WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2009 is the latest in the series from THQ and really has improved from the 2008 offering. This time the main focus appears to be on tag teams and working together in matches. To show this feature off there is the co-op tag team Road to Wrestlemanis mode where you and a friend team up as Batista and Rey Mysterio in a series of matches trying to win and defend the tag titles then face off against each other. This is really good fun with some fantastic presentation but unfortunately is over very quickly. You can also play this mode in single player as one of the selected superstars, which as you progress completing certain in-match objectives earns you additional superstars to play as, as well as new costumes and arenas. There are also dozens of moves per superstar, which are mainly pulled off by using the right stick on the controller. This adds so much realism to the game that you'll think that you're watching a real match when playing. It also gives so much variety to each superstar that it will take you a while to master each one. The roster is fairly up to date and there are updates available on PSN for new superstars as well as some classics.
Visually this game looks very nice with some very impressive arenas and entrances. Each superstar looks very similar to their real-life counterparts and move and act in the same ways too. The commentary is accurate to exactly what is going on in the match at the time and the commentators change depending on which franchise is being used. The music is all the same as the real entrance and show music too.
There are so many match types to choose from including the basic one-on-one and tag team as well as steel cage, TLC, Inferno, Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber (my personal favourite), Royal Rumble, Ladder, Battle Royale, ECW extreme rules, first blood, Iron Man, handicap, 3-on-3, as well as many, many more , so if you're playing this on multiplayer this games has very long-lasting appeal as there is just so much choice here.
I can't imagine how they can make next year's game any better in all honesty as this is easily the best wrestling game since the ones on the N64 10 years ago.