WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 (PS2)
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 (PS2)
TAG TEAM EXPLOSION - WWE SmackDown vs.Raw 2009 unleashes a brand new tag team match. Buildmomentum and attributes as a team, destroy opponents with high-impact double teams, pull off new bone-crunching tag team finishers and get the "hot tag" for the win.
ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA - Pave the way to WWE's biggest event of the year through WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009's new story mode, which features the franchise's first-ever co-op storyline.
CREATE-A-FINISHER - Construct the most devastating moves ever unleashed in a WWE ring with this brand new interface. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 lets players customize all aspects of created Superstars - even their very own finishing moves.
NEW ONLINE FUNCTIONALITY- Extend the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 gameplay experience with downloadable content and much more
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Positively though,there is more arenas and better matches,such as the inferno and gauntlet match. Graphics are top draw for a ps2 machine and the story lines are good and dont take forever to complete.
Overall for a ps2 game,its very good.
The problems I have with this game is that gone are the enjoyable season modes where you can build up your career over the course a few seasons and you have interesting stories lines with different wrestlers (although in my opinion the last time I enjoyed the season modes were in Smackdown Shut Your Mouth and Here Comes The Pain).
I felt that the road to Wrestlemainia stories were too short and once completed it felt like an anticlimax. Within the road to Wrestlemania you can unlock certain wrestlers but gone are such legends as Bret "The Hit Man" Hart, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, The Rock to be replaced by bloody Rick Flair, The Boogeyman Man, Some Random Masked Man and some Random Army Bloke Called Tony, I don't want to play as these, give me the legends back.
Even though the controls are simpler buy using L1 then directions for strong or normal grapple then direction again to execute the moves, I feel that the range of moves are quite limited and become quite repetitive. THQ could of used the simple moves to their advantage and have more variety of moves as there are three other shoulder buttons.
The career mode is fun to an extent of collecting belts, but it does get awfully repetitive as you chose a belt path, you then get a choice of four wrestlers to face and you beat them at the end your match is awarded 1-5 stars (based on Excitement, Technicality and End Result), once you have accumulated 15 Stars you can then challenge for the No1 contender spot which is usually a special match type once you win this you then challenge for the championship belt and then you start the whole process again for the next belt- boring!
The neat thing about career mode is that as you wrestle you pick up experience points so you wrestler becomes better over time, but the annoying thing is that once your wrestler hits the 70 overall rating your stats increase at a ridiculously slow rate afterwards. This isn't a big deal to start with as even on a hard setting most of the matches are quite easy to win. However, once you reach the World Heavy Weight and WWE championship paths the difficulty increases by two or three notches and when your stuck on about 75 overall, the matches are bloody hard to win.
My other gripe with Career mode is the lack of matches to chose from as you have a choice of- Manager, Cage, Hell in a Cell, ECW Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table and TCL, in the Singles match you can edit the match to make it a no DQ match. It would be of a nice touch if you could have the inferno match in career mode (as its in exhibition mode), also why is there no elimination chamber, I quite, First Blood, Casket, Buried Alive Stretcher Matches? It would of been nice if there were also inclusion of the Battle Royal and Fatal Four way and handi cap matches. I must say that the most disappointing of all though is that you can challenge for the Hardcore belt, but there is no hardcore anywhere falls match, the only match which comes close to this is the ECW one. Then once you win all the belts you get a nice pat on the back and told to keep defending them, however once you lose a belt you have to win the no1 contenders match in order to challenge for it again (theres no rematch clause here)
So as you can see the negatives out weigh the positives, I would save your money and go for SvR 2011 as this seems like a much better buy.
The controls are less complicated (with really only Fists of Fury remaining as standard and the rest of the attributes virtually optional)and excellent graphics.
However, in my opinion, the UK has got the short end of the stick, as it seems our copies have been duplicated from a pre-finished version. I say that because of certain glaring faults which would've been picked up by any tester worth his salt such as-
If Hornswoggle is used as a manager, if you try to pick up the Shilleighly he throws in, your wrestler will freeze and you will have to re-start the match with NO Shilleighlies.
Can't drag an opponent to the ropes from the middle of the ring during an Inferno match, which is ESSENTIAL to win (to win- try to knock your opponent down right next to the ropes, stand him up, then 'rotate' VERY near to the ropes).
There are other flaws, but I think to mention them would be nit-picking and most non-obsessive wrestle-fans won't notice them, although I will say the first two copies I had were missing the 'GAME MODES' section (in which the sub-menus were 'CAREER' and 'TOURNAMENT').
The roster is weak, the creation suite barely different from previous iterations, and the 'season mode' is very poor indeed.
Better off buying 2008 if you just have a PS2
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It is easy to play for all ages(just ask my dad)and the best sdvr game so far.