Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
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Pro Evo Faces the Competition
22 September 2009
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: The Pro Evolution Soccer franchise is back with the 2009 iteration, and they've got some real competition with EA's FIFA. Fortunately they manage to excel in a number of areas, however there were some disappointments along the way..
Pros: Superb in-game visuals. Realistic ball physics. Still a great technical title for real fans.
Cons: Boring career mode. Horrible commentary. Scoring goals is too hard.
Summary: Every year FIFA (EA) and Pro Evolution Soccer (Konami) go head-to-head to battle for the ‘footballing crown’ each year. Many would say FIFA has taken the crown in recent years but have Konami done enough this year to ensure FIFA’s reign ends? Read on to find out.
Pros: Most of 'Become a Legend', Graphical improvements from 2008, Hull City being known as 'Yorkshire Orange'
Cons: Lack of licenses still evident, Sitting on the bench in 'Become a Legend', Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson
Summary: Over the past eight years, numerous blockbuster film series have been given the LEGO makeover, including Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Following on from their successes, it came as no surprise when Warner Bros. announced a LEGO title based in the world of Marvel.
Pros: Captures the Marvel world brilliantly, Each character has been well detailed, Excellent charm and humour
Cons: Difficult to navigate while flying, Combat animations interrupt the flow of the gameplay, Occasional bugs
Conclusion: Last year's incarnation of Pro Evolution Soccer didn't sit well with many fans of the series. With a shocking online mode and faster gameplay than ever before many people really did not like this more arcade like direction that the series was heading.