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      27.05.2009 16:59

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      Arguably one of the best football games to have ever been created. Not only is the action as intense and compelling as what you'd expect from watching an actual football game, but the different features that are available also enhance the game's quality. Some people are FIFA people. Some people are Pro Evo people. The latter group is obviously the one with a taste for good football games. If you haven't played this, then you need to before spending money on any othe PS2 game, because this is a must-buy if there ever was one. There aren't many games that redefine its genre but Pro Evolution Soccer for the PS2 can undoubtedly lay claim to that title. Also, the training feature is a revolution and apart from the expected increase in quality of graphics and gameplay, this game is as addictive as a game can get. The multiplayer option also offers a chance for you to call a few friends over and have a tournament that lasts hours. Fantastic game.

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      21.02.2009 22:30

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      Not much as it was

      Pro Evolution Soccer is the first game in a long line of football themed games. Orginially, you could only by this game on a couple of platforms, but after its sucess, you could buy it on them all. I got it on this console, Playstation 2, and I loved it. Although it is a bit basic, and now near the standard as the one's that are out now, I still like.

      Like I said, not as good as the others, which is clearly seen in the graphics in the game, which if I am honest, is a let down. The reason I like the game is because of what it is all about. Football. You can play this football, and manager teams. The main rival of this game has to be Fifa, another series of games that I love. In comparision, these two games are very similar, and have both advanced a lot since the early days, which is something that cant be said for a lot of others games.

      In the world of football games, this is a classic and every year they bring out a new one, which is the main reason why I dont play of this game much, although my son does. If the graphics were better, I think that Evolution Pro Soccer, would have been a much stronger game overall, but in conclusion, it was good when it first came out, but now, not too much.

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      12.10.2003 18:04
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      There seems very much to be a division between gamers, especially on the PS2. Whenever I?m reading magazines or browsing websites there is always an opinion on whether ?they? prefer the FIFA or PRO EVO soccer titles. I, myself have never disliked either of the range and so when I first got my PS2 I decided I?d try Konami?s latest soccer offering ? Pro Evolution Soccer. From the very moment you switch on your greeted with a sweet presentation video displaying some very fine finishing and moves from the computer ? It is one of those moments when while watching it you know just how good a purchase the game was. The menu screen then appears showing you the game modes ? You can choose to play in a friendly, cup, tournament, the master league or have a training session to improve your skills. Before you start a game you have to select a team from the ones of offer ? most international teams are present and many top flight international league teams, although many with non real names due to the licensing. Choose your teams, select your options and your then launched into the game. As your players walk out onto the pitch the camera pans around displaying the gorgeous graphics on offer by Konami. The players line up for the photo shoots and warm ups and then walk into position to begin the game. As my team lined up for the first time, my heart skipped a beat or two? I was wondering how the game would feel and play like. However 15 seconds into the game and I was watching in awe as the players ran smoothly, sliding passes to one another, looping 30 yard passes across field and flicking the ball over the keeper to drop perfectly in the open goal. It was incredible, infact I can say I?d never experienced anything with as gorgeous gameplay as this game. The controls are responsive, the players are smooth and well animated, and the infamous through ball button (∆ - triangle) works a treat. It just feels so right as you slide the ball down the right hand s
      ide to your team mate, gently tap R1 to sprint past the defenders, loop a ball into the far post and finish with a volley into the top corner all with a few presses. The smooth animations continue as your players run off to celebrate, as the head drops of the disappointed opposition team players are noticeable ? especially when your playing against a human friend! That said about the ease of gameplay though, one thing that pro evolution isn?t, is too easy. Infact once you?ve mastered the easy mode there is another 4 challenging levels of gameplay varying from Bosnia & Herzegovina standard to trying to play a team of schoolboys against brazil ? but it is possible with time and practice to master these modes. Also scoring a goal is not so easy that your going to get amazingly unrealistic score lines like on the FIFA titles. (Unless you?ve mastered the game and then go back to play on easy mode!) Scoring is just difficult enough to make every goal bring a smile to your face. Another thing worth noting is that the goals are varied ? not all come from one on ones ? infact there are many ways that scoring is possible. Chipping the keeper, rounding the keeper, smashing the ball past the keeper, heading from a cross, volleying from outside the area? it goes on... if you can do it in real football, its possible to score like it in pro evolution. (with the odd exception of flukes.) Its just such a lovely game to play... I could go on forever talking about how the game plays and feels ? but no words would sum up how lovely it is. You really have to try it to see ? Konami have mastered the gameplay that makes Playstation football exceptional! Once you?ve played the cups and tournaments there is the master league to play. You start off with a team of ?unheard-of?s? in division 2 and it continues like a league for 30 games. With winning games you earn points, which in turn can go to purchasing players in transfers. Once you finish in the top 3 of the division two the
      n promotion is yours and your team can play in division 1 to try and win the master league. It really is very playable and I myself have wasted hours and hours building an unbeatable team. It doesn?t stop there ? you can take your memory card over to a friend?s house and then challenge your master league team against theirs. That makes the hours of team building so worthwhile to see Beckham and Zidane combine perfect to slot the winning goal past your friend! Take that! I could go on ? but all I can say is the true way to experience this is to play it yourself. There is no way I can sum up all the greatness of this title into the review. I guess though it would only be fair for me to state some of the niggling bad points about the game. For starters the commentary; It is random, contradictory and contains some of the most useless lines ever for pre match analysis. Luckily this can be turned off, or you could ask a friend over to commentate for you if you wanted! Then there is the close up graphics of the players, which look kind of shoddy at times which is a shame for a game that is otherwise gorgeous to look at. Lastly the licences are disappointing ? many players? names are changed, and the team?s strips are vaguely the right colour but nothing else. That really is where FIFA shows Pro Evolution up. Mind you, all these points are pretty much nit picking on what is an otherwise perfect game! I absolutely love it and still play it for hours every week. If you haven?t yet experienced the pro evolution revolution ? then now is a perfect chance to. This is available at bargain prices now everywhere but I thoroughly recommend that you purchase it. IF you own a PS2 ? You need to own this piece of gaming excellence. Well done Konami ? This is the Brazil of football games!

