Pro Evolution Soccer 2008

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Features for PS3

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The beautiful game is about to kick off in the UK tomorrow with PES 2008 on PS3, PS2, Xbox 360 and PC. If you haven't already seen our controversial PS3 review, we urge you to check it out. Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka, the game's legendary producer, has already promised lots more new features and modes in next year's game. Seabass has even gone on the record to promise a complete overhaul in every aspect. So, to get those creative juices flowing while you wait for PES 2008 to come out, we've put our heads together to come up with Pro-G's Top 10: Things that will make PES 2009 great. Read on, and let us know what you think should be in next year's game in the comments section below.

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10. Get rid of the invisible barriers for throw-ins. This has been a bug-bear of mine throughout the series. When taking throw-ins, your player seems to have this magical bubble around him that prevents receiving and defending players from getting too close. This isn't how they do it in real life, and so this isn't how it should be in PES, the most realistic football simulation ever. Get rid Konami.

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9. Sort the music out. PES has always had cheesy music, but PES 2008 has possibly the worst, cheesiest, cringe-worthy music ever heard in a video game. What you get is a small box in the top-right corner which details the song name and the genre, from salsa to drum and bass. Some of the tracks are so mind-numbingly bad, that we've had to turn the background music off entirely just to end the pain. Let me give you some sample lyrics from a piece of original music in the game (you have to imagine this with a Status Quo-type punk rock riff): "Football, soccer, football, soccer, football, soccer, all around the world. Football, soccer, football, soccer, football, soccer, Greatest game of all!" This isn't licensed music, this is god-awful music. Konami, please, do something.

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8. Tweak the keepers. Some players criticised Pro Evolution Soccer 6 for the way keepers seemed to suffer from Paul Robinson syndrome - spilling the ball at strikers' feet whenever a shot comes in. While they've tweaked the keepers in PES 2008 so that it happens less often, it's still heart in the mouth time whenever the opposition let fly from mid to close range. Whatever happened to Dave 'Safe Hands' Seaman?

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7. Don't break play up with changes in camera angles. One of the great improvements in PES 2008 is the ability to take quick free kicks and for refs to be able to dish out cards without the game cutting to a different camera angle. If you have the game set to wide view (of course you do), and you hack Cristiano Ronaldo from behind the ref will trotter over and dish out a card without the camera leaving that view. It's so great that we want it extended to non-shooting free kicks and goal kicks. There's no need for the 'behind the player' camera angle in these circumstances, so keeping the wide view while the keeper trots off to get the ball from a ball boy or a player passing the ball to another so he can take a free-kick in his own half would be fine. Not just fine, it would be fantastic.

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6. Skill-based penalties. As far as we can tell, there's no skill to penalties in PES at all. If you're the keeper you guess the direction and hope for the best. If you're shooting, you press the direction and hope it doesn't hit the post or go wide. While real life penalties are somewhat of a lottery, there's obviously skill involved. We'd love to see Konami introduce a penalty system that somehow took skill to master. How about a return to the way it was in ISS 64 with the boxes?. Oh, and Konami, get rid of those dodgy new keeper camera angles please.

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5. Make and share videos of your matches. Halo 3 has taken game editing to a whole new level with the ability to save videos of matches and share them with friends. How great would it be if you could do that with PES? You could win a seven-goal thriller with your mate then watch it from the perspective of a floating camera that you were in total control of. Then you could share your films with your friends through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. You could even save your favourite goals or funny moments, edit it together so it looks really cool and then submit it for consideration on Konami's Goal of the Month competition, which everyone can check out through XBL or PSN. How great would that be? Come on Konami, we know you can do it.

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4. Overhaul the online offering. PES 2008 only allows 1 vs 1 matches online, which is disappointing. We'd love to see that increased for the next game, even if it is only 2 vs 2. We'd also love the opportunity to create private leagues with your friends, a bit like The Sun's Fantasy Football. And how about PlayStation Eye and Xbox LIVE Vision support so that you can see your opponent's reaction when you score a last minute winner, and they can see you jumping around the room and screaming your head off? And what about the lag? Playing PES 2008 online is nowhere as smooth an experience as it is offline. While this situation may improve with patches and updates, and we know that completely lag free play is impossible, we'd love Konami to improve the situation for PES 2009.

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3. More official licenses and more teams. It's a question of taste as to whether you like to play in real kits, in real stadiums, with players that aren't named Gills and teams that aren't named North London FC. Personally, I'm a big fan of official licenses in football games. It's one of the best features about FIFA 08 and something that I've always felt adds authenticity to the match experience. It seems like Konami has taken a sideways step with the English Premier League rather than a forward one. Official licenses for Manchester United and Arsenal have been replaced with Newcastle and Tottenham. We know it's very difficult, given EA Sports' exclusive deal, but we can only hope that the situation will improve with PES 2009. We'd also like to see more teams, both national and club. How about the German, Scottish and Portuguese leagues?

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2. Improve the graphics. Now that we're well into next-gen gaming, there's no real excuse why PES' visuals aren't top notch. While player animations and faces (some) are great, playing the game in the main wide angle simply looks terrible when compared with FIFA 08. We're not asking for much, since it's gameplay that really counts, but we'd like to see the crowd receive a lick of paint, the menus re-thought, player kits more real looking and the overall presentation dragged into the next generation. We love the classic PES animation, but a few tweaks here and there wouldn't go amiss.

