Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood

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Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood
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Developer(s) Paradox Development
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Series Backyard Wrestling
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release
  • NA: November 16, 2004
  • EU: November 19, 2004
  • JP: April 7, 2005 (PS2)
Genre(s) Sports
Fighting
Mode(s) Single Player
Multiplayer

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood is the second installment in the Backyard Wrestling series and was released on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The licensed soundtrack includes music by Andrew W.K., Kool Keith, the Insane Clown Posse, Bad Brains, Body Count, Six and Violence, Mudvayne, Saliva, Fall Out Boy, and Hoobastank. It was developed by Paradox Development, now owned by Midway Games, and was published by Eidos Interactive.

The television commercial included Insane Clown Posse, Vampiro, New Jack, and Major Gunns. Despite promises of an improved gameplay experience, the game was a critical flop when released in 2004. Its sales numbers remained respectable, however, moving nearly 300,000 copies through 2005.

Gameplay[edit]

The roster of underground wrestlers features more than 20 combatants, including notable hardcore wrestlers, music personalities, and adult film actresses.

The game was billed as being greatly improved over its predecessor, including a more in depth create-a-wrestler mode. The game includes an option for turning the game's blood effects on and off; the original game does not have said option. Each wrestler now has an introduction video. There are also four unlockable music videos.

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
Vic Grimes Independent wrestler (XPW, ECW)
Vampiro Independent wrestler, notably for JCW and WCW
New Jack Wrestler (ECW, TNA, various indie promotions)
Nick Mondo Retired hardcore cult independent wrestler (CZW)
Ruckus Independent wrestler (CZW, ROH, XPW)
The Sandman legendary hardcore wrestler (ECW/Japan/TNA/WWE/WCW/JCW)
Sonjay Dutt Independent wrestler (TNA, CZW)
Masked Horn Dog Comedy wrestler from Best of Backyard Wrestling: Backyard Babes
El Drunko Independent wrestler
Messiah Independent wrestler (XPW,CZW)
Supreme Independent wrestler (XPW)
John Zandig Independent wrestler and promoter (CZW)
Luke Hadley Backyard wrestler
Joe Peterson Backyard wrestler
Tylene Buck wrestler (WCW), model, host for Best of Backyard Wrestling
Ryuji Ito Japanese hardcore wrestler
Kelvin Finn Unknown
Andrew W.K. Musician
Tera Patrick Porn Star
Sunrise Adams Porn Star
Adrianne Pain Unknown

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 Xbox
EGM 5.67/10[1] 5.67/10[1]
Famitsu 26/40[2] N/A
Game Informer 5.75/10[3] 5.75/10[3]
GamePro 1.5/5 stars[4] 1.5/5 stars[4]
Game Revolution D[5] D[5]
GameSpot 3.4/10[6] 3.4/10[6]
GameZone 5/10[7] N/A
IGN 5.6/10[8] 5.6/10[8]
OPM (US) 1.5/5 stars[9] N/A
OXM (US) N/A 4.3/10[10]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 46/100[11] 43/100[12]

The game received "generally unfavorable reviews" on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[11][12] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 2 version a score of one six, two sevens, and one six, for a total of 26 out of 40.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EGM staff (February 2005). "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood". Electronic Gaming Monthly (188): 100. 
  2. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood (PS2)". Famitsu. 852. April 15, 2005. 
  3. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood". Game Informer (141): 118. January 2005. 
  4. ^ a b Rice Burner (December 22, 2004). "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Reilly, Mike (December 8, 2004). "Backyard Wrestling 2 [There Goes the Neighborhood] Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (November 22, 2004). "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (December 15, 2004). "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Dunham, Jeremy (November 19, 2004). "Backyard Wrestling: There Goes the Neighborhood". IGN. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 91. February 2005. 
  10. ^ "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. January 2005. 
  11. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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