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.
Summary: Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has usually managed to outdo EA's FIFA series in the eyes of European critics, even if it rarely manages to generate the same level of sales. When Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (or Pro Evolution Soccer 6 in Europe) was announced for the Xbox 360, it seemed gamers could finally look forward to a game that combined superb playability with more impressive visuals and a compelling online offering.
Pros: Realistic footballing action, Clean presentation, Enjoyable multiplayer game
Cons: Poor editing options, Master League mode unchanged
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.
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.
Excerpt: Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end PES wins. We have come to expect this over the last six years but now with the world getting enthralled in the shiny appeal of next-gen gaming people want more bang for their buck. As a result EA seem to be upping the ante by bringing us the best FIFA seen since sometime in the last millennium.