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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
SmackDownvsRaw09.jpg
NTSC Boxart of the ps3 version of WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 featuring D-Generation X
Developer(s) Yuke's
TOSE (Nintendo DS)
Publisher(s) THQ
Series WWE SmackDown vs. Raw
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Mobile
Release date(s) JP January 22, 2009[1]
NA November 9, 2008[2][3][1]
EU November 7, 2008[3]
AUS November 6, 2008[4]
Genre(s) Professional wrestling, Fighting
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer, multiplayer online
Rating(s) BBFC: 15[5]
ESRB: T[2]
OFLC: M[2]
PEGI: 16+[6]
Media Blu-ray Disc, Wii Optical Disc, DVD, DS game card, UMD, THQ Mobile
Input methods Gamepad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 (often shortened to WWE SvR 2009 or WWE SvR '09), is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox 360 video game consoles. It is the tenth video game in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series, and is the sequel to its predecessor, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 and is succeeded by WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010.[7][8] TOSE oversaw development for the Nintendo DS version.[8] The game was released on November 9, 2008 in North America.

The video game is based on the professional wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is named after two of the promotion's three brands, Raw and SmackDown.[7][9] The game introduced a few key new features including the Inferno match, a revamped tag team match, and four new game modes: Create-a-Finisher, Road to WrestleMania, Career and multiplayer season.

Contents

Tagline

Alone You're Great; Together You're Unstoppable

Gameplay

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Match gameplay

One of the game's most prominent features is the enhanced tag team match.[9] Additions in the match include new ways of tagging the player's tag team partner such as the hot tag, which can help save the player in the match if they are in trouble, and the forced blind tag, where the illegal partner can tag his or herself into the ring. The legal player's tag team partner has more of a part to play in this match and will aid the player by holding an opponent on the ropes while on the apron (pictured), and pulling down the ropes for an opponent who is dashing towards them, sending them out of the ring.[10] Teams will now share their own momentum meter, attributes and double team finishers.[7]

Tag teams are a major focus in this game with a reworked tag team match and co-operative season mode.

SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is the first WWE video game to include the Inferno match, a match where the player has to set their opponent on fire. It is similar the real life match which takes place with the ring surrounded by fire coming from gas fed pipes. To win the player must increase the temperature of the ring by performing more devastating moves. As soon as the temperature reaches 500°F (or in the EU version 300°C), the player can then begin to set their opponent on fire. To set a person on fire, you (as previously stated) raise the temperature to max temp. and drag the person towards the ropes provided that the opponent is badly injured.[11] However this match type is not available for the Wii.

Several matches absent in previous games also returned to the series. The backstage brawl, where players can battle in either the locker room or the backstage "Gorilla position" with a variety of weapons at their disposal, returned and replaced the parking lot brawl match featured in the last game.[12][13] The Gauntlet match also is a newly featured match selection in the Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 series.[14]

Both the Wii and DS versions now include new match types, such as the Steel Cage and Ladder match, with the DS version in addition also featuring tables and TLC matches.[7]

Fighting styles, a major feature from the previous version, were removed. However, the fighting abilities used there were kept and enhanced with each wrestler possessing six out of twenty different abilities that would aid the player in specific areas.[11] New to the game is the inclusion of signature moves, moves secondary in importance next to their finishing moves. When in full momentum, the players can choose to store a signature move instead of performing a finishing move which they can perform later.[15]

A new semi-auto targeting system was implemented into the game, which will generally automatically target a particular wrestler the player wants to attack but can also be controlled in-game by the player.[16]

Japanese company TOSE took over from Amaze Entertainment in development for the Nintendo DS version.[8] Unlike the previous year's game whose gameplay was focused exclusively on the handheld's stylus, this year's edition instead uses by default the D-pad for movement and the left shoulder button for finishing moves. The DS version's gameplay is now similar to that from the other consoles with full movement control around the ring for the wrestler and a stamina meter to build up for a finishing move. Grappling, attacks and submissions will still be controlled by the stylus.[17]

Game modes

Road To Wrestlemania: In this new mode, players can choose from five superstars to play as in single-player storylines: Triple H, CM Punk, The Undertaker, John Cena, or Chris Jericho.[18] The storylines featured in the mode are tailor made to fit the chosen wrestler's character with each cutscene made exclusively for the wrestler.[7][19]

  • As part of the game's new emphasis on tag teams, a co-operative storyline was also included in the mode, in which players can take the parts of Rey Mysterio and Dave Batista respectively.[10][18] For the first time. the Wii version will also include the Road to WrestleMania mode, replacing their equivalent Main Event mode in the previous edition.[7]

Plots

  • John Cena: After beating M.V.P. in a match, M.V.P. creates a society (known as "Better than U-topia") composed of three wrestlers. Will Cena defeat M.V.P. and reclaim the squared circle?
  • Undertaker: Undertaker battles Finlay and Santino Marella and is constantly being targeted by someone only known as, "The Man". Later on in the story, it is revealed that "The Man" is, in fact, The Boogeyman. Will Undertaker defeat a monster with a monster?
  • Triple H: Triple H, after battling Randy Orton, then becomes the Special Referee for a match between Orton and Shawn Michaels.

