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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. We don't yet think Eidos has ironed out all the wrinkles, but we definitely think they are taking the series in the right direction, as Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood is a straight-up, screw the WWE brawler that gamers with a few screws loose will enjoy.
  2. A marked improvement over the original game, at least in features and level design, but ultimately there have been just too many other games in the same or similar genre that edges this one out in overall quality.
  3. Movement feels floaty, hit detection and collision issues are everywhere, and enemy AI is painfully stupid. [Jan 2005, p.118]
  4. Three times superior to its predecessor. Though still well shy of very good. [Feb 2005, p.100]
  5. 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.
  6. Although some of the sequences can be pretty over the top, for the most part the game doesn't really pick up any steam.
  7. But take away the shocking aspects and anti-culture roster of fighters and what's left is still just a mediocre fighting game.
  8. Lots of blood, but not enough meat. [Jan 2005, p.84]
  9. There are audio glitches galore, with sound effects either missing or repeating themselves over and over for no good reason. [Feb 2005, p.93]
  10. Tedious gameplay, dumb A.I., bad collision detection, glitchy graphics, and weak audio in a video game.
  11. With only two way multiplayer returning, this really was a missed opportunity to improve upon a disappointing franchise. As it stands, BW2 gets the smack put down on it by virtually every other fighter out there. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  12. 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.
  13. The controls are pretty lousy, characters will often merge with each other and scenery, and moves feel limited; plus, why can't we grapple an opponent when they're stunned?...Avoid this rubbish at all costs.
  14. It's El Stinko for this title, folks. Unless you're some diehard fan of ICP (or Tera Patrick, maybe?), you should steer clear of this at all costs.
  15. 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.
  16. Fans of Backyard Wrestling may want to try this game out, but then again, they might have more fun with a blowtorch and video camera. Lord knows I would.
  17. 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.

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