Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home (Original Xbox) by Eidos

Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home (Xbox) by Eidos Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: September 1, 2003.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
Average Overall Score:
5.60 / 10

For those of you with limited attention spans (you all know who you are) I?ll make a general statement: Backyard Wrestling is bad. A mixture of mediocre graphics, repetitive gameplay, and quite possibly the most irritating custom soundtrack option ever will make you wish you hadn?"

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Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home will offer an extensive list of features taking gamers beyond traditional restrictions of the wrestling genre. Objective-based gameplay will allow for unique level progression and access to unlockable tasks, characters, and bonus video materials. Gamers will find the Backyard Wrestling world fully interactive and wonderfully destructible, allowing them to re-arrange more than just their opponent’s face. The game includes multi-faceted and multi-tiered environments will give players the opportunity to truly use their surroundings.


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Cheat Codes

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      Toon Character
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      Toon Backgrounds
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      Grey Scale
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      First Person Camera
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      Big Head
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      Big Hands, Big Feet, Big Head
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      Other Toon Background
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      Unlock Everything
Hold in the L trigger and press A, X, Y, B, A, X, Y, B at the Main Menu. You will hear a sound if done correctly.

User Reviews

Score: 56
Overall User Average: 5.50 / 10 (56.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 4.50 / 10
Graphics User Average: 5.25 / 10
Sound User Average: 5.25 / 10
Date reviewed: December 15, 2003.

Overall: A cheesy wrestling game that is retarded, it is full of cheap A.I that is very repetitive. The AI uses the same moves over and over, this game sucks, dont buy it!
Gameplay: Ok, this game really goes to hell here. It has the AI that will pick up a weapon and throw it at you, it makes me mad, it has no strategy, and isnt even fun!
Graphics: So so graphics, not much to say here, less than average grapics, from a developer who lets the graphics go to hell, and make the xbox look like it is crapped on, and that is the reputation it gets.
Sound: sound effects- some are preety funny on how brutal they are, so thats ok, sound wasnt too bad.

Your typical hardcore gay punk music for the backround, not that great, well, not great at all.
Suggestions: Dont ever make another game again, its people like you that make the xbox look like its been crapped on, eaten by a fat retard, puked up again, and then fried on a BBQ grill.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 50 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: A lack luster wrestling game that plays more like a retarded tony hawk virtua fighter game. Dont go into this one expecting much.
Gameplay: Horrible wrestling phyics, controlls, gameplay, and anything else you would expect comes with this game. The season mode is a joke and if you lose on match you have to start the whole event over. Garbgage unlockables make this game have zero replay value
Graphics: Terrible terrible graphics. It looks like your in a tony hawk level. The levels are poorly detailed and all graphics are slightly under the ps2 level.
Sound: The best part about the sound for this game is that you can mute it all. The sounds are all very limited and pretty soon you will realize your just hearing the same groaning and hitting over and over gain.
Suggestions: Dont make another game

Overall: 30 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 20 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: December 1, 2003.

Overall: Backyard Wrestling is very popular now with the underground scene. It's become somewhat of a phemomanon for america's youth. And with the integration of Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo Wrestling League (JCP), the popularity has increased more. BYW has it's share of freaks, geeks, and hot chicks, so can the video game version be the wrestling game of the year? Let's find out.

