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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 was the much anticipated football game released by Konami. This game is a vast improvement on the previous release (Pro Evolution Soccer 2008) but has maybe not been as improved as it can be. The new major aspect is the introduction of the Become a Legend mode whereby you create a footballer, choose a position and start off your own career trying to your work way up to the top and eventually international level. In this you can create everything about your footballer, from the characteristics of his appearance to the length of his kit, even the position that he plays in and the way in which he runs and dribbles a football can be chosen. Much of the rest of the game is the same to the previous Pro Evolution Soccer, there is still your usual online play which although has had a graphical facelift still works pretty much the same way and all of the other same modes are still present, such as Master League. The graphics have also been improved vastly as has the gameplay, allowing ones experience of this game much more life like and seemingly realistic.
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.
I have been a big fan of the PES series since PES 6 on the Xbox 360, which was in fact the first 'Next gen' version of the game, however this game was simply a port of the PS2 version and some aspects were unable to be copied over it missed alot of features. PES 2008 promised to deliver these missing features but fell somewhat short again. So, upon the release of PES 2009 i was the most excited person around and first in the store to buy it. The game has always been the gamers choice of football sims but im sorry to say that the Fifa series is quickly, if not already, catching up. The main game features the usual master league which is a great league system, and unless you are bothered about having real football licenses and kits this should do fine for most. The licensed teams this year are Liverpool and Manchester United. A new feature in this years game is a mode that lets you become a football star. This follows Fifas lead from Fifa 2008. It basically lets you control one player on the pitch and build there individual skills. The PES version of this mode can be good when playing and features a variety of angles that you can see your player running around for the ball in. This mode is good to start as you get a variety of training games to take part in, but soon becomes boring as you get first team which you spend most of the early part of your career (several tens of games) sat on the bench watching the computer play the game through. If your an online gaming fan, then this is where this game will frustrate you most. It is very hard to find a player to play against in the many rooms that have many rooms in, it seems like thousands are online but they try to cut the rooms which you are able to search to play someone very small. There are also a lot of options and menus, i am a fan of pressing one button and then im playing, but maybe im just impatient. Once you get into the game it is sometimes impossible to play with really bad lag (still, even after Konami promised to fix this), but sometimes this can cause some really funny things to happen, search YouTube for examples. The goalies are really bad, which is a theme that runs online and offline modes. If you are a fan of the PS2 PES of yesteryear you will probably be somewhat disappointed as it doesnt quite give what the old versions did. If you are new to football sims and wont be playing online then this is a great choice and you will have hours of fun trying to perfect your skills. Recommended but beware its a series that has gone backwards rather than forwards.
All PES fans, look away now!! Being a PES fan myself for the last 6 years, I must painfully admit that this new installment from KONAMI is a huge huge dissapointment :( Its difficult to pinpoint where its all gone wrong for the game developers (konami)! I think its easier to start off with the positives. Well the graphics are amazing..drogba does look like drogba! lol. The new 'be a pro' feature is a bonus but this is let down by the poor, really poor format. And this is where the real problem starts. Its quite natural to start comparing this game with its rival fifa 09 and soon it dawns on the gamer that konami have really been beaten by fifa in every aspect! The 'off the ball' movements are really awful and through passes are literally impossible to get correct! Added to this is the poor judgement of players, in particular, the strikers. This makes one on one situations with goal keepers all the more difficult. Online gameplay is alright but there are a few glitches here and there! In the end, I would advise everyone not to go for this game and wait for its next installment (2010) which I hope would embarass fifa!
