WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW '09 suits up

THQ and Jakks bringing retooled editions of its popular World Wrestling Entertainment franchise to X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, DS, Wii, and mobile this fall.

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The ebb and flow of petty in-fighting is one of the primary characteristics of any good World Wrestling Entertainment story arc. The same can be said for the gaming franchise based off of the popular pastime, as its history has taken more than a few cues from its fantasized counterpart.

Tag-team takes a front seat this year.

In the three-way cage match that is the WWE-THQ-Jakks alliance, the game publisher has come out on top the most in recent months, with a United States District Court judge dismissing a WWE racketeering lawsuit brought against the two gamemakers in December, and THQ touting a court decision against Jakks over royalty rates earlier this month.

Luckily for fans of burly men grappling with one another, the entertainment label along with its game-making partners still manage to put aside their differences long enough to produce a game every year, and THQ today announced WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 will take to the ring this fall. As with last year, THQ will be releasing editions of the game on nearly every current platform, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, and mobile.

As is customary of annualized franchises, Jakks has performed a number of adjustments under the hood of its latest game. On the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and PSP, Jakks will be revisiting tag-team play, revising mechanics, and implementing a number of new ways to eliminate opponents. The franchise's character customization will be further expanded with a new Create-A-Finisher option, and the Road to WrestleMania career mode will feature co-op storylines. THQ also promises downloadable content to be available in the future.

With the Wii version of SmackDown! vs. RAW debuting last year, Jakks will be amping up the game's offerings with an expanded suite of modes, including online play. On the DS, SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 offers a number of alterations to the formula, including a redesigned Season mode that takes more of a role-playing tack. The roster of superstars has also been expanded, with the Create-a-Superstar mode now added to the DS edition.

Discussion

116 comments
MGVladutz
MGVladutz

SvR 2006 was the best if you ask me, but i wold not put down 07 it was good, but 2008 was a letdown because of benoit's death and with the deadline aproaching the ruined the game was patched and released, just cuz they removed benoit [they could have let him in the game as a final tribute besides what many of you would say].

TheRoshow
TheRoshow

RvS looks soooo, COOL!! I hope they have Manager Specials on this one. Like when Umaga's Manager breaks the Cigar Commanding Umaga to do the spike!! Or Hoursewaggel coming from under the ring distracting the Ref and sliding Finley the shalaly! Come up with a lot of different manager finishers to Manager w/ Tag Team Finishers would be cool. Special Ref. & Managers should wear ring entrence or cut scene attire.

friscoking2008
friscoking2008

Thats cool wat kind of matches will it have? i hope they put inferno match, casket, and parking lot, and new weapons , n punjabi match.

lhasalovers
lhasalovers

Hello GameSpot My Name Is Frazer And I Have a Question for you can tell me is it better then last year what is the gm mode and what is the season mode like this year and what wwe superstars like for the ps3 email me at fjenkins10@aol.com

norberto1995
norberto1995

If it's about the SVR series then 07 was the best + it was fighting game of the year. 08 could been allot bettR,and 08 also disapointed me. every SVR was great an fun with it's new thingies. but 08 haves almost nothing,only some characters,moves and ECW invade.They could atleast add an inferno or stretcher match. I don't know just something like that cause i did'nt care about the graphics and **** the game was fake enough.Rey Mysterio giving Khali a Last Ride :S. And the Wii version why the **** a Wii version !?? I just knew the Wii version would suck it's only fun for some few hours. Lets say 08 is waisting money.PLS THQ/Jakks Pacific dont let that happen with 09.BTW dont forget 2 do something about the online mode cause that sucked 2

onami0moon
onami0moon

07 was really good. 08 was good but could've put more wrestlers in it. I like what I'm reading about 09 but, the main three questions I want to know is.... when they said there's more than 30 wrestlers, could they go up some like.... 60? Could they put the spinner on both the wwe belt and the united states belt? Last when are they ever going make a season/story mode with the oppurtunity to go for any belt, as well as give the divas a part of the game instead of just putting them there to play with? Like make a story mode for them... If they could, they could put all the divas on there and put about 60 of male wrestlers on there(which includes the legends)

bigdaddy9202
bigdaddy9202

the introduction of a 2 player co-op story is a nice touch & tag team specials sounds cool but I really hope it's better than 2008 because that game was a huge letdown

shiftysim
shiftysim

I think THQ has to change their model. They need to release this game every two or even three years, because there really wasn't a whole lot of improvement in the last couple of years. Also it would really give them time to innovate or revamp and bring something to the table. As it stands, this game has gotten stale.

