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The eternal battle in Playstation 2 gaming was which football game was better - the Pro Evolution Soccer series or the Fifa series. Ultimately both ended up with relatively similar gameplay and options although it was generally thought that Pro Evo had the slight edge on the actual football whereas Fifa had the licence for all they teams and players names.
Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it is hard to deny that Pro Evo 6 is an excellent Playstation game. Ok, so it doesn't have the tweaked, lush graphics that you will find on the Xbox or PS3, but you would not expect that with any PS2 game anyway. The real beauty of this is the gameplay, and I can honestly say that having owned this game for around four years now, it still keeps me coming back to it.
The game itself offers you all the usual expected modes, with a quickplay option where you can literally just pick two teams and start playing, a cup mode where you can create your own domestic or international tournament, and the master league mode where you compete in a league and try for Champions League style success. There are other options such as editing teams and players, particularly handy for those with OCD that need to change all the players and team names to the real ones (for those of you out there, just buy Fifa!)
There are two things that keep me coming back to this game:
1) The two player game is excellent! As long as both of you are vaguely at the same skill level, you can easily play this game for hours against a friend (or foe!) Myself and some firends have played this game as a mini tournament where twelve of us competed against each other in a league and knockout style event and I have to say, it was great entertainment. The joy of scoring past one of your mates and then endlessly repeating the slow motion replay in various angles is genius, but beware of the same thing happening back to you!
2) The Master League mode. This is the part of the game you will play the longest on your own. It basically combines the beauty of playing the actual games with the fact that you are essentially the manager of the team and control all transfers, team selection etc whilst juggling out of form players, injuries and suspensions. It is so easy to get immersed in this area of the game that it is wise to set an alarm otherwise you can be on it for hours!
Overall, Pro Evo 6 is not the most beautiful game in the world, but like its predecessors, it has an ability to keep you coming back time and time again for more. This is an excellent game, highly recommended.
The Pro Evolution Soccer series of games is, along with the FIFA series, one of the giants in terms of football games console games. And it has every reason to be. I'm aware that I am writing this review about four years too late, but this is the only version of the game I am familiar with and I think old though it is it still deserves a review.
This is an old game and there have been about four new releases of this game after PES 6. The graphics of this game clearly show that it is an old game, but the game play still allows this game to be played and enjoyed greatly. The graphics are not terrible, but they are nowhere near as clear and real as the football games of today. However, in this case the graphics are not the most important thing and as it's such a good little game to play, they don't seem to matter as much. The gameplay has been updated or rather tweaked since older versions of the game, for example it is much easier to intercept a pass than in previous versions.
The game play is fast paced and gets you very involved in the game because of this. I never played the career mode of the game, but played amongst friends, this game is as good now as it was when it was released. I was used to playing the XBox version but found it very easy to switch to this one as the controls are very similar.
At the time of writing this review it is the year 2009, so you the reader may be wondering why I am reviewing this game when it was released three years ago and soon Pro Evolution Soccer 10 is to be released. It is because I can not explain it in any other words, that this is simply the best football game ever made.
The controls are very simple, yet are in-depth enough for the experienced player to perform new tricks. It is like chess, in that it is easy to learn yet hard to master. I heard that phrase before somewhere and I'd thought I'd just throw it in there. Unlike some football games (I'm looking at you FIFA) some players are faster or stronger than other instead of all players just being robots. You are able to play free-flowing fast football in this game that I have yet been able to replicate in any other football game, even three years after this game.
However not everything is perfect in this game. The sound is awful, with horrible noise during the menus and an even worse noise coming from Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson's mouth's during the matches. There are issues with the licensing so the majority of the Premier League have fake names eg. Man City = Man Blue. Also each stadium feels the same and it lacks the modern sleekness of FIFA. Reading this you would think that amount of criticisms would make the game bad but lookily enoough the excellent gameplay shines through these flaws.
Quite simply the best Pro Evo to date and surpasses all the next generation efforts. The gameplay is fluid, addictive and will definitely keep you coming back for one more game. It is hard to describe classic Pro Evo gameplay as you really need to play it to know why this game is so special. Passing is a joy and when a goal is created from a great passing movement there is no better feeling. When played at a top player level difficulty the game proves to be challenging with smart AI who will keep going to the final whistle. And well the challenging AI equipped with the nearly flawless game play is what makes this game a classic. You will be kept going for hours in this game with modes like the Master League back addictive as ever. My personal favorite is definitely offline multiplayer. If played with a friend it can prove to be very enjoyable and challenging if your friend is of a similar level. Overall this game oozes class in every aspect.
