Reviews and Problems with Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood
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28 June 2005
Excerpt: Variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to wrestling games, the genre needs a good shake up. Of late, a few new contenders have come to the throne, in the form of Def Jam: Fight For New York and Rumble Roses , but after last year’s abominably poor performance, Eidos’ Backyard Wrestling franchise couldn’t really get much worse. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that it has to get better either.
Excerpt: Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood is the sequel to last years out-of-the box street fighting game, Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home . And once again it looks like Paradox Development has outdone itself. This go-around, the models are cleaner and have even more details -- which is good since you have the ability to add a lot of details to your custom fighters.
Conclusion: In short, you don't want to play Backyard Wrestling 2. This game is everything you hated about the last one, but it's been spray painted over with a few cheap gimmicks to try to gussy up what ultimately amounts to a pretty pitiful package. If you like hardcore wrestling, go buy some videos or DVDs, because most all the brief snippets of video found in this game can be found just about anywhere else in extended form...and in better-quality format.
Pros: More wrestlers and personalities you've actually heard of, Real life hardcore wrestling footage that's actually entertaining to watch, Decent soundtrack.
Cons: Somehow manages to make the concept of people beating one another with fluorescent light tubes completely and totally boring, Glitchy, unpleasant looking visuals, Glitchy, unpleasant playing gameplay, Glitchy, unpleasant sounding audio, Only two modes of play; neither are any good.
Conclusion: Backyard Wrestling: There goes the Neighborhood unterscheidet sich nicht besonders von seinem Vorgänger und kann allein deshalb schon nicht beeindrucken. Anstatt auf technischer als auf spielerische Ebene mit der Konkurrenz mithalten zu können, wird zunehmend auf Gewalt und Action gesetzt. Aufgrund der unpräzisen Steuerung und veralteten Grafik mag ich stark bezweifeln, dass dieser Titel viele Anhänger finden wird. Insgesamt fehlt es an allem.