Fifa versus Pro
Evolution Soccer, both titles have had their fair share of flack but in
recent years, the battle for soccer supremacy in the console world has
been heating up and this current incarnation of the series is no
exception to the rule.
With a variety of new
gaming options, XBox Live compatibility and 1-4 players on one console,
add in new ball dynamics and the impressive teamvision and this game
will really set a new benchmark for the series.
The title contains some
great gameplay options and Konami have introduced a new edit mode for
the current incarnation which increases the longevity of the title.
Whether its playing local and international matches, the
usual Master League offerings add content and
appeal to the single player game.
There's also Cup and League Modes for less managerially intensive
competitions. Although it's XBox Live compatible, the title does suffer
from lag issues on occasion but it's still a bonus to the series and is
great playing with gamers from around the world.
The gameplay of the
title is quite solid on the XBox 360 and the controller has been
perfectly mapped. The AI has also been improved for both defensive and
offensive which assists the gamer while playing the title thanks to
Konami's new teamvision AI which almost makes the title realistic. As
per usual, the greatest bonus of the series is the realistic player
statistics that also faithfully recreate the real-world players in the
Graphically, PES 2008 is
a visual treat on the XBox 360 that features some extremely realistic
player movements, ball physics and stadium graphics that goes hand in
hand with the gameplay. Even when compared to the previous version, the
passing and shooting felt far more fluid with player tricks easily being
My biggest surprise was
how well the players look, although not as polished as the Fifa series,
the developers have really gone to new efforts in bringing this title in
par with the consoles capabilities. The only downside of the title is
the framerate of the title that unfortunately hampers the gameplay with
The sound effects are
rather apt and the title features the commentators Jon Champion and Mark
Lawrenson which flows with the gameplay and rarely cuts between phrases
to give almost realistic commentary. The soundtrack of the title also
suits the genre but where the game really shines is the gameplay.
In conclusion, PES 2008
is definitely an entertaining soccer that features improved and playable
gameplay, brilliant commentary by Champion and Lawrenson and best of
all, graphics that almost rival the Fifa series. This current version of
Pro Evolution Soccer may be the best there has evern been. Great stuff!