Conclusion: Concept: PES 2009 boasts impressive improvements, including the new Become A Legend mode and adding the official UEFA Championship (with a slew of real teams and players)
Graphics: Slightly improvement from years past, but not enough to represent real progress
Sound: Unlike most of the game, this area doesn't show much improvement
Playability: I'm disappointed that the right analog passing lacks the touch of the d-pad especially since the analog stick is so easy to use...
Summary: Konami has done a great job of moving forward in all the exterior elements of Pro Evo. The menus look great, several new modes come as welcome additions, and the four-player online mode is a great step up. Unfortunately, the core game feels increasingly lackluster as the years pass. Overall visuals aren't up to snuff with the competition; animation in particular looks far too stiff. Player control is precise as always, but also feels overly mechanical.
Excerpt: From clunky cartridges to compact discs, wired controllers to Bluetooth sticks, Goldeneye battles at your mate’s house to online Call of Duty wars -- through the years I have welcomed all sorts of changes in my gaming life. But the one thing that remained constant was Pro Evolution Soccer. It was always my preferred choice when the new footy season came around -- that is until last year of course.
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.
Conclusion: From an aesthetic standpoint, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is much improved over Konami’s recent football offerings. Some design work clearly went in to the menu systems and there’s a sense of broadcast ambience this time around. The replay system is quite competent, as are the facial-mapping and wireframe-skinning systems used throughout the matches.
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 Xbox 360. 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
Excerpt: For years EA has been accused of stealing ideas from the people’s choice of football games, Pro Evolution Soccer, and implementing them into their own. But this year seems to be different- the boot, quite literally, is on the other foot.
Conclusion: For all its problems off the pitch, there&#Array;s no doubting that PES 2009 is the most fun football game on the market. There&#Array;s a nagging feeling that this is merely the game that the past iterations should have been, but there&#Array;s no denying that it plays as good a game as ever &#Array; which means for the neutral, the choice of which game to pledge their allegiance to is as hard as ever.