Excerpt: Proclaiming that Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is the best football game available is about as surprising as saying that Chelsea will win the league. Pro Evo has been the purist’s choice ever since its first manifestation as International Superstar Soccer way back on the SNES.
Excerpt: I’m betting that Electronic Arts wonder why they get so much stick. Year after year, they create an above-average sports simulation in FIFA Soccer , but yet they’re constantly being criticised for doing just that.
Excerpt: Reviewing Pro Evolution Soccer games feels very, very familiar to me - it's something I've done every year for the past four years. You've no doubt seen the review score already, so it's pretty obvious that Pro Evo 5 is a great game, and there's nothing surprising about that.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you still haven't decided which of this season's football games to plump for, this should make the choice easier. Yes, FIFA sells more, and is usually a fairly decent game (with the added bonus of all the player and team names being correct), but for a more realistic representation...
Summary: The best soccer game of all time just got even better. While graphics and sound could be improved there's no denying that Konami know how to make a fantastic title. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 should be in every single PS2 owners collection.
Conclusion: The game can literally lasts as long as you want to play it for. With some excellent changes and extensive squad and team options, with an improved online mode. But the frustration can really get to some and put them off a great game, which unfortunately is marred by too many changes.
Conclusion: Still, aside from those minor (and they are quite minor) grumbles, and the licensing issues, PES5 is fantastic, and certainly better in every way than its predecessor or any other game out on the market today.
Pros: Everything is superbly controllable., Excellent player animation., As good to watch as it is to play (and that's, ).
Cons: Not quite all licensed yet., Crowd noise needs improving.