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  • Summary: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Nintendo DS returns with new gameplay controls that utilize the stylus and D-pad to deliver a compelling handheld fighting game experience. The redesigned Season Mode takes a role-playing approach, allowing players to interact with Superstars, upgrade their abilities and complete missions on a quest toward legendary goals. In addition, a larger Superstar roster, new match types and the inclusion of Create-A-Superstar provides players with a variety of intriguing options to enhance gameplay. [THQ] Collapse
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  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Impressive technically but ultimately spoiled by control and AI issues. [Dec 2008, p.57]
  7. 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.

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  1. Nov 12, 2011
    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 not very fun to do anything in this game because of that. Expand