PES 2009
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It’s difficult to start ripping in to Pro Evo... I mean, there are millions of people worldwide that are Pro Evo fans, myself included, but there are times when brutal disappointment has to settle in. Not brutal disappointment that Pro Evo is a bad game, it’s the exact opposite to be fair, it’s great as usual. But it’s just Pro Evo and you’d be hard pressed to point out more than a handful of differences over last year’s title.
By that sort of intro, you would have thought that I was disappointed by my hands on with the title at the Games Convention... let me first clear something up and say that that is most definitely not the case. I enjoyed every minute of it, but I tend to with every Pro Evo title, but after this one, I was left feeling a little empty that the game didn’t bear any major differences from its previous incarnations and that isn’t what I want from a yearly updated title. I expect change dammit!
Pro Evo 2009 welcomes in a new dribbling engine that unlike previous instalments does not require you to use a set of fancy elaborate button presses to unlock the inner beast from within. Instead, players will do that naturally depending on their natural ability. So don’t expect Carrick to be turning like Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball. It’s a feature that allows players to really get the most of the world’s talent without having to be a PES veteran on the pad.

A welcome addition this year is saying goodbye to the invincible players, so no more of running through an entire team using Adriano as your battering ram or using Ronaldo or Messi’s dribbling skills to literally take the team on three times before rounding the keeper to score a back heel (slight exaggeration, but it felt that easy at times). Konami seemed to have levelled the playing field somewhat. Players like Ronaldo, Messi, Gerrard can still influence a game heavily but don’t expect them to do it every game and against every opposition, which was possible in PES 2008.
The 2009 edition also says goodbye to the terrible keepers we are told. No longer should you see them flapping at a shot with a little venom. Although it was amusing when you scored this way last year, it wasn’t amusing for it to happen to you and by no means was it realistic.
There were a few other things that stood out in our hands on with the game. It seems as if the animations are more streamlined this year as Konami have added to and tweaked the already substantial back catalogue of tricks, movements and feints. The character models even look to have an extra layer of polish, as do the crowd who are said to have more life this year.

For PES 2008, a lot of players felt left down by the poor online servers so when we directed that question towards them, we were informed that they would be fixed for this year’s version. But after hearing that so many times from so many different publishers over the years, one can only hope that it’s an actuality and not PR speak.
Perhaps Konami’s intention this year was to change the substance of the game, you know, the features, the options, the master league, the general make-up of the game. If so then, Pro Evo 2009 will be saved, because unless it offers something new in terms of an experience other than the actual same old gameplay, I see no real reason to purchase it... Well, unless you’re a Liverpool, Man Utd or Champions League fan because those are the new licenses this year. It’s not that PES 2009 is a bad game, it’s just it seems to be the same, familiar game that we are so used to. Check back next month for the PES 2009 review.

PES 2009 will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 17th (Europe) and November 12th (North America).


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Comment #1 by Atomic Peenut
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 02:39:17 PM
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the last few pes's havent changed all that much
yet theyv always been better than fifa, which changes every single time
im looking forward to become a legend mdoe though
i never give the master league too much attention

pes pes pes

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Comment #2 by SteveK21
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 03:23:29 PM
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any news on the demo?

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Comment #3 by XMindsetX
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 03:41:39 PM
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@ #1

FIFA chnages every year to better, don't see what's wrong with that...

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Comment #4 by adamr999
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 03:42:19 PM
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they promised to fix the online for pes 2008 im still waiting ill get fifa not wasting money on pes shit!

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Comment #5 by burnhamayyy
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 04:02:50 PM
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i'm not looking forward to another 500 wins for ultimate player but im looking forward to the be the legend

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Comment #6 by Perxxxxx
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 04:06:08 PM
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Pro used to be better and more enjoyable than FIFA , but things have changed..................

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Comment #7 by Barnsleyy
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 04:21:14 PM
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Konami dont need to change much, just the online and the keepers. Pes dosent need to change its always been a great game if you can play it well :)

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Comment #8 by XProdgerX
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 04:50:36 PM
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PES would be so much better if it had all the licenses but as it doesnt its gotta be FIFA for me sorry guys :P

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Comment #9 by Almighty Tubsta
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 05:50:35 PM
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@1 & 3

FIFA games definitely have got better, and as such have cut into the Pro Evo fanbase a bit. That said, I think more people still play PES, considering that there has been no groundbreaking developments for years has surely got to count for something.