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        08.11.2002 17:21
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        I picked this up cheaply recently, I had given up on football games having played numerous rubbish ones in the last few years. The reviews I'd read led me to believe that this game was different, it was the best football game ever, apparently. The first thing I noticed about this game was how bad the controls are. If the players reacted any slower to my commands they'd be clinically dead. I had to wonder whether I was wasting my time trying to control the action on the pitch as the players seemed to kick the ball anywhere except in the direction I pressed on the control pad. It's not as if I picked it up without reading the manual either, and it's not like I'm a rubbish gamesplayer, quite the opposite. With scores in reviews of 97% you can be forgiven for expecting there to be little wrong with this game, however thats not what I found. In fact it's difficult to know where to begin in describing this games awfulness. Well for starters dont expect to be able to replay the action whenever you want, in fact the only replays you can control are of the goals. An obvious flaw, not even mentioned in any reviews I've seen. Then theres the shooting, press the square button longer to hit the ball higher the manual says. Give it a quick prod and watch the ball fly over the bar. How then do you control the power of your shots I hear you say, well, that bit seems to have been left out of the instructions. Marvel at how your shots zoom into the goal with a simple tap of the shoot button, you really will wonder how on earth you managed to score without any apparent skill or effort. You could try and execute a one two, however the manual seems to have missed something out in telling you how to do them. I still haven't executed a one two despite following the manual to the letter. You can then try and tackle your opponents when they get the ball, however this is made a bit tricky because you get sent off every time you do
        . There are different weather conditions that you can select, however the only drizzle I saw was on the pitch. It's almost hilariously bad and I'm having trouble understanding why people have given this game 5 stars. It's garbage.

