Reviews and Problems with WWE SmackDown vs RAW 2009
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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
Video Game Generation
27 March 2009
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...
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Cons: Hopelessly out of date by the time of release…blame Vince., Wrestlers don’t always look and act in accordance with their actual shtick (the Undertaker giving people high fives?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 muscul...
Excerpt: I have been a fan of professional wrestling for many years. I used to watch it with my grandfather when I was a little kid, then got back into it when I was in middle school when the glory days of WCW hit. I have recently begun attending local indy shows run by Harley Race.
Summary: After going hands-on with the somewhat unapproachable DS wrestler, I popped my elbow back into place and went head-on with WW Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii. If a game is carrying a title that drawn out, it better be packing some serious gameplay and this year’s version of the annual THQ wrestling...
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.
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.
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”...
Robust wrestling simulation with clever new features.
Common Sense Media
24 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.