However, the player will have to choose who the winner will be. If Shawn wins, D-Generation X is reunited, and if Orton wins, the team known as Evolution is reunited.

  • CM Punk: After defeating Tommy Dreamer in a match, Tazz begins a conflict between him and Punk. Will Punk beat the ECW legend?
  • Batista and Rey Mysterio: The plot is based around which wrestler the player plays, and there are two alternate endings to this Road To Wrestlemania.

Career Mode: Unlike the Road to WrestleMania mode, all superstars and divas featured in the game are eligible to play including wrestlers created by the player in Create-A-Superstar mode. The main aim of this mode is for the player to fight their way up the rankings for a particular title of their choice, in match types that they can also choose. After each match, the player's character is awarded attribute points based on the style of wrestling the player used. [20]

Nintendo DS: Fully inspired by the TOSE-developed game, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, the Nintendo DS version has an RPG element to their season mode. Players will be able to roam around the arena, improve their characters through the training room or WWE Shop and interact with superstars to start feuds. The player is given missions to complete in order to become a champion.[9][17][21] Created wrestlers will be eligible to use in this career mode.[7]

Create modes

A screenshot of the new Create-A-Finisher mode, where players can form their own finishing move.

The series features a new Create Mode: The Create-A-Finisher feature.[9] In it, the player has the ability to chain a selection of up to 10 out of over 500 animations to make unique finishing moves along with the choice to speed up or slow down the animations.[10][22] Created finishers are limited to moves starting with both wrestlers standing face-to-face, with THQ suggesting future games will develop on more starting positions.[22] The Create-A-Finisher feature is not available on the Wii version of the game.

The other major new addition to the game's create modes is the addition of the Highlight Reel, where players can record the last 30 seconds of an ongoing match, and edit the clips together afterwards with custom camera angles and added visual and sound effects. Players can save up to 20 files and can upload them for online users to see.[23] The mode is featured on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Both Create-A-Finisher and Highlight Reel have replaced the Create-A-Belt feature, which was taken out due its lack of support from fans.[24]

The Create-A-Superstar mode is in the major consoles, but now features physics-based clothing items that will sway around realistically such as loose clothing and necklaces.[25] About 70% of the parts in the mode are now 3D with about 25 to 30% of the mode featuring new content.[19] For the first time, the Nintendo DS version features a limited version of the Create-A-Superstar mode.[8]

A roster editor has also been introduced to change the wrestler's brand, face/heel disposition and titles for exhibition matches. The game's Create-A-Stable mode has also been incorporated into the editor under the Team Management name.[26]

The Create-An-Entrance mode has now been extended to feature created entrances for tag teams.[27] The Wii version will feature a Create-An-Entrance mode like the other versions except a limited created entrance for tag teams. Instead, utilizing the Wii Remote and nunchuk, it will feature interactive entrances and victory celebrations, such as posing or beating down an opponent post-match.[10] Successful poses during the player's entrance will give them more momentum and bonuses at the start of the match.[7]

Online features

The Wii version now includes online gameplay as well as rankings.[8][9] Voice chat functionality for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were confirmed. Also note that if a tattoo is used on your created superstar, he/she will not be prohibited online.[7] However, online play is not available for the PlayStation 2 version.[16]

After complaints about outdated rosters in the previous games, THQ stated that the game will provide downloadable content to keep the game as up to date as possible with new wrestlers and alternate attires.[7][10].

Development

The in-game commentary in the major console versions feature three announcing teams like the previous version but is considered to have a more play-by-play aspect this time.[7] According to THQ, loading times for the game have been reduced by 50%, affecting such areas as wrestler entrances.

Soundtrack

Like the previous games in the series, the soundtrack consists of a mixture of entrance theme songs used by the wrestlers (many of which are composed by WWE's music director Jim Johnston) and the following licensed songs.[28]

Also, some wrestlers' entrance theme songs can be played in the game's menus. You can also give any wrestler their own entrance music from any audio file saved on your console's hard drive.[11]

P.O.D. contributed with two of their songs, "Addicted" and "Booyaka 619", featured in the game's soundtrack.