ocdog45
ocdog45

love the wwe, but last years game sucked

painpas
painpas

High probability of rehash. I'll see what TNA has tp offer first. Loved 2007, 2008 not enough wrestlers and it just bored me it was the same as the last year with better graphics.

stale911
stale911

2009 edition of Smackdown vs RAW sounds fairly good so far. And to answer your question futureoffootball, I am fairly confident that the co-op story mode was on either of the RAW games that were released exclusively for the Xbox.

thefutureofball
thefutureofball

didnt they have a co op storyline for the second smackdown already???

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

2007 was pretty good but I heard 2008 was a step back for the series

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

SavoyPrime If Yukes is still behind it, then I'm not interested. Where the hell is AKI??? ^ WINNAR!!! Ring the damn bell!!

jddb
jddb

who cares about the ds edition

jddb
jddb

SVR on wii was so awful

CLeRKSfan4life
CLeRKSfan4life

I really liked 2008 on the Wii so I'll probably be getting this one on the Wii as well. It depends how the new additions turn out though.

edge1000
edge1000

awesome! create a finisher should be great

sidious
sidious

I don't watch wrestling anymore, haven't for years. But wrestling games still hold a special place in my heart. I just hope that we start to see some true next gen improvements to the series with this installment. I wasn't to thrilled with the last two. I liked a lot of the mechanics such as the new grapple system and so forth, but the package as a whole seemed lacking, especially the story mode.

vivalabuck92
vivalabuck92

@jddb- some of them were on '08, so yeah I guess.

supersmashseal
supersmashseal

I love this series but i agree with WeWerePirates

userunknown11
userunknown11

if this game is same as last years.then i think the score for this game wont be higher then the old games becasue when you do something over and ovr again you give it the same score.you want a game with new features with different results .

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

ds version could be good if they leave the stylus out of it. the stylus in resident evil ds is cool but in svr it sucks. if i buy this edition it will be on xbox 360 i will only buy it if you actully have proper control over who you are facing though cause svr 2008 was anoying with its automatically facing people.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

WWE SvR 2009 announced. In other news Pope still Catholic.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Why bother with a DS version, really ... it was the worse possible version of the series to be ever released. I had no fun playing it at all!

phatmaster2k5
phatmaster2k5

Everything that has been announced right now is only what THQ is being able to say at the moment. If you read the extensive interview with one of the game's producers over at IGN.com, you will see they are making major changes. I loved 07, 08 was just ok, and 09 looks to be going the way of the past games. Hopefully there will be more match types though, say a 2 out of 3 falls match. Love that stuff.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If Yukes is still behind it, then I'm not interested. Where the hell is AKI???

jddb
jddb

IS ECW ON 2009

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

I am not impressed. This series needs a MAJOR overhaul. This series could take some notes from WWF NO MERCY (N64) and make this series FUN to play again. A non-buyer here.....

mufcbarlow1
mufcbarlow1

Ok so i dont need to see or hear anything more about this game to know this is going to suck. They release gameplay images already? wow that just shows how lazy they still are and are doing nothing to change this franchise.... The big change in this game is tag team???? LOL that wasnt the main problem with this game... Try fixing controls, gameplay, roster, graphics, physics and a presentation overhaul and i mite buy a smackdown vs raw game.

newown
newown

I haven't play WWE 2008 . and I don't see myself getting the 2009 in the future :? ... Unless it has the Online mode and none glitches things :roll:

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

For me the online mode has always been my favorite to play in smackdown. I would rather beat people up in the wwe games then shoot people in Halo or call of duty 4. 2008 had a bit of a learning curve that fought with your smackdown developed instincts that we've developed over the years, basically meaning the tiny control changes that would move L button - Y and Y - L button, but it was all good in the end.... Other then the really bad story mode that was worst then most years. Im still interested, but for me I wouldn't mind if they would just make a update online for $10 to get a updated roster and a few new matches then milk us for another $60.