Unfortunatly Fifa seems to be taking its place at the top of football games again, however there was a period spanning several years where Pro Evolution Soccer was the unofficial top football game out there and for me Pro Evo 6 was the last best Pro Evo game and one of my favourite football games of all time.
Obviously the normal rules apply in regards to Pro Evo not having all the rights, so there are a lot of fake names for players and teams, however if this bothers you then go to Fifa, but if you are a true football fan and love great gameplay then in this year Pro Evo should have been the choice for you.
What I didnt like about the 5th Pro Evo was that the referee was far too harsh, and made football practically a non contact sport with giving away free kicks just for touching the opposition players. The referee here makes the game a lot more playable and nothing beats the feeling of end to end football and when the momentum is with you, then you just know that you are going to create chances to score.
The game modes are all the same as the year before, with lots of custom made cups, and like I mentioned there are no official named competitions in this year, but it really doesnt matter. The top teams are Barca, Man Utd, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in my eyes in terms of club teams, but really it depends on how good you are, as I have beaten people with rubbish teams as the opponent was not very good at all.
I love that the makers built on last years game and unfortunately in the more recent years they stopped building and improving on previous years and I strongly believe they need to go back to the drawing board to get back to winning ways and overtake Fifa as the number one football game.
It was at the time, back in the days when PES was the King and FIFA had to copy from it. This is the pinnacle of Konami's series on the PS2, the best graphics to feature in a PS2 sports game, and the realistic footballing experience that the series is famous for. PES 6 has it all, you have to work for every goal through slick passing and realistic ball physics, you will not score the same goal twice and every game will be an entirely different experience. Every player has a different to 'feel' to them, as every player is unique, for example Zidane is in control with immaculate touches, and players with make runs for him to play passes through to them. An other example cover star Adriano, not as fleet footed as Zidane, he is muscular and uses his strength to hold the ball up against challenges from defenders.
It is well known that PES has the best gameplay but you need good game modes to play in. Thankfully PES 6 delivers in abundance, the Master League is perhaps at its most refined and polished, and the ever present Edit mode allows players to create their own players or edit others. It also means that although there is a lack of licences, updates can be downloaded from fansites and used in game, this gives a more accurate authenticity, ever more than the licensed FIFA. There are some new modes; International Challenge, Random Selection, as well as the classics; Cup, League, Online (better than ever). These modes add a great longevity to the game that will keep you playing for a very long time.
This is the closest football adaptation on the PS2, this is for real football fans. The people who live football and breathe football. Why are you reading this? Go play it!
I know that there are FIFA fanatics out there but if you want the truth, I believe the PES series to be a better range of football games than any of the FIFA games.
Sure, you might have all the proper footballer names, teams and badges in FIFA but that doesn't mean playing a football match feels and runs better than PES, does it?
It doesn't. PES is the best football game you can purchase for your PS2. With limited bugs found in the game (good for a football game) you can really take control of your teams strategy. There are a number of special tricks your players can do but only if they have the right statistics, something you will have to learn.
There are many different modes you can play including league, exhibition, friendly etc. What you would usually expect from a football game.
The graphics in the game are great, you can see what is going on all the time without any blocky movement. The camera angles used on the pitch give equal benefit to both teams.
You have your usual features such as creating your own team, watching replays etc.
Im not going to go into all the new gamplay techniques, all i can say is that this is the best pro evo yet, it is an outstanding football game with excellent gameplay. More and more clubs are licenced now as the pro evo series continues to grow from strength to strength. I used to be a fifa man but this recent pro evo release out does fifa in so many ways. The gameplay is just so satisfying.
It is the most realistic football games i have played on a games console and the ideal game to sit down and play over a few beers with mates b4 heading down to the pub.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys football both watching and playing as well as playing on consoles, all ages. It is a brilliant all round footy game, bring on the next installment of pro evo soccer, can't wait!
