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The DS version has tons of options. But the controls are bad.On the debut of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, I was thinking that the history of wrestling is steeped in so many stories that suck you in and don't let go. If you love soap opera-like narrative, you can move through a cooperative story mode in SVR 2009 that's full of twists and turns. But in the latest SmackDown commercial, the graphics showed realistic wrestling in the ring with human-like bodies and faces scrunching up in pain. There were no fireworks-filled entrances or puffery in the ad, just a voiceover touting cooperative play. The latest game in THQ's SmackDown series is in fact rife with brand-new features, the most notable of which may be the ability to play online. Plus, there are new tweaks to the artificial intelligence, along with the you-make-it-raw Create-A-Finisher option. But like Madden, Mortal Kombat and any other franchise that releases a new iteration each and every year, shouldn't there be something mo' be...
What's Hot: Graphics are slightly better than average for DS; AI can be surprising.
What's Not: Controls are donkey-butt dumb; Screen's too small for this crazy experience; AI can be idiotic.