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I had Raw Vs Smackdown 2008 and it was awful! As I'd played other games in the series, I decided to give THQ another chance this year.
Well, they have done a good job with the controls, last years were unintuitive and awkward. This year most of the movements make sense. So this game has actually been played rather than sworn at and left to gather dust like the 2008 edition.
There are several modes to be played, the first of which is exhibition. Here is where you can set up any match type and win easily. This is the first drawback... exhibition mode is too easy against the computer... typically I can beat the biggest and baddest superstar in the game playing as the most petite diva there is, and in under two minutes. Avoid Exhibition mode like the plague unless you have friends round as the AI here is poor to the extreme.
Next I tried online play. Again there are a multitude of match types and real opponents mean there is a much better challenge. However it's like sitting alone watching the football against going to the pub to watch it... there's no atmosphere at all and win or lose it's tedious.
On to the road to Wrestlemania... and while the AI is not much better than in exhibition mode, the interactive story lines are fun, and give you a sense of purpose.
Finally, the main event... career mode. Here you choose a wrestler and start at the bottom. Competing on all the different shows and pay-per-views for title after title until you hold them all. Some titles are as easy as exhibition mode, others, both individual world titles, are tougher and quite a challenge when you're new to the game. The only issue is you get to unlock a match type every time you become a number one contender, and other than the match to unlock the type, you get to choose the type of match and rules in every other fight... not very realistic if you're a fan of the real thing.
So, a great improvement on last year, but lose Road to Wrestle Mania (it's only fun once) and make career mode more realistic by taking some choices away from the player and THQ could have a winner for 2010.
I am not really a fan of WWE games or its TV product but this game made a welcome change for me when i picked this up. The games is easy to get into with simple controls once mastered with plenty of modes to boot. All the famous stars are on here, such as John Cena, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker and there are a lot of varying match types for all your grappling needs, 1 v 1, 2 v 2, hardcore, ladder, cage and hell in a cell are all on here ready for you to play. Single player is good but not that encapsulating and can become repetitive fairly easy which is where the multiplayer option comes in handy, becomes very competitive on multiplayer when you are trying to beat friends and there is a laugh to have by all. If your into wrestling then this is a must buy for you, and if your not a wrestling fan then you should give it a try.
Smackdown vs Raw 2009 comes back again, but after the previous games in the series, will there be something new? The answer is yes yes yes, there are more match types and new modes, you also get to wave the wii remote around as if your actually wrestling.
As usual, there is the usual career mode in which you can create your own wrestler or choose and existing one and you just carry on winning matches and build up your attributes. Theres another mode called Road to Wrestlemania, where you can play as different WWE superstars. There is a galore of matches and weapons to defeat your opponent with so you'll never be bored if you have friends or siblings that like to play with you.
Its indeed very fun but also very tiring to keep swinging the wii remote around. The coordination is sometimes not that good but its very fun to see you actually controlling yourself using your very own movements
If your bored playing a computer, why not go online? )The times i went on, ive always found a strong competitor, so train yourself up before you start)Its great to see your created wrestler fight your way to the top online though. it gives a sense of accomplishment.
It great to see this finally onto the Nintendo Wii and be waiting for a long time. The gameplay keeps the customer interested while moving your hands up and down to control you chosen character. The price tag did make me think of not buy this game but I thought I'd give it a go. As I've never been a huge fan of wrestling on the tele but the games have always made me interested playing them on the playstation.
There is a lot of disappointing features on the game, first of all is the way you control the character, you'd wish that the Nintendo Wii game could offer more to keep your character under control. As I've had experience on the playstation 2 playing the older games, this game doesn't come close at all. Sorry fans. I wish I had long to play this as a got my money back from the game as better games are out there!
Smackdown vs Raw finally back on the Wii after last years awful game which felt like a test demo Yukes and THQ have really took it further for the Wii this time around.
Smackdown vs Raw 2009 has a lot more to chose from unlike 2008 which only had 5 match types in 2009 it has been expanded with a lot more to do and even having 6 people in the ring at once when SVR2008 on the Wii only had 4.