Gameplay: The gameplay is fairly shallow with not much variety. The different wrestlers do a few different moves but they mostly play about the same. Matches vary in lengh but the average is two minutes. The games difficulty is flawed. It can get impossable real quick in the beginning. There is a pretty good variety of moves to perform, but timing is the biggest factor as some moves you have a half second to launch. That brings me to one of the biggest problems in the game is your opponent is constantly attacking you and will chase you wherever you go. This makes for some difficult and controller bashing gameplay. As far as features go you have The Talk show mode which has a Jerry Springer feel to it. It's cut scenes then it moves to a environment to beat opponents. The difficult part about this mode is you're faced with multiple opponents usually three plus, and you have to beat them one right after the other. If you lose to one of them you have to start over again beating the ones again you already beat. That makes for some anger-inducing gaming. Anger management class phone numbers should have been included in the instruction manual. Other modes include Exhibition which is self-explanitory, and there are a few bonus modes like survival that have to be unlocked. There is a sectionn of extras with game previews, gameplay moves videos, and special bonus BYW movies that have to be unlocked. There is a fairly large selection of real wrestlers, plus there is a create a wrestler option. The CAW is very limited and very dissapointing. There are not many options at all, not even worth talking about. There are several difficulty levels, but normal is hard enough. That's about it in terms of gameplay and features.

Graphics: Backyard Wrestling's graphics are merely adaqute. The character models are a bit low quality with not alot of detail. The environments are fairly large with multiple levels and lots of objects to use. There's usually two NPC's in the background the hurt you or your opponent when gotten close to them. The environments are semi-detailed but are a bit blocky and pixelated. Not much of use of bump-mapping or hi-resolution textures. There is plenty of blood that gets spilled with every hit and the characters bodies show it. The dropped objects and the spilled blood on the ground dissapear after a few seconds. There is major collision detection problems which results in tons of clipping. That is one of the worst parts of the graphics. It's so bad that it happens constantly during the match when your moving around. Between the major clipping and the low level of detail in the characters and environments, it really hurts the graphics score.
Sound: The soundtrack is large with lots of well known licenced rock tunes, voice acting is good. The music is not for everyone, so there is a custom soundtrack option.
Suggestions: gameplay needs to be a bit better. Also some better graphics... good idea just not executed well.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: October 13, 2003.

Overall: The game plays like a combination wrestler/fighter. It moves much too fast to be realistic, and the moves are so over the top it's absurd. But, there is a basic grappling system that's similar to the old WWF games on the N64, so that alone makes it better than other wrestling games available on the XBox.
Gameplay: The game provides two buttons for "attack" (basically, kick and punch, depending on your fighter), a "grab" feature (lock up with your opponent), and the ability to run and pick up weapons. Unfortunately, there are no submission holds. Personally, I would have preferred a little more actual wrestling, and a little less use of foreign objects. The various matches where the fights are held have such objects as shopping carts, bats wrapped in barb wire, and bricks. Almost all the environments can be destroyed in some way.
Graphics: The graphics are good enough for this type of game. There is a lot of blood, and the characters actually seem to bleed more based on the amount of damage you do to their head.
Sound: The game has a huge number of songs that play in the background at every fight. Eidos did a great job of organizing this soundtrack.
Suggestions: Less foreign objects, and more wrestling. Also, the characters move too fast. I realize this game is not meant to be a simulation, but the speed detracts from the game at some points. The reversal system could use some work as well. Overall, though, I'm very pleased with this game.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home News

Lingerie Model Sues Video Game Maker
Kitana Baker, the raven-haired model in the "Catfight Girls" TV ads for Miller Lite beer has sued a Los Angeles company she says ruined her reputation by depicting her as a wrestler in "offensive" video games.

New Shots of Backyard Wrestling
Just wanted to tell you fine people that new screenshots of "Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home" have been posted up for your viewing pleasure.

Backyard Wrestling Coming this Summer
Backyard Wrestling places you in the role of an aspiring wrestler. You must be prepared to endure extreme amounts of pain and take incredible risks in order to move one step closer to the BYW title and ultimately be crowned ’The King of Hardcore’.

Backyard Wrestling’s Soundtrack Line-up
Now when your splitting your friends head on a picnic table, you can bang your head to this heavy metal soundtrack.

Get Beaten Up - In a Video Game
Eidos on Friday said it has struck a deal with games IGN Entertainment Inc. to sponsor a contest in which the winner will appear as a character in the upcoming game "Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home."

ICP joins Eidos for Backyard Wrestling
Backyard Wrestling Coming To Xbox

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