Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. The controls may drive you nuts at first, but give it some time.
  2. All in all, Smackdown vs RAW 2009 looks great, has more than enough game modes to keep the average wrestling gamer busy, and does in some instances make excellent use of the DS’s technology.
  3. 75
    This game needs button control. The season mode is a great start for a new action RPG-like take on the WWE, there are new modes, added direct control for a sort of No Mercy feel (if we could ditch the "circle to grab a guy, tap to punch" controls that just end up getting in the way), create-a-superstar which is off to a great first year, hell in the cell, ladder matches, hardcore, TLC, and so much more to check out.
  4. It could have done with a progress meter. [Christmas 2008, p.98]
  5. WWE fans will enjoy what is available now, but the experience may be short lived.
  6. On one hand the controls are a testament to what can be done with the DS; on the other, they also prove that not every franchise should be wholly touch-based.
  7. A step in the right direction after the previous entry, but THQ really needs to shelve the touchscreen control for the inevitable 2010 version.
  8. By changing the game to more of a true wrestling game and less of a turn-based RPG, the developers definitely took a step in the right direction.
  9. It’s a real shame that WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 has such unorthodox controls. There is a lot of game to be had here, but the stylus controls for the sake of stylus controls make it hard to get to.
  10. Impressive technically but ultimately spoiled by control and AI issues. [Dec 2008, p.57]
  11. It's just hard to play this for more than a few minutes at a time without getting frustrated with the controls.
  12. Unless you really need to play a wrestling game while away from home, avoid and stick to the home console version.
  13. THQ's new WWE game for the DS gets only one thing wrong. Unfortunately, that one thing is pretty important. [Holiday 2008, p.89]
  14. With controls that don't work, incomprehensible RPG-styled gameplay between matches, and limited character creation utilities, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 for the NDS has come from its "has potential" status from last year all the way down to "scrap it."
  15. 20
    SmackDown vs. Raw's atrocious controls make it one of the worst wrestling efforts in recent memory and a textbook example of how not to utilize the DS' abilities. If you own a PSP, go with that version instead.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Nov 12, 2011
    3
    I don't think it is worth playing because the controls are terrible. You have to use the stylus to use all the moves in the game. It is notI don't think it is worth playing because the controls are terrible. You have to use the stylus to use all the moves in the game. It is not very fun to do anything in this game because of that. Full Review »