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      10.06.2009 08:26
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      Great soccer game from graphic to sound and gameplay.

      Overall

      The first thing I want to say is that this is the best soccer games that I've ever played. When I got the game last year, I doubt it might repeat the dissapointment of the previous version, but I was convinced that it's the best game when installed and started playing.
      Graphic

      Pro evolution soccer always gives great graphic quality with realistic models. The players look really alike from their real life. Compared to the last version, there is a great improvement on graphic performance. Although my computer uses a GeForce 7300 with 2GB RAM, I can play smoothly at medium graphic configuration. When I played the game on my friends computer, which allows highest graphic config, the quality is subperb. Just really enjoy it.

      Gameplay

      There is a big improvement of gameplay compared to the previous versions. Players are now equiped with more tricks but it might take a while to figure out some complicated tricks. Some players' unique figures are also expressed in the game. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo's pose before his freekick, or Torres' celebration are very well reflected. There is also a Europe Champions Legue mode, which allows you to choose a team and fight for the glory. This is the first time PES can afford a license of a big competition in the game.

      The best thing a love about this game is the newly designed "Become a legend mode". In this mode, you can create a player of your own, sign for clubs and start training that player. You can also change the appearnance of your player, choose a new pair of boots or take on a nice pair of sun glasses. After creating the player, you will then play a scouting match, from which different clubs will offer you. Based on how well you played in this scout match, and the level of difficulty, clubs with different levels will give offers, but dont expect a big club like ManU or Chelsea right after your first match. After one season, there will be other clubs offering you new deals. If you are bored of the current clubs, or the club does not offer you the right salary for your talents, you can always change to a better option. The feeling of being offered by your favourite clubs is just great. And it took me a hard time to decide whether to joine ManU or Real Madrid since I love both teams, but then decided to play for ManU.
      The only weakness of this game is that it can't afford all the license. That's why you will find many teams do not have the correct jerseys. However, if you play the computer version, this is just a minor problem as you can download and install Kit server, a great tool for PES. It allows you to update the lastest jersey design, boots, stadium, or even advertisement boards around the field, and this tool is free!

      Conclusion

      With no doub, PES 2009 is the best soccer game that you can find. With great graphic design and creative gameplay, you will stay hours in front of your computer to be the new Europe Champion with your favourite team, or become the world most famoust player. The only thing i dislike is the lack o license. Hopefully they'll improve on this in the next version.

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        09.08.2008 19:18
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        A super football game which is becoming extremely realistic

        Each year Konami release a new version of the famous football game, which was released at the end of october 2007. And once again it has been pu to the test against its arch rival - Fifa 08. I have once again remained a strong follower of the pro evo series and bought this game as soon as it was released despite many people trying to persuade me to go to the 'other side' and buy Fifa. Was this the year that fifa took the lead?
        I have to say that i am confident i made the right decision and have seen several improvements from last year's game and have enjoyed this game loads, it was certainly worth buying.

        This game has had many improvements from its predecessor and has certainly been upgraded quite a lot. Firstly the graphics have greatly improved with facial features getting more and more realistic, as well as the whole player along with the shirt having improvements, for example with the shirt creasing being visible - when i play it at home the rest of my family sometimes think i am watching a game on tv, but i am actually playing this awesome game!
        Again Konami have improved the AI making great advances and upgrades in off-ball players' intelligence and vision. Players are often making great runs for you to play the ball in perfectly for them. You can also adjust setting for the set pieces and can change it so that taller players will come up for corners (as they do in real matches). There is little you can't do in this game that can be done in real life - for example you can now even dive if you so wish.
        There have also been several more skill techniques added to the collection so you can now do fakes, 'round the world' and a collection of other tricks. These are quite easy to get to grips with as they are all simply described in the manual and in options when you pause the game. So now you can really do what Ronaldo does - destroy your opponents!
        There are 15 different stadiums to choose from in the ps3 version which are all of course very similar to the real counter parts.


        The actual menu has been revamped and changed a bit from the previous version and of course is very simple to use and takes only a few games to get use to. Each player has separate ratings for a whole variety of skills from speed to defence to shooting. You can also adjust players attributes and even create your own players with endless things to adjust in their appearance from their boots and bracelets to their nose level or how fat they are.
        Another feature which i find great is how realistically the players actually are. For example Ronaldo plays just like he does in real life as he will constantly do little flicks when he gets the ball, and these are done automatically - how cool is that!
        There are as usual, on pro evo, some great songs from a variety of different bands. I would also like to mention that the commentary in this version is a great improvement from last year and they actually say more relevant things.
        There are still a variety of modes to choose from including the well loved master league mode where you can start as a team of your choice and play through games as well as being the manager and making team changes and transfers.
        There are others modes such as exhibition where you can just set up a quick game and play straight away. Or you can play through a variety of different leagues or cups and prove you are a footballing hero!

