Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
Buy On
  1. Despite a plethora of flaws, SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 remains a capable, if underachieving, wrestling game.
  2. Instead of reinventing the franchise, THQ merely tacked on some additions to the formula. That's not enough to wrestle away our $59.99.
  3. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 combines just what WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 already offered but with a Road to Wrestlemania mode, with better character-creation options and a very entertaining Tag Team mode. Simply put, WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 is the most complete and best wrestling game on the market and a must have for you spandex loving wrestle fans.
  4. 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.
  5. In summary, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 drastically improves the graphics and gaming engine once again, though much like the Tiger Woods franchise, if you've played one, you know what to expect.
  6. Though all the usual punches, grapples and reversals are present, the already weak SmackDown system crumbles under even the gentlest of nudges, a situation not helped after being treated to TNA Impact's impressive mechanics earlier in the year.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 5, 2015
    7
    While it isn't a game that you should rush out and buy, it is still fun, and considering you can get it for cheap it is worth it if you pickWhile it isn't a game that you should rush out and buy, it is still fun, and considering you can get it for cheap it is worth it if you pick it up for cheap. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2013
    7
    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 achievementsTag 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. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2012
    7
    An improvement over 2008 but also keeps the positive aspects from the last game. Character models look a little better while the controlsAn 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). Full Review »