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      28.02.2010 10:30
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      A very strong football game and ideal for cheap skates and the skint (i'm both)

      A bargain! My girlfriend recently got a free ps3 and gave it to me! (for a while) and i had to decide what games to get. This was one at the top of my list

      I played this with my friends when it was released and was amazed at the game play and graphics. It looks fantastic (for the time admittedly a little dated but only a little) with the game play being bery varied (no shot is ever the same like older games (wasnt that annoying!) and the players move like they do in real life with the players ability just as accurate (buy Ronaldinho and just dribble round everyone)

      The game is only £2.94 at amazon at the moment so it's well worth getting. The game also has a lot of modes including; exhibition (a single one off game) Master league where you can manage a team (play league and cup games, buy players etc) normal league season, training modes and network play. You can also unock classic players from the past.

      On the negative side the game is not as good for one player (and as most of my friends now have families I play on my own! boo) as players often stop running and you find yourself up front on your own with no one to pass to (there are some tricks to get players forward but even then they sometimes stop just after you try to play them through on goal!) and of course isnt as much fun as moaning at everyone for chasing the ball in midfield with the goalie.

      Also i cant get the network play to work. i dont know if it's my connection, a general error at the moment or if the network servers for the game have now been turned off (there's 2 more pro evo's now out so I wouldnt be surprised) Another thing is the master league is not Football Manager so probably shouldnt have even tried to be.

      A good football game worth the small amount of cash. give it a go.

      Tony

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      10.02.2010 12:39
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      A great PS3 football title that beats FIFA hands down. 9/10

      PES 2008 is the first Pro Evolution Soccer title on the PS3 and doesn't disappoint in terms of retaining the realistic fluid game-play, stunning master league mode and good graphics for the next-gen console. Being the first PES PS3 title, you cannot compare to the PS2 titles, but in isolation, the game has very good graphics and retains the realistic PES game-play that has retained Pro's loyal fans for many years. This title seems to have enough to keep you in the Pro Evolution 'camp' and stave away the improving FIFA titles.

      PES 2008 includes a new 'Teamvision' system which Konami claim learns and adapts to our playing style, making matches less predictable and more competitive. Even though I am less convinced with the claims of such a 'Teamvision' system making such a difference, PES2008 still manages to beautifully combine realistic and precise physics, with a fast-moving fluid game-play which makes every goal scored much more satisfying.

      The GOOD Points:

      Great PES gameplay - this PSP title holds the cherished jewel in the Pro Evolution crown, its superior gameplay and realism, and uses this to great effect to create the best football title on the PSP by far. The gameplay has been enhanced with improved AI which makes the defenders and goalkeepers more difficult to beat and score goals against.

      Ball control - PES 5 and PES 6 seemed to lack the fluid turns and dribbling that would elevate the PSP PES genre to a higher level. PES 2008 improved the fluidity in dribbling past opponents and allows you to have a greater level of control when trying to find that vital extra yard of pace. Compared to the previous PSP Pro Evolution titles, the dribbling is noticeably less robotic and the extra movement, turns and skills such as players dragging the ball and turning quickly, help to add a realism and makes you feel like you are a real-life Ryan Giggs tormenting your marker on the wing!

      Master League - this is arguably the best feature on any PES game and I have spent many hours enjoying the master league on PES 2008. For people new to the PES series, master league is a mode where you can select a team to play through many seasons with the ultimate goal of becoming the best football side in the world. You can choose a mach mode team i.e. a team already in the game (such as Liverpool, Chelsea or Man Utd to name but a few), a default team (a team made up of fake players, with whom you progress from a lowly team until you have been successful and acquired enough money to buy the top players) or finally create a custom team (choosing you own team name, emblem, kit designs and players to buy from a limited amount of starting points).
      The Genius of master league is the element of progressing through the leagues and competing for the major honours (such as domestic league, domestic cup or FA cup, European Championship or UEFA Europa League, European Cup or UEFA Champions League.