Now I first played this game as my boyfriend is a huge fan of the pro evolution franchise and being a huge fan of videogames myself I made it my main priority over the next four weeks to become very good at this game. I know this may sound sad to some of you but hey I love beating my boyfriend in games and to beat him in his own game would be out of this world and give me bragging rights for a long time yet.
I figured this would be a simple task, however once practising against the computer on 2 star which is one of the lowest ratings I soon realised that this was not going to be an easy four weeks. I will give you details about the game now before describing about my four weeks or personal pro evolution enlightenment.
This is the sixth version of the game available on the PS2 hence the name Pro Evo 6 and on top of the fifth version there is a definite improvement in the game play with a faster style and more importantly there is less fouling. I did not find myself being stopped by the referee every two seconds thank good for just simply touching the opponent player. This is a contact sport after all and Pro Evo 6 more clearly reflects that with only dirty fouls being rewarded with cards. Also there is not the stupid handball feature that old Pro Evo games have incorporated in recent years. Let me explain that although this is realistic it is not something the user is in control of. I want to be fully in control of my team and player and sometimes I am through on goal and a handball happens and the opponent is given a free kick. There is nothing I can do to stop this and this was a definite flaw in the game and thankfully Pro Evo 6 is handball free.
Of course there are updates on the teams with all the most recent players up until a few weeks before the game being in their correct teams. Of course if there is the odd mishap by the Konami team then you can always go and manually change the odd player and put them in the correct team. Again the licenses are not available for the majority of teams in this game, however Pro Evo has always been a game play and if you are the fickle to let this affect you then you really do deserve to belong to your beloved Fifa. It does not affect the recognition of the players with their names only slightly miss-spelt and the teams names are different for the clubs, however does this really matter. At least they are recognisable as Merseyside red and Merseyside blue clearly distinguishes between Liverpool and Everton. Even if there are people who really can not live without the real player teams and names there are memory card updates available for a small price that updates all of this and even the kits with the correct sponsors and details added so this really is no excuse not to purchase the game. Now onto my personal experience of playing the game over the four weeks.
As mentioned earlier on I attempted to play the game in two star difficulty and aptly got thrashed four nil in a ten minute game. My defending actually was OK but I could not create a chance on goal for the life of me. So over the rest of the week I participated in the excellent training mode and worked out how to use all the controls properly. Over this week I scored like a thousand goals in training from all over the pitch in many different teams and circumstances and felt ready to take on the computer opponent once again.
So I played the computer again and this time the score was 2-1 to the computer. Ok I got beaten but the game definitely was a lot closer this time and I mustered a few chances on goal. Over the next few days I started to win more and more and moved up to three star difficulty and had about an equal amount of wins and defeats against the computer. I generally played with Chelsea and Barcelona and had been told my friends that these two teams are generally superior to others in the game.
I was now accomplished at three star level and tried playing on four star difficulty. I was generally getting defeats here but was only conceding one or two goals per match maximum and could not really create many chances although against certain teams I was finding weaknesses and attempting to exploit them. I did win the odd game by the end of the week and really felt like I was a decent player at the game now.
Now I tried on five star difficulty and could not win at all. Even sometimes when I was leading and felt I had the upper edge the computer would just find a way to break my team down and make a comeback. Occasionally I took the computer to penalties with a 0-0 score line as my defending was pretty decent and this seemed to be the only way I could win. I then told my boyfriend that I wanted to play him in a match in which he laughed at me when I told him I had been practising.
So I chose to play with Chelsea and he chose to play with Man Utd. To his dismay in the first two minutes I scored. My goal really was a joy to behold and I cut in from the wing with Joe Cole and knocked a simple tap in with Drogba. He was shocked and I was in the ascendancy so it seemed. He mustered up maybe ten chances before half time and hit the bar twice and really was fighting hard to score. In this time I could not do much and unfortunately kept giving the ball away needlessly, but hey I was winning at half time and job done so far  . Straight away in the second half he ran from the half way line with Wayne Rooney and scored a stunning long shot. The strike really downed me but I was still in this and he was now mocking me that he was going to run away with the game. Towards the end he did score another two goals in quick succession with ten minutes of game time remaining now. Somehow I scored after that with my first chance in a long-time and then with seconds remaining I had an open goal and somehow missed. My big chance was missed and I lost the game 3-2, but a message was definitely crossed and he has refused to play me since.
