Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 11 out of 23
  1. 6 / 7 / 7 / 6  [Vol. 852]
  2. There Goes the Neighborhood has serious weapon-related AI and collision detection problems. The arenas and the movement system are surprisingly good. [Jan. 05]
  3. Takes advantage of the new lease on life by endangering the lives of its onscreen combatants in much better fashion than before. [Feb 2005, p.84]
  4. Movement feels floaty, hit detection and collision issues are everywhere, and enemy AI is painfully stupid. [Jan 2005, p.118]
  5. Three times superior to its predecessor. Though still well shy of very good. [Feb 2005, p.100]
  6. 56
    But in its current form and with so many other better wrestling titles out there, it's mediocrity is the only thing that's exceptional about it.
  7. The all-important create-a-wrestler is rather lackluster - which, sadly, also best describes the game as a whole. [Jan 2005, p.73]
  8. 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.
  9. Everything you hated about the last game makes its return in "Backyard Wrestling 2."
  10. Value is a relative term normally; it’s different for each person, but not in this case. The only convincing reason to purchase this game is as an alternative to a lobotomy.
  11. Because of its shallow combat and poor presentation, the game loses its thrill very quickly for anyone not a devotee of the subject matter.
  12. Definitely more improved than its predecessor in that there's more stuff to do and it looks nicer, but the gameplay is still a buggy mess. It's also not even in the same league as the other wrestling games on the market.
  13. 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.
  14. A shoddily stitched together beat-'em-up which is appealing for minutes. Quite frankly we'd rather have our backyard occupied by the Groundforce team. [PSM2]
  15. 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.
  16. Compared to last year's game, this is last year's game. There are so few improvements that whatever you hated or liked about the original is what you'll hate or like about this sequel.
  17. 40
    The few genuine improvements are easily forgotten amid the many things that were made worse from the first game into this one.
  18. 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.
  19. A rushed mess of a game that doesn't follow up on its promises.
  20. 30
    With sloppy production values, insane load times, sub-par graphics and sound, and gameplay that irrevocably evolves into: grapple, counter, super, grapple, counter, super, this game isn't even worth the rental fee.
  21. What really makes this game a disaster is the presentation. The character models and environments look like they were made using "Fighter Maker," which is to say that one one with a fundamental familiarity with 3D modeling was hired to make this game. [Feb 2005, p.91]
  22. The collision detection issues become especially irritating when dealing with projectiles, since they’ll clearly appear to miss you, and yet you get smacked.
  23. 20
    Unfortunately, while hitting porn stars with weed whackers to the finely articulate tunes of the Insane Clown Posse might sound like a dream come true to some, the junior high-level execution of this game just brings down any possibility of a truly good wrestling title.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Maniak
    Jul 10, 2005
    The Gameplay, whether or not these MAINSTREME A$$Holes wanna say that its good or not, it IS better than the First one in more than one way.... for instance... Although MYW2 Doesnot Contain Madrox or Monoxide from Twiztid, it still holds tha Juggalo Fam, which is tha S#!T if you ask me, and being owner of a Record Label gets me to REALLY UNDERSTANDINGWhy the Mainstream Media Has to Lay Disses on ICP, On the Juggalo Fam And the Hatchet Family...... Thanks fo Listenin' and MUCH MUCH MUCH JUGGALO FAM LUV
    Maniak of Insanitarium Records
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  2. AdamJ.
    Mar 3, 2005
    This game is poor it is pitiful. it may be an improvement on the first one it is sorry. the graphics are caw lips dont move sometimes while he is talking. i gave it a 1 cause the game maybe improved i never played part 1 but this game sucks. if u want to play a wrestling game that fights with weapons play wwe hardcore match or def jame ven fight for NY. Full Review »