      Good graphics - although not stunning the graphics are a big leap from the ps3 as you would expect and make a good impression as a next-gen console title, with the stadia, players and pitch looking bright and pretty, adding to the realistic atmosphere and making the game much more immersive.

      Updated player and team roster - PES2008 includes the 2007-2008 Premier League teams such as West Bromwich, Newcastle etc... who were the new teams in the league at the time. Don't worry though, the PES community has pulled together to give you an added advantage for those players looking for a realistic, current Premier League team roster via downloading an updated Option File...

      You can update the option file and choose current team names and players - This will allows you to select the teams currently in the Premier League such as Birmingham, Hull, Wolves and Burnley, along with the whole game being updated with real player names, likeness, kits and hairstyles. PM me or comment on this review, and I will give you the link for the site and the option file that will help you to update your Option file. Alternatively, just Google 'PES 2008 PS3 option file' and click on a well known PES forum site, and you will find all you need to add that extra realism into your game!


      The BAD Points:

      Player names and teams are not licensed unlike FIFA - this unfortunately means that there are only a limited number of teams which are fully licensed and have the real player names. Some teams such as Man City or 'Manchester blue' as they are known, will not have the correct names etc However, as I mentioned earlier, these can be quickly and easily rectified by updating the Option File.

      Online - This game has, since release, had problems with online play including the general glitches, pauses, and poor interface. Although these have been improved with the release of patches, they should have been corrected first time around.


      Summary: A stunning PS3 football title, that offers the most comprehensive and realistic football game-play on the market. For those who want the FIFA-like team names and player names, updating the Option File couldn't be simpler, is free and only takes 5 minutes.

      PES2008 I feel, is superior to FIFA in terms of game-play, the fun-factor, and its immersive unrivalled Master League mode. Update the Option File and you have a football game that is not only better than FIFA, but is streets ahead and sets the standard for all PS3 football titles. Well worth a try even for the most ardent FIFA fans among us. 9/10 with the updated option file.

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        27.07.2009 14:17

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        Go for the competition if I were you

        I have always preferred the Pro Evolution series to Fifa, but this game has swung me the other way. I was really looking forward to playing Pro Evo on a next generation console but it thoroughly dissappointed me.

        For starters I was expecting a whole new game engine, this wasn't the case. The game literally looks like it is just a HD version of the PS2 games. The pitches look an odd colour and the players look like zombies.

        I felt like the physics were also terrible. The ball will bounce off players legs like a pinball machine and the whole game felt more like an arcade title than a simulation.

        The lack of kits doesn't usually bother me either, but when you are paying full price for a game you expect either the visuals or the gameplay to be good. This game does neither well.

        Online multiplayer was another feature I didn't like. I have never joined a game that is not laggy. I often saw players moving around like chess pieces due to the latency.

        To me, this really feels like an old game on a new console. I would only recommend this title to the die hard Pro Evo fans, everyone else play Fifa.

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        19.07.2009 16:26

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        Gets old very quickly

        Regarded as the worst Pro Evo to date and well I would have to agree wit the general consensus. Graphically this game looks good with player models looking decent close up. But from afar this game looks more like a PS2 game. When I first bought this game the frame rate was terrible but as far as I know this has been fixed with a downloadable update. Gameplay wise this is perhaps Pro Evo at its worst. It is far too fast and the over reliance on fast players makes it very easy to run the pitch with players like Messi and Ronaldo. The reliance on fast players and attacking football ruins the game and makes it very difficult to defend against. Often when playing the game the score ends up very high due to the over emphasis on fast players. Online it must be said is also terrible with significant lag problems

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        26.06.2009 09:39

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        2009 is out now, and Fifa is probably better

