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- Product InformationKonami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, the second game in the series on Xbox 360, features the same core play modes as in 2006's game with a few notable enhancements. The development team's primary focus was improving the artificial intelligence, so it created a "Teamvision" system for more dynamic opponents that adapt to a player's strategies or tendencies. Defenses, for example, will alter formations based on your attacking patterns, goalkeepers will do a better job at holding the ball close, and teammates will more aggressively get open on offense. Animations have been refined in an attempt to make passing, dribbling, and shooting more responsive, while greater detail has been added to the 3D player models.
The single-player Master League now includes 20 teams (up from 16), weekly reports, highlights on the main menu screen, and other embellishments. Player negotiations are influenced by a club's popularity rating, adding a layer of depth to the transfer system. The Xbox 360 version includes 15 stadiums, a revamped set-pieces system, commentary from John Champion and Mark Lawrenson, and over 3,000 professional athletes. Teams and players can be edited as in previous games, with the new option of importing faces captured by the Xbox Live Vision camera. Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Scotland, and Ireland join the list of officially licensed National teams, increasing the total number of playable clubs to more than 250. Online support is also included for both ranked and friendly matches.
- GamePro Evolution Soccer 2008
- PlatformMicrosoft Xbox 360
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1-4
- Release Year2008
- Game Special Features
- New moves include dives and shirt pulling
- Includes more than 250 teams and over 3000 licensed players
- Watch the computer adapt to your tactics with the "Teamvision" AI system
- New moves include dives and shirt pulling
- Game SeriesWinning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer Series
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- hsvfan4life567Apr 05, 2011by
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer was already looking a little stretched last year, and the 2008 edition takes the series to the breaking point. Instead of improving on last year's game, it offers no noteworthy new features. Some of the smaller gameplay tweaks make the game more enjoyable to play overall, but an equal number are frustrating and feel unnecessary, while the subpar online mode of last year's game has barely been improved. It makes you wonder what Shingo Takatsuka and his team have been doing for the past year. The biggest upgrade for the game is supposedly the new Teamvision artificial intelligence system, although its claims to revolutionise the playing experience prove to be overstated. Computer-controlled opponents are slightly more intelligent when it comes to changing playing styles, although defenders still feel a little bit superhuman in their ability to resist attack. Overall, the game feels more flowing than last year, but rather than feeling revolutionary, the improvement just feels like a return to the earlier glory of the series. In fact, the immediate changes feel so minor that even hardcore fans of the series will have trouble picking them out. The ball feels slightly weightier and players move with more physicality. They also tussle with each other more, pulling shirts and out-muscling each other over the ball. It adds up to a more natural-feeling game this year, and one that still plays an accomplished game of football. Anyone who hasn't played Pro Evolution Soccer will find that this is still a solidly playable game, but long-term fans may wonder what Konami's done this year to deserve the £50 upgrade fee. Many of the new gameplay tweaks are actually more annoying than they are welcome. Goalkeepers now fumble the ball with infuriating regularity, and the fast pace now makes Pro Evo feel more like an arcade game rather than a simulation. Another new feature that betrays the game's simulation roots is the ability to make your players take a dive. It's something that undoubtedly happens in the real world, but its inclusion in a serious video game could be seen to tarnish an otherwise respectful representation of the sport. Used in the penalty area the dive can win penalties, and while it's only successful in the minority of cases, it could be used to tip the balance of the game. We expect that discerning gamers will shun the new skill out of sportsmanship, but it'll be a real shame if faceless online players manage to win games by effectively employing the tactic. Last year's online offering was fairly lamented by gamers, at first for being unplayable and then for being slow. It's therefore disappointing to see how little things have changed in the new version. Lag still affected many of the games we played, and while it's nowhere nearly as bad as the PlayStation 3 version, the problems still need to be addressed. The only game modes are ranked and player matches. Thus, the complete lack of online leagues and tournaments is restrictive when compared with many other sports games on the market. Aside from the somewhat patchy performance and lack of game modes, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is also lacking when it comes to overall Internet functionality. There are no real-world score tickers, no news feeds, and no squad updates--features that the rival FIFA series has been offering for two years now. Read full review
- weasel0802Apr 30, 2009by
Pro Evolution soccer
One thing that I really loved about this game was the graphics. The graphics were in my opinion, some of the best there is. The view is good and so is the narration. I hate it when the narrators get annoying. The gameplay is really fun but hard to learn. The one thing that is bad about this game is the tutorial system. It has one, but it does a poor job teaching you the game. You basically have to play the game and learn it yourself. Overall I think this game is worth getting.
- phanelservicesJan 03, 2011by
It is not fair for me to review this "I love soccer"
I can be bias when when it comes to reviewing games especially soccer because I love soccer. Pro Evolution allows you to do things that most soccer games don't. As the name implied it has revolutionized the way soccer games are played. Enjoy!
- tattoosandmusicApr 09, 2008by
Intense and fast
PES 2008 is a Fast paced game! Better than FIFA, FIFA's tooo slow. You are able to pass the ball when you say to. Compared to FIFA, it takes forever to pass the ball and their's like no way of winning. If there's one thing I would take from FIFA 08 and put it in PES 2008 is the shooting. In FIFA 08 you can hold the shoot button to determine how hard and high the ball's going to be kicked. But in PES 08 you only tap the shoot button, and even sometimes by tapping the shoot button, the ball can go very high.
- lemarorjJul 05, 2011by
Konami's seventh Pro Evolution Soccer is a small improvement in terms of playability, but there's little else to make it worth the upgrade.
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