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Undoubtedly, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 is one of the deepest wrestling games ever made. As covered previously in our review of the game, this Yuke's developed and THQ published title contains an incredibly deep create-a-wrestler mode, a career mode and storylines featuring multiple different characters, including fan favorites such as Triple H, John Cena and Batista.
In addition to the many different play modes included in the game, there are also several secret characters and other unlockable modes and items hidden within. This guide will show you how to earn some of them.
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Road to Wrestlemania Unlockables
Many of the unlockable characters, arenas and other features need to be earned by taking the various characters through the Road to Wrestlemania storylines. In the locker room prior to matches or events, sometimes there will be a note that lists an optional objective. Successfully complete that objective and you will earn a bonus.
Secrets will also be unlocked once the characters successfully complete their Wrestlemania matches, thus beating the Road to Wrestlemania. In the John Cena mode, for example, players can unlock Snitsky and Tony (Cena's soldier friend) as playable characters, the Gauntlet match, and the Tribute to the Troops arena by successfully completing all of the optional challenges during his Road to Wrestlemania.
Defeating MVP at during their final match unlocks a special entrance involving a Jeep and the American flag. Similar rewards can be earned by playing as Triple H, CM Punk, the Undertaker, Chris Jericho and the team of Batista and Rey Mysterio.
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Using Codes to Unlock Characters and Costumes
However, Road to Wrestlemania isn't the only way you can unlock new characters, costumes and arenas. If you don't want to take the time to earn them, some wrestlers can be unlocked with cheat codes, many of which have been provided to gamers by the WWE themselves on their official website. Codes are case sensitive.
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As promised, here's a list of codes to unlock 9 new characters, 3 alternative outfits, and the unlock code to the Saturday Night's Main Event arena. Keep in mind that these codes are case sensitive, so be careful when entering them in.
Unlock "Nature Boy" Ric Flair - FlairWoooooooooooooo
Unlock The Boogeyman - BoogeymanEatsWorms!!
Unlock Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder - Ryder&HawkinsTagTeam
Unlock Tazz - UnlockECWTazzSvR2009
Unlock Snitsky - UnlockSnitskySvR2009
Unlock Layla - UnlockECWDivaLayla09
Unlock Jillian Hall - PlayAsJillianHallSvR
Unlock Hornswoggle - HornswoggleAsManager
Unlock Vince McMahon - VinceMcMahonNoChance
Atlernate Costume for CM Punk - CMPunkAltCostumeSvR!
Alternate Costume for Chris Jericho - AltJerichoModelSvR09
Alternate Costume for Rey Mysterio - BooyakaBooyaka619SvR
Unlock the Saturday Night's Main Event Arena - SatNightMainEventSvR
One word of warning -- these codes have not been tested (some of us want to earn these things the old fashioned way). That said, considering the source, they should work perfectly.
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Career Mode Unlockables
Playing through the various career mode paths also result in different titles and match types being made available. For example, winning the ECW title in this mode unlocks the Extreme Rules Match, and becoming Intercontinental Champion opens up the Steel Cage match.
Playing through Career Mode is the only way to unlock the WWE Hardcore Championship and the Cruiserweight Championship, a pair of defunct belts no longer used by the company but mercifully still included in Smackdown vs. Raw 2009. Earning these unlockables is pretty much self explanatory -- just keep winning matches and titles and eventually you'll earn all there is to earn in career mode -- but it can be the sort of thing that many players would overlook in their quest to open up all the game's content, so it's included here more as a reminder than anything else.
Have you unlocked everything there is to unlock? Try the new WWE Legends of Wrestlemania for more wrestling fun.