems.
62
PlayStation 2Gamers.at
Vor einiger Zeit überraschte uns EIDOS mit einem etwas anderen Wrestling-Game: Backyard Wrestling. In diesem mit übertriebener Gewalt angehauchtem Game ging es darum, an verschiedensten Orten, darunter ein Garten oder eine Werkstatt, sich gegenseitig den Schädel einzuschlagen mit allem was man in die Hand bekommen kann. Für Fans des brutalen Sports ein gelungenes Festessen, ob der zweite Teil noch fesselnder geworden ist und die Fehler des ersten Teils ausmerzen kann erfährt ihr in unserem Kurztest.
62
XboxGame Chronicles
I really had no idea what I was in for when I decided to take on this review. I typically steer very clear of anything having to do with wrestling, and when it involves wrestling based on an extreme video series sold on late night TV my confidence isn’t fortified.
60
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Opening the gameplay up with more grapples and submissions helps, as does the new block button, but hit detection remains problematic and your opponents are as dumb as bricks. I won most of my matches by wildly flailing with a bat. They just kept running into my swings. The series is definitely moving in the right direction, but it’s still a far cry from where it needs to be.
60
PlayStation 2Glide Underground
The final insult to whoever buys this game is that the only gameplay modes available are career and exhibition. That's right, that's all you get. Career mode is just silly, though it's a step up from the old "talk show" mode of the first one. Other than that, the only other option is repetitive exhibition matches, either with friends or against the computer. Unless you're a sucker for punishment or just absolutely have to have everything with the Backyard Wrestling name on it, steer clear of this one.
60
XboxGlide Underground
The final insult to whoever buys this game is that the only gameplay modes available are career and exhibition. That's right, that's all you get. Career mode is just silly, though it's a step up from the old "talk show" mode of the first one. Other than that, the only other option is repetitive exhibition matches, either with friends or against the computer. Unless you're a sucker for punishment or just absolutely have to have everything with the Backyard Wrestling name on it, steer clear of this one.
59
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Backyard Wrestling ist ein Spiel, das wir niemandem empfehlen können. Wrestling-Freunde erfreuen sich an der gelungenen Smackdown-Serie - wer es ein wenig härter mag, greift zum Def Jam Prügelspaß. Seinem Namen wird das Spiel dennoch gerecht, denn wer sich dieses Wrestling Spiel kauft wird schon merken, wie schnell es sich in einer Mülltonne auf dem Hinterhof wiederfindet. In den USA zehrt das Spiel einzig von seinem Namen und dem kranken Hype um einen ebenso kranken "Sport". Wenn das Blut spritzt, die Brutalität keine Grenzen mehr kennt und bei den begeisterten Zuschauern erst dann Empörung aufkommt, wenn ein gerissenes Shirt die weiblichen Rundungen einer Kämpferin entblößt, dann wissen wir, dass wir es mit Amerikanern zu tun haben...
58
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Playing Backyard Wrestling 2 is a lot like going to the Humane Society and seeing a really ugly dog. I’m sure it means well, I’m sure someone will like it, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to take it home.
56
XboxIGN
When I reviewed the original Backyard Wrestling some thirteen months ago, I thought that it had real potential. Though it was never quite decided if it was a wrestling game or a fighter, Don't Try This At Home still fostered a few interesting ideas that, while not fully realized, had definite room to expand. Of course, it was no secret that the game lacked the technical depth of something like Def Jam Vendetta or WWE SmackDown, but it did manage to boast a rather compelling pick up and play element that made it ideal for a weekend rental. Beyond that, however, there just wasn't much to it and for fans in search of WWE-alternative wrestling titles, a more complete McMahon substitute just wasn't in the cards.
56
PlayStation 2IGN
When I reviewed the original Backyard Wrestling some thirteen months ago, I thought that it had real potential. Though it was never quite decided if it was a wrestling game or a fighter, Don't Try This At Home still fostered a few interesting ideas that, while not fully realized, had definite room to expand. Of course, it was no secret that the game lacked the technical depth of something like Def Jam Vendetta or WWE SmackDown, but it did manage to boast a rather compelling pick up and play element that made it ideal for a weekend rental. Beyond that, however, there just wasn't much to it and for fans in search of WWE-alternative wrestling titles, a more complete McMahon substitute just wasn't in the cards.
