4 Ways SmackDown! 09 destroys competitors

 3) Brand new Tag Team mode

Much has already been written about SmackDown’s revamped tag team mode. Rather than simply playing like one-on-one matches with more opponents, much has been done to make the tag team matches actually worth a damn.

For one, teammates share one momentum meter, rather than every single wrestler having one. This enables each team to wrestle as a cohesive unit by having to rely on one another. Right away, we can tell this will make a huge difference in online play.

Secondly, the illegal man (teammate on the outside), is just as dangerous as his teammate inside the ring. Illegal men can attack, pull down the ropes and even grapple opponents. Speaking of new moves, SmackDown 09 features dozens of new double team maneuvers, including over 30 tag team finishers.

One of the coolest new features in tag team mode is the “Hot Tag”, which enables the new man to tag in fully energized, ready to clear house with every opponent and shift the entire match in his favor. In SmackDown, this new mechanic is incredibly effective, as it’s a high-risk move. Once the new man is tagged in, a quick-time event plays out where button indicators pop up on screen. If you hit all of them successfully, you knock down each opponent and are rewarded with full momentum. If you’re unsuccessful, well, you can guess what happens.


  • 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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