Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 11 out of 23
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. Game Informer
    58
    Movement feels floaty, hit detection and collision issues are everywhere, and enemy AI is painfully stupid. [Jan 2005, p.118]
  3. Everything you hated about the last game makes its return in "Backyard Wrestling 2."
  4. 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.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    65
    There Goes the Neighborhood has serious weapon-related AI and collision detection problems. The arenas and the movement system are surprisingly good. [Jan. 05]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    Three times superior to its predecessor. Though still well shy of very good. [Feb 2005, p.100]
  7. 50
    Because of its shallow combat and poor presentation, the game loses its thrill very quickly for anyone not a devotee of the subject matter.
  8. PSM Magazine
    55
    The all-important create-a-wrestler is rather lackluster - which, sadly, also best describes the game as a whole. [Jan 2005, p.73]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. GMR Magazine
    60
    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]
  12. Weekly Famitsu
    65
    6 / 7 / 7 / 6  [Vol. 852]

Awards & Rankings

72
#72 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 19, 2014
    10
    Holy **** This game is **** radical. It is seriously the dopest game I have ever played. Hands down. Like damn, son. Immediately buy thisHoly **** This game is **** radical. It is seriously the dopest game I have ever played. Hands down. Like damn, son. Immediately buy this game. Seriously. Stop reading this review and buy the game, you **** nerd. Full Review »
  2. Maniak
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    The Gameplay, whether or not these MAINSTREME A$$Holes wanna say that its good or not, it IS better than the First one in more than oneThe Gameplay, whether or not these MAINSTREME A$$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
    Full Review »
  3. AdamJ.
    Mar 3, 2005
    1
    This game is poor it is pitiful. it may be an improvement on the first one it is sorry. the graphics are sorry.my caw lips dont move sometimesThis game is poor it is pitiful. it may be an improvement on the first one it is sorry. the graphics are sorry.my 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 »