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whatshot PES 2009 PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.2
Value 8.8
Distributor: Atari
Classification:
G
Review Date:
December
Reviewer:
John Aldino

8.8


PES 2009
(Pro Evolution Soccer 2009)

Pro Evolution Soccer (PES 2009) once again returns to the PlayStation 3 in a game that some consider the console world's most definitive soccer game which once again ups the ante of this franchise. Although the battle between EA's Fifa and Konami's PES series has always close, both companies always attempt to reinvent and revitalise the franchise and PES 2009 is no exception to the rule.

Although in its essence, PES 2009 is a very sturdy soccer title that features all the bells and whistles of a high end console sports game that not only plays quite well but gives the player a variety of gameplay modes and features to truly immerse you into the professional world of soccer.

After playing the 2008 edition of the game for quite a considerably amount of time, the biggest change of PES 2009 is the gameplay which feels more strategic than arcade and does give the player more control over the ball and the players in the field. Each player also handles differently and are not just carbon clones with slight modifications, rather, each has their own strengths and weaknesses which must be taken into account while playing.

The control system is perfectly mapped on the PS3 that although is a high learning curve for novice gamers, will slowly allow them to master the control system and enjoy the game, while giving more seasoned gamers the ability to continue on their professional tactics from 2008. At times, kicking can be a hit and miss affair, especially when you are aiming for the goal and by the slight misreading of the environment, the ball sometimes painfully misses your target.

Fortunately that through practice, this will happen far less frequently. Although EA has the rights for the Fifa franchise, in PES 2009, players are able to compete in the International Cup, Leagues and of course exhibition games which is great for those quick games. For those gamers who wish to see their soccer star from novice to professional, the "Be A Legend" modes allows you to experience this as your career begins as a youngster as you slowly progress through the world of international soccer.

The only issue with Be A Legend is that the gameplay which seems quite slow at times, especially when you are trying to increase the skills of the player and does need a little more refining by Konami.

Graphically, PES 2009 is a visual treat on the PlayStation 3 that boasts a variety of new realistic animations that coincide with the realism of the players faces and outfits.

The weather effects, stadiums and in general, the entire game have been professional recreated and could be considered true eye-candy. Champion and Lawrensen make their way back as the commentaries which is actually quite decent, although a little repetitive is still one of the best sporting commentaries that I have heard all year. The banter is also quite realistic and does not seem too forced or contrived and is actually quite humourous too.

In conclusion, PES 2009 is an improvement over its 2008 version that still contains sturdy gameplay and lush graphics to match. The control system of the PS3 is almost perfect and the only complaint of the title is the lackluster Be A Legend mode, however I'm sure Konami will address in this upcoming versions.





 

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