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I have been a Pro Evolution Soccer fan since purchasing PES 5 on the PSP and then the PS2, and compared to the previous titles, PES 5 and PES 6, this is a big improvement in game-play.
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 a huge difference, PES2008 on the PSP 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.
Updated player 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....
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.
The BAD Points
Player names and teams are not licensed - 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, this can be quickly and easily rectified by updating the Option File!
Summary: A stunning PSP 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 game that is not only better than FIFA, but is streets ahead and sets the standard for all PSP football titles.
9/10 with updated option file.
Great game for the PSP, graphics and game play are good. The master league game is good as you can buy and sell players similarly to a footie management game. The pro evo range has been around for some years now and each year the game play in my opinion improves each time, if you have had previous versions in the past this is a must as it features the same great graphics and game play along with the latest player data. I have always preferred pro evo over Fifa for the reasons mentioned above, it is idea game for a long journey train / plane is easy to get into and soon becomes addictive. If you have played the PS2/ 3 versions this is just as good but with the added benefit of being on the portable PSP.
Overall a great game that you won't become bored with for a long time.
Pro evolution soccer is a long standing franchise in football video games. It has been around for years but I had usually favoured Fifa for the mot part in earlier years due to the official licensing and having all the offical teams, logos, kits, player names, stadiums etc.
Pro evolution has though caught up with this with mostly real player names able to be used. Although the kits and team names are still not the correct ones , you can purchase updates which do have the official team kits and logos.
The game itself is very good. One thing this game relies on for its successs is its gameplay and this game is no different. Once you get in to the game and learn the controls you could find it hard to put down.
It gives both amateur and more experience players to hone their skills on a great game enhanced with the updates.
Pro evolution soccer 2008 comes from a series of games that has been around for many years. It is produced by konami and is actually the first game to include the date in the title. The gameplay is very different from fifa and has many other different options. I bought it recently and have been addicted to it ever since.
Where as in fifa you have to pass your way around the opposing team and play your strikers in with through balls to score the easiest goals, pro evo tends to need crosses from the wings for goals to occur. The gameplay is in my opinion better, while I enjoy the through balls more, there are many little bits and pieces here and there that make the gameplay better and more realistic. There are many small things like backheels and quick turns on the ball with a first touch that make it more enjoyable.
The graphics are around the same quality as those in fifa. The colours and pitches seem to be darker than fifa. There is not much else that can be said about them, they are probably above average compared to the other psp games.
The part of the game that really lets it down and has prevented it from becoming the best selling football game is the copyright. The teams are not called by their proper names because Konami could not attain the official club names. e.g. Liverpool are called Rigaloose here.
Other than that the career mode just does not match up to fifa. Sure there are still transfers, but there is nothing else really other than normal matches. In fifa there are decisions that are to be made regarding the clubs financial accounts, and newspaper articles made when a special result occurs. Nothing like that happens here.
Overall pro evo is still a great game, as the other before it were. If you want the game for graphics and gameplay, then this is definately a good option. But on the other hand if you desire a good career mode, then pick fifa, your choice.