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Winning Eleven in the City (of Angels)

Konami has released details and shots of Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, which were unveiled last week at E3. The screens are PS2 screens, but apply to every version.

Shots reveal that Konami has managed to secure the licenses to include the official kits for several international teams for Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, including Argentina, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The full list of which national and club team licenses Konami has managed to secure will be confirmed nearer to the game's release, which (we hope) will be later this year.

As for gameplay, Winning Eleven producer Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka and his team have been working on the AI system to ensure that movement of the ball will seem more realistic. AI controlled players will apparently even point to the area where they want the ball played.

The shooting system has been tweaked to allow more snap shots to be taken on the half and full volley and there will also be more control over how players challenge to win aerial balls.

New feints and dribbling animations will be featured, including some that allow strikers to roll round defenders, forcing them to stand off the player receiving the ball for fear of being turned. Long passes have been changed and can now be hit with a lower trajectory allowing the play to be switched from flank to flank with greater speed.

Winning Eleven will see the introduction of a new mode called International Challenge, which allows gamers to take their national team from qualifying stages through to international tournament glory.

The Master League will return, but it seems that some elements of Winning Eleven Management have crept in - you'll now get pressure from the board for bad performances.

May 16, 2006