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  • Summary: WWE 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. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. 100
    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is the best wrestling game to come out in years and easily the best wrestling game available on console at the moment.
  2. A clear improvement over "SvR 2008" but a lot of it's still very familiar. [Dec 2008, p.54]
  3. Its flaws are overshadowed by crisp controls and the same unbridled fun that has made this the best wrestling series for years. [Dec 2008, p.86]
  4. 80
    A game that is equal parts extreme sports action and surreal soap opera, an improvement that should keep it at the top of the wrestling game into the next decade.
  5. SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 sticks to what it should do best; provide a great wrestling experience for fans to play at home.
  6. While it’s not yet perfect, Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 is easily the best wrestling game we’ve seen this generation, hands down.
  7. The entire game feels lifeless and old. The presentation fails to capture the excitement of the real thing. The gameplay doesn't match the product it's attempting to emulate. And the layers upon layers of plain-looking menus feel like they were ripped out of a PlayStation 2 launch game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 26, 2011
    beautiful gameplay overall a great masterpiece VERY balanced characters and the BEST smackdown vs raw game possibly one of the BEST wrestling games out there!! Expand
  2. BenJ
    Jan 21, 2009
    Much more enjoyable than '08. I've grown to like the SvR series after so many of the earlier efforts in the lineup left me with a bad taste, this is possibly the best so far.

    I have three gripes, probably amongst the most common I'm sure.

    1. Pre-selected wrestlers only for Road to Wrestlemania, you can't use your own and you can't select from anyone outside the pre-selected few options they give you.

    2. I understand letters and numbers not allowed for online play (people write offensive stuff on their characters), but none of the other stuff either? Why even have any of the designs at all then? When is this going to be fixed?

    3. I'm very appreciative for the Finisher mode, but it's all slams. Perhaps in the next offering the can allow a wider variety. Take your slams off the top rope, or create a new diving move...anything to beef up this mode from just grabbing a guy and slamming him to the ground.
  3. Apr 1, 2012
    An improvement over 2008 but also keeps the positive aspects from the last game. Character models look a little better while the controls still sort of suck, It's still a fun, fast paced game but it's only worth playing if you can't afford WWE 12, achievment whoring or just for the nostaligia of wrestlers that have left the company (Jeff Hardy, Tommy Dreamer). Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2013
    Tag team finally plays like it should and Road to Wrestle Mania gives you 5 short story modes. The Career Mode is tedious and the achievements range from tedious to really easy. Expand
  5. StevenDuncan
    Nov 11, 2008
    Rehash of previous games, little new content, and lack of modes from previous games. The roster is at least impressive and the promise of DLC could greatly enhance the game in the future. But for now there's little reason to bother with this if you've played any of the previous games lately. Expand
  6. jaysonirizarry
    Dec 5, 2008
    this game is the same as last year if not worse. little improvement have been made. The addition of the inferno match has not added fun to the game. Road to wrestlemania is awful, career mode for the CAWS gets old quick. the only thing redeeming about this game is the create a finisher. Expand