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1. Don't overhaul the game engine. We love PES. We love it like a fine vintage wine that gets better with age while keeping the essence of what makes it taste so good. All we're really asking for is subtle changes, changes that will give that awe-inspiring gameplay a next-generation, high definition sheen. For years PES has been one of the greatest multiplayer games in the world. The feeling of satisfaction you get from scoring a goal in PES, be it a tap-in at the end of an Arsenal-esque 20-pass move or a Frank Lampard scorcher, is unlike anything in gaming. It's about as close as us mortals are going to get to that uncontrollable burst of emotion professional footballers experience week in, week out. We've been enjoying those feelings on a virtual basis for years, and we want to keep enjoying them for many years to come.

What would you like to see in PES 2009? Let us know in the comments section below.

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I agree with the tedium of the same old thing each season but as far as the wrong teams in the wrong leagues go then this can be edited. Mix the leagues as realistically as poss e.g Dutch and French and Belgian teams in a league English and Scottish teams Spanish and Italian mixed. If you use each country to their own leagues then what about team like Red Star Belgrade etc who dont have teams from their own country but which can be put with the Russian, Polish teams etc to make an Eastern European league. It isnt completely realistic obviously but for arguments sake if leagues were mixed in real life then these would probabaly be how they would be with the teams available. Hard to explain and probably doesnt make sense but i understand it!! Geography basically what conuntries would be rivals (Spain and Portugal for instance) it means stretching the imagination a bit but well it is only a computer game and i would rather have a couple of mish mash leagues that are a pleasure to play than polished FIFA which is just sh*te!
Posted 14:11 on 26 November 2008
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After winning a major cup there should be a bonus compettion added to the fixture list the following season like the super cup,charity shield,world club cup or after a while it becomes boring with not much incentive playing against the computer in the master league & Become a legend mode.& why must the masters league have any team from any country being promoted into the English,Spanish,Italian or french team scrap the relegation promotion unless you can have the right lower divisions for each league!
Posted 11:18 on 25 November 2008
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Can not believe 442 has rated FIFA over Pro Evo this year. Absolutely no way is that glitzy rubbish as good as something which is basically playable and realistic. David Bently style goals are rare NOT the norm so all well and good you can score from 50 yards but it doesnt work like that in the real game!!
As i said before last years poor Pro Evo is still better than this years FIFA.Anyway i'm too old to be so bothered by this but i'm sure anyone who rates FIFA has never played Pro Evo!!
Posted 08:49 on 13 November 2008
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hey pes 2009 is great i hate it that chelsea and arsenal dont have there real kits. How do some people put the real kits onto the teams
Posted 19:25 on 22 October 2008
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Well i personally believe tht this is the best Pro Evo yet....dont play online so any faults there dont concern me but although it no dont can be mastered i find the computer teams a lot harder to break down down making it more challenging than previous versions. Played FIFA and to be honest i would stick with last years Pro Evo oer this years FIFA. So all in all i think very good i have had every version since ISS Deluxe on the SNES so feel qualified enough to say that very good game cant knock it!!
Posted 08:56 on 22 October 2008
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jared

they need to licence more teams in the premier league next year
Posted 11:30 on 18 October 2008
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alex

Played pro online for over 2 hours...the lag is still present. Due to return the game; then do the unthinkable and swap for fifa!
Posted 17:41 on 17 October 2008
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john

I just got pes early and so did some others
Posted 11:54 on 15 October 2008
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Jesper Juhl

I don't really use the right-stick for passing. I want to be able to do more tricks and feints.
Posted 12:48 on 08 October 2008
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Hicko

Played the demo of FIFA 2009 last night...looks pretty but same old same old, follwed it by playing PES 2008 no comparison...although it was on the X BOX and i am strictly PS so apart from the dodgy xbox pad even lasts years supposedly iffy version of PES still blows FIFA out of the water with its playability!!
Posted 08:36 on 23 September 2008
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jimmy 09

LIVERPOOL 2 man u 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 20:16 on 18 September 2008
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pes is gerat all the new things they say there going to do is great like the chapions leauge and liverpool kit license witch is gteat for me as i'm a liverpool surpporter and also with the 2010 version will have all kit licensense as EA lose their contrect of all the teams giving konimi a chance to buy the rights.
Posted 20:14 on 18 September 2008
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win pes 2009 here http://ninsox.com/features/pro-evolu...9-competition/
Posted 10:05 on 18 September 2008
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In answer to the question has anyone here played FIFA...well its a yes, thats why we are all in to PES. FIFA is glitz and glamour with no substance. It is more interested in getting the kits and names correct and the lights looking pretty than the game actually feeling like a game of football. It only improves because it gets more like PES.
PES does need odd tweaks but not to compete just simply to be complete!! The fact you want players to juggle and do a hundred different tricks sums it up..how often do you see that in a PROPER game of football....! The clever stuff has its place but is about as important as having the correct boots which i must admit you people too many of you are bothered about daft unrelevant things....boots and haircuts.
PES will always remain number one even if the last one wasnt great it was still better than FIFA so what does that tell you...........!
Posted 08:48 on 18 September 2008
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ockrass

The suggestions here all seem the same as they were 5 years ago.

What PES need is the ideas that Fifa has, more animations and a better online system.

Has anyone here played Fifa? You can actually juggle the ball along with a host of differnt tricks. Also, there animations during game play look way better than PES..
Forget about Master League and adding more teams, forget about licenses, we can edit those by ourselves. Lets get better animations with tricks to make the game more interesting and a better online system like Fifa that acutally works.
Posted 06:07 on 17 September 2008

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Release Date: 26/10/2007
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Sports
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 505 17
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