Well from my experience this was definitely a great game and needs a lot of experience to be amazing. It does takes months and years to get this experience but scoring goals in Pro Evo is very satisfying and definitely beats Fifa that I used to play many years ago with my little brother. What I would say though is that Fifa has received critically acclaimed reviews in recent years and seemed to have overtaken the Pro Evo Franchise, however Pro Evo 6 is a quality game and a definite improvement on the previous version with higher quality game play and more fun then ever before.
Pro Evolution 6 for the PS2 was one of the best playstation 2 football games of it's time. Obviously there's Pro 9 out now but for it's graphics this was one of the best. You can play with more than one hundred and twenty football club teams including Manchester United (as i'm a man u fan), Arsenal, Chelsea, liverpool and all the other major clubs in the world. You can also choose from sixty four national teams such as England, Italy, France and Spain. Some of the moves in the game are quite good such as bicycle kicks, over head kicks, lobs e.t.c. I played Pro on the Xbox and found this version had better graphics.
The only problem with the game is when you try and tackle someone on Pro Evolution 5 it would show a sign saying that the player can have an advantage, but on this one there's no sign to tell you. So just be careful when you try and tackle a player. I also found that the referee is more strict on this game.
Overall a good game with nice graphics that will entertain any football fan. You don't need to buy another football game when you can have this one. I also liked the training on this game.
I am an addict. If I think of all the hours I have "invested" in the Pro Evolution Soccer Series over the last 10 years or so, I have probably about three years of my life to withdraw! This game has been quite simply the best thing since sliced bread (or at least Player Manager!)
Pro Evolution still plays like a dream. What I mean is unlike the arcade competitors on the market, this game has a challenge that has links to real life. Try a shot with the same player from the same area of the pitch and you will get a range of outcomes each time. Chance feels like it plays its part in this game
To get to the short of it, if you have other recent versions of this game then do not expect a complete revolution. Whilst the game play feels slightly different I would say the biggest difference in this product from its predecessors is the online element. Apart from that it is very much of the same. But when the same is the best, why go changing?
For those who are not aware, PES is played with the human being both player and manager of their side. Players in your team are rated in many different fields on a scale of 1 to 99 depending on their ability. That is one of the major strengths of PES. It makes a hell of a difference who you have in you starting eleven. Every player within the game handles different, which means that each team you play with is different to the next.
The game is easy to pick up and I have mates who have never played it before playing against each other and having entertaining battles. Saying that though, this game takes months to master, and even then you will always find new ways of scoring those goals.
My favourite element is still the Master League, which is hours of fun building your winning team. In this version you can compete in all the major international cups as well as the leading domestic leagues in Europe.
This is still one of the best games ever brought out because of its graphics showing accurate facial expressions, celebrations and also very detailed stadiums. There is one very big downside to this game which is the same on all Pro Evo Soccer games that have been brought out, this is that they have no sponsors, real stadium names, no real club badges and also no real football team names which is very annoying when selecting a team and also when selecting the stadiums if you are not familiar with what they look like. The game play is brilliant and much better than any other footbal game of its time. On the PS2 it is possible to play it online with the net play function, this is not easy to set up and i would reccomend playing a more recent console if you want to play football games online asit is alot easier to set up.
Preferable to PES 5, but how does it fare against number four?
There is not enough pace behind the passes, and space is never utilised as it should be thus there's a lack of flow to play. The pitch feels slow. Passing angles are fairly natural. At times, the game still struggles to read where I am wanting to make the pass, but a lack of intelligence means that possession is being lost through passes which nobody in the right mind would actually play. Too often from a promising position I've seen momentum taken out of an attack because the player opted to spread the play well wide with the through-ball rather than send a team-mate "through". When I want to encourage an attack I play a through-ball instead of a standard pass, but when I see it go backwards it is not right. Unfortunately the passing options from the set-pieces are strictly limited, as they are with the newly implemented 'Quick Free Kicks', and are so that the latter has no real advantages.
SHOOTING & GOALKEEPING
Whereas the passes felt underhit, it's way too easy to spoon the ball over the bar, yet it does not feel as if there is much power behind the shots. The goalkeepers never seem to be truly tested because the majority of shots are either straight at them or are well off target. When called upon, the goalkeepers are not reliable - they are lazy, their positioning is poor, their distribution of the ball is dodgy and they are a source of blunders.
