Don't get us wrong - this is still PES, and at its core, an incredible game - and it'll be even better if they sorted the slowdown. Few multi-player games foster such emotion, and we still play it every lunch time, only with slightly less enthusiasm than before. Why? After a relatively modest 30 hours-plus of play, it feels less divinely balanced, and cruel, than Pro Evolution Soccer 6. By any other standards, it's still the best next-gen football game, so buy it with confidence - but don't let your pre-match expectations get too high.