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      12.08.2010 17:54

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      Still best football series

      PES 2009 is great improvement on 2008. The gameplay and feel to the game is much more like what pro evo fans have grown to expect and the poor showing of the previous game. There are 2 notable additions to this update, the official licence to the UEFA Champions League in the introduction of a new game mode called Become a Legend. The use Champions League in the game is a massive step forward for Pro Evo as it has always been a million miles behind FIFA in the licence of kits and leagues. However despite this it is still not used in the games Master League mode and can only be played in a separate Champions League mode. which you will probably only play once or twice, another downside is the fact for all the licences' it has for this when you play with English teams they don't have the real team names or kits (Merseyside Blue anyone!). The big addition for me was the Become a Legend mode in which you play a just one player and play out his career from a 17 looking for a club to, hopefully, scoring the winner in the World Cup final. This mode is a great addition and will keep you playing for weeks/Months and that is in addition to the months you can spend on the Master League mode. The only downside would be that when you start in Become a Legend your stats are very low so it is hard on the higher difficulties, but if you start on an easy difficulty it will be too easy when your player gets better. As for the online mode only one thing needs to be said..Awful.

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      29.07.2010 15:07

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      Get the up to date game instead

      Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is the second instalment of the long-running football simulator on the PlayStation 3. The key change in this instalment is the gameplay and the introduction of the new TeamVision system which incorporates much better AI from your team-mates. Also introduced is the "Become a Legend" mode, where you create a player and take them from their first game in a local team to the top of the world, winning medals and trophies galore as you go. The bad part is that still only two teams in the Barclays Premier League are licensed, so you have to make do with the likes of North London and Merseyside Blue instead of Arsenal and Everton, however with the edit mode that is available you can always download an Option file from the internet to import the kits. Don't let that put you off though, this game is excellent and while it's not the most up to date game, it's certainly a brilliant play.

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      14.02.2010 13:27
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      PES2009 is a huge leap forward in the series, and the definitive football game on the PS3. 9.5/10!

      PES 2009 is the second instalment in the PS3 after the successful 2008 title, and I can safely say early on that this game is a big improvement in the already highly rated Pro Evolution Soccer series.

      PES 2009 has the addition of the revolutionary 'Become a Legend' mode which adds a whole new dimension to the game, much better presentation in terms of menu design and graphics, as well as retaining, if not slightly improving the classic PES fluid gameplay which sets apart Pro Evolution Soccer from its FIFA counterpart.

      The GOOD Points:

      PES 2000 retains the classic PES gameplay - the gameplay in PES 2009 is nothing short of fantastic, combining the fluidity and realism which has made Pro Evolution Soccer the defining football game for many fans. PES 2009's fluid gameplay allows you to play tactically, choosing whether to pass through the opponent or attack down the wings. This is an improvement of PES 2008 in this respect, where you often faced opponents charging down the wings with either Kaka, Ronaldo or Messi. In PES 2009 it's not as easy to charge down the wings, and I feel the balance between attack and defend is the best in any football game I have ever played. As with any PES game, you have to be on your toes, both when attacking and defending, as mistakes are often punished - just like in real-life.

      AI difficulty can be changed from 'beginner', 'amateur', 'regular', 'professional' or 'top player'. This helps suit a range of gamer abilities and tailors the game to your needs, with top player presenting a very difficult challenge even for the seasoned veteran of PES games.

      Become a Legend - this is a new mode in PES 2009 and allows you to play through consecutive seasons, controlling and managing the career of only one player. You get to create your own player, and firstly play in a scout match. Having performed well, or not so well, you are soon courted by many clubs and can choose to sign a contract for an array of sides. Thus begins your 'BAL' career and you get to control your player as they build a career in football. What sets apart this mode is the ability to only control one player, yourself, thus adding a new dimension to the game.
      For example, if you are a striker your game will be about timing runs, one-touch passes and of course positioning to score those vital goals. As a midfielder, more of a team-based role, defending and attacking, passing and crossing and controlling the 'engine-room' of the team. A defender is all about tracking opponent runs, taking up good positions and starting the next attack. This really adds a fantastic new dimension to PES and help add a new dynamic to playing football games - actually tactically being involved in a team as one player, executing your skills and helping your team to succeed.

      Master League - this is one of the main features which I believe sets all PES titles apart from FIFA games. You get to control a team through consecutive seasons, buying and selling players, and trying to increase your team ranking whilst winning silverware. This is an incredibly involving and exciting mode, offering a new dimension to every Master League that means any two experiences will never be the same. This is truly a gem of the PES franchise, and is unrivalled in terms of the fun, realism and enjoyment that can be had for the gamer.