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          04.10.2002 03:19
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          • "Forces you to spend £30 on a multitap"

          To be honest I actually didn't want this game, it was given to me for Christmas along witha shiny new PS2 and GTA3. Apparently my dad had asked the man in EB for what game to buy for me. He could have easily told my dad to buy Army Men or some other disgrace to the gaming world, but no he did not. This man is a saint, for little did I know as I excitedly inserted GTA3 into my new PS2 that the game which I had left on the side was about to change my life. Enough reminiscing on with my opinion. One thing is clear from the very beginning, from when you first load the disc, is that Konami have gone for the stylish approach.The opening video sequence is well made, and is a refreshing change from the heavy metal in-your-face style of FIFA.Onto the main menu screen, and Pro Evolution is as accessible as always, with a variety of cups, leagues, and exhibition matches available, and easy to get to.But more on those later.So, no complaints really in the Presentation department. Pro Evolution has never been about stunning graphics but more about smooth, realistic gameplay.Although the graphics are excellent, the players still look a bit rough, but who really cares as long as the gameplay is still there?The lighting is fantastic, and really brings the pitch and players to life.The faces are perfect, and you can really tell who's who.The graphics are overall good, but I'm sure better graphics will come along. Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING will ever rival Evolution for gameplay.From the moment I picked up the pad, Pro Evolution had me completely and utterly hooked on it's gorgeous football extravaganza.The controls may be simple, but my God it's effective.The bad thing with this game, is that it will take a long time to master the controls.This game lacks the easy pick-up-and-play style of FIFA, but I think that gives it a unique feature, and makes it a better game for it.But give it a week, non-stop playing, and I assure you, you&
          #39;ll be hooked on scoring classy goals, with each one bringing a gigantic smile across your face. This game has the predictable amount of Cups, Leagues, and Tournaments to take part in, but FIFA has tons more.But FIFA doesn't have any replay value. Pro Evolution is the only sports game that I keep coming back to, and the only game which is in my PS2 longer than this is GTA 3.The best thing about this game in my opinion, is that you can whip it out at any time, whether with your mates or on your own, and have a quick blast of pure, beautiful football/soccer. Overall: Overall, this game is one of the best games, no the best GAME on the PS2 at the moment, and you should add it to your collection NOW. Buy it now, even if you don't like football

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            01.10.2002 16:06
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            • "Youre not in real control"

            Imagine playing football on tarmac, wearing roller skates, and you get an idea of playing Pro Evolution Soccer for the PS2. This is a game that has got 95% + reviews in magazines so my expectations were high. I was disappointed to find that it was a virtual carbon copy of the awful FIFA series for the original Playstation, except with improved graphics. Problem 1, the players must have wheels on their boots instead of studs, they skate around the pitch like its an ice rink. It takes an age for them to react to any player input. You get the feeling you're not in control and are along just for the ride. There is no precision or skill needed. The game feels very distant and sluggish. Problem 2, modern football games have the ridiculous method of passing where whenever you press the button the ball goes directly to the nearest player. This simply eliminates any skill or control in the game. Passing is a random act of tapping the button and hoping for the best. Problem 3, if anyone can make out where the ball is when its in the air they have better eyesight than me. The shadow is almost invisible, though you do get a yellow cross which by the time you have seen it the ball has already landed. Problem 4, the scanner at the bottom of the screen to show the position of your players is hopeless. You can't make out anything on it, especially when there are lots of players and the ball close together. When the control system is so fundamentally rubbish as this there is no point persisting. It's horrendously sluggish and innacurate, and it sets new standards in bad design. Try doing a long pass from midfield back to your keeper. Impossible, the player swivels 180 degrees and hoofs it upfield. Rubbish. I could go on but I can't be bothered. All in all this is just as dire as every football game that has come out since Kick Off on the Atari ST and Amiga. Kick Off still remains infinitely better than
            this latest piece of footballing drivel and all the other modern football games.

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              15.08.2002 05:11
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              I have to say that this game is simply the best footy game that anyone could ever hope for. I bought this game over a year ago now and yet im playing it every time i switch on my playstation2. The realism and the intuitive controls make you want to keep coming back for more, and this game is easy to pick up at the offset. As you play more and more, you get better, and you learn more. I think that this is also the perfect post pub multiplayer game, keeping me up many nights when using my multitap. The whole game oozes class, anyone else should forget about fifa and get the real deal, that is PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER!!

