A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
When playing as a heel, your character will be more inclined to cheat by distracting the referee or using the ropes as leverage for a pin.
Violence & Scariness
Wrestlers can punch, kick, elbow, knee and slam opponents down on the mat. Some matches allow you to use weapons ranging from steel chairs and metal trash cans to sledgehammers and barbed wire. When some wrestlers take shots to the head, they start bleeding. None of the acts are gory, however.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The female wrestlers dress provocatively and tend to flirt often.
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Words like "ass" and "damn" pop up periodically. You may encounter harsher language when playing human opponents online.
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Products & Purchases
There are signs in the arenas, but for fictitious businesses.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a virtual recreation of the professional wrestling programs you would encounter on television. Prepare to expect many of the same racy elements, like edgy language and scantily-clad women. Characters can punch, kick and slam opponents to the ground. Some matches allow the use of weapons like chairs, metal trash cans, sledgehammers and other objects. Occassionally, the wrestlers will bleed but the action isn't gory.
Is It Any Good?
Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 captures the energy and enthusiasm of a pro wrestling program with sharp, colorful visuals and authentic sounds. The game avoids the trap of endless button-mashing and uses a control system that feels rewarding. You'll use the right analog to grapple and perform powerful strikes and slams. The moves sometimes involve quickly pushing in a certain direction before your opponent counters. Conversely, you can counter your opponents to execute surprise attacks. Tag team matches are especially fun. When you throw opponents into your corner, you can move the analog stick to perform team strikes. The one drawback is that moves can be tough to pull off since they require lots of precision.
The game is incredibly deep, because of the myriad of game modes and creative options. Road to Wrestlemania is a clever take on the story mode, although you're very limited in the wrestlers you have to choose from. Players can also take their favorite moments and create a highlight reel to share with friends online. Overall, fans of the sport should be impressed by the robust package Smackdown vs. Raw offers.
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