      Graphics - this is a big improvement in comparison to PES 2008 on the PS3, with the players, pitch and stadia looking very bright and beautiful. This graphics are noticeably better than its previous instalment, and this only adds a vital ingredient to the immersive gameplay and is the icing on the cake for loyal PES fans who have been sweetly rewarded!

      Updated player and team roster - PES2009 includes the 2008-2009 Premier League teams such as Hull and Derby... 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 PM me or comment here on the side of the review, and I will give you the link of the option file I am currently using which has all the updated player names, abilities, teams, transfers, cup names, international tournaments and has all the PES Shop items unlocked.

      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. PM or comment for more info on this (I can't link to external, unrelated sites so please get in touch!)

      Summary: PES2009 on the PS3 is an improvement from PES2009 which improved in terms of gameplay, graphics, presentation and the balance between attack and defense. PES2009 retains the fluid PES gameplay which sets the series apart from its FIFA counterpart, as well as adding the fantastic 'Become a Legend' mode which further adds to the depth and playability of the game.

      This really is a rare example of a product which has changed a winning formula, added something new, and enhanced it greatly as a result. PES 2009 is a breakthrough football title on the PS3, and has made a successful leap forward in the Pro Evolution Soccer series and really is a must-look even for FIFA fans. Give PES2009 a chance and I guarantee that you will not regret your decision. A very rare, deserving 9.5/10,

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        23.12.2009 19:23

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        Heavily flawed but strangely still addictive...

        I generally prefer the PES games to FIFA ones, but after the calamity that was PES2008, I wasn't so sure, but sadly, PES2009 mostly confirms my fear that the PES series has gone down the pan, and FIFA really is the way to go from here on in.

        Any spark that the gameplay had has been mostly eradicated, for what we get here are incredibly sloppy mechanics that have been over-complicated in an attempt to match the ideas that FIFA have been kicking around. The AI is the most disturbing element; they only respond to the "pass" command occasionally, and frequently will pass to other players when you're clearly the most open and unmarked man. Also I've found that the quality of the animations really are not so great this year, making for quite a distracting, even unintentionally hilarious gaming experience.

        Also frustrating is the referee leniency; they will gladly let a brutal scrape go, but then give you a card for a fairly soft tackle. Short of the computer beating you with a weapon, it seems, the referee will side with them! It seems like a cheap way of artificially inflating the game's difficulty, in that this seems to occur more when you are winning, and is therefore incredibly unrealistic given the nature of the game.

        Furthermore, the online offering is quite an annoyance, because it's plagued with the same lag problems as the last game. While a patch was released a few days after release, it has only partially remedied this problem. It also disappoints on a technical level, because it simply can't compete with the graphical quality: while FIFA may suck with crowds, PES09 sucks with pretty much everything visually. It has the visuals of a late-day PS2 game.

        Is it worth getting? Well, it is still very addictive despite being very frustrating, and PES fans probably own it anyway, but I just hope that the 2010 version is better.

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        23.11.2009 22:49

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        Just holding on to the king of football games title...but for how long?

        As per usual PES 2009 does not contain the licensing of many teams but this is a minor inconvenience on the game in which the gameplay is very good. It may not graphically be as aesthetically pleasing as the FIFA games, but you get a greater sense of satisfaction when winning a match in PES 2009 as you really have to work hard for a win due to the generally good AI (Artificial Intelligence). There are some odd moments in the game however, most notably the occasional goalkeeper howler and the refusal of a free kick taker to move if the ball richoets into his area, which can be highly frustrating at times. However, the addition of the Champions League is also a major coup for the series and provides great enjoyment playing all the best teams on the game and gets one up on FIFA for this reason. With the resurgence of the FIFA series however the gap is ever decreasing between the two main players of console football games, but PES 2009 just manages to hold it's crown for the 2008/09 season.

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        03.11.2009 11:47
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        Game worth investing in

        After playing PES 2008 everyday for 6 months at my friends house, PES 2009 became a must buy for the year. However, it seems as if Konami created a game the was many levels below the previous one, which left me diappointed the day I played the game. Konami did do good by purchasing the rights to the champions league which makes the game just a tiny but more special as well as licensing the rights to Manchester United and Liverpool football clubs.

        The gameplay has got slower than it was last year, in which you could score 3-6 goals every game, this years PES focused a bit more on defending which can be good at times. The graphics are as good as expected but there are somethings which have made me so frustrated and that is the fact that at some angles the crowd still look cardboard - which you think by now with all this technology would not be a problem to sort out.

