Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
Buy On
  1. 35
    The hardest part about reviewing this game is that it is so fundamentally awful it is hard not to want to give it the lowest score possible.
  2. 40
    There's some shocking stuff, but nothing exciting happens. It's just like watching Jerry Springer. If you've seen it once, you've seen it all.
  3. This game stinks like raw, untreated, sewage. The gameplay is short lived, repetitive, and poorly balanced.
  4. While Backyard Wrestling certainly has qualities that could make for an interesting wrestling game, Don't Try This at Home is so unpolished that it's far more of a chore than a pleasure to play.
  5. 30
    Compared to most wrestling games, the movesets here have been whittled down to almost nothing.
  6. Try hitting your head against a brick wall for about half an hour instead.
  7. GMR Magazine
    30
    Seriously, don't be tempted to suffer through this painful experience. [Jan 2004, p.56]
  8. Sadly, the sloppy controls and graphics make the game about as fun as a blow to the brainpan with a spiked bat.
  9. netjak
    48
    This game had serious potential amongst fans of the genre, but Eidos and Paradox have totally sacrificed depth and mechanics and put out true garbage.
  10. Play Magazine
    33
    There are many reasons to be appalled by this game, but it all starts with a poorly designed game engine that's spazzy to the point of near unplayability. [Dec 2003, p.100]
  11. PSM Magazine
    40
    About as fun as being hit in the face with a chair. [Holiday 2003, p.44]
  12. The cartoony violence, blood spills and redneck appeal of Backyard Wrestling’s rural locales and colorful cast of characters wears thin quicker than the time it took its equally-shoddy sequel to come out.

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#43 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. WillD.
    Aug 2, 2007
    2
    This game is abysmal. After the (admitted awesomeness) that is hitting people with household objects wears off, you are left with nothing This game is abysmal. After the (admitted awesomeness) that is hitting people with household objects wears off, you are left with nothing more than an advertisement for the Insane Clown Posse. It has to be said that any game that can somehow make beating down on the horrorcore group with a 2x4 a tedious experience should be avoided like the plague. Full Review »
  2. JayR.
    Apr 4, 2004
    10
    This game is da booomb!!. If you like to play out of the ordinary you should try backyard wrestling. Fantastic moves, locks etc and the girls This game is da booomb!!. If you like to play out of the ordinary you should try backyard wrestling. Fantastic moves, locks etc and the girls in the videos are super hott. Full Review »
  3. DaveC.
    Jan 6, 2004
    9
    This game is f...ing awesome, whether or not you're juggalo. if you're down this game has much clown luv. if not, f.... you, butThis game is f...ing awesome, whether or not you're juggalo. if you're down this game has much clown luv. if not, f.... you, but you'll still like the game. the only problem was that the create-a- wrestler option wasnt very... well, creative. aside from that, if you like brutal no-rules brawling, you'll love this game. Full Review »