Product Type: Konami PS2 games
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Just behind PES 3 on PS2
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (PS2)
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Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (PS2)
Advantages: Shooting, introduction of R2 shot
Disadvantages: Easy to monopolise league in ML, passing
If you still own a PS2 and are looking to satisfy your console football needs, Pro Evolution 5 just might be the game for you.
This game was the last Pro Evolution game that I was truly satisfied with, seeing as Konami would later become lazy in producing their future releases and making the series stagnant.
The bread and butter of any PES game is the Master League, where you have three options of starting your campaign. You either: play with the default squad which has quite a number of young newcomers; the default squad with three players of your own choice; the squad as you would play with in the Exhibition Matches, i.e. real players. I must admit it is quite hard on 5 star to break out into division 1 from 2 in your first season as the players' stamina is quite low. However once you get to division 1, it is quite easy to purchase players with high potential. This is the real problem with Master League, if you have enough points you can easily purchase future world class players like Rooney and C.Ronaldo albeit at a far higher price than the market price. As soon as you start acquiring players like these, the games become much easier and you quickly rack up enough points to be picking world class talent at will, thus monopolising the whole market and make all your rivals weaker. This is where ML doesn't become fun anymore, because your rivals will happily give you players at quite an expensive price, but then they don't use that to compete with you and the game becomes boring. That's not even mentioning the unrealistic progression of players which can make players like Rooney have most stats 97+.
The gameplay's most promising feature was that of the newly introduced R2 shot, which basically applies curl to your shot, which can make it more accurate. This was a good addition that makes for some exciting goals. However, it does lead to one being obsessed with getting at a 45 degree angle to score almost all the time.
The shooting is measured and proportionate to how long you press it, unlike PES 6. The passing is not so good. Quite frequently players will for no reason of yours, misplace a pass or let a pass run underneath their feet, which can spoil the gameplay.
The features are solid with several leagues and cups to compete in, and every kind of match you play will earn PES points to spend in the PES shop, where you can buy things like new goal celebrations, hairstyles, stadiums and players.
All in all, I would have this second to PES 3 on the PS2, and it may be worth getting over the newer, more expensive versions of PES.
Summary: Worth buying if you have a PS2
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