Reviews and Problems with WWE SmackDown vs RAW 2009
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Smackdown vs. Raw 2009
6 January 2009
Excerpt: Growing up I was a huge wrestling fan and I always enjoyed playing wrestling games, especially those being published by THQ. As I got older wresting actually progressed into a Monday night ritual where my wife and I would have Monday Night Pizza Night while we watched Raw. THQ has recently released Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 for all consoles.
Conclusion: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 benefits greatly by increasing its scope. You can now participate in almost any type of match your heart desires, and even pull a wider variety of weapons from under the mat. The new single-player modes offer hours of entertainment, and online play further extends replayability. The tweaked motion controls add an extra bit of excitement to the proceedings, and though some elements still need improvement, SmackDown vs.
Pros: Impressive array of different moves and match types, Fun motion-control moments during entrances and matches, Great-looking superstars, Robust creation tools, Solid single-player modes.
Cons: Waving remote gets tiresome, Characters maneuver clumsily, Occasional clipping, animation, and camera issues, Weak sound effects lessen the impact.
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: Like ‘em or not, when it comes to wrestling, the WWE is pretty much the only game in town. Despite some notable competition in the past from Ted Turner’s WCW (and to a lesser extent, the far trashier ECW, which almost singlehandedly introduced the far bloodier, more violent and dangerous “hardcore” wrestling variant since adopted by all venues of the sport), these brands (and their general managers) have since been absorbed into the WWE machine, leaving TNA as the...
Summary: Smackdown vs. Raw 2009
is quite possibly the best wrestling game I’ve come across to date. Generally speaking, graphics are well done, character quirks and mannerisms are accurately represented, theme music is in place, original (or close imitation) voices, and you get the same sort of storylines and feel you’d expect from Vince McMahon and company.
Pros: Large selection of matches, A huge cast of your favorite wrestlers, rendered more or less believably, often enough with the actual voices or a close facsimile thereof, Simple control scheme
Cons: Hopelessly out of date by the time of release…blame Vince., Wrestlers don’t always look and act in accordance with their actual shtick (the Undertaker giving people high fives? “The” Brian Kendrick not being gay? Fat, pasty and/or shapeless guys like The Miz, Matt Hardy and CM Punk looking muscular?), Road to Wrestlemania focuses on only the biggest wrestlers. Wouldn’t it have been great to take Santino Marella to the world championship?, Ref is noticeably slow on the...
Robust wrestling simulation with clever new features.
Common Sense Media
23 November 2008
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a virtual recreation of the professional wrestling programs you would encounter on television. Prepare to expect many of the same racy elements, like edgy language and scantily-clad women. Characters can punch, kick and slam opponents to the ground. Some matches allow the use of weapons like chairs, metal trash cans, sledgehammers and other objects. Occassionally, the wrestlers will bleed but the action isn't gory.
Excerpt: Wrestling wasn't always SmackDown vs. Raw. In fact, it's been a sport since the 9th century B.C., since the mid-Iron Age, when the massive, 74,000-verse "Mahabharata" was written in India. As one gruesome tale from that ancient tome goes, the strong, wrathful Bhima was more powerful than 10,000 elephants. He was pitted against angry king Jarasandha in a throw-down so ugly, so nasty, it certainly didn't last a mere 10 minutes like some of the WrestleMania bouts.
Excerpt: To be frank, we're astonished. It's not that this year's iteration of the WWE Smackdown series on Wii is actually really good, although that certainly surprised us too considering last year's woeful effort. It's not even that Yuke's has finally found a decent use for the motion controls that it seems determined to shoehorn into the Wii versions of its wrestling titles.