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: 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.
Summary: UK REVIEW--Although Pro Evolution Soccer fans bought last year's game in droves, it was unfortunately an all-time low for the series on the PlayStation 3. Poor graphics, dreadful presentation, and basic online play failed to make the most of the hardware, and it was a step back in gameplay terms.
Pros: Simple, easy-to-pick-up gameplay, Champions League license with official teams and sponsors, New four-player online mode
Cons: Lack of improvement to core gameplay, Dated animation system looks stilted, Impoverished and laggy online play, Poor presentation and commentary