Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
6 October 2011
Conclusion: For now, PES 2009 only just eclipses FIFA 09 by a hair’s breadth. If you’re after the definitive, TV-style representation of the sport, then FIFA’s undoubtedly your game. But, if you’re all about the purist’s choice, then PES for our money still represents the pinnacle of videogame football. Whichever title you opt for though, you’ll be getting a brilliant football game either way.
Excerpt: Perhaps its complacency to blame as to why some fans of Konami’s annual football series have jumped ship and now have a new first choice of football games, that being the always improving FIFA. In comparison, the Pro Evolution Soccer series is now looking grey and wrinkly and in need of a makeover, although as a standalone game, it’s still the kind of fast paced fun that loyalists should be very comfortable with.
Excerpt: Oh how the mighty have fallen....and fallen quickly. Just a few years ago I would have been chomping at the bit in anticipation of a new Konami soccer game. However, after the utter garbage that was Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, I approached PES 2009 with a great deal of trepidation. In fact, this was the first year in quite some time that I didn’t bother importing the Japanese version – I’ve been more than happy spending my soccer gaming time between FIFA 09 and the most...
Excerpt: For the last few years, Pro Evolution Soccer (formerly Winning Eleven ) was the soccer game to beat. Although EA's offering managed to top the series when it came to presentation, Pro Evolution always managed to come out on top when it came to gameplay. That is, until last year when EA suddenly stepped up its game while Konami tripped. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 doesn't do much to reverse last year's trend, though it does turn back the clock just a bit.
Excerpt: Football. It's the world's game. No, not the game played with a pigskin -- the real football, otherwise known as soccer. Konami's been producing videogames based on this most popular sport in the world for three console generations, and they've often been the very best. But in early 2008, Pro Evolution Soccer fell behind the rival FIFA series from Electronic Arts on high-definition home consoles.
Excerpt: Pro Evolution Soccer has become an established franchise on the PSP, and the 2009 version is the fifth for the console. This year's edition makes a few new additions, including the new Become a Legend mode, online play, and a soundtrack that doesn't make you cringe. But with outdated visuals, as well as an absence of licensed clubs and leagues, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
Pros: Fun, easy-to-pick-up gameplay, Online play is mostly lag-free
Cons: Lack of improvement to core gameplay, Player animations look stilted, Lacks many official licences, Poor presentation and commentary
Excerpt: Writing a Pro Evolution Soccer review has become quite repetitive over the years. It has been a case of unparalleled game play, lack of licenses, likely to lose the more casual gamer to FIFA, etc, etc. However, there was a slight scent of change in air for the 2008 editions. Whilst PES made the usual subtle changes to its game play in an attempt to slowly but surely get it exactly right, it neglected the other elements of the game.