When purchasing Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, I crossed a border from Fifa fan to "the people's game". I had never played PES, but I had been recommended many a time over the past few years. I decided that this year I would see what all the fuss was about. My first impression wasn't good. The interface of the menu is quite poor. It reminds you of an arcade game from the 90's. Music is dependant on which menu are in, the names of the menus are quite confusing. The best feature of PES 09 would have to be "Become a Legend". I spent tireless hours building up my player, coming through the ranks, winning medals and signing for big name clubs. It is as addictive as it gets, enhanced by the online mode that lets your player interact with other "legends" across the globe. I wouldn't get your hopes up on having a great online challenge, the number are very limited. I found myself giving up on waiting for online matches. Its not a rumour, gameplay is outstanding. Realistic graphics give the experience of actually being in the game. The disappointing features of the game are that Konami haven't managed to get the licences for all of the teams. Although they have managed to snap up big names like Liverpool and Manchester United, the excitement of meeting "West Midlands Village" in the semi's of the cup is not as good as I had anticipated. However the gameplay is enough to keep you interested, sharp movement, realistic reactions, make the right moves on the controller and you reap the rewards. The only other feature that grabbed me in was the master league. I was able to create my own team, strip and logo completely customised. I created my local side, which I was please about and was up for the challenge of getting them into the top flight. The league gets randomised, so although I wanted to lead them to the top of Premiership, I had to challenge Lyon and PSV for the right to get there. This said, I still enjoyed getting them there, the animation is top notch, a credit to Konami. Is it better than Fifa? I would say slightly, but not enough to make up for the dreadful menu graphics and interface. Overall, I'm glad I purchased Pro Evolution over Fifa. Having never stepped over to the other side, it gave me an insight to how the other gamers play their football. Unfortunately, with Fifa offering the same features, with a better interface, and all teams licensed, I will be back with Fifa in time for the 2009-10 season. I would recommend Pro Evo, only if you have played Fifa 09 inside out and are looking for a different and less professional challenge.
Rewind back to Pro Evolution Soccer when it was first released, and there I was playing a game so beautiful, I didn't want it to end! At the time, it was a truly brilliant game. Fast forward a few years to Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (herein, PES2009) and my love story continues, but it's on rocky ground. I downloaded the demos for both FIFA09 and PES2009 whilst still being hooked on PES2008. In all honesty at the time, I felt FIFA was the better game, but out of stubborness and blind faith, I opted for PES2009 in what I said could be the last time depending on how I fared. It did not feel too dissimilar to its predecessor, yet when I have gone back and played PES2008, it feels completely different. Bizarre! However, in the final game, one or two tweaks have improved the game, and vitally, the fun of the game is still there. Since owning PES2009, I have played FIFA a fair bit due to the fact one of my housemates owns the game and can honestly say although FIFA is good, it just doesn't seem to create the epic games that I have on pro evo. The majority of my time spent on PES is playing someone on the same Xbox, and somehow, the frustration factor that's in PES leads to some absolutely classic games which has the ecstatic highs from closely fought wins but also heartwrenching lows from a game where you've done so much, but couldn't quite match your opponent. It terms of playability 1v1 with someone, the game is awesome. Nothing creates emotions, both good and bad, quite like PES. Now, on to the the bad points. The Master League (where you take a team of nobodys and turn the team into heroes... essentially) has not been changed really since it's inception earlier in the series. So after 3-5seasons where you've gained promotion and won everything there is to win, its suddenly a bit flat. Likewise with the league play; there needs to be another dimension added somewhere. Similarly for the Be a Legend mode where you play as just one player to develop, yet despite it being a great feature, it's extremely repetitive and playing game after game really feels like a chore at times. The lack of teams bothers me as well. The licenses I can live without but when there are only a handful of leagues plus a handful of a few other random teams are included, there's very little depth again in the (Master) League modes and to a degree, in Exhibition mode. This is something which needs to be addressed quickly by Konami to at least show a willingness to try and compete with the comprehensiveness of FIFA, when it comes to number of teams. Rarely do I play the game online due to my horrific experience with servers, something which is a recurring issue with the game and is not worth getting into. I think the XBox Live mode is abysmal. I rated the game 4 overall despite its many flaws, due to the fact I have had many epic matches on the game and is brilliant with a few mates whether it's league or exhibitions.
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!!!
There seems to have been a big swing in favour of Fifa now but this game is still number 1 for me although this version definitely isn't its best. Gameplay is what it's all about for me and this is why this is the best football game. I found Fifa a bit to pedestrian whereas this feels fast and more slick. The passing is precise if your players are in space and the shooting is realistic. When buying the game I usually spend hours editing all the fake names but on this version theres hardly anything that needs editing which is nice. I mainly play career mode, you make a character and the aim is to get him from the rubbish teams reserves you start at to a superstar, its difficult to start with as your guy has no pace, no power, cant shoot but after a while you get moving and the stats improve and so does your choice of clubs! Its very addictive. Theres a variety of other stuff to do, tournaments, friendlies against your mates, training etc. Online mode is fun though can lag on occasions and people quitting on you when they're losing is very annoying. The downsides for me would be the fouling off the ball, often you can just brutalise opposition players 10 yards off the ball and you dont even get a foul against you, I mean come on! The kits arent great either, with a lack of sponsors and I think there could maybe be more bigger known stadiums from around the world. Apart from that though im struggling to criticise.
