4 Ways SmackDown! 09 destroys competitors

 2) Inferno Match

One of WWE’s silliest gimmick matches, in which you win by setting the opponent on fire, is finally playable. Knowing we were up against the elements, we chose the Undertaker to send Shelton Benjamin to the grave (*sigh).

The match starts with a temperature of 385 degrees and flames licking each side of the ring. As the heat grows more intense, the screen gets blurry with heat waves and there’s a reddish filter that intensifies. Your goal is to get the heat to 500 degrees - the temperature at which the flames are highest. Only then can you throw your opponent into the fire.

Each strike and grapple move causes the heat to rise. Creative Manager Bryan Williams was giving us the business, even reversing our Finisher attempt, thereby granting him a full Momentum meter - a first for the series. We also noticed a new Guard move, which enables a wrestler to block attacks when coming up from the ground by holding both triggers. Williams noted that gamers complained of the offensive players having too much of an advantage against downed wrestlers - something that was a big deal online.

Back to the match, once we were finished schooling Williams at his own game, we picked up Benjamin in a strong Grapple and dragged him towards the ropes. At this point, the opponent can jam on face buttons to keep them from the inevitable. No dice - we sent Benjamin over the ropes, where he writhed rather painfully on the ground until some EMTs doused him with fire extinguishers.


  • Scotty2Naughty - September 17, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    Why does every screen look like the match is in a poorly lit bingo hall? The spectacle known as WWE is much more bright and colorful. Boo!!
  • LilBompie17 - September 16, 2008 8:51 p.m.

  • ELpork - September 15, 2008 11 p.m.

    Ohhh, Man p**n
  • CuddlyBomber - September 15, 2008 10:18 p.m.

    Hmmm a vidoe game about a fake sport...
  • qoyman - October 13, 2008 2:23 a.m.

    wait.. so theres not goin a GM mode?
  • chrisat928 - September 20, 2008 1:47 a.m.

    @ anduin1 You can only take 7 suoerstars through Road to Wrestlemania mode. There is a seperate season mode for all other wrestlers and CAWs.
  • anduin1 - September 17, 2008 5:49 a.m.

    can only take 6 different wrestlers through the storyline ? uhhh WEAK, I want to play a wrestling game not an rpg
  • RadicalVoodoo - September 16, 2008 8:50 p.m.

    I can't wait for this to come out. I can just imagine the fun of lighting your opponent on fire or nailing a move I made. Can't wait.
  • skyguy343 - September 15, 2008 7:21 p.m.

    first!!! this is gonna be sweet

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