        There is also online where you can play against other players from across the world. This is of course great fun and a new feature is that you can chat with the other player with a selection of phrases to say such as "GOAL!" or "that was unlucky" when the other player gets close.
        Offline multiplayer is also really fun and great with friends.
        The general game play is very fast paced with it changing from one end to the other in just a few moments. It takes a while to get use to the speed, but once you've got the hang of it, this game is absolutely awesome with you being able to score some great goals. I have played Fifa a few times and find it too slow and unexciting, whereas once again pro evo wins the hearts of all the football fans with the ability to just set up a quick game and have great fun thrashing some team or another. The player's are also much more intelligent in pro evo than they use to be and their shot will depend on which foot they are suing and how they are standing or whether they are on the move.


        There are of course a few downfalls with this new Pro Evo game. Firstly it still lacks all the licences which Fifa owns. This means a lot of the teams do not have proper names and certain players have fake names, for example Manchester United are called Man Red, but the game play is still the same. Some people have also suffered a lot of lag while playing online, but i have not had any of these problems as of yet.
        Yet on the whole i would certainly say this is a better game than Fifa and would advise anyone who is looking for a good football game to buy this - if you're a Fifa fan - go for a change try the other side.
        price: around £36.98 (amazon.co.uk)

        Thanks for reading!

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          08.08.2008 15:21
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          Realistic gameplay makes this a winner for me!

          I am a big fan of PC games of late, and therefore decided to get Pro on my PC as opposed to my console which played all of the previous games in the series. I actually think this game is really good. I have followed the pro series since the beginning, and I really have never felt let down at all.

          I would confidently say I am a huge huge fan of football, I play semi professionally, and I would like to think I know alot about the game and how it is played. With this in mind, I think Pro evo 2008 is a pretty realistic game, but whether I can say its more realistic than the previous in the series, im not sure, its on par though, and ive loved them all so far.

          In my opinion, football itself is a difficult game to simulate. With this in mind I think Konami have done a decent job. OK its definitely not perfect. You do find yourself frustrated when you see a man and want to pass to him, but now and again the computer goes and passes to somebody else on your team, or to no one at all. But then i think to myself, its never going to be perfect is it? How can you possibly make it so that this game predicts what you want every time, i think its natural now and then for a pass to go to someone else, especially if he is in the vacinity. Agreed it can get frustrating, but I don't think too much can be done about that.

          As for the gameplay itself, I think its really good. Some parts of it aren't overly realistic though. The way a player will dribble and move in the game can be quite unrealistic at times, but I think it does a good job overall, especially since I think football is a hard game to simulate, what with so many options you have at your disposal in a real game of football.

          The game plays smoothly on the PC, and I feel like I have full control of my players and what they are about to do , alot of the time. This of course is good, but if your looking for perfection in terms of player control - this probably isn't it. But what game is perfect?

          Tackling can be slightly annoying because of the way the defender you are in control of moves. He tends to move parallel or at a right angle to, or directly into the player. This is of course due to the fact that pro evo is a game with only four primary directions, forward back left and right. And you can improve by going diagonally between forward and left, forward and right, back and right, etc...

          The graphics in the game have improved quite a bit since the release before, and players look more realistic and how they should. Unfortunately the game still lacks so many of the licenses that would compliment it so well, as many people say, FIFA has the licenses, Pro has the gameplay. Well I would take gameplay anyday. But more licensing would be nice!

          The menu's in the game seem a bit tacky and over the top at times. I find this the case in the Master League especially. Functionally though, everything works.

          The music is awful if im being quite honest. The songs are just random football songs which just make my ears want to bleed, not recognisable songs, and not good sounding either! The actual football noises and crowds and things are Ok, pretty standard, but the crowds could have more variety and do some better chants maybe.

          Overall though, I'd say its the gameplay that counts, and for me, the gameplay, although having its flaws, is still very good and quite close to realism. Well as close to realism as games get, but can realism ever carbon copied into gaming? I'm not so sure.

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          07.08.2008 18:07
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          A good game ruined by too many frustrating elements.

          Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - I dont think I have ever played a more frustrating game!

          I am a big fan of the Pro Evolution series and I had high hopes for the latest in the series. At first I was fairly impressed, it looked good and seemed to handle well, however the more I played it the more frustrated I become.

          If you play on any level from regular upwards you will have spell during a game where the opposition team play like Brazil. even if its only for a few seconds the skills they show at this time nearly always result in conceding a goal. This is frustrating as your goals against column gets higher and higher.

          Secondly tackling in this game is rubbish, you can either run alongside a player 'applying pressure' or slide tackle him resulting in a red card. Either way does nothing to win the ball back for you.

          Thirdly, the choice of passes that the computer decides for you is rediculous. For example if you have 2 team mates straight ahead of you, one is surrounded by three defending players and the other is completely free and in space - 9 times out of 10 the player will pass to the one who is surrounded by the oppostion.

