GameSpot E3 2008: Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 – Updated Impressions

GameSpot writes: "We first saw THQ's upcoming Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 game a few months ago at their media event during Wrestlemania XXIV. At the time though, very little was shown of the new tag team experience or of the new match types that would debut in this year's game. During a private showing here at E3, however, we were able to see the improvements to the popular wrestling series in practice and chat with the THQ team on what we can expect to see this fall.

Fighter intros and music is one element that the THQ/Yukes team has always captured well and this year's game is no different. Each of the 60+ wrestlers included in the game will feature their authentic intros, even down to the lighting effects and pyrotechnics. Each wrestler will showcase their signature mannerisms during their stroll down to ringside. The THQ team have made some progress in improving the pre-match load times that have plagued the series in the past. Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 has only one roughly 6-second loading period after selecting the wrestlers for the match (though there is a momentary pause right before action begins in the ring as well). This is an improvement from years past and there is no longer any pause between player intros."

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