pro evo vs fifa the 2009 season. i have already written my review on fifa (see my profile) and was pleasantly surprised to report on a very pleasing return to form. but can the same be said of pro evo. konami did not set themselves a very large benchmark with the last effort (pro evo 2008) soi things could only get better. this 2009 version for starts plays much better. the passing is more fluid, keepers have been greatly improved (less dodgy mistakes) and the physics engine has been overworked (again!). compared to fifa i have to say its plays much better, its faster, feels more 'solid', passing is crisper and the shooting actually has feel to it - shoot a cristiano ronaldo 40 yards free kick and you feel the ball flying unlike fifa's slow 'floaty' type shots. the master league is back but nothing has much changed. you again start in division 2 and work your way up to being the best team in the work. one major omission is that in this version konami got the champions league license but for some unknown reason they failed in integrate it into the master league. i have heard they are going to change this for the 2010 version but for me this is a shocking omission. all in all pro evo is still the daddy for football games, it doesn't boast the options of fifa but for sheer enjoyment value of playing the beautiful game it buries fifa every time.
At first your quite taken by the quality game play in PES 2009, but after a while the negatives in this game started to come to my attention. First of all the new included champions league mode, the game mode itself is probably the best feature in the game but if you cant have all the correct teams with correct names in then its not as good as it might be. Fortunately you can change the team names in the edit mode but it still wont give the teams the correct kits and it still wont put the Bundesliga in the game. So once you've had to edit all the team names you can begin properly and see the best bits from this mode. The nice little Champions League video intro like on tv, the proper champions league pop ups and score icon in the top left. All these aren't essential but are a very nice ouch to this mode to make it seem more official. The champions league competition is also just like the one in real life with group stages and knockout stages and you can choose which teams you have in the competition if you want. The master league in this years PES is just like the master leagues in the previous PES's, you can choose whether to start with Konami's default squad or you can start with a team of your choice e.g. Liverpool. I personally advice you start with a proper team with the proper players because the players konami give you are not only very old, they are also extremely useless, but if you like a challenge then go for it. The Become a Legend feature in PES 2009 is just like Fifa's Be a Pro and i have to tell you, Konami haven't done such a bad job with there version. You have to actually work your way into the team you get signed up to and you can be subbed on and off which is always a nice realistic feature. On the whole the game is not a bad effort but it is still a long way off Fifa's standard. They need to get themselves more teams, more leagues, a license to have more than 1 or 2 proper teams and a more professional game layout.
Pro Evolution 2009 provides the usual upgrades in graphics and game play, although regular players will find little ground-breaking in these changes from the 2008 version. Although there are still holes in the licences, meaning many top European clubs lack naming rights, new features such as a fully licensed Champions League and a tweaked Master League are welcome additions. But it is perhaps the most revolutionary development which provides the most disappointment. The Become a Legend feature allows you take control of a single player, and develop them through their career, from non-league to the Champions League. Yet the game play in this section remains frustrating, meaning you spend long periods not involved in the game and lack the ability to really influence the game. This aspect of the game is a shame, as it remains a blight on what is another very solid entry into the Pro Evolution family.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 for the Xbox 360 is a great game but i do prefer fifa 2009 as i think it has better game play but this is one of the biggest debates in gameing Fifa or Pro Evo they both have large fan bases its just down to your own opinion. I do think this is a good footballing game as i think it have very good game play much improved from pro evo 2008 and much more realistic. The players in this game are much improved they do look alot more like the real thing now. I have had alot of fun playing this game with friends it does have many new brilliant features which i think you will all enjoy. I think Konami have made a very good football game here and ia cant wait to see what they have got for us with the next ro evo.
