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.
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