Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home

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Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home
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"Don't try this at home", indeed...
Genre: Sports/Fighting
Platforms: PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release Date: NA: October 7, 2003 (PS2)
NA: October 9, 2003 (Xbox)
EU: November 7, 2003
JP: April 15, 2004 (PS2)
Developer: Paradox Development
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Franchise: Backyard Wrestling
Previous Game: N/A
Next Game: Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighbourhood


Backyard Wrestling is a sports/fighting game developed by Paradox Development and published by Eidos Interactive.

Why It Sucks

  1. Awful graphics.
  2. The game is full of bugs and glitches and it's unbalanced.
  3. The character select screen is lazy and uses action figures for the wrestlers' portraits.
  4. Underwhelming acting that it makes it feel like the actors weren't even trying.
  5. The wrestling moves are unrealistic compared to actual backyard wrestling fights.
  6. Josh Asbill's intro isn't realistic at all, as he causes an earthquake from a ground punch.
  7. The graphics are mediocre and pretty bad compared to other Xbox/PlayStation 2 games.
  8. Lackluster roster, with the most notable wrestlers being Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope from Insane Clown Posse.
  9. Some areas are unrealistic, like that one map that looks like the Gudgeon Meat Plant from Saw.
  10. In the story mode, you must complete some objectives to unlock videos, the bad thing is that it is not very easy to make these objectives that tell you in the story mode.
  11. The way to create your wrestler is not very good, since you can only use ready-made templates and you can not edit his body and he will not change his clothes, although you can edit which movements and attacks he will use.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It can be entertaining due to the unbalanced gameplay.
  2. There are some cool interactive environments in many areas.
  3. Makes you feel like you're wrestling in hardcore promotions such as ECW, CZW and JCW.
  4. Very good soundtrack, since it has very good rock songs like The Hell Song (from Sum 41), The Break Up Song (from American Hi-Fi), Tear It Up (from Andrew WK) and also songs from the Hip Hop group Insane Clown Posse (Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope who are curiously in the game)
  5. As mentioned, you can unlock videos, and those videos that you unlock are very interesting and entertaining to watch, since they are compilations of backyard matches and matches of the JCW company.