Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. 75
    We finally fulfilled our dream of beating guest stars Insane Clown Posse with a baseball bat. [Oct 2003, p.37]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I suggest totally revamping the wrestling engine to make the game play more like a wrestling game and less like "Final Fight."
  7. 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]
  8. Borderline unplayable due to terrible collision and sloppy mechanics. [Dec 2003, p.174]
  9. Body-slammed by slipshod control, uninspired storytelling, and AI that flips between hyper-brutality and empty-headed idiocy. [Dec 2003, p.106]
  10. So unpolished that it's far more of a chore than a pleasure to play.
  11. Limited, repetitive and tediously gratuitous.
  12. 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]
  13. 30
    Compared to most wrestling games, the movesets here have been whittled down to almost nothing. The basic attacks are almost all simple strikes that quickly become half-hearted combinations (punch, punch ... kick!) for button mashers.
  14. This one comes straight from the backyard. It should return there, preferably buried deep by the family dog. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.95]
  15. Sadly, the sloppy controls and graphics make the game about as fun as a blow to the brainpan with a spiked bat.
User Score

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
    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
    THis game is terrible! If you want to play a wrestling game, try SMACKDOWN!
  3. PaladA.
    Nov 10, 2003
    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 »