PES was always the best footy game, back when people played FIFA for the glamour of correct kits and real player names, those who loved football played PES for the real game play. We even came to love the made up named of Merseyside Red and Roberto Larcos, it some how added to the charm of the whole thing. Time moved on and come FIFA 08 the balance in the football gaming world had started to shift, with FIFA finally getting to a point where it would steal the odd person from the PES fan base. So 2009 was going to be a huge battle between EA and Konami. So PES 2009 is the usual affair, it has the familiar master league (love it or hate it) a few more teams with real kits than last year and a few more big time players who look like they do in real life. The game play : the first let down is the players still only move in 16 directions, so all player movement is done in 45 degree angles, this was fine in the PS2 days, or even in the early days of the next gen consoles but now, well now it feels lazy. The speed of the game is also too fast, it feels like an arcade game, in the old days PEs was simulation, FIFA was arcade, but now it seems PES is moving towards the pick up and play audience while FIFA (see my other reviews) is going for simulation, for the old PES die hard. Goal keeper problems (another point that use to be endearing in the early games) continue here, and much like the limit of 16 directions to move in, feels lazy rather than quirky these days. Presentation : PES menus has always looked like an arcade game from the 80's, even the music sounded like bad techno pop, and well nothing much has changed here again, but the worst part of the presentation is again the commentary it's only worth listening to for some of the hideous lines they come out with, lines you would never have heard during real commentary in your life (and never will) Every year the heads of Konami tell us about how the next PES has changed, about how last time they were limited with what they could do (time, money, platform etc) but every year half the changes they told us were in either don't make it or are not that big a deal, and at the same time they bring in new problems in areas where there never was a problem in previous games. Couple all of the above with the fact online play is very poor, I don't think I was ever able to find a lag free game, and you realise that this franchise is now guilty of living on it's past glories (again something PES fans always use to point to EA for). This game would have been great in 2002, but in 2009 it doesn't cut it in any part of the game. Poor and lazy.
So the old PES vs. FIFA argument arises yet again, but this time, while Konami are trying to find their feet still on the next-gen (current gen now surely?) platforms, FIFA seemingly excel. However, is this actually the case? I'm ignoring the hype, the fanboy antics and getting down to the actual core of PES 2009, so read on... My Pro Evolution Soccer background stretches as long as my gaming does, after thoroughly enjoying FIFA 97 and the indoor element, ISS 98 came knocking and I've been somewhat addicted every since. Having brief stints back in the FIFA field from time to time, albeit not impressive ones, PES has always kept me hooked like a drug. After a lacklustre single player yet superb online capabilities with PES6, PES 2008 went in the opposite direction and literally couldn't have been worse online. Does PES 2009 have an answer to both questions though? Now down to the gritty... The gameplay itself is very enjoyable with fluid movement, still in the classic 16-directional way mind but nevertheless it works. Unfortunately the pace of the gameplay is a touch too fast, many PES fans have voiced their hope for a return of a slower more methodical and tactical approach to the game quite like PES5 in the series. Either way, PES 2009 still provides a fluent and enjoyable football match with decent enough animations, minus limited slide-tackling animations. A major flaw in recent years has been the truly horrific goalkeeping from Konami, and 2009 is no different unfortunately with so many goalkeeper blunders you'll actually question why keepers are present. You'd probably be better off removing your goalkeeper from the starting line up and sticking in an extra defender or midfielder - if it was possible of course. Despite some erratic moments from the men between the sticks, they do manage to pull off some impressive saves on occasions, and ultimately are tolerable, even if annoying at times. The passing is crisp and there is a real sense of player stats being extremely relevant, as passing speed and accuracy is all to evident when comparing the likes of Xabi Alonso to Wes Brown. Such differentiating feels creates a wonderful individualism when playing with certain players and you almost feel obliged to act as their real-life counterparts would - I frequently find myself trying ridiculous Hollywood passes with Beckham, 30 yard strikes with Scholes and curling efforts with Thierry Henry. A special mention has to go towards the PES 2009 commentary team of John Champion and Mark Lawrenson. Despite many believing the commentary to be unrealistic and poor, you have to take it with a pinch of salt and simply bask in the hilarity of it all. There is some classic commentary material in the game, and Mark Lawrenson has created somewhat of a cult-following because of it, as his one-liners are genius, here are just a couple of examples: "Calls himself a keeper? He couldn't keep bees!" "When the ball came to him, he was like a cow in a field - he didn't know what to do with it!" The physics are questionable to an extent. While player collisions are sometimes inconsistant, it's nothing to be worried about. The key department is the ball physics, which is an element Konami have always nailed to perfection and have done yet again thankfully. The ball moves quite similar to that of real-life, especially when compared to it's market rival FIFA 09, who have excellent player detection collisions unlike PES, but unfortunately EA Sports's effort suffers from unrealistic ball physics as curl is erratic and deflections overexaggerated among other let downs. As usual, Konami have maintained their winning formula