          Fourthly, the menu system is so annoying! Obviously the game has been ported from the console version but a little effort could have been made to make the menus a little more PC friendly.

          The game does have some good points however but these are masked by the frustrating way the games responds to you. This is the first Pro Evolution game I have been dissapointed with for a fair while.

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            20.02.2008 14:11
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            Konami's first effort into the next-gen arena has serious flaws.

            Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer has always has a strong fan following on both console and PC alike. The PC platform has traditionally made it easier for modders to create patches for the game, to fill in the gaps that Konami leave, in search of the perfect footballing experience. PC owners have often felt short changed in the past with PC versions of PES being rough conversions of the console editions. This has led one or two compatiblity and control issues over the years, and leaving the PC PES players feeling ignored slightly. The latest offer is in an important milestone in the series, as it sees the adaptation of so called 'next-gen' technology, promising better graphics and gameplay. Admittedly the manufacturer is once again focused on console play, aiming at the players of both the PS3 and XBOX 360. However for the PC player ther are several advances of the previous versions.

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            THE GOOD
            From first loading the game its obvious that much effort has gone into the presentation. In-game menus are smooth and much more modern looking than previous versions although it is clear that the same features have been retained. Exhibition, Cup, League and Training modes are still there, but to many fans the most important part of PES in recent years has been its Master League. This enables players to take a take and build a team, and navigate it through the course a season. On first glance there doesnt seem to be many additions to this winning formula other than its slick new interface and a few tweaks.

            Of course the main reason why PES has held dominance over FIFA for such a long time has been the way the matches play, and the realism and free-flowing nature of the game. The first thing youll notice is the major graphical improvement, that is of course your PC is up to it. The new graphics are very detailed but the average PC owner may struggle to take advantage of this as to play PES 2008 smoothly you need a fairly up to date graphics card. For those who do have this, they can really enjoy the smooth detailed graphics, super fluid animations and even animated crowds and grass. Replays look superb and more realistic than ever. However to many PES fans the issue of graphics has not been a main consideration.
            On the pitch and PES2008 initially feels very different to its predecessor. Everything, the players, the ball and the controls feel much heavier, and the over pace seems much slower, especially on this PC version. However you will soon get used to this and realise the physics in PES are more realistic than ever. Players really do thud into each other, and you can almost feel the crunch of tackles flying in. For a computer game, these are really starting to feel like you are in control of real solid players, especially as cries of pain are heard when a player is fouled. Another really clever feature of PES is the inclusion of diving. AI players often dive in the penalty area, and are often shown a yellow card for their antics. The player can also do this and sometimes the referee will buy it and give the foul!

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            THE BAD
            Again this latest PES doesnt have many licensed team kits, although with the online community this series has, its easy to patch the game with the correct details, and especially on the PC platform this isnt a problem.
            Unfortunately despite its great aspects, this game is seriously flawed. The AI teams dont feel at all as intelligent as in PES6, and often even the less talented players will often set off on a mazy unstoppable run to your goal. This in combination with the fact that AI players seemingly always score from free kicks really makes this version of PES seem arcadey. Also it is far too easy to score, long range super goals and impossible headers really spoil the experience because they simply happen far to often. Often the games feel fixed, and sometimes when you score it is impossible to prevent the opposition equalizing. Once youve learnt the new feel of the players it doesnt take much effort to dribble past defenders and get a shot in. Even on the hardest difficulty level this often results in games with ridiculously high scorelines, whereas in PES6 you often found yourself struggling for a 0-0 draw, which was realistic and much more satisfying. The new commantary team of Lawrenson and Champion provide a more familar sounding background although once again the timing and triggering of certain comments is often either wrong or just bizzare. However this is just a minor flaw compared to the big issues this game has.

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            Loyal fans of PES have been very disappointed by this game. Overall its feels unfinished and underneath the glorious aesthetics there isnt really much substance to it. I think fans would have been reasonably happy with PES6 with just the graphical upgrade, but unfortunately it seems that the new looks have been at the expense of what PES has always been about, the football. Perhaps this product was rushed to be finished in time for the Christmas rush. Apparently one of the leading designers of the came has come forward and apologised for this years version, so it seems Konami didnt put as much effort into this one. However this is their first effort in the new 'next-gen' sector which has enormous potential. Certainly PES2009 will have to be a whole lot better than this to keep fans loyal.

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            With the Pro Evolution Soccer series renowned for its fluid, realistic gameplay, the new game builds on the implementation of Teamvision with additional key advances. As with previous releases since its inception in 1996, the ball is again treated as a separate entity, with the timing of shots entirely down to the player, while the new AI ensures that defenders work to close down space and block efforts on goal. Similarly, distribution of passes works along the same lines, with players using the space available to them to switch the ball. Close control has also been enhanced with more control when dribbling the ball, and a number of subtle moves added to bypass defenders and move the ball into space.