        What I liked about PES 2009 was the master league which is great fun, you get to choose your team and you play with them in all forms of the game - PL, CL, FA CUP... But you only get to play the champions league when you're promoted in your second or third season. There is another mode called become a legend where you get to choose the looks at some stats of your player. This mode is focused on your player only and allows you to improve his stats, to get him to play at the top level of the game - The Premier League.

        The worst part of the game was playing online which was, for me, the most highly anticipated part of the game, but turned out to be a real let down. Playing online was so rubbish as the game lagged so much, that made it impossible to play. Players would be flashing all over the place, red cards would be shown to players for absolutely no reason. The amount of updates required made it impossible to even play anyone online!!

        Overall, I would say that playing offline was fun at times - especially if you can play with your friends. Master league remained the best part of the game - as it puts you in full control of the game. I would recommend this over Fifa 09, as the gameplay is much faster in PES 2009.

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        28.10.2009 15:43
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        A goof game but FIFA is better

        Pro Evolution Soccer 09 is a game for the Playstation 3 by Konami. It is the rival game to FIFA and has grown each year. This year the game has added the Champions League to the game choices. The game has most of the leagues around the world in the game and of course the premier league. In addition to the teams they have also created a lot of the famous stadiums from around the globe to play in. Old Trafford, Wembley etc...

        The graphics in the game are excellent and when you see close ups of the players you will be surprised how life like they look. The stadiums look just like the really thing and the kits are spot on.

        The problem with this game is Konami do not have the rights to all the teams in the game so the players names, team names and kits are not correct. E.g. Arsenal are called North London. It did not bother me to much but it would be nice to have it all correct.

        You can play a league, tournament or your friends on line. The on line play is good but if there is a lot of people playing the game play can be a bit jumpy.

        They game is well worth a buy but I think next time I will swap to FIFA.

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        20.08.2009 23:18

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        Buy one of the older versions for cheaper.

        This is now Konami's third game on the next generation consoles, and really, they should be doing better than this. At the core is still the unmatched pro evo gameplay, but since you can get equally good play from any of the last five pro evos it's hard to really see that as a reason for paying twice as much as you would for one of the old games.

        The biggest mess up is in the presentation, which unless you lament the 80's for being too understated, you are very unlikely to warm to. I could probably forgive it if the menus were very quick and easy to use, but they're not, setting up matches takes twice as long as it should and you're never quite sure if you're heading down the right path. Playing a game on-line is made needlessly compliacated with some useless lobby system which makes you check every single player to check if they've got a free spot or not.

        Talking of on-line play, which should have been this generation's pro evo's greatest assest, it's an unplayable laggy mess. Avoid it.

        The single player is better, with this version requiring a good mix of both dribbling and passing skills to beat the computer at the top level. However, as anyone who has played pro evo before will know, the computer does tend to play quite unfairly, and I regret to say this version is one of the worse offenders.

        It seems harsh to give a negative review to what actually is a very good game, but as it's just not an improvement of earlier games it's very hard to recommened for purchase.

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        19.08.2009 16:52
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        still a good game, worth a play, pes fans will love

        PES is carrying on without any licenced players and still algging behind on the graphics we see in Fifa but it isn't all bad.

        the gameplay itself is good and stays fluid as were the previous games. However there are somenew modes like the become a pro mode. Here you can pick a character and try and build him up from being a reserve player to getting to play for your team and then country.

        the game is has now got an online mde which is fun and adds depth to the game so you don't always have to keep playing the computer AI which gets boring after a while. However unlike FIFA the game does not have different levels of skills for each character to the same extent which makes for some unrealistic aspect to the game.

        A nice new touch is the ability to add you mp3 files as chants. This feature is nice to use from time to time but gets boring and is not easy enough to use.

        The online mode as I said is a nice addition however you find a lot of lag in the games online and this will lead to a lot of frustration when the oppositions players seem to be teleporting around the screen sometimes. I have a fast connection and hardly ever experience lag but this game manages to do so.

        However in all this game is not the worst and the gameplay is still pretty good, however I prefer the new gameplay style fifa has introduced but each to their own.

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        18.08.2009 15:02
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        Best Football Game on the Market

        In my opinion.....better than Fifa!

        Yes the graphics are less superior to Fifa, PES does not have all the official licenced teams or player names, the menu interface is also less superior.

        But what Pro Evo does have is a much better gameplay! This has been said for all the Pro Evo games in the series. The gameplay is outstanding. Buy this at launch and you will play it religiously until the next installment!