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                31.07.2002 21:03
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                Having played each of the International Superstar Soccer series over the years, it amazes me how the team at Konami has been able to improve on perfection each time. With the new Pro Evolution Soccer you find yourself locked not only in excellent gameplay, fluid movements and very impressive graphics but also in a real football match. The players movements, the crowd noise, the pitch detail, the shots, the saves, the through-balls, the skills, it all boils down to one thought, in the words of the legend that is Janis from friends "Oh... My... God!" This game truely is that good. Personally, it was the first game I bought for my PS2 and I am still playing it now, seven months on, with the same passion, the same determination and above all, the same enjoyment since the first day. Fair enough, the commentary isn't that great and when the players tend to stop after tackling on occasion it can be quite frustrating but in the scheme of things it really makes no difference. The thing I admire about this game above all is the longevity. From the challenge of the master leagues and putting your own teams together to the multiplayer facility so you can learn all the skills and different ways to play the game, and take them out on your mates! If you are looking for a really easy, 'shoot from fifty yards and score a goal' type football game then this isn't for you. This is for the football fan who wants to play football, Pro Evolution Soccer is a real football game and boy does it play like it! The "Daddy" of all football games.

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                  30.07.2002 23:27
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                  The only football game better than this is its big brother ISS2. This game has a more a simulation feel to it than the arcade feel of ISS2. However this is still a class game and probably the best football game if you have no mates. The speed of the game is second to none, but the option is there to control the level of speed frm slowest to fastest, a massive difference. The game flows nicely at whatever speed of gameplay is chosen. The amount of avaiable moves is impressive too and its N64 predecessor was the first game to introduce the through ball technique, which is now becoming an option in other football games such as fifa. The players react to the gameplay and if a cross is not going to be met by the players head then he may try an overhead kick if he is in the right position. The more advacnced players may also do some showboating with one teos step overs and dummies to confuse the oppo. The graphics are superb and some of the more famous players look and play like the real thing. For example the golden donkey, Ronaldo, is lightening quick and deadly in front of goal, while Barthez has been known to wonder out of his area at inopportune moments. This game has great gameplay and lastability, the steep progression through the levels of difficulty are amazing. It seems however that in the 5 star mode the computers keeper is invincable, or matbe i'm just not that good. Its more of a tactical game than a switch on and play game. However when you put a bad tackle in the semi circle why do you always get sent off? Plus it can be annoying when one of your players is legging it back for the ball only for the computer to change player. However this game is a bit of class and a very very good game

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                    07.07.2002 07:42

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                    Kicks the crap out of FIFA any day! - Advantages: Easy-to-use control method, Real names, Club teams as well as international - Disadvantages: The guy behind the counter still recommends FIFA!

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                    02.07.2002 17:02
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                    Now if there is one game that I can actually right about and review its Pro Evolution Soccer ( PES from now on ). I originally like many others was a FIFA fanatic, the lure of the commercial name was just too much to leave. That was until I found PES, I'd read the reviews in certain gaming magazines and it was beating FIFA hands done, So I thought to my self why not try it? I did !!! And 6 months or so down the line I cant put it down. The game it self is obviously football, there’s not much I can say about that, Men (or woman) kicking a ball around a field into a rectangular frame with a net on (it’ll never catch on). The game it self is limited, there are about 20/30 National teams with a few classic teams that you can unlock and about 20 World domestic teams, the domestic teams don’t have the real team names, Arsenal is actually London. But that is down to the money spent on licensing, Konami the makers of the game have spent most of the money and actually making a game playable. While FIFA its nearest rival has all the players names and teams, PES doesn’t worry too much about that, the players names are fictional in part Roberto Carlos becoming Roberto Larcos and so on, some of the European teams have the right names, but if you can get past that then you don’t have any worries. The game excels when you actually start playing it, Lush graphics, with different pitch types and sizes, Stadia and weather are just a little of what the game offers. Each team is carefully illustrated, Zidane even had a bald spot, and Beckham still that dodgy mohican, It all adds to the game. The controls do take some getting used to, you cant simply run down to the opponents goal and boot one in the back of the net a la FIFA, you have to build up, passing and trying to break through the midfield and defences, and then when you get a chance it really is down to you, no auto guidance on this game its down to
                    accuracy and where you shoot. As I say it takes a while to get used to it, but persevere, you wont be winning 8-0 after a day, but that’s the whole idea of football, it just doesn’t happen in real life. I’ve been playing this game for over 6 months now and I'm no where near getting bored with it, apart from one off matches, there’s a master league, international league and all the national cups in the world, plus unlocking all the classic teams and hidden players there’s quite a bit to do. If you're a real football fan, this is a must, it’s the closest thing to football there’s been on a games console. There are some down points though, but you wont find out them until you’ve played it to death, the passing can be awkward some times and the commentary is just dire, like all other football game but don’t worry. I love it and everyone I know that’s got it loves it... you could love it to !!! However I wont be giving it 5 stars because your saying it can go nowhere after !!! This game is brilliant but can get better, try it and see

