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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008


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Very Good

The Future of Wii Sports games? (I hope so!)

posted by Wii60Gamer (DORCHESTER, MA) Mar 31, 2008

Member since Feb 2008

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

Games like this are the reason why I got a Wii in the first place. When I first bought my Wii I was excited to start playing not only new types of games, but also old favorites (particularly sports games) re-imagined for the new control scheme. After being disappointed by Madden, Tiger Woods and the 2K baseball games, I've found the first sports game on the Wii that I truly love (besides Wii Sports).

Pro Evo 2008 takes a chance and revolutionizes video game soccer. It has some flaws, but in this iteration they've laid the groundwork for an excellent game for many years to come. The control scheme is fantastic... in fact I hope we'll start to see similar schemes used in other sports games as well.

Online works great, despite Nintendo's annoying friend code system. Plus, I love the menus and the music, they give the game a nice presentation that's clean and fun without being kiddie looking.

The biggest disappointment for me is the lack of a Master League mode, I miss making my own players and developing them over time... but the Champions Road is a pretty decent replacement, albeit one with a bit less depth. The AI can be a bit stupid as well, which is something I hope Konami improves in the future.

Finally, I'll just say that you should be prepared for a bit of a learning curve, but once you figure it out you're going to love how it plays and you may never want to play the more traditional style of Pro Evo (or any other soccer game for that matter) again. Don't worry, there's a great tutorial that'll help you pick it up pretty quick. It took me 4 or 5 games to feel comfortable with the basics but now I'm onto the more advanced techniques and loving every minute of it!

In short, give it a try and I'm sure you'll love it too.

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Really play as the WHOLE TEAM for the first time!

posted by GoneTodash (SIMI VALLEY, CA) Mar 23, 2008

Member since Nov 2007

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

When I first read about the control system of PES, I was worried it would leave me feeling disconnected from the action. Seeing the screen shots concerned me as well, with all those colored arrows pointing around the field that make it seem like your every move will be telegraphed to your opponent before you make it. I was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
Words really can't explain how much more fluid the game becomes using the Wii Remote's capabilities. Twenty minutes spent in the basic training mode is all it will take for you to realize just how little control team sports games have delivered until now.
Never pass to a team mate's position in the formation, having to cross your fingers that there will actually be someone there to receive the ball. Never switch to the closest defender to an opponent as he's dribbling the ball toward your goal, only to have that defender stop and go in the opposite direction you want him to. Never get scored on because you can only utilize one defender at a time, while computer controlled defenders stand close by doing nothing.
Just one warning, this is not a game you want to try to play on a 19" or smaller TV. The 2 viewing options are both wide shots.(and a close up angle would not work) It's only 2 players, but I'm sure broader multi-player options made will be a feature in the 2009 version.

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Not as advertised

posted by Jets24 (KYLE, TX) Apr 10, 2008

Member since Apr 2006

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

This game is not as impressive as I expected. The controls were unique but I didn't feel like I was in total control of the game. I sat there and pointed where I wanted everyone to go and where I wanted to pass. I pointed at the other team and continuously mashed the "A" button to take the ball away. The graphics were below average for the Wii. Worst of all, I didn't feel like their were legitimate dynasty modes that would keep me coming back. I sat this game down a week after I got it. If you're looking for an average soccer game, you got it.

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