Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood Image

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  • Summary: Delve deep into the heart of Small Town America, USA, with Backyard Wrestling 2. Backyard Wrestling Inc. has put a million-dollar cash prize on the line for the wrestler who can win the unified BYW championship. Defeating the most hardcore backyard wrestlers is not enough, however, as the lure of "easy money" has attracted the attention of professional wrestlers as well. With new submission holds, body damage, and defensive moves, you must prove you have what it takes to destroy every obstacle in your path. Collapse
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  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. Movement feels floaty, hit detection and collision issues are everywhere, and enemy AI is painfully stupid. [Jan 2005, p.118]
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. There are audio glitches galore, with sound effects either missing or repeating themselves over and over for no good reason. [Feb 2005, p.93]
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  1. ZaeemR.
    Mar 31, 2005
    This is good this game i like the videos you can go for belts i am the eastern champion i am in this different title i want to go the weapons and steel cage match included:ladders canes tacks tables chairs them white sticks hammer flour handcuffs gurtiars tape forks baseball bat bared wires and lots of weapons this game is very very very good. Expand
  2. TomLund
    Sep 14, 2004
    Horrible. Bottom line. Do not even waste $5 on renting this one.