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                      29.06.2002 22:35

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                      Although I don't as of yet own a playstation 2,I have played on my mates one and he owns many games such as James Bond,GTA 3,Max Payne,etc.All of these games are good and GTA 3 is exceptionally class but none of these live up to pro evolution.It was pondered whether the playstation 2's "ISS's" would live up to the standard that the ps 1's ISS gave to you.The answer is simply yes.....it does.It only does simply because it has to I think.....football games have so many other football games to compete with and one little mistake could ruin the sales of the games for years to come.I feel that konami have actually played this title pretty much safe.They haven't really significly changed anything since the old ISS's in fact at first glimpse it just looks like the graphics are superbly better,the players move around better and the goalies are well simply....better goalies.After delving more into this game I actually realised it seems to be more addictive....i don't know how they've done it without changing anything but they have!So do what i'm going to do and save up your pennies and buy a playstation 2......if only just for this game!!!

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                      09.05.2002 02:39
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                      I just have to say that this is without a doubt the greatest football game ever to appear on any console. The original ISS games from Konami set the standard for all other football games to follow and has always been way ahead in the ISS versus FIFA rivalry. I purchased this game on release date after reading about what was supposed to be ' the greatest football game ever ' and ' the game to beat FIFA 2002 ' and i can definitely say that it is both of these and more. Konami have built on the success of the original ISS series for the PSX and this game is superb. Konami have easily brushed aside the competition from the FIFA series and moved ahead in the battle of the football sims. The amount of realism is incredible. The players turn and run like proper players, the ball rolls quickly on damp surfaces and players can slide and intercept passes. The graphics are very good indeed. The players look like the players themselves, and the weather and crowd effects really add to the in-game atmosphere. The difficulty level is suitable for all players. The First matches can be played on a low difficulty, and the pro's can play on the top difficulty. It can take a while to get used to this game but it is well worth it when you do. The first game you play on a medium difficulty could see you losing, yet within a few matches you will be able to force draws and eventuall win matches. As they say, practice makes perfect. Very true for this game. The controls are easy to get used to, although if you cant get to grips with them they are fully customisable to suit your taste. This is a handy feature that helps you enjoy the game. The lifespan of this game is incredible. Even when you have won the masters league you will still have an urge to keep playing and build the squad of your dreams and demolish your opponents constantly. Rewards are also fairly good in this game. For winning certain th
                      ings with certain teams you are awarded new players, new clssic teams and new stadiums. Getting them all will take even the best players a long time. The number of features this game offers will keep you occupied for an eternity. You can paricipate in the ongoing leagues and masters league, the stand alone cups such as the copa america, and then you can create your own ' champions league ' with the teams of your choice. Then you also have the ability to practice certain aspects of the game and even create your own players. The possibilities are endless. The only downside to this fantastic title is the improper player names. It just doesn't seem the same when Rivoldi shoots and his shot is blocked by Roberto Larcos. Still, the superb gameplay more than makes up for this minor flaw. If i had to sum up this game in three words, it would be ' complete football heaven '. Overall, i would rate Pro Evolution Soccer as one of the best PS2 games in all categories and definitely the best sports game. No true PS2 gamer should be without this superb title. If you dont have it then buy it now. Konami have done themselves proud with this title. Bring on Pro Evolution soccer 2 ! Pro Evolution soccer can be purchased from high street stores for £39.99 or online for £29.99, making it a good purchase.