55
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
After playing through the game, I see Backyard wrestling for what it really is, a fast paced fighter as opposed to a wrestling game. Now there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that, and certain areas do show some surprisingly excellent ideas, the whole thing just seems to be weighed down by the weaker aspects of gameplay. The game is a step up from the previous game in the series, so if you liked Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home you’ll be happy with this one. If you are looking for a wrestling game that isn’t WWE, I’d advise you to check out Legends of Wrestling before you come to this backyard.
50
PlayStation 2Mygamer.com
After only a few short hours with Backyard Wrestling 2 most people will come to the conclusion that there are better games out there to spend their money on. The game doesn't have any redeeming qualities to make it a worthwhile purchase - though there are certainly worse titles on the market. If you're done with WWE Raw Vs. Smackdown and are really, really, really bored, then rent Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood for a night; you will duly realize just why the WWE has a stranglehold on all things wrestling.
50
PlayStation 2GameDaily
really wanted to like There Goes the Neighborhood, but each time I found myself enjoying it something stupid happened and I'd became angry. The glitches wind up hurting the game far too much, and the constant loading and low production value (even though BYW is extremely low production) damages the overall experience. Improved? Yes. Hardcore? Yes. Good game? Not really.
50
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood is every parent's nightmare and every deviant kid's wet dream all mixed together in one convenient package. But take away the shocking aspects and anti-culture roster of fighters and what's left is still just a mediocre fighting game.
50
PlayStation 2GameZone
When Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home was released, it was supposed to be a wildly unique alternative to the WWE games wrestling fans have been enjoying since WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain. Sure, it has all the features of those bloody grappling videos and yes, the fact that you can break a 2x4 over a wrestler’s melon is appealing, but the overall execution was appalling and the game quickly became a bargain bin title. Now Eidos attempts to rectify the title’s original problems with Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood. So have they improved the game enough that it’ll make us forgive and forget the original?
48
PlayStation 2IC-Games
I’m sure there’s humour and enjoyment in this title somewhere but I think it’s that of a slightly dysfunctional thirteen-year-old boy – quite a narrow market to be aiming for. They should have either gone out to give us a Jackass style game and ignored the idea of defeating someone in a traditional manner (I mean who cares about pinfalls when you’re clouting your mate over the head with a chainsaw?), or else given us a ‘street’ beat em up with some decent moves to exploit. Sadly this is neither one thing nor the other and just leaves a dull headache.
40
PlayStation 2VGPub
At least the first game had a “so bad, it’s good” charm about it that made things enjoyable for all the wrong reasons, since that isn’t the case here, you’re literally left with nothing as a game player. Instead of being so bad that it’s good, BYW 2 is merely bad, and it simply isn’t worth $50 unless you’ve got a hankering for massive bloodletting, which isn’t even done all that well.
40
PlayStation 2PSX Nation
Stick with the Backyard Wrestling prequel and bypass this shoddy sequel. Konami’s Rumble Rose features the polished marriage of playable wrestling antics and sexist attitudes this game wishes it could bottle-up and sell for $50. Despite new licensed wrestlers, dozens of new songs and new additions meant to appeal to rural America’s prurient interests (i.e. porn stars as playable wrestlers) Backyard Wrestling 2’s bad graphics, poor collision detection and awful dialogue sink it into the pit of holiday expendability.
40
PlayStation 2Play.tm
It is admirable that anyone would try and tackle the stranglehold currently applied to the wrestling genre, but the competition is stiff so whatever is done has to be done well and offer something different from the norm. Backyard Wrestling certainly offers something different, but it's done in such a half hearted fashion that even the most hardened Insane Clown Posse/Wrestling fan hybrid would be upset to spend money on this product. I imagine you can create a better likeness of anyone in Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain so I suggest that if you want a wrestling game, get that and leave this one well alone.