planbfreak4eva
planbfreak4eva

wwe will never be a good game if its on all the systems...the differences are so minor every year and thats why am gonna skip this one....same with tony hawks....it will only be better if its on ps3, and 360...although i would prefer if it was exclusive to ps3

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Wow, I really am not sure if I want this game.

nomik
nomik

SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2009- WHAT SHOULD BE IMPROVED. -GAMEPLAY SHOULDN'T BE AS SLOW AS 2008 -LESS GOD DAMN GLITCHES -BETTER A.I, I MEAN ,MAKE THE WRESTLERS SMART AND GIVE THE GAME CHALLENGING LEVELS, NOT RETARTED AND SLOW LIKE 2008. -BETTER STORY MODE, 24/7 LAST YEAR WAS SLOW AND BORING AS HELL. - I WANNA SEE MORE MATCH TYPES: INFERNO MATCH LAST RIDE MATCH PARKING LOT BRAWL HAS BEEN SO BORING, I WANNA BE ABLE TO MOVE TO DIFFERENT AREAS IF I AM IN A BACKSTAGE BRAWL NOT STAY IN ONE BORING ASS AREA. KEEP UP THE GOOD GRAPHICS... IN MY OPINION THE MAIN REASON I DONT PLAY 2008 THAT MUCH IS BECAUSE, ITS TOO EASY, THE WRESTLERS ARE DUMB AND SLOW. THERE IS NOOOOO CHALENEGE, SOMETIMES I WANT THEM TO HIT ME, HOW REDICULUS IS THAT.???????? IF THESE GUYS DONT FIX THAT I AIN'T WASTE 60 DOLLORS PLUS TAX AND THAT GAME. AND THAT THE F****** BOTTOM LINE.

balls4hire
balls4hire

THQ will always be the company for wrestling games i agree with you jordanbiffle99 just because of good graphics doesn't mean your game will be spectacular. I mean look at Raw 2 for the xbox, graphics mean nothing it's gameplay and Midway have no games like that but the old school mortal kombat games.

satan112
satan112

Oo Create-A-Finisher! :D Wanted that for ages. I wonder how much depth there will be.. I think they should bring back the Create-A-Taunt mode from the old PSX games though.

da_illest101
da_illest101

hopefully it will go back to wat made it good, they should just take HCTP (best wrestling game ever yes better then N64 no mercy) and update it

HolteEnder4Life
HolteEnder4Life

from playing 2008, i wont ever play a smackdown vs raw again, waste of money.

userunknown11
userunknown11

if you say midway makes games sucks and stupid story line,then i guess your missing something.mortal kombat became one of the most popular fighting games.the developer red old history books of ninjas and chinese fighters.thats how they came up with those ideas and speficaly illustrated it.A new mortal kombat is coming out around 2008 and expected to be new characters and new game engine to come out in next-gen so that they wont revist the old way gameplay but a new way with different results and different scores to the game.

xburlingtonw
xburlingtonw

jordanbiffle99... what have u heard of the TNA Storyline? u make a wrestler and u bring him from nothing to fame and it has multi paths and your decisions matter... yup sounds dumb.

jordanbiffle99
jordanbiffle99

Wow, you can tell Gamespot did their homework. Especially since IGN sat down with the THQ prez about it. If they did that, maybe they would learn that they are redoing the AI and Animations (thats right, its not gonna look the same as last years). Music will be on PS3 this year and DLC is gonna be a big feature. And for you TNA fans, just because the game looks good, doesn't mean the gameplay is gonna be. Midway games has sucked for a couple of years and the storyline in the game is stupid.

clawboy
clawboy

Can't wait to get this one.

Young_Taizy
Young_Taizy

It's not like the developers try to make the WWE games bad, they just try to add on too much new stuff at once. Hopefully they will try and slow it down a bit this year. Fix the basics first!

Young_Taizy
Young_Taizy

It's not like the developers try to make the WWE games bad, they just try to add on too much new stuff at once. Hopefully they will try and slow it down a bit this year. Fix the basics first!