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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 review

The old campaigner's legs still work


  • A touch quicker
  • Still solid and slick
  • Nice World Tour mode


  • Near identical to last year
  • No Champions League
  • Hit-and-miss player likenesses

If PES on PS3 is Theo Walcott – young, improving, a little unpolished – then PES on PS2 is Dwight Yorke: aging, not as fresh as it once was, but still with that brief magic of a former champion. Placed next to last year’s version, this is near identical. It’s perhaps a touch quicker, though, and the high tempo, arcade-addled gameplay is like watching a Benny Hill video when placed next to the slower, more deliberate PS3 game.

Unfortunately, some fairly unforgivable cuts have been made, with the Champions League mode being the first big name off the team sheet. The game seems to have been made with a rushed hand too, and player likenesses are rather more hit-and-miss than they used to be. Still, the enjoyable challenge-based World Tour mode and constantly slick shooting and passing should keep PS2 football fans happy.

Nov 13, 2008

More Info

DescriptionAfter a stumble last year, PES is back on its feet, though even a great game over and over starts to wear a little thin. At least they have Manchester now. Oi!
Franchise namePro Evolution Soccer
UK franchise namePro Evolution Soccer
PlatformPC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Alternative namesPES 2009, PES 09
Release date11 November 2008 (US), 10 October 2008 (UK)