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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 review

Building a team from plastic pods...


  • Weird powerups
  • Quality passing and movement
  • Long lifespan


  • Fiddly dribbling
  • Fugly graphics
  • Weird powerups

Gameplay-wise, it’s all quite primitive, lacking any of the graphical finesse or gameplay options of the PSP version. In fact, it looks and plays a lot like Konami’s PS1 ISS games (which preceded PES). Fortunately, there’s enough quality in the passing and movement for the action to grow on you - mainly as soon as you pick your way to the goal with passing, because dribbling is just too fiddly.

The World Tour mode, however, is where the real magic lies. This mode has you competing against national teams with the Master League default players. When you win you’re rewarded with coins, which can be spent on bizarre powerups to give to your players such as ‘Flat Shot’ or ‘Goliath’ (which makes the players taller). Then, best of all, you can add players from teams you’ve beaten by getting them at random from toy dispensers. It’s completely daft but it gives the game a strangely addictive ‘catch-‘em-all’ quality.

Mar 11, 2008

More info

DescriptionKonami puts its next football game on a portable. Will it be successful or very successful?
Franchise namePro Evolution Soccer
UK franchise namePro Evolution Soccer
Platform"DS","PSP","PC","PS2","Xbox 360","PS3","Wii"
US censor rating"Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone"
UK censor rating"3+","3+","3+","3+","3+","3+","3+"
Alternative names"PES 2008","Winning Eleven 2008","Pro Evo 2008"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)