WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 - WII - Preview
Surrounded by flames, two superstars battle for ring domination. They know they can’t win by the standard rules and are thus forced to fight until someone gets burned – literally. It’s not going to be an easy win, certainly not without cuts, scrapes and bruises. But the risks are worth the trouble, as the victor not only receives fan praise but gets to leave the ring in something other than a body cast.
That is one of the featured modes – Inferno – that was hyped for WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009 during the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit. The game is once again headed to every console and handheld available: PS3, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii and DS.
The Wii version of Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009 will address some of the issues of last year’s game, most notably its lack of modes. We’re still waiting for the full lineup, but Ladder has already been confirmed. Although you may have already experienced this mode in other versions, you can expect a couple differences on Wii. For one thing, that version will contain new interactive intros where the player can swing their Wii remotes and Nunchuks to rile the crowd. The animations differ between wrestler but the executions are very similar across the board.
For those of you who have yet to play Ladder, this is the game where you grab a ladder, carry it to the center of the ring, climb it, and pull the chain four times. Chain grabs are counted for both players regardless of who does the work, but only the wrestler who grabs it the fourth time will be crowned the winner.
In the Wii version, players will have to physically yank the chain by swinging the controllers down simultaneously. There’s a timing element to it – if you’re off by a second, your wrestler will stumble and likely fall off the ladder. While doing this, your opponent – if not previously dealt with – is free to attack the ladder and knock you off that way as well.
ECW Extreme Rules Match, another Wii mode offering (that appears in the other versions with slight variations), is a no-holds-barred skirmish of epic proportions. Players will be able to interact with the crowd, and though details were scarce on how this will work, THQ did show us a scenario in which a fan gave a wrestler his guitar, which could be used as a weapon against his opponent.
In addition to the interactive intros, the Wii version will contain an online mode and feature interactive victory scenes. Once again, players will wave their controllers to show the crowd how much they rule. But that’s only half of it: players can choose to shake the hand of the one they’ve defeated, continue beating on his battered body, or beat up the referee.
The DS version wasn’t shown, but THQ said that
the game will be a much more traditional wrestling game this time around. The
touch-screen moves return, but they won’t dominate the experience.