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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other than the loyal fans of the Insane Clown Posse, bloodbath wrestling freaks, and the guys who will have to come of their basements to ask for money to buy this game the game might also appeal to those just looking for a new wrestling title to play since there isn’t that much major competition anymore. I rented the game because I was looking for a different wrestling game to play since I was kind of disappointed by Smackdown! vs Raw and though that the game might not be that bad. I was wrong. Still it might appeal to those looking for options, but there are also people who will not touch anything with the words Backyard Wrestling in it. We call those ‘smart people’.
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.