        First of all i have to say regarding the slow framerate...i have never experienced this at all offline. Online is terrible at the minute but this will undoubtably be fixed in a patch this weekend (i hope).
        There has been large debate as to which football game to buy this year (PES08 / FIFA08) so here is my opinion - hopefully it may help!
        I have played FIFA08 on xbox 360 and i own PES08 on PS3. Personally the gameplay on Fifa is much improved and makes playing 1 player against the AI far superior to PES. However, in my opinion that is not where a football game shines...in all honasty no matter how good the gameplay is it is extremely boring playing AI. To me a football game should be realistic, but most of all fun to play with friends. Me and a mate played Fifa08 online against other people and i was getting bored after 4-5 games as you spend half the time simply passing the ball about!
        I then played PES08 in a 7 player league over a few beers at a friends house last saturday....this is the bread and butter for me and i thought PEs08 really stands out in this situation. The gameplay when playing 2 player is brilliant and in typical PES style you usually get a laugh aswel in the games. We played a total of 21 games that night and could have went on longer no problem but it was 4am. I am not going to go on about the exact gameplay as you will already know that....but if you want a football game to be fun while playing with friends then for me PES08 is an excellent choice. If you want to play a good single player campaign mode then your best off with Fifa08. I chose PES and im happy i did as it does for me exactly what i want it to do!

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        24.06.2009 13:44

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        Better than FIFA08

        If you are a football fan looking for your first PS3 football game but cannot afford to splash out £30-£40 on the 2009 versions, then this would be my recommendation. Of the 2008 versions, PES was the best, and here are the reasons why:

        1. The gameplay is better than FIFA08, with plenty of variation in the action. For example, for the first time I can remember it was possible to score deflected goals, a nice touch and very frustrating when playing multiplayer!
        2. The online play was better than FIFA08, being a lot more consistent and easier to get people to play matches. However, bewarned, the vast majority of people playing it online are annoying school kids who only ever choose to play with Manchester United or Barcelona! There is also an annoying amount of lag so you need to make sure you have a very good connection, and that you prepare yourself for a bit of frustration.
        3. The Master League was updated making it a lot more playable, and therefore more satisfying when you build your own teams.

        This was a very playable game, and I still on occassion get it out to play. I would recommend buying FIFA09 if you have the money, but if you are on a budget this is a valid second option!

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        29.05.2009 19:35

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        An excellent football game and for a great price but there are some flaws.

        I have always been predominantly a Fifa fan and so I had never tried a Pro Evolution game until this. I had heard very good things about this game from multiple places and I managed to get it for £15 in a 2 for £30 deal at Game. It was released in October 2007 and I'm sure on Ebay you can get this game for just over £10.

        There is also a demo if this game that is available to download in the Playstation store. What I didn't like about this game was that it didn't have the real names of the teams or players and I found this to be really quite annoying. Other than that I found the gameplay to be just as fun as Fifa if not better. Within the game itself there is a lot to do and I found it kept me entertained for hours.

        The controls are easy to follow and yet they offer you a wide vareity of choices to perform different skills and tricks. The game is praised for the action being more realistic and I must admit I found the graphics of this game to be superb! It really was realistic, replay's looked rather like T.V just brilliant! You can play on network play but not as an online game like Fifa which really waas bad.

        I loved the 'Unique teamvision' feature however, which means that the computer actually adjusts to the way that you play meaning that the difficulty level is ideal! Overall I would really recommend getting this game, especially for just £10 or so. Even if you just want to try it for free and get the demo. I do feel that there are some major diadvantages to the Fifa series that need to be resolved however. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!

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        08.01.2009 12:46

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        A very poor effort by the pro evo team

        This version has been a real step back for the series despite being the first on the next gen consoles. There are so many bugs to start off with in the game it is shocking. For a next gen game you certainly expect a real top experience but this game is anything but, the visuls are decent but really not what you would expect from a ps3 game and the whole thing seems to be littered with bugs. The slow down in some crowded areas is a joke they did bring out a patch but really the problem was still there in parts.

        The gameplay was decent but there was just something not quite right with it overall with the passing the key to pro evo games certainly not feeling right at all.

        The online mode was also a disater with some very poor lag through every game played pratically making the game unplayable. The game did have some good parts to it and you can tell the old pes is in there somewhere but overal this is probably the worst version of pro evo yet.

