Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 74
    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.
  2. Despite a plethora of flaws, SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 remains a capable, if underachieving, wrestling game.
  3. Any wrestling fan would love to play SvR 09 though, just don't expect anything too exciting in the single player aspects of the game. Worth a rent, or a cheap purchase.
  4. Instead of reinventing the franchise, THQ merely tacked on some additions to the formula. That's not enough to wrestle away our $59.99.
  5. SvR as a series is the MVP of videogames. It’s upper-midcard rather than Main Event status, but is destined for greatness if only it can be nurtured and refined in a few areas.
  6. Same old grap, different day. Still fun, but this franchise is ageing. [Christmas 2008, p.82]
  7. A genuine improvement over previous titles. [Christmas 2008, p.85]
  8. In the end, WWE is a more complete game compared to last year`s edition. Road to Wrestlemania is a mode that makes you live the spirit of North American wrestling and on the other side the gameplay is refined, allowing exploration of the moves, that are now more diverse. Fantastic animated sequences in a superb visual, with full licenses in wrestling, something hard to find in a rival game. A good option for fans of the genre.
  9. SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is a solid release for wrestling fans to enjoy, but for the casual gamer thinking about purchasing a new copy, it would probably be better advised to wait to find a used copy or to save the extra dough and get a cheap copy of 2008.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    8
    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 upholds the franchise’s commitment to delivering the definitive videogame simulation of live WWE programming. TheWWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 upholds the franchise’s commitment to delivering the definitive videogame simulation of live WWE programming. The Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system and PSP system versions of the game unleash a brand 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. The franchise's renowned creation system offers a brand new Create-A-Finisher option, while a new Road to WrestleMania Mode paves the way to WWE’s biggest event of the year and lets players experience co-op storylines for the first time. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 also extends the virtual WWE gameplay experience with robust online capabilities, including the highly anticipated debut of downloadable content. Full Review »
  2. Jan 6, 2013
    8
    the game is really fun though it lacks game modes and some major game modes were taken out aka gm mode and 24.7 mode/ season mode

    but the
    the game is really fun though it lacks game modes and some major game modes were taken out aka gm mode and 24.7 mode/ season mode

    but the gamne is still great becuz of the super duper fun road to wrestlemania mode ( very short though 1.5- 2 hrs per wrestler) 5 or 6 to pick from

    much betetr graphics than 08 and u can put coustom music and the online is good

    get it even if u hav 08 becuse its exhibiton is better alongside graphics tag team and rwt is a blast
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  3. BrandonJoyner
    Oct 15, 2009
    7
    This was the biggest improvement since Here Comes the Pain, but it still lagged a bit. The Road 2 Wrestlemania mode was good but itThis was the biggest improvement since Here Comes the Pain, but it still lagged a bit. The Road 2 Wrestlemania mode was good but it could've been better I liked the storylines & I was especially happy that The Undertaker was included cuz if he wasn't I would've been pissed. The Career Mode was ok but and I guess the yuke's thought it was a good idea but I don't wanna choose who 2 fight from a short list of superstars in every title bracket I enter I understand that it wasn't the main mode in the game, but dude would it have hurt them 2 make it seem more life like and give it a lil more depth cuz if undertaker didn't have a story in RTW mode I would've been even more pissed 2 just play w/ him in this crappy wwe simulation. I don't usually use the create a wrestler mode much in all the other smackdown games but I really enjoyed it this time around, and I really liked giving him entrance music from my downloaded music but it would've been better if it could've been heard while playing online and speaking of online play everytime I played the lag was SO F'N horrible I couldn't even get a decent win online cuz the movement was so F'd up and I've always been near perfection w/ my reversals but while playing online it was damn near impossible and my wins weren't even fun 2 obtain and when I would lose I would get massacred due 2 the my wrestler movin so F'n slow and my internet connection is 100% everytime I check my internet status so there should've been a patch to fix that problem a long damn time ago. I hope Yuke's solves those descrepancies bcuz I've bought every WWE game since the PS1 and these SvR games haven't made me feel as happy or excited as I was when I was around 14 & 15 yo playing smackdown 1 & 2 so here's 2 hoping that SvR 2010 is significantly better. Full Review »