News For Tonight's RAW, SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 Reviewed

— Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place today in Manchester, England and broadcast on tape delay in North America tonight. The only match announced for the show is Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella vs. William Regal.

— WWE’s new videogame Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 Featuring ECW was released yesterday and is now available for all major video game systems. Gaming website IGN.com reviewed the game and gave it a 7.9/10 (“Good”). You can read the entire review here. Here are the closing comments from IGN writer Greg Miller’s review:

In the end, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is a good game but one that falls short of its potential. The Roster Editor is a welcome addition, Create-A-Finisher could be deeper but is a great first effort, the Inferno Match is over-the-top but fun, and Road to WrestleMania is one of the best story modes I’ve seen in a wrestling game in years. However, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m playing last year’s game when we get down to the nitty gritty match mechanics. Entrances, match list presentation, animations, and even a couple crowd members are recycled from SVR 08; pixilated audience members in the upper deck and six-man matches causing framerate drops haven’t even been addressed; and the ECW Extreme Rules match has been gimped.

These issues shouldn’t be deal breakers for fans of squared-circle action nor do they detract from the fact that this is better than last year’s game, but the problems do leave me without ever feeling “wowed” while playing SVR 09.

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