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        30.10.2008 01:52
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        Definately buy if wanting to play for fun

        Pro Evolution Soccer 2008. Probably the next best after pro evolution soccer 5. Well this game's graphic's have to be wow! Might not be all that up to scratch compared to Fifa but there has to be a big improvement on this PS 3 format. But if your a Pro Evo fan I guess graphics dont matter because primarily you are buying this product for gameplay. Well the gameplay is much faster than other pro evo games i have played in the past. This has to be Pro Evo's USP. This is what in my opinion makes me want to play Pro Evo than Fifa. The game is more for fun and one which is even better when played with friends/ family. There is also an online feature which allows gamers to play others all around the world. This is very competitive and also very good for when you play your mates in person as it improves your style of playing. From what I heear the online play isnt all that compared to Fifa. But i think it simple and easy to use.

        Definately a house party game a shame they are not fully licensed

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        04.09.2008 18:23
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        A good allround game and the best pro evo yet by far.

        I've always been more of a FIFA person in the past but i've also bought the last two PRO EVO's after playing them round a friends. Where they lack the realism and some of the Player/Team names of FIFA it definitely makes up in game play.

        The Gameplay is freeflowing and not repetitive like some of the past versions. Player changes and squad maintaining make a lot of difference to the teams performance which makes it a more involved game.

        It still has the same Exhibition mode which is basically just a quick match. One of the biggest things about this game for me is how it is still the best on the market for multiplayer gaming with friends but can now be played one player as well whereas before i got bored extremely quickly.

        The online play still needs a lot of work as its really, really jerky and thats an understatement. But on a whole its a lot better than past pro evos and has partly converted me from FIFA.

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        20.08.2008 23:35
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        Disappointing

        At the time when PES 2008 and Fifa 08 had both hit the market I was around 65-25 in FIfa's favour before I had tried either, so I was always going to be a little biased against PES 2008.
        I can now say after playing both I am an out and out Fifa fan, I even sold PES the day after purchase, here are the reasons why.


        The menus in the game have a "cheap" feeling about them, whether it is navigating the menus or just the general appearance.

        The fact this game doesn't have the licenses for all leagues was expected, but still disappointing. The lack of licenses brings the whole enjoyment of the game down in my opinion, mainly effecting my enjoyment of playing a season in either Master League or any domestic league. I know you can update the game to real names, but why should you have to ?

        Once playing the game there was a number of things which annoyed me.

        The gameplay seems to fast and unrealistic, while running at high speeds the abilty to go past defenders with quick turns of direction while keeping control just isn't possible in real life (except maybe for Lionel Messi).

        Also when high passes are made the ball just floats through the air like a balloon, the same thing generally happens when shooting.

        The goalkeepers in the game are awful, constantly running out of goal at any opportunity, without any prompting.

        Also, when you are running with a player, it is as if the wind is blowing them back, as the players all seem to run leaning slightly backwards.

        The close up graphics are pretty impressive, whereas the overall game playing view has a arcade feel.

        However, the worst part of the entire game is the online play.
        When you enter online play there is a message from Konami apologising for the play and saying they are working on it, this is hardly encouraging.
        The reason they are apologising is the lag is unbelievable.
        One moment you could be running through on goal, the next the ball is on the half-way line.


        All in all I will give this game a 5/10, improvements are needed for 09.

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          19.08.2008 02:14
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          Still great for footballing purists, but its a poor update from the PS2 days

          Frustrating!

          PES has for a number of years been number 1, but this effort on the PS3 certainly takes a backward step.
          Gameplay wise it has become overly arcadey with ridiculously poor keepers whilst the lack of licensing (although not not mattering to me) has been ruined by the removal of around half the editing features, making thorough option files an impossibility. Online this game is a complete mess, with Konami's poor servers most games become laggy with players disappearing forcing you to predict moves and press buttons too far in advance. Not to mention goals sometimes are awarded as corners! very annoying!

          This is not to say the game is all bad, a good improvement in graphics(textures etc) alongside PES' great player modals is still alongside the most addictive and playable gameplay available offline. But if you are used to Konami's high standards, this PS3 version will propably let you down, frustrating as many of the issues could easily have been altered.
          Advice, if purchasing go PC/PS2- cheaper, customisable and better online.

