Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home Xbox

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
Buy On
  1. 65
    Fans of the Backyard Wrestling line of DVDs, Insane Clown Posse junkies, and blood fiends should probably go nuts over it...[though it] isn't as fulfilling as it should be.
  2. Could have been one of those great alternatives to the WWE wrestling titles, but its many flaws are just too numerous to make this one any fun.
  3. What could have been a very unique and innovative title failed in several key areas. With a very clunky wrestling/fighting engine that will leave the player frustrated, and more than lackluster visuals, Backyard Wrestling needs plenty of touch-ups.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    60
    Attempts to span the chasm between wrestling and fighting but it should have taken it further to the fighting side since that's the direction it heads in.
  5. I suggest totally revamping the wrestling engine to make the game play more like a wrestling game and less like "Final Fight."
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    Don't count on using this stuff the way it was intended, though. Unlike the routines real wrestlers choreograph, these matches are absolute button-mashing chaos. [Dec 2003, p.194]
  7. Game Informer
    55
    Borderline unplayable due to terrible collision and sloppy mechanics. [Dec 2003, p.174]
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    50
    Body-slammed by slipshod control, uninspired storytelling, and AI that flips between hyper-brutality and empty-headed idiocy. [Dec 2003, p.106]
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jan 9, 2005
    0
    One of the sorryest games I have ever had the dishoner of playing. The good thing is that I only rented it and Just like Jack Benimble said One of the sorryest games I have ever had the dishoner of playing. The good thing is that I only rented it and Just like Jack Benimble said "If you want to play a wrestling game, try SMACKDOWN" Full Review »
  2. JackBenimble
    Dec 1, 2003
    1
    THis game is terrible! If you want to play a wrestling game, try SMACKDOWN!
  3. PaladA.
    Nov 10, 2003
    0
    Wicked clowns never die, they live on in very crappy games like this. Anything ICP touches seems to turn to crap. Whoever gave them Wicked clowns never die, they live on in very crappy games like this. Anything ICP touches seems to turn to crap. Whoever gave them permission to make a game should be shot, and I feel sorry for the wrestlers they included in this game, they probably will never appear in a real wrestling title simply becouse of this. Poor sabu, went from tag teaming with RVD to being a side charecter in a third rate pure crap title like backyard wrestling dont try this at home. A word of advice to anyone who wishes to get a good game, stay far away from this one. Full Review »