        I do have some negtives to report though.

        Bad english translations in the menu, poor commentary, online play is rubbish, a two man wall is created for a freekick 40m out!, the master league is very poor incomparision to what it should be for a game of this quality!

        But....GAMEPLAY, outstanding. Get your mates round and play it till 1am continually arguing over whos best and how they cheated you!

        Best football game on the market.

        Please Konami listen to the players and sort out the many faults to make this game even better than it currently is!

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        02.08.2009 13:18
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        Good game but its weeknesses are its licensed content

        Pro Evolution has returned and there has been many changes to gameplay, with key additions to tactics change according to situation, off-the-ball fluency AI recognizing strategies that works accumulating data on an ongoing basis wiht all league modes.

        Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 has new air resistance calculations for the trajectory of the ball to bring more realism to the game. There are also new friction routines to affect ball movement in terms of ground conditions, backspin routines are calculated so that ball slows accordingly, and the bounce of the ball can be used more effectively.

        The biggest feature in the game is the introduction of Become a Pro Mode. This allows players to take control of a player when he is justed started his career and your aim is to improve his skills and one day make him the worlds best. This new feature is possibly the best mode in the game as it is very iddictive trying to get your player to move from the reserves of the lower league teams to playing for your country.

        The Licensed Teams this year are -

        AEK Athens
        AIK
        Anderlecht
        Athletic Bilbao
        Atlético Madrid
        Basel
        Benfica
        Beşiktaş
        Boca Juniors
        Brøndby
        Celtic
        CFR Cluj
        Club Brugge
        Copenhagen
        Deportivo La Coruña
        Dinamo Zagreb
        Dynamo Kyiv
        Espanyol
        FC Barcelona
        Fenerbahçe
        Galatasaray
        Göteborg
        Hammarby
        HJK Helsinki
        Internacional
        Liverpool
        Mallorca
        Manchester United
        Olympiacos
        Panathinaikos
        Porto
        Racing Santander
        Rangers
        Real Madrid
        Real Valladolid
        Red Star Belgrade
        River Plate
        Rosenborg
        Sevilla
        Shakhtar Donetsk
        Slavia Prague
        Spartak Moscow
        Sporting CP
        Standard Liège
        Steaua Bucureşti
        Villarreal
        Zenit St. Petersburg


        PES 2009 also has unlicensed teams in the Premiership, La Liga & Serie A.

        The Following Nations are playable in 2009 -

        Argentina
        Australia
        Austria
        Belgium
        Brazil
        Bulgaria
        Cameroon
        Canada
        Chile
        China
        Colombia
        Costa Rica
        Côte d'Ivoire
        Croatia
        Czech Republic
        Denmark
        Ecuador
        Egypt
        England
        Finland
        France
        Germany
        Ghana
        Greece
        Hungary
        Iran
        Israel
        Italy
        Japan
        Mexico
        Netherlands
        Nigeria
        Northern Ireland
        Norway
        Paraguay
        Peru
        Poland
        Portugal
        Republic of Ireland
        Romania
        Russia
        Saudi Arabia
        Scotland
        Senegal
        Serbia
        Slovakia
        Slovenia
        South Africa
        South Korea
        Spain
        Sweden
        Switzerland
        Thailand
        Tunisia
        Turkey
        Ukraine
        United Arab Emirates
        Uruguay
        USA
        Wales

        A New Feature in the game was the licensed UEFA Champions League Mode that allows you to play as any team in the game to try to win the cup. This Feature is good because it has all the logos and the correct cup format but it should of been used in Master League Mode and not just a seperate mode. Master Mode itself has not changed much from the last game, it still has the same formats but it needs more content, Instead of having 4 leagues they should of had more.

        The worst part of the game is the Online Play, even if you have a very fast internet connection you will still have games that are unplayable.

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          30.07.2009 00:09
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          Still the King, nice try tho FIFA

          I have been a hardcore Pro Evo fan since the very start, it has been an essential part of my life and all my friends are exactly the same. I can't help being bias because I treat pro evo like a money grabbing son, I love it to death and I will always support it but boy sometimes it can be the most annoying little brat ever. The game play more or less always has that same feel to it, the part I hate it when Konami take away little great features and for the life for me I can't understand why. For example in training there was a feature where you could press a button and play will go back a few passes, a great feature if you want to prefect a volley or a placed shot. Master League has never been great but I feel this years instalment was one of the worst of the lot. It gets really repetitive and they try to hide this fact by bamboozling you with cheap images of your star player talking into like 50 mic's. The become a legend/pro mode was fun for like a few days but it gets really boring. I do still love this game though because all of its flaws are long forgotten right after ive had an epic 5-4 match with my friend, and it doesnt matter what side you end up on you still enjoy the experience and even though i think FIFA tried there hardest with their newest installment, they still can't touch the King of gameplay! LONG LIVE PRO EVO!