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                      Now this is a quality Football game ? how can anyone ever match this game for playability? It?s so good that I would bore everyone to death trying to get across the positive points! It just plays like a real game of Football with overlapping runs from fullbacks, mazy dribbles from the class players, hard to beat opposition goalkeepers, tackles that need to be 100% timed correctly to avoid fouls ? its just fab! Graphics are superb with the 6 or so stadiums looking brilliant ? the player faces are stunning, easily the best I have ever seen in a Computer Game. The frame rate is rock solid throughout the game at I think 60fps allowing silky smooth movements. Sound is pretty decent with each National team having their individual chants relevant to their teams, which is a very nice touch. Sound FXs are fine and you can?t have any complaints about them. Now the gripes I have with the game: Commentary from Chris James & Terry Butcher is abysmal ? no other word for it, the kits for most of the teams are very poor with some of the National kits looking particularly poor (France being a good example), needs a greater choice of club teams and the edit mode is pretty poor and cumbersome. I do get the feeling that these problems are mostly there so that Konami actually have a reason to release a sequel because the game play itself is just about flawless. If you own a PS2, have any interest in Football and are prepared to invest time into a 'proper' football game, then this is simply a title you MUST own!

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                        18.04.2002 18:16
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                        Unfortunatly this game has more negative than plus points. I will admit that my advice and comments are mainly based on the fact that I have been an avid ISS player since its original arrival on the SNES many years back.. Considering that the PS2 had earmarked the rights to the ISS colelction, and that it was the big new console on the block, you would of thought that it could of changed the way Pro Evolution played compared to its older brothers. My main issue with the game was its attempt to forge players names, as they did not have the rights to display them correctly (e.g Bekham and Zindine). the fact is that they must have recieved some rights to publish names as there are quite a few spelt correctly, but not all of them. I personally prefer the usage of fake naming (not similar) as you don't have the sense of the game being out of date due to players moving around and retiring in real life footie. But for heaven sakes, don't mix 'n' match players names. Getting to the serious points now, the PS2 could of made this game the ultimate footie game of all time, but in my eyes, there seems to be something lacking. As usual with conversions to the PS2, the graphics are looking stunning and movement of players are very smooth. But here comes the problems. * there seems to be too much of the pre-detirmind aspects of the game, where movement is restricted to allow the game to run smoothly. This is turn causes you to get very frustrated when charging balls down from throw-ins and trying to select the best player in view to challenge the oppisition. * The rules of the game are strictly enforced, where a foul will 40% of the time end up with a yellow card. And without doubt you nearly always end up with a red card at the end of each match. * When playing the master league (or all competitions) you never seem to feel like you are achiving something as the game is either way too hard (five stars) or
                        too easy ending up with 12 - 0 scorelines. * All the stats and menus are very much geared up for the Japanesse and US market, even though they made loads of changes for the european edition. Fifa and EASports always seem to make an effort when importing into the UK (europe) * Finally, there is too much motion captured events in and out of a match which causes endless frustration due to waiting times. Once you have seen them once, there is no need again. I would rather see a yellow card on the screen with the players and flash on and off rather than having to watch the ref argue with a player then him show a card while the player drops down to his knees in shame. There are soooooo many points I would like to bring up with the actual gameplay, but honistly, I could go on forever. There was never any serious faults with the ISS Deluxe/Evolution on the PS, but they have tried to hard making improvements, that it still looks like the same game, but just doesn't seem to play as well. Sorry to say that there really is isn't any good points in my eyes as onlt improvements over the originals should be mentioned. Sorry people that love this game... Its still a classic series of games, but I cannot say that this version has captivated me like the others.

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