of the Master League, complete with the expected but fortunately minor flaws such as points as opposed to real currency (now confirmed for PES 2010). Overall though, the Master League is once again a strong point of the single player experience and has excellent longevity, especially through the recruitments of young prospects and their individual and differing growth rates, making it a real joy trying to find the unknown gems still! For 2009 though, the new mainstream feature promoted has been "Become A Legend" in which you create a player and guide solely him through a career until retirement. While EA's FIFA fanboys may proclaim that this mode was simply copied from the FIFA "Become A Pro" element, this claim is actually incorrect funnily enough as Konami had already incorporated this mode in their Asian equivalent release (Winning Eleven) prior with the mode called "Fantasia" (obviously renamed for the European and American versions later). Either way it's not particularly relevant, it's just a somewhat unknown piece of trivia. The only flaw with Become A Legend (BAL) in PES 2009 is the AI of your teammates can be a let down. It's strange but apparent that you almost have to carry the team as your teammates become Sunday League players whenever you grace the pitch - yet when you're not featured they spring into Arsenal-esque passing sequences. Maybe this is Konami's way of attempting to make the Become A Legend mode revolve around yourself, but it can become irritating. Still BAL is a great new addition, and you can choose to aim for the heights of the world's premier clubs and earn silverware and battle amongst Europe's elite, or you can take the route that I initially went and attempt to become the hero of a small town club and help carry them as high as possible - my choice of team, OGC Nice of the French Ligue 1, much respect! The much-famed Edit mode is back with flavour again, along with a stupidly high number of logo slots to create those desired team sponsors and whatnot due to the lack of licensing that will always plague the PES series. The lack of licensing personally doesn't bother me, I've always enjoyed tweaking in Edit mode, and Konami simply don't have the finances to compete for licenses with economic powerhouse EA Sports. While such "imperfections" obviously deter millions of fans each year, it genuinely shouldn't because even though FIFA includes all the teams and licenses, the in-game kits aren't actually anything special, often incorrect too, and just an example is the Premier League lettering in FIFA 09 which is evident on all top flight kits of the English game unfortunately. Don't be put off due to licensing issues as they will always exist, just enjoy PES 2009 for what it is, an enjoyable football game. The new addition of the Champions League mode and license isn't particularly utilised well as the official Champions League doesn't actually feature in the Master League, and remains an entirely seperate mode dedicated solely to the European competition. This is due to the late agreement for the license on Konami's behalf as they tussled it from EA's grasp, so for them to squeeze it in the game at all is an achievement on their behalf and just adds that extra little bit of longevity to this season's title. It's been confirmed that the official Champions League and the Europa League will both feature in the Master League mode for PES 2010 which is good news of course. With PES 2009's single player seemingly impressive, how does the online capabilities fair? Not very well is the answer, not particularly well at all to be completely honest with you all. Only now after recent official statements has this became apparent as to why both PES 2008 and PES 2009 have been very poor online - PES6's successful lag-free online mode was housed on Xbox Live servers, while PES 2008 and 2009 were based on Konami servers, hence the terrible capabilities. Thankfully, it's been confirmed for PES 2010 that Konami have for once admitted fault and are returning to the Xbox Live and PS3 servers for virtually lag-free gaming once again. Still, it's a bit late considering people were hoping for a refreshed online game in PES 2009, something which hasn't happened. To conclude, if you're an absolute die-hard online gamer, you may want to therefore check FIFA out, however if you're a PES nut quite like myself, and able to accept some flaws for moments of magic then you might want to opt for PES. Or alternatively, be greedy and get the best of both worlds as the games plummet in prices and get your football fix throughout the summer until the new games are launched. Overall, it's safe to say while PES 2009 has obvious flaws - no matter what fanboys may deny - it is still a solid game and has plenty of longevity and sprinkles of brilliance to offer. If dooyoo had a slightly more accurate rating system I'd probably opt for around 3.5 stars, maybe 4 stars at a generous push.
Konami had a lot of improvements to make to ensure that they could continue to compete with EA's FIFA series with this PES release. In my opinion, these improvements were not made. Granted, the graphics have been improved, and although stated that the gameplay would be similar to that of PES 5, which arguably is the best release from Konami, this is simply not the case. The gameplay is a touch heavy, and non-responsive at times. This means that the game has not improved in the areas that needed to be improved. Konami had brought back an edit mode, but this was still far away from the PES 5 edit mode, which was a disappointment to many PES players from around the World. The XBOX Live mode was still laggy and sometimes unplayable due to the lag situation. This mode is still needing a lot of improvement, but I'm sure Konami know this and will fix this in their future releases. Although, Konami did introduce several new modes (Be a Legend, etc.), and improved the Master League, this still wasn't enough for me, who was before a loyal, and trusted PES player. I would recommend this game to those who are so loyal to Konami and their PES series, but no-one else, because in my honest opinion, FIFA 2009 is far superior than this release by Konami.
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.