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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
Video Game Generation
24 April 2009
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. Wrestling fans probably already have this one. Other people may want to give this game a look.
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
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 as Hulk Hogan. Attempting to prove the series isn’t down for the count just yet, Smackdown vs Raw 2009 enters the ring with a toned-up list of features.
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. So it's no surprise that nearly every single year following the first release has been a new SmackDown game (the first two SmackDowns both came out in 2000, in fact). So now, we're at the tenth game, a follow-up to last year's absurdly flawed and poor effort.
Conclusion: With the introduction of TNA Impact! the climate has suddenly changed; hopefully, though, this will translate to a less-frustrating (but similarly full) release from Yuke’s next year.
Excerpt: Professional wrestling – a world of bulging muscles, extreme pantomime and scantily clad, surgically ‘enhanced’ women. Based on these elements the whole thing sounds as though it’ll translate perfectly into a videogame, and if sales figures for the Smackdown vs. Raw series are anything to go by the devs at Yukes have performed such a translation. And so here we have WWE Smackdown vs.