Marketing and release

Production of the game was officially announced on March 27, 2008 by IGN and THQ.[7][9] IGN released their first video game trailer and screenshots for SmackDown vs. Raw 2009. The trailer featured The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) in a tag team match against Randy Orton and Mr. Kennedy at the SummerSlam pay-per-view and the new tag team match features were explained.[7] A commercial for the game was released in October, starring Triple H along with John Cena, Batista, Big Show, Hornswoggle, Lilian Garcia and Kelly Kelly.[29]

A demo for the game was released in October for the PlayStation 3 console, featuring the singles and tag team matches with Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Shawn Michaels and Triple H as playable characters.[30]

The contents of the Collector's Edition for the PlayStation 3 in North America.

As with the previous game, a special collector's edition of SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for the PlayStation 3 was released, which includes the game, special steel cage packaging, and a Blu-ray Disc featuring matches from Raw and SmackDown shows as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the game.[31] This release was exclusive to the North American region.

A similar collector's edition was released in European regions, which features a special plastic ring, which has the same dimensions as a Blu-ray case. It also has the same Blu-ray disc as the North American release included in this package.

In September 2008, the British wrestling and MMA magazine Fighting Spirit published a private memo sent by the WWE to the members of the gaming press that were covering the game's release. The memo instructed the press not to publish screenshots of any characters bleeding or using weapons. Specifically, the memo declared that no Triple H screenshots could be used that showed his character "in a defenseless or vulnerable position." In a blurb titled "Digital Politics," the magazine defied the WWE's demand and published a screenshot of Triple H being dominated by Kane.[32][33][34][35] The magazine Power Slam later corroborated the memo.

On August 4, 2009, THQ re-released SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 as a part of PS3's Greatest Hits collection.

Reception

System Metacritic GameRankings
Nintendo DS 58/100 (12 reviews) 55.56% (1 review)[36]
PlayStation 2 78/100 (9 reviews)[37] 77.44% (1 review)[38]
PlayStation 3 78/100 (33 reviews)[39] 77.89% (1 review)[40]
PlayStation Portable 72/100 (7 reviews) 72.90% (6 reviews)[41]
Wii 79/100 (15 reviews)[42] 78.18% (17 reviews)[43]
Xbox 360 79/100 (43 reviews)[44] 79.02% (30 reviews)[45]

The game has received generally mixed to positive reviews from gaming critics. Critics generally praised the Road to WrestleMania. IGN were however more critical of the game, calling the gameplay "noticeably stale" from previous games and citing the Highlight Reel and Create-A-Finisher modes as limited.

GameSpot gave the console versions a 7.5 out of 10, lauding the game's graphics and the large number of moves, match types, single player modes and improved AI. Some aspects of the game's presentation were criticized, particularly movement animations, clipping issues and weak sound effects.[46]

While the reception for the Nintendo DS version was varied between critics, both IGN and GamesMaster criticized its touch-screen control scheme, suggesting that button-based control would have been more ideal.[47]

G4's X-Play scored the game a 4-out-of-5.

The South African Gaming Magazine "NAG" Gave the game 80% And gave the Road to Wrestlemania the following reviews:

Chris Jericho: 10/10

Triple H: 8.5 /10

John Cena: 7.5 / 10

CM Punk: 5 / 10

Batista & Rey Mysterio: 9/10

The Undertaker: 8/10

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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
Image:WWE_SmackDown_vs._Raw_2009_image.jpg
Developer(s) YUKE's Future Media Creators
Publisher(s) THQ
Release date November 1, 2008
Genre Professional Wrestling
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer, multiplayer online
Age rating(s) ESRB: RP
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Mobile
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD, DS game card, Wii optical disc, Universal Media Disc, THQ Mobile
Input DualShock 2, Xbox 360 Controller, SIXAXIS Controller, DualShock 3, Wii Remote
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is the tenth video game in the WWE SmackDown professional wrestling series, and is the direct sequel to its predecessor, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008.

The video game is based on the professional wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment, and is named after two of the promotion's three brands, Raw and SmackDown. The game is being developed by YUKE's Future Media Creators and will be published by THQ, the same developer and producer for all WWE SmackDown series video games so far. TOSE will oversee development for the Nintendo DS version.

Contents

Gameplay

Match gameplay

One of the game's most prominent features is the enhanced tag team match. Additions in the match include new ways of tagging the player's tag team partner such as the reversible hot tag, which can help save the player in the match if they are in trouble, and the forced blind tag, where the partner tags themself into the ring. The player's tag team partner has more of a part to play in this match and will aid the player by holding an opponent by the ropes while on the apron, and the pulling down the ropes for an opponent dashing towards them, sending them out of the ring. Teams will now share their own momentum meter, attributes and double team finishers.

SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will be the first WWE video game to include the Inferno match, a match where the player has to set their opponent on fire. Unlike the real life match which which takes place with the ring surrounded by fire coming from gas fed pipes, the ring ropes themselves will be on fire. To win the player must increase the temperature of the ring by performing more devastating moves. As soon as the temperature reaches 500°F, the player can then begin to set their opponent on fire.

Both the Wii and DS versions will now include new matches, such as the steel cage and ladder match, with the DS version in addition also featuring tables and TLC matches.

Fighting styles, a major feature from the previous version, will be removed but the fighting abilities used there will be kept and enhanced with each wrestler possessing six out of twenty different abilities that would aid the player in specific areas.

The in-game commentary will feature three announcing teams like the previous version but will have more of a play-by-play aspect this time. According to THQ, 50% of loading times for the game has been reduced, affecting such areas as wrestler entrances. Artificial intelligence, hit detection and animation have also been worked on.

Japanese company TOSE will take over from Amaze Entertainment in development for the Nintendo DS version. Unlike the previous year's game whose gameplay was focused exclusively on the handheld's stylus, this year's edition will instead use the D-pad for movement and the left shoulder button for finishing moves. The DS version's gameplay is now similar to that from the other consoles with full movement control around the ring for the wrestler and a stamina meter to build up for a finishing move. Grappling, attacks and submissions will still be controlled by the stylus.

Development

Production of the video game was officially announced on March 27, 2008 by IGN and THQ, respectively, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox 360 video game consoles. IGN released their first video game trailer and screenshots for SmackDown vs. Raw 2009. The trailer featured The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) in a tag team match against Randy Orton and Mr. Kennedy at the SummerSlam pay-per-view, where the new tag team match features were explained.

Roster

RAW

  • Ashley
  • Batista
  • Beth Phoenix
  • Candice
  • Charlie Haas (downloadable content)
  • Chris Jericho
  • Chuck Palumbo
  • CM Punk
  • Cody Rhodes
  • Hardcore Holly
  • JBL
  • Jillian (unlockable)
  • John Cena
  • JTG
  • Kane
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Lance Cade
  • Layla (unlockable)
  • Melina
  • Mickie James
  • Mr. McMahon (unlockable)
  • Paul London
  • Randy Orton
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Santino Marella
  • Shad
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Snitsky (unlockable)
  • Ted DiBiase, Jr. (downloadable content)
  • William Regal

SmackDown!

  • Big Daddy V
  • Big Show
  • Brian Kendrick
  • Carlito
  • Curt Hawkins (unlockable)
  • Edge
  • Festus
  • The Great Khali
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Jesse
  • Jimmy Wang Yang
  • Maria
  • Michelle McCool
  • Mr. Kennedy
  • MVP
  • Ric Flair (unlockable)
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Super Crazy (downloadable content)
  • Trevor Murdoch
  • Triple H
  • Umaga
  • The Undertaker
  • Victoria
  • Zack Ryder (unlockable)

ECW

  • The Boogeyman (unlockable)
  • Chavo Guerrero
  • Elijah Burke
  • Evan Bourne (downloadable content)
  • Finlay
  • Hornswoggle (unlockable manager)
  • John Morrison
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Mark Henry
  • Matt Hardy
  • The Miz
  • Tazz (unlockable)
  • Tommy Dreamer


Misc

  • Masked Man (unlockable)
  • Tony (unlockable)

Images

Image:Hornswoggle_In_SVR_2009.jpg Image:Edge_SVR_2009.jpg



WWE games
Smackdown series
Smackdown!- Know Your Role- Just Bring It- Shut Your Mouth- Here Comes the Pain
Raw series
Raw (1994)- Raw (2002)- Raw 2
Smackdown vs. Raw series
WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw- 2006- 2007- 2008- 2009- 2010
Program/Pay Per View games
Superstars (1989)- Superstars (1991)- Superstars 2- Royal Rumble (1993)- In Your House- Royal Rumble (2000)- No Mercy- Survivor Series
WrestleMania games
WrestleMania (NES)- Challenge- WrestleMania (1991)- Steel Cage- Super WrestleMania- The Arcade Game- 2000- Road to WrestleMania- Road to WrestleMania X8- X8- XIX- 21- Legends of WrestleMania
Other games
WrestleFest- European Rampage Tour- King of the Ring- Rage in the Cage- War Zone- Attitude- Betrayal- Day of Reckoning- Aftershock- Day of Reckoning 2
Non-Wrestling games
With Authority!- Crush Hour

This article uses material from the "WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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