Summary: Smackdown v. Raw 2009
is actually pretty fun. I haven’t picked up a wrestling title in years, yet this one managed to sneak its way into heavy gaming rotation. The Road to Wrestlemania mode is great, although I wish they had more storylines to play through. Career Mode is boring and feels wasted.
Pros: Fun multiplayer, Good variety of matches, Road to Wrestlemania mode
Cons: No old-timers, Control scheme isn't explained well and turns into button mashing, Career Mode is boring and bland, especially when compared to the Road to Wrestlemania mode
Summary: In the WWE, it's not uncommon for seemingly vanquished superstars to return at random, handing out fresh beatdowns and earning back their former glory. After a disappointing showing last year, THQ's long-running SmackDown vs.
Pros: Impressive array of different moves, Great-looking superstars and arenas, Robust creation tools, including new create-a-finisher, Solid single-player modes, Lots of different match types
Cons: Weak sound effects lessen the impact, Lag hampers online matches, Characters maneuver somewhat clumsily, Occasional clipping and animation issues
Summary: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will unleash a new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win.
Excerpt: THQ’s Smackdown series has been laying it down ever since the days of Blasto, but lately the franchise has gone through some hard knocks. Uninspired yearly releases glittered with marginal improvements haven’t exactly been kind to the brand, and neither has the engine, which has aged about as well...
Excerpt: The WWE SmackDown franchise has become a staple for THQ ever since they've gained the WWE license from the, now defunct, Acclaim. From the start, the series has been a smash hit and a financial success for THQ.
Excerpt: Earlier in the year a fellow video game journalist remarked to me that the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series was its own genre. It's not a fighting game series, like Street Fighter or Tekken, and it's not a sports game series, like FIFA or PES.