Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home

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Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home
Backyard Wrestling - Don't Try This at Home Coverart.png
Developer(s) Paradox Development
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Designer(s) Kevin Gill
Series Backyard Wrestling
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release
  • NA: October 7, 2003 (PS2)
  • NA: October 9, 2003 (Xbox)
  • EU: November 7, 2003
  • JP: April 15, 2004 (PS2)
Genre(s) Sports, Fighting
Mode(s) Single Player
Multiplayer

Backyard Wrestling is a video game developed by Paradox Development, and published by Eidos Interactive in 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Gameplay[edit]

The goal of backyard wrestling is largely to use the environment to defeat an opponent. The gameplay could be better described as a cross between classic pro wrestling video games and 3D platform fighting like Power Stone.

Aside from the standard backyard locations, Backyard Wrestling's arenas include a truck stop, a slaughterhouse, an outdoor parking lot, a talk show set and a strip club. Each environment is littered with barbed wire-laden bats, fluorescent light bulbs, breakable tables, steel chairs and other objects players may use to injure their opponents.

The game has a "Story" like mode, entitled "Talk Show Mode" circling around a show called "Today's Topic", which resembles The Jerry Springer Show. The talk show host, a nameless character that resembles Kevin Gill, one of the game's creators, interviews different victims and personalities of backyard wrestling. After the interview, the character is placed where the victim is and will fight three other backyard wrestlers. They will face three opponents with one health bar.

Roster[edit]

Character Place or Origin/Occupation
Violent J rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)
Shaggy 2 Dope rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)
Mad Man Pondo Independent wrestler, notably JCW
The Rudeboy Appears in JCW
Josh Prohibition Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
M-Dogg 20 Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
JCW's Evil Dead rapper Jumpsteady, wrestler (JCW)
Jamie Madrox rapper (Twiztid)
Monoxide Child rapper (Twiztid)
Sabu legendary hardcore wrestler (ECW/Japan/TNA/WWE/WCW/JCW)
Tom Dub employee for Psychopathic Records, wrestler for JCW
Masked Horn Dog Comedy wrestler from Best of Backyard Wrestling: Backyard Babes
El Drunko Independent wrestler
Masked Mike Jackson Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Gupta Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Karnage Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Dameon Redd Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Da Bone Doctor Pro Wrestler (Formerly of WWF/WWE)
Tylene Buck wrestler (WCW), model, host for Best of Backyard Wrestling
Kitana Baker Model, actress
Josh Asbill Won a contest to be a playable character in the game.
El Chicharron unknown
Commissioner Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2 (The Epic Battle segments)
Sonny D. Chopper Unknown
Atrocity XXX Unknown
Ross Lover Unknown
Sally Unknown
Jezebel Unknown
Rosie Unknown
Adrianne Pain Unknown
Hernia Unknown

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 Xbox
EGM 5.67/10[1] 5.67/10[1]
Famitsu 27/40[2] N/A
Game Informer 5.5/10[3] 5.5/10[4]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[5] N/A
GameSpot 4.7/10[6] 4.8/10[7]
GameSpy 1/5 stars[8] 1/5 stars[9]
GameZone 7/10[10] 6.5/10[11]
IGN 6.5/10[12] 6.5/10[12]
OPM (US) 2.5/5 stars[13] N/A
OXM (US) N/A 5/10[14]
Maxim 2/10[15] 2/10[15]
Playboy 75%[16] 75%[16]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 51/100[17] 50/100[18]

The game received mixed to negative reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17][18] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 2 version a score of 27 out of 40.[2]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood, was released in 2004 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EGM staff (December 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". Electronic Gaming Monthly (173): 194. 
  2. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (PS2)". Famitsu. 801. April 23, 2004. 
  3. ^ Leeper, Justin (December 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (PS2)". Game Informer (128): 148. Archived from the original on November 18, 2005. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (Xbox)". Game Informer (128): 174. December 2003. 
  5. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (October 7, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Navarro, Alex (October 9, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Navarro, Alex (October 15, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Freeman, Matthew (November 6, 2003). "GameSpy: Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Freeman, Matthew (November 6, 2003). "GameSpy: Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Aceinet (October 19, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (November 20, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Dunham, Jeremy (October 8, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". IGN. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 168. December 2003. 
  14. ^ "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". Official Xbox Magazine: 106. December 2003. 
  15. ^ a b Porter, Alex (October 8, 2003). "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". Maxim. Archived from the original on December 16, 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home". Playboy: 37. October 2003. 
  17. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Background Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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