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 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.
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.
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: It never changes. Another year, another debate about which game offers the defining football simulation. On one hand, you’ve got a resurgent EA Sports, effortlessly reworking and refining their ideas until the praise inevitably rolls in. On the other, you have the once great, faltering production team that are in desperate need of a facelift. With a defiant set of supporters on each side, both PES 2009 and FIFA 09 are sure to be successful, right?
Conclusion: For all its problems off the pitch, there’s no doubting that PES 2009 is the most fun football game on the market. There’s a nagging feeling that this is merely the game that the past iterations should have been, but there’s no denying that it plays as good a game as ever – which means for the neutral, the choice of which game to pledge their allegiance to is as hard as ever.
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