GameSpy: WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 Preview

GameSpy writes: "Orlando's Citrus Bowl will play host to WrestleMania XXIV, where muscle-bound men and scantily clad women will beat themselves to a pulp, flying off of ladders and putting their lives and livelihood on the line to entertain a crowd of crazed sign-waving fans. In stark contrast, Walt Disney's carefully manufactured dream world of homogenized happiness and ultra-huggable anthropomorphic animation icons was where THQ held its press conference, teasing a mixed audience of gaming and sports media outlets with snippets of information about its next wrestling game, Smackdown vs. Raw 2009.

THQ's Senior Creative Manager Cory Ledesma gave a presentation outlining a few of the features and enhancements to the series that would be coming in this year's game. While this would not be an exhaustive, all-inclusive look at the game, he emphasized a quintet of key franchise improvements that would be the focus of this first look. Interestingly enough, he emphasized the importance of improving the game in areas that were met with negative response by critics, going on to say that it was his goal to improve review scores. While game critics often hope that their assessment of videogames during the review process are utilized constructively by developers and publishers, it was intriguing to hear this confirmed and how, at least in this case, it's helping shape the development process."

-All-new tag team gameplay
-Downloadable content and more online features
-Cooperative story mode

-Without hands-on time, we can't tell if the gameplay will be significantly improved over the last game.

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