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For those that have played Smackdown v Raw games in the past this will be easily accessible, the 2009 update has not changed much from the 2008 version. The same concept applies; all the wrestlers from WWE are available to play as with their signature moves and entrance music, with a variety of match types on offer. The new one for 2009 is the inferno match, this involve the ring being surrounded in flames while you fight in it. This is does not add anything new to the game with Hell in a Cell and Tag matches being much better. A good aspect of SvR 2009 is the Road to Wrestlemania mode, this involves playing a pre-scripted story with a selection of different characters, this is good but once you have played it as each character there is no replay value. Unfortunately the career mode is very boring with no story lines involved just match after match. The ever growing create mode has a nice addition with the create a finisher function, this works really well with a huge selection of options giving the chance to create some good finishers or recreate old wrestlers moves. All in all a tidy update in the series without actually setting the world alight.
Bought this game recently due to it being really cheap and having favourable reviews. I wasn't expecting much to be honest but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I'd just bought the most definitive wrestling experience available on a console at the moment.
If you've played any of the previous games then you've played this one in effect, it's the same game with an extra layer of polish. You have exhibition mode to set up custom matches, career mode and create modes. There's a couple of new things in there to spice it up such as the silly inferno match which involves a ring surrounded by fire and the new create a finisher mode.
There is also a new mode called 'Road to Wrestlemania' which is a kind of enhanced career mode available for certain characters but not all. For the rest of the characters and any created characters you'll have to play through the not as good career mode which is the same as it has been in every other version.
The graphics are the same as the last game with animations and scenery being recycled quite heavily. The roster has been upgraded I guess because I don't recognise half of the characters anymore (I don't follow WWE now) but fans will probably recognise most of them. As has always been the case with this series there are glitches which non wrestling game fans just adore to point out but if you're accustomed to the genre then you will certainly over look them.
Exhibition offers just about every match up you could want although the casket match had been replaced by inferno but both are silly and probably wouldn't be played too often. There is a greater emphasis on tag matches now with more multiplayer elements being incorporated such as the new 'hot tag' system which allows a tag team to gain the upper hand with a one use super tag move. Everything can be customised in terms of rules such as ring out counts, disqualification toggling etc so you really can create your dream match up should you desire to. Oh and you can play online too, voice chat included.
The create modes are extremely rich, it took me a good hour to create my own character including appearance (one for ring one for entrance), entrance motions and move set. I'll admit I spent a lot of time just cueing fireworks for the entrance because it's awesome! You can also use custom music from the PS3 hard disk for your entrance music cool or what? I like the new create a finisher mode too. You basically choose from a sequence of existing moves and string them together to create your finisher. I went for a choke slam hold to a poison mist to a kick in the face ;) Good times indeed.
I haven't mentioned everything about the game and there is more to mention but seriously find it out for yourself, it's in every game bargain bin in the country! If you've ever liked wrestling then chances are you'll enjoy reliving some of the most exciting aspects of sports entertainment.
Back when I was younger I remember sitting in front of my living room tv and watching the wrestling and all those huge names of old (Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, Brett the Hitman, Randy Savage, etc) so when I spotted this game for less than £10 I decided that I would give it a try but does it live up to expectations and hopes or does it destroy the memories?
On first loading the game I was impressed to find a huge amount of variety available in the ways of battle (cage match, hell in a cell, tag team, 1 vs 1, etc) so once selecting the style of game wanted I was able to move onto selecting my fighter. This is where things fell a little flat for me as I did not recognise so many of the names as I had hoped to but thankfully some I do remember like Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker but for those who still watch the wrestling regularly this is not something which will be of concern.
Once the game loaded I was continuing to feel impressed thanks to the ring entrance scenes and stunning presentation. Thanks to the excellent standards of graphics in this game the entire thing is brilliant and manages to draw you in to the experience which is what wrestling always specialised in.
The game has an excellent control setup which enables the gamer to play easily whilst also allowing more moves than experienced in previous wrestling games on the consoles. The game for me is a top line offering with everything feeling perfect and fitting into market well whilst also allowing the user to experience a game which makes use of the capability of the next generation consoles and especially the PS3.
A great game with an all round top feel and a brilliant price so if you are in the mood to wrestle your way onto the next generation of gaming then this is one for you.
Lucky for me I got this game for 9.99 on offer from Shopto net a few months back. The 2009 game came with some major updates including for the first time ever the new create your own move! Other than this other new modes including a new story mode and superstar specific story mode in the game to! The removal of the GM Mode in the game was not a happy one and I would like to see that back in the game.
The first thing I can say I love about this game is the quality of the graphics. Wrestlers have their full entrances and also look very real in the game to. Randy Orton for me is the most realistic looking one and even pulls of some of his mean expressions.
Not every single move in the game has been re animated but you can do that your self now. Sick of seeing John Cena pull of the FU in the same manner? With the new create a move you can now add a slap or a kick before he pulls the move off making it much better for new fresh game play for your self.
I was a little upset with the story mode as you could only use certain wrestlers! They had a weird story mode for John Cena and his battle at the end was against MVP. They could have certainly improved the story mode and will do hopefully for the next game that comes around.
The best thing about the game is the awesome game play in the game. The animations are fantastic and you can now pull of a lot of moves with out the reversal issue that happened in the 2008 edition of the game.Smackdown vs Raw 2009 has got a lot of successful points about if you ask me top wrestling game!
This is a real improvement on previous releases in this series. The eventual addition of the inferno match option, is welcomed but could do with some improving in the future. THe story mode however, is where this game comes into its own. A tag team story mode is available for the first time ever and combine this with the lengthy singles story mode. The easy control system makes this easy to play, whether you are a first time player of a WWE game or someone with a bit more experience of the controls. One GREAT addition on the PS3 version is the bonus of the Wrestlemania 25 main event of Undertaker V Edge available to watch in HIGH DEFINITION. Anyone who has HD capabilities on the TV which their PS3 is connected to, I would DEFINITELY advise you to watch this as it gives an indication of the quality of the WWE Blu Rays. ROLL ON THE 2010 version
The Number One fighting game franchise in the world is back on the PlayStation 3 with WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, giving wrestling fans the definitive simulation of the WWE experience. The latest version brings enhanced graphics, new matches, a huge roster of wrestlers, and more to keep WWE fans excited for a long time to come.