Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home

aka: BYW: Don't Try This At Home
Moby ID: 10972
PlayStation 2 Specs

Description official descriptions

Wrestling need not be limited to a ring and bare arms. In Backyard Wrestling you can use bricks, tables and anything else found within range - nothing in the environment is statically painted-on. These objects are incorporated into many surprising stunts. The damage modeling includes full blood and gore, which coupled with an intense rock-rap soundtrack ensures that this is not a game for younger players. There are 30 pre-configured wrestlers, and you can create your own to take them on.

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Credits (PlayStation 2 version)

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Original Concept
Stumble + Fate
  • Rumblefish
  • Rumblefish
White Knuckle Blackout!
  • Machine Head
Dive Bomb
  • Red Tape
Slave New World
  • Sepultura
  • Chimaira
  • Ether Seeds
  • Spineshank
  • Biohazard
  • Spineshank
Beautiful Disaster
  • American Hi-Fi
The Breakup Song
  • American Hi-Fi
Stepping Outside the Circle
  • Shadows Fall
Let Me Go
  • Rancid
This Is Your Life
  • Dropkick Murphys
Station Identification for the Print Less
  • The Rise
The Fallacy of Retrospective Determinism
  • The Rise
Imitation of Life
  • Anthrax
Tear It Up
  • Andrew W. K.
Sporadic Movement
  • C.K.y.
The Human Drive in Hi-Fi
  • C.K.y.
Down With the Clown
  • Insane Clown Posse
Hokus Pokus
  • Insane Clown Posse
[ full credits ]



Average score: 54% (based on 24 ratings)


Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 19 ratings with 1 reviews)

Not a horrible game, not an awesome game, but a so-so game.

The Good
Well, where do I begin? Before I talk about the whole game itself, I would say a positive thing or two about this game: The Xbox version has custom soundtrack support. In the game, I can add my own custom soundtrack into the game since the game's soundtrack is horrible (I'll get to that later). Songs I added are songs by the industrial metal band A Dark Halo (best known for doing the soundtrack for the 2005 game "WWE Day of Reckoning 2"), comedic musician Tom Lehrer, DJ Zapper, Basshunter, ChaseR Basse, Bassuckerz, Amboza, BassFinder and other swedish Eurodance/Hands Up! artists.

The settings in the levels are cool, well made and looks nice. There are plenty of weapons to choose from such as a bat, fluorescent lights, barb wire bat, chairs, etc. and have some killer finishing moves. That's not saying much really, and the unlockable videos are also the good parts of the game.

The Bad
Now to the problems with the game. The gameplay is pretty disappointing. The A.I. will constantly throw weapons at you, which gets annoying. Another problem is the violence can come off too cartoonish (that's what LionsEdge from YouTube says in his review), also the A.I. can kick your ass good unless you can pull off a comeback. The game is fun for a while, but here's another problem, it gets old real quick.

Single player campaign (aka Talk Show mode) is actually a gauntlet. The cutscenes are obviously a parody of a talk show (such as Jerry Springer), sometimes it's humorous and most of the time is not-so humorous (and the Santa Claus one is cringe worthy), and the cutscenes looks like the game is trying to preach to the people who like BYW is that BYW is for dumbass morons WTF?! No one wants to play to have opinions shove to their faces. After you complete talk show mode, you unlock wrestlers and you go straight to the end credits after beating the game, that's it. Talk show mode is mostly for unlocking wrestlers and it's not worth doing again and again (unlike the WWE games like SmackDown!: Shut Your Mouth, Raw 2 and SmackDown!: HCTP, you can play season mode again and again because it's super fun).

The soundtrack is the worst I've heard. There's mostly pop punk music (which is cancer to the music industry), metalcore music, nu metal music, horrorcore music, etc. and they all suck. Like I said earlier, Custom soundtrack support is the saving grace so I can put in my own music, like some Eurodance and Hands Up! music.

The create-a-wrestler mode is a *ing joke. You're not creating anything, you're just choosing a pre-set model. There are moves to choose but you can't preview it (on a side note, what's with the ridiculous names for the recognizable moves (i.e. Frog splash is Launching Pad, Rock bottom is Freefalling, Death Valley Driver is Over the Rainbow, etc.)) Having said that, the C.A.W. mode sucks.

*The Bottom Line

Overall, the game is okay (or nearly bad). The gameplay is not great (and it gets old quick), the controls are awkward (in contrast to the WWE games from THQ), Talk Show mode is meh, the Create-a-Wrestler mode is a joke, the roster is decent (most of the wrestlers are from JCW, Backyard Wrestling and it also features Sabu from ECW), the soundtrack is horrendous, and the cutscenes in "Talk Show mode" can get cringe worthy at times.

The saving grace to the game is the custom soundtrack support in the Xbox version, that's it, and to a lesser extent, unlockable videos and the settings of the level.

Do I recommend this game? I would say not really. If you like this type of game, this one is for you. If you like good wrestling games, don't bother with this game. Good wrestling games I highly recommend are WWF WrestleMania 2000, WWF No Mercy, WWE SmackDown!: Shut Your Mouth, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Raw 2, WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes the Pain, WCW vs. nWo: World Tour and WCW/nWo: Revenge.

On a side note, The Xbox version is better than the PS2 version solely for the custom soundtrack support.

Xbox · by The Klassik (12) · 2016

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Game added by Jason Walker.

Additional contributors: Jeanne.

Game added November 11th, 2003. Last modified March 18th, 2023.