Well let me just talk about what is on the main menu
Exhibition - This allows you to play any type of match you want Single, Tag, Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Cage, Royal Rumble, Battle Royle and there is more I for one am happy that the Royal Rumble has been put into this years game.
My WWE - In this part you can change the roster and move wrestlers to different brands. This part mostly comes into play in career mode where you can chose what wrestlers come onto each brand.
Road To WrestleMania - This is the main story mode and it's not bad it has tried to act like how the show really is with using a certain wrestler. In this mode you can only play as Triple H, CM Punk, Undertaker, John Cena and Chris Jericho. There is also a tag story featuring Rey Mysterio and Batista. The stories are decent each one has there own story Jericho's is about a code and a masked man. Triple H story is about Evolution and DX which is good as for the others I have not really tired those yet. The thing that I hate is that you can't play as anyone else and I would of liked it if you could chose Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Edge or even Shawn Michaels. The problem with this mode it is short it starts at January and ends at Wrestlemania which is about 12 to 14 matches and you don't even fight in the Royal Rumble. Oh and it has some pathetic stories one of them has the Undertaker turning Santino Marella and Finlay into zombies which to me is over the top I have never seen anything as daft.
Game Modes - This was in the Wii version of 2008 it has the same boring tournament mode and career mode which is just pretty much the same as what 2008 had to offer on the Wii version last year so it's boring and annoying. This mode also does not feature any cut scenes. The career mode has you challeging for belts you will have to get a good rank between matches in order to get a chance for the title. The start of career mode is easy it's to easy once you get onto a main title it starts getting a bit harder but not really hard. I recommend using your Created Wrestler when on career mode as this is the only way to build up your wrestlers stat points.
Create Modes - In this section you create your own wrestler like other version the only difference is you can't make your own finisher not that I was to bothered about it (I have the PS3 version to do that anyway). However in this mode you can select your own entrance moves that you want to do during the wrestlers entrance which is a good thing.
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection - Finally it's online and I like this as it has rankings the problems is that it can get hard finding a game at times unless you know anyone else who plays it and you can also text chat to people just before your about to get into a game. However in this mode there is no interactive entrances but there is interactive victory's. At certain times you will find a lot of people playing the game the only problem is most people only play single player matches I can ever find someone else wanting to play tag team.
The controls are very easy to get use to and a more moves have been added to the game and some wrestlers do have the same moves as others which is annoying. However the special moves look great when playing a match I like the slow down then which you have done your special move it goes back to normal. Sometimes the controls just never respond much.
The graphics on this are an improvement I think they look good specially for the Wii to be honest there not the best but it's not graphics that always matters to me it's gameplay. As for the arena's Tribute to The Troops is actually in the Wii version which it looks great it is how it is suppose to be and it is outside and is my favorite on the game as for WrestleMania 24 arena it's not even outdoors and the actual arena was.
The health bar from last year has been improved unlike last year which made it more of a arcade fighting game it has been made more in to a wrestling style as matches last longer and you can get out of pins much easier my wagging the analogue stick on the nunchuck can get a bit annoying sometimes.
The commentary is better there feels more of a point of it been here on this years game unlike last years because matches were so short it felt it wasn't needed now that matches are longer I think it is needed. The commentary has Michael Coal and Johnathan Coachman doing it for SmackDown, JR and King do it for Raw, Joey Styles and Tazz provide the game commentary on the ECW arena only. The commentary is good in the Road to Wrestlemania mode as they do provide information on what has happened with in the game. The commentary is outdated I sort of would have liked Mike Adamle on commentary just for him to say Jamaican me Crazy Kofi however I was glad Joey was on commentary in my opinion he will always be the voice of ECW.
I do think that the Wii version has been improved and it is way better then the awful SVR2008 we got last year on Wii. I was glad that THQ/Yukes did listen to the people and even make the Wii version online which to me is a bonus. However the career mode is boring it's quite dull plus no cut scenes and Road to Wrestlemania is disappointing as it is limited to what wrestlers you can select. I recommend the game it has had a lot of improvements which was needed. This game in my opinion needed the GM Mode back because I for one did enjoy it
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii significantly expands its match type options, giving fans more ways to enjoy the WWE experience on this unique gaming platform.