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Not a huge step forward

posted by kaingel (KNOXVILLE, IA) Apr 1, 2008

Member since Sep 2007

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game has gotten a lot of bad reviews , and somewhat unfairly. Firstly , the graphics are slightly better (on hdtv set anyway) a little crisper than the last pes.Player movement is a lot looser,player collision is better and the animation is what has always been the biggest feature of the pes series for me is excellent yet again.The pace of the game is improved greatly adding a little more excitment and running with the ball to free up space is rewarded , especially with players like Ronaldinho.
The wings seem easier to attack as defenders seem to stand off a little more and crossing is less automatic and requires you to aim to the area you want to hit which is a plus.
Shooting is still very good and the flicks and improvised shots really stand out giving an extra realism to the game.
Now some of the bad.The replays are abysmal most of the time,the frame rate changes constantly , buggy one minute,super fast the next and it looks like the players lost a few hundred polygons.
The refs are way too harsh and hand out red cards for slightly miss timed tackles even if its not from behind and 50-50 balls result in too many free kicks.I won clean tackles and got the ball before the player and was still punished.
Overall,i dont think its a great leap from last years game and would think twice before buying new , rent it or look for a used copy and see what you think.I think its a little more exciting to play and there is at least some customization you can do,so no more man red or london blue,all the english teams can be edited and the other major leagues (spain,italy) already have the correct names so that saved me hours of editing.

GRAPHICS- 7 Sharper with new animations
PLAYABILITY-8 Looser feel,better running game
SOUND-6 - Terrible commentry(as always)
Good atmosphere from lively crowds
ETERTAINMENT-7 as always,hours of fun , but the online game still suffers from nasty lag.
REPLAY VALUE -9 We'll be playing it until next year

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Konami makes the best soccer game without a doubt!

posted by GLW71681 (MUNCY, PA) Jun 17, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I started with FIFA in the late 90's and at the time yeah they were enjoyable until I played the Winning 11 series and I will never go back. PES just adds on to an already better series with more realistic movement, faster paced game play and better animation. I am to the understanding that most of the reviews are not taking into effect what its like to really play soccer, so reviews on soccer games mean nothing to me. If you like easy, unrealistic soccer go with EA's FIFA, I am gonna stick with PES.

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Defintly worth a rental...

posted by KGoddard (LISBON FALLS, ME) Sep 9, 2008

Member since Sep 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I was a huge fan of Winning Eleven, but PES 2008 just isn't the same. I find that the a.i. aren't the most aware of switching between offense to defense. I'll find myself getting aggravated at the a.i. because their off sides or defense has no organization.

I couldn't find an option to turn off the auto-switch players. It would switch players depending on what the game thought was the best option. It seems like it always switched right before I hit B to tackle, but would switch to the player down the field where the pass is going. Not fatal but annoying.

I wish they would use the right thumb stick for dribble moves. After 20 hours of game play, the game just got very repetitive.

The master league is fun though, but the condition part was still lacking a huge impact of player performance.

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