DEFENDING & OPPOSITION
Defending is a pain. The player switching does not seem so dependable as it was as in previous PES games. As such, players are put into wrong positions and the defence can be left wide open. The scripting can have too much or not enough of a say in a play - for example not being able to prevent a ball going out of play and then having a player not take on possession when the ball is close to him.
No matter what the team, play does not seem fair against computer opposition on higher difficulty levels. It is difficult to outmuscle the computer, and their recovery speeds and time, regardless of the player, are quicker than their statistics suggest. Whether it be player or computer making a tackle, the computer tends to walk away with the ball. Just don't expect them to play attractive football.
Thankfully the game is not so start-stop as it was in PES 5, but the referee still blows for the smallest of supposed infringements, and there seems to be inconsistencies when playing against computer opposition as they tend to get away with decisions, with persistent fouling not being picked upon.
The player negotiations aspect to the Master League is still lightweight, but not only is there the option to determine the difficulty of these this time around, it is now possible to apply for the same player again straightaway following a failure to lure the player. Animation-wise, I see too many passes played which suggest going for the exquisite and not what would be natural, and there are graphical glitches on the odd football strip or two. Commentary is, as ever, pathetic! The individual player ratings and comments seem out of touch with the real game - when did a yellow card matter when it's the performance that counts?
Whilst sharing similar problems with previous PES instalments - some of which should really have been sorted by then - such a shame that the game shows a lack of a real footballing brain. PES 4 is still my favourite, but PES 6 is worth looking into if you have friends to play the game with.
Looking at the other football games around, you see This is Football (TIF) and the FIFA ranges. They both, especially FIFA are very well advertised and have all the licenses so that you don't see Davde Bekcman anywhere on your screens. FIFA also has the voice of Motty (John Motson, legendary commentator) and exceptionally cool graphics, layout and intermdediate menus. The problem however, and will always remain a problem, is that FIFA and TIF are perfect for anyone under the age of 10 - anyone looking to play an 'easy' game where glamorous goals and exquisite passing manouvers and body control come with the touch of one button!
Looking at Pro Evolution Soccer 6... I cannot stand the sound... I cannot stand the hideous menu layout and colours... I cannot stand the commentary either! It still doesn't stop the true football fans and console gamers from purchasing the game... Why I hear you ask?... Because PES 6 requires patience, skill, calm, intricate play and love for football... The game play is virtually unknockable - it simply is amazing. The passing, the shots, the goals... and everything you do.. you have earnt it... So if you really work hard in the game, the rewards will show... No FIFA player would ever understand that scoring from a simple 1-on-1 situation would be such a reason for celebration... well it is in PES 6! Header and volleys for goalscoring opportunities is rare and exceptionally difficult, just as taking free kicks and corners... Penalties don't always go in either! This is REAL football, and has been perfectly simulated in this game!
The type of game formats have been made as exhibitions, mini-leagues, leagues, tournaments, practices, custom tournaments and The Master League. It is the latter where this game makes its name. You can start with your team, but with either the original players, or make it even harder with THEIR original custom players and start in the lower tier of your 2 league system. It's difficult to manage the money, as the more wins and tournaments (and goals) results in more money. You question yourself as whether to invest in 1 superstar player, or a few young guns at the end of your 1st season... Difficult choice... would you buy Torres or 4 of Arsene's young guns.. of which would all drive hard sells! This Master League system is excellent, and will have you hooked for hours!
I really like Pro Evolution 6 because it's a lot harder than other football games of its kind. Yes, if you love to win and love to score the whole time then maybe it's not for you, but it's much more realistic and gives you much more realistic results at the end of a match (0-0, 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 etc.). It took me a little time to adjust from the continual goal scoring games (like Fifa), to a game where I had to be alert at all time (or risk conceding a goal), and where you won't score on every opportunity and you need to make as many chances as possible in order to score.
All in all it's a very good game, that's fun to learn and play and gets harder with your ability. Now I'm off to play PES 6 on my lovely PS2 and I thoroughly recommend you do this too to you.
The world s most popular football sim returns with numerous tweaks and additions to make it even more realistic in both gameplay and graphics. If England don t win the World Cup you can always take solace in the latest Pro Evo.