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            29.07.2009 17:23

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            Worth a shout if your thinking about buying a footy game

            Pro Evo 2009

            For football fans this is always a tough choice - do I go with the graphically pleasing fifa 09 or the technically brilliant pes 09? Well, I own both so hopefully I can give a neutral (although I do have a favourite) opinion. Unfortunately not all the teams have sponsered kits which is a disappointment, however does not take away from the fact that this is a truely great football game. I'll tell you the most satisfying thing about this game - Playing against a human opponent and scoring :) There is a real sense of competitive nature with this game and you really do end up getting emotional! Its impossible not too, this game just draws you in. At £30 pounds from Amazon now you should buy it!. There is also some nice extras including the champions league competition which is really we reconstructed with the video and actual music. The graphics and gameplay are great.
            Negatives include the online play which can be laggy and complicated to setup. Additonally if you play the game alot such as myself the computer becomes really frustrating in terms of organizing their defence. But these are only minor in my opinion.

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            28.07.2009 12:14
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            Brilliant, Technical and still very addictive

            OCTOBER 2008, The eagerly awaited release of both PES and FIFA, the ongoing debate of which game is better and which will exceed or disappoint our expectations.

            Pro Evolution Soccer had previously had a horrendous year with with thousands of disappointed fans complaining furiously and converting to the "dark side" otherwise known as FIFA. PES instantly had a lot of work to be done, I was personally one of those converted, I bought FIFA and refused to buy PES again as I was so disappointed in the previous year, however after the usual 2 months on FIFA it became boring and much to easy.

            JANUARY 2009, I decided to buy PES, at first was reasonably disappointed it is very different to FIFA, however after bringing my skills back up to scratch I realised just how much more flexible and brilliant this game can be. There is a mental barrier of "this is rubbish" that you have to get through, one through you will reap the benfits, the Brilliant master league of which you can create players, teams and start from the bottom and work up.

            JULY 2009, STILL very obsessed with Pro Evo and have the hunger to constantly play more, its realistic yet arcade feel is better than any football game that has ever been on the market, it is highly under rated (generally by people who haven't got through "the barrier" you cannot judge this game in a couple of days, you must work to gain technical ability and appreciate the gameplay.

            I am not saying this game is perfect it still has a lot to work on, the offside rule is completely wrong, the goalkeepers can be awful and some of the referees decisions can be diabolical, HOWEVER doesn't this keep in line with real life, if anyone can tell me that the above problems doon't occur in the Premier League, La Ligua or the Seria A are lying and must be going straight to hell.

            All in all you must be patient and you will enjoy this game.

            PS - I almost forgot the Online Mode, it is improving however can still be very very annoying, I no longer play online as I broke 2 controllers, Ha an they definately aren't cheap, however every persons different, much bigger online community than last year, but still a lot of work to be done in this area of the game.

            THANKS FOR LISTENING!!!!!

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              18.07.2009 17:53

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              A flawed Pro Evo that does not do the PES brand justice

              Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 to be honest is not a classic PES in comparison to older PS2 edition's. While the graphics are of top notch the classic PES gameplay which defined the series in previous editions is not here in its fullness. AI proves to be poor and it does not hold the addictive gameplay that makes you want to come back for more. Passing feels unnatural and the game is too arcadey for my liking. Although many would regard my review as negative I just feel Konami have not done themselves justice in this latest edition. Having said this there are some noticable positives. Beneath all the negative parts of the game tis is still a Pro Evo game at heart. The master league will keep you going for hours and offline multiplayer is still as addictive if playing with a friend. Online is more playable than last years edition but there is still the issue of lag. All in all it is worth the money but don't expect to be playing it in months to come.

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          • Product Details

            PES 2009 is the latest installment of the award-winning Pro Evolution Soccer Series, which is known by millions of fans for its superior gameplay and incredible realism. For PES 2009, Konami is already planning a raft of extensive new additions that will further bridge the gap between PES and the real thing. The new game has undergone a stunning graphical update to ensure its players look and move even more like their real-life counterparts. Similarly, all-new options allow users to tailor the game to their own tastes, while new moves, innovative new control elements and key online elements will further the realism of the new game.