40
PlayStation 2VGPub
Backyard Wrestling 2 was a game that I looked forward to playing. After all, Paradox had a year to fix the problems that plagued the original, and instead of focusing on that, it appears that was an afterthought, as the few genuine improvements are easily forgotten amid the many things that were made worse from the first game into this one. I commend them for ironing out some of the CAW mode problems, but what good is a CAW mode when the game itself is so flawed and devoid of entertaining value? At least the first game had a ?so bad, it?s good? charm about it that made things enjoyable for all the wrong reasons, since that isn?t the case here, you?re literally left with nothing as a game player. Instead of being so bad that it?s good, BYW 2 is merely bad, and it simply isn?t worth $50 unless you?ve got a hankering for massive bloodletting, which isn?t even done all that well.
40
XboxWorth Playing
Let’s lay one thing out on the table right from the start: Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood is the video game equivalent of being struck in the crotch with a cinderblock. This sequel builds upon the shaky foundation of its predecessor by adding more moves and more recognizable characters. However, the core gameplay is monotonous, the A.I. is anything but “intelligent,” the collision detection is inexcusably inaccurate, the graphics are wrought with glitches, and the audio is weak. With excellent wrestling games such as WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain and Def Jam: Fight for New York out on the shelves, it’s a mystery why anyone would even consider BYW2.
34
XboxGameSpot
The original Backyard Wrestling game was released last year, and despite the fact that it was an all-around poor effort, it still showed the slightest glimmers of hope that maybe, just maybe the franchise could eventually become the entertaining, hardcore alternative to standard wrestling games that it aspired to be. With Backyard Wrestling 2, it's now apparent that those hopes and dreams have been almost completely dashed. The sequel suffers from basically being the exact same game that came out last year...but with a couple of half-baked gameplay changes thrown in that just make the game even easier than it was before.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
The original Backyard Wrestling game was released last year, and despite the fact that it was an all-around poor effort, it still showed the slightest glimmers of hope that maybe, just maybe the franchise could eventually become the entertaining, hardcore alternative to standard wrestling games that it aspired to be. With Backyard Wrestling 2, it's now apparent that those hopes and dreams have been almost completely dashed. The sequel suffers from basically being the exact same game that came out last year...but with a couple of half-baked gameplay changes thrown in that just make the game even easier than it was before. Furthermore, there's an arduously long and dull career mode that could only be less entertaining if it were capable of giving you a painful rash of some sort. This game is just flat-out bad in most every way you can think of, and for a franchise with such promise and potential, that's a truly disheartening thing.
30
XboxX-Power
Spaar je zuurverdiende centen liever voor een game die het waard is. Zelfs aan budgetprijzen zijn er veel betere games verkrijgbaar dan dit vervloekte schijfje. Ik heb deze game grondig getest om jullie te behoeden voor dezelfde helse pijnen die ik moest doorstaan. Ten alle kosten deze game vermijden en gooi de persoon die het riskeert om je dit spel te schenken voor Kerstmis onmiddelijk de straat op met de game er bij.
30
PlayStation 2RewiredMind
Last year's attempt at recreating the spectacle that is Backyard Wrestling was unbelievably bad. Some improvements have been made, but not nearly enough to make Backyard Wrestling 2 seem like anything more than what it is – a rushed mess of a game that doesn't follow up on its promises.
30
XboxGamePro (US)
With cobbling unorthodox wrestling stunts, over 20 licensed wrestler personalities including a few female porn stars and a vast array of options in the create-a-wrestler mode, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood endeavors to give the fighting genre a taste of hardcore wrestling.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
With cobbling unorthodox wrestling stunts, over 20 licensed wrestler personalities--including a few female porn stars--and a vast array of options in the create-a-wrestler mode, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood endeavors to give the fighting genre a taste of hardcore wrestling.
25
XboxGame Revolution
Ever wonder what it feels like to jump off your buddy’s roof and spear a knee into him? Curious as to exactly how much damage barbed wire on a baseball bat can really do? Want to find the answers to these mysteries without seeing the back of a squad car? Then the wide, wide world of Backyard Wrestling is for you unless you’ve already been there and done that, in which case you deserve the squad car, and probably the nightstick, too. Ditto for your buddy.
25
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Ever wonder what it feels like to jump off your buddy’s roof and spear a knee into him? Curious as to exactly how much damage barbed wire on a baseball bat can really do? Want to find the answers to these mysteries without seeing the back of a squad car? Then the wide, wide world of Backyard Wrestling is for you unless you’ve already been there and done that, in which case you deserve the squad car, and probably the nightstick, too. Ditto for your buddy.