Excerpt: It’s always obvious when love and passion has been poured into a game, and the Pro Evolution Soccer series is one of the prime examples of one that has always received tender care and attention from its crafters. This is one of the reasons that the series has become a favourite fixture amongst gamers, you can basically feel the love.
Excerpt: Seeing the 6 on the end of Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is actually quite scary. I can remember playing the first game in the PES series as if it was yesterday, and the years in-between have simply flown by. Konami's approach with the series has certainly been one of slight tinkering rather than all-out revolution, but changes from game to game have been no less significant.
Excerpt: The longer the franchise goes on, Konami still doesn't need to shout out loud and long about a new version of Pro Evolution Soccer. Console footy fans know that for all the bells and whistles and 'look at me' bluster accompanied by the other major soccer game from the other major player in football video games, Konami always comes up with the goods without a shed-load of advertising.
Excerpt: It must be said, the history of Konami’s soccer franchise is a difficult one to follow, given the fact that depending on the region, the game launched under completely different names. For the Japanese market, the series was usually called Winning Eleven, while for Europe, it’s more commonly known as Pro Evolution Soccer.
Excerpt: Ah. Another year, another PES instalment. We’re up to number 6, and so far we’ve seen boundless improvement as the series romps towards creating something rather similar to the real thing, minus the stomach cramps and endless moaning from team mates about why you didn’t win the header. Unfortunately, we seem to have reached a stalling point.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: PES6 perhaps remains a little too close to its roots, but with gameplay as good as this it's no surprise Konami has launched an update for the next-gen market. Last-gen PES fans may be weary of the unchanged formula, but we all know it's a formula that still works beautifully, and that has to be the bottom line.
Conclusion: That’s always been part of PES’s charm, though. It’s not a goal-fest like FIFA but a much more tactical, realistic game. Its trademark tight gameplay is still intact, although it's not as sharp as the current-gen versions and the analogue stick isn’t quite as direct as a d-pad. Despite this, it still offers a football experience much closer to the real thing that any other football game.
Conclusion: Although the tweaks and alterations since the last version are only minor, Pro Evolution Soccer is still a decent footie game. But this year the gap between FIFA and PES has grown ever tighter. The overall experience of FIFA is certainly better but PES still has the hardcore gameplay.
Conclusion: The football season is well underway and this years big two football titles are now on the shelves PES 6 and FIFA 07 . During the last generation of consoles the Pro Evolution Soccer series was the more successful of the two. Is it the same this time round on the next generation of consoles? Or have Konami started to get lazy?