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Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood (PlayStation 2)

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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 1.2
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Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 1.6


The Press Says

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Playstation 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
Console 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.
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PCMag.com
An aggressive soundtrack and the hysterical talk-show mode make this innovative title well worth playing.
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Gamers.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.
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Game 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
Glide 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.
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Gamesmania
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...
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Game 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.
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IGN
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.
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Game 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.
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Mygamer.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.
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GameDaily
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.
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Yahoo! 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.
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GameZone
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?
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IC-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.
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VGPub
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.
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PSX 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.
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Play.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.
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VGPub
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.
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GameSpot
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.
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RewiredMind
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.
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GamePro (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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Game 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.