Product Type: Konami Xbox 360 games
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Donf18
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Better graphics and game-play
In October 2001 an innovative and addictive game was released by KONAMI in Japan where it was known as Winning Eleven, elsewhere and in particular Europe and the America's it was better known as Pro Evolution Soccer. It was an instant success and has through each successive year become a game that has it's fan eagerly awaiting it's annual publication. It's fiercest competitor in this sports market is FIFA Soccer and it is simply a matter of preference as to which game one thinks is superior, since each have their own merits and demerits. For me however the rivalry between the two companies and fan sets is of little significance, it is and shall always be the game-play that's sets a good game aside from a great game, and good though FIFA is, PES, or Pro Evo as Pro Evolution Soccer is better known surpasses it quite substantially in my book.
The vast difference in the graphics since that first publication in 2001is blatantly obvious, and even more so should you be fortunate enough to play the game on an HD ready TV. The players are instantly recognisable the graphics are sharp and vivid, and the animation is simply stunning. It is small details that make a big game like Pro Evo have the longevity it has. It would be quite easy just to stick with Pro Evo 5 and enjoy the game for the games sake. Small things like shirt tugging, and arguments between players after a bad tackle, add that little touch of realism that brings the whole Pro Evo experience to life. The facial characteristics of players when they score a goal or even better when they miss an absolute sitter are most amusing., but it is the overall feel and look that gives the game it's edge. The crowd participation, the changing banners and flags, the boo's and cheers of fans and players. This recent adaptation of the game comes with a new AI system called team vision which is claimed to adapt the computers playing style to counteract your play. This simply means that should you formulate a particular strategy for attacks the computer will reassess it's thinking to compensate, which is pretty damn clever in anyone's books. Although this as the effect of making the game slightly harder it does have the added advantage of also making it more realistic. I mean if you were manager of a football team you would adjust your tactics to facilitate a win wouldn't you...................well maybe not if your name is Steve McLaren.
You can as you could in previous versions play at different levels and different types of cups, but as with real life it is the League that is the bread and butter of Pro Evo, and here you must start at the bottom and work your way up, which initially is quite easy, but the higher you get the harder it gets. You start with a budget, so you can't just rush out and buy all the expensive good players to win the Division 2 league, well you could if the players were daft enough to jump from Real Madrid to Scunthorpe. If you were fortunate enough to purchase a top class player whilst in the lower division the chances are his wage bill would wipe you out. The wages, takings and gate receipts are added to you balance after each game so it is advisable to check this periodically. You can start as any team you like and there are many to choose from from all the major leagues in Europe, and some even further afar.
Once you have been playing a while and reached the dizzy heights of the Master League then the game comes into it's own, by this time you've had plenty of practice with the control systems, which to be honest are reasonably easy to master, it's the timing that can be difficult. You will also have probably developed a decent gaming strategy, and purchased some decent players. You will now find the competition a lot harder and the game a lot more enjoyable since there are no longer going to be easy wins and each point will have to be fought for. Once in the Master League finishing in a qualifying position of 1st 2nd or 3rd will gain you entry into Pro Evo's version of the Champions League. At this point the money is rolling in if you are winning but poring out if you are losing so it is quite crucial that the buying of selling of players is given some serious thought, since at this stage of the game injuries can cost you more than the cup.
It is very easy to get yourself caught up in this game, the graphics are absolutely superb and the game-play very realistic and enthralling. The sound adds a lot to the game and the commentaries are supplied by Peter Brackly and Trevor Brooking, but they do tend to repeat themselves a bit to often. There are however some very fun one-liners in there which just ease the pressure of big time football a little. This version has a little added trick, there is an auto save feature which means you can't go back and replay a game you've lost in order to progress further, it stops you cheating in other words not that the thought even crossed my mind.
If you have no desire to play in a league at some time, then you have the option of playing a friendly or an exhibition match which are just one off's, but equally as entertaining. You can play here as any team you wish, against any other team you wish.
Perhaps in the present climate where NO British team has qualified for the European Championships, a few more young Rooney wanna be's will have to suffice with such a product for their football entertainment, and they will not be disappointed, this is a superb game, which looks fantastic and plays equally so. I do personally think that £40 for a computer game is well over the top, but in fairness it does seem to be the going rate, and on reflection the hours of enjoyment I and my son have had from this series of Pro Evo, probably just about justifies the price tag.
Having said all and this apart from the obvious increase in graphics quality, and the slight increase in game-play there really doesn't seem to be to be much justification in bringing out a newer version this year, it's more or less more of the same however enjoyable it may be.
Summary: Another great game but not that much different from it predecessor