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          13.06.2008 01:48

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          Not good enough, konami must produce a better standard of game.

          I was not originally a big fan of the Pro Evo series and having been convinced to buy it by a few mates very little has changed . After just a couple of hours of having the game i was feeling very let down and a little bit ripped off. The lack of licenses wasn't a major issue as i bought it primarily for playing online. This online play was simply not good enough. Having put up with the annoying Japanese music and arcade layout it took me a very long time to actually get an account to play online, the information i needed was printed on the back of the manual of all places. Certain teams like Inter Milan and Barcelona were able to literally walk through other teams meaning skill of the player counted for very little. It seemed too much attention had been payed to making certain players into big stars in the game and this took away from to game itself.

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          27.03.2008 18:42
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          Has the ability to be outstanding, but is held back by its key technical faults.

          Pro Evolution Soccer's debut on Playstation has been an eventful one, but seemingly a disappointing one. The PS3 promised a more powerful console capable of fitting more on a Blu-ray disc than a DVD, with built-in HD movie playback.

          But despite these appealling technical gimmicks Sony had boasted, the game-play of Pro-Evo 2008 faulters at the most fundamental hurdle for a football game; it's jerky graphics, especially in replays, and regular glaring drops in frame rate make the game feel a little bit amateur. The game frequently and inexplicably appears to slow down, meaning a genuine slide tackle for the ball can be misconstrued by the ridiculously harsh referees for a red card offence, hence ruining the match thereafter, just as a red card does in the premiership. In a crowded penalty area quick decision making and accurate shooting are rendered far too difficult. Indeed these drawbacks induce one to change the game settings, adjust the resolution, or flick between different crowd, stadium, and weather settings in a futile struggle for better game-play.

          However, superficially, the game is far more inviting. The player close-ups are fantastic, the tackling, passing and shooting techniques extremely realistic, and the various body feints and tricks add a little something extra to spice up the play for those of us who love flair and flamboyance. There are many more positives as well.

          A brilliant aspect of the game is that now pace really does play a vital role, mirroring the ever-changing evolution of powerful and pacy top-flight football. For example Henry is blistering, and taking advantage of the fact that it is now easier to go past players, he, along with other quick athletes, is devastating. Although this means tackling is harder, shooting has become more of a mastered art, with far less Calamity James or Paul Robinson blunders of 2006.

          The commentary has definitely been improved, as long as you can stand the camp blubbering of Mark Lawrenson, along with his co-commentator John Campion. But it's what they say, not how they say it. Right?

          Controversially Konami have introduced the ability to dive, although unless mastered will generally end in a yellow card. Personnally I think it is a genius touch that echoes the real-life game. If Cristiano Ronaldo can dive and get paid £120k a week, then why shouldn't I be allowed to simulate in my living room?

          Unfortunately the exclusive license for the Premiership names, apart from Tottenham and Newcastle, remain in EA Sports' grasp, and it is still a little disappointing that Man Red, London, North London and Merseyside Red battle it out for the title. But I can get over this.

          PES 2008 is the George Best of the computer gaming world: packed with world-beating potential, wonderfully crafted, and amazingly adorable. However it's key technical flaws has meant that there is so much left for Konami to do to reach its best. It can be the best football game, far outclassing Fifa, but certain features must be improved: among them the poor graphics, dropping frame rate, terrible drum'n'bass music, and the un-licensed teams. Let's hope Konami will fulfil their potential in the years to come...

          Also on Ciao.

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            13.01.2008 19:06

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            Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is in my opinion are better alternative to any FIFA production. The game play is genuine, the goals and game play are different, the attribute's of each individual player differ to make the game very enjoyable. I prefer to play against my friends rather than the computer as the computer tactics become predicatable and the same strategy can normally beat the computer.The graphics are very sound, and the commentary of Mark Lawrenson and Clive Tylesdly is brief but very professional. For me this game is the best football game out at present.

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