I'll get this if i can get this on the cheap like last time (got 2008 in month of release for £4.97).

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Comment #10 by Almighty Tubsta
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 05:58:01 PM
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Aaargh, admins can you please fix the pound symbol!

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Comment #11 by workbench
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 06:31:53 PM
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pes was alwyas better than fifa. but nothing hurts more than to be an avid fan of a product and to be insulted with a next gen remake two years in a row that had less features than the ps2 version. i understand they needed to mae a new engine and all but last year was an absolute joke. and unless i rent it and its mind blowingly good, im buying fifa. no matter how much i hate ea.

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Comment #12 by workbench
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 06:37:58 PM
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it says something when im willing to give my money to ea rather than anotehr dev team. usually i say "fuck EA" as standard.

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Comment #13 by BulletMagnet Uk
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 06:57:58 PM
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The last Pro was such a let down, and thats from a football gamer who hasn't really played Fifa in anger since 98 on the PC. (Had to love those indoor court games!)

The online was an absolute joke for 08 and I constantly went back to 6 for a quick game with mates.

Ive heard that 09 is supposed to be a lot better, but I'll wait for the review on here and reviews of friends who buy it before going out and getting it myself, first time Ive said that about Pro ever :(

How in the world did you manage that? If that kind of price came along I'd buy it simply for the updated teams ;)

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Comment #14 by Ruthless
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 07:35:11 PM
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Webby - You know this year your getting FIFA, PES is now offically dead. Long live the FIFA legends!!!

However, i may get this if im bored one day but i doubt it.

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Comment #15 by Gebadire
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 07:49:19 PM
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FIFA all the way! PES is useless! FIFA changes loads every year, adding allsorts of extras to the game, PES just sticks with the same old rubbish formula!...

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Comment #16 by HyperChondriacMusic
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:44:32 PM
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pes has gone downhill since 5, fifa has gone rapidly uphill from 08. i havent fully converted from pes to fifa but it could happen if this pes doesnt live up to expectation.

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Comment #17 by Almighty Tubsta
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:59:13 PM
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I traded in Two Worlds (what a lot of crap) and had discount on game card.

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Comment #18 by xI DaR3DeViL Ix
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:30:52 PM
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Im a PES fan but this year is going to be Fifa's. Right now I think PES will get torn apart by Fifa this year.

Apparently PES has Pool and United kits and thats it? Thats terrible. There is no more toe punting 24/7 its now 24/7 side foot. Why not both? PES copied be a pro from Fifa.

PES have CL and Uefa Cup comps.

In my eyes Konami are really trying to take PES down and have done since PES6 (New gen consoles) first came about. Sort it out Konami.

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Comment #19 by narcolepticshee
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:40:09 PM
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I was a BIG pro evo fan, but 2008 just didn't cut the mustard for me, so I tried FIFA 08, and it is SO much better than Pro Evo 2008.

I feel pro evo has let me down so I'm sticking with FIFA now, it's a much better game. (Pro Evo would have to do a LOT for me to play it again)


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Comment #20 by silentbob0
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:41:06 PM
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I have to admit that FIFA has definately improved over PES, the FIFA 09 demo was awesome. I don't like to buy almost exactly the same game every year but that is what PES is like now, even the achievements are nearly the same.

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Comment #21 by FlimFlam
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 07:18:17 AM
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Listen, I am the worlds biggest PES fan. Played it constantly since it's first incarnation as ISS Pro Evolution on the PS1. I love this game, it is my favourite game ever. Bar none. Play it every week, without fail. But...

This is the second opinion I have read on the new one that says 'more of the same'. It's got tweaks, sure, but seriously, I had real high hopes this year. Looks like another bunch of empty promises from Seabass.

I'll buy it and I'll love it, no doubt. It's almost an unconditional thing. But this year I am buying FIFA as well.

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Comment #22 by FlimFlam
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 07:22:31 AM
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Continued rant...

The FIFA demo is surprisingly good. Still doesn't have the snap of Pro Evo, feels slightly 'woolier', but the trade off for this is that I get to play as Arsenal, not London Reds. I get to listen to decent commentary, not f-in' Mark Lawrenson. I get a decent, playable game over Live.

Oh, and just for all the 'f*ck EA' haters on here, I guess you won't be playing Dead Space or Mirrors Edge this fall then? Shame, they look pretty special.

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