Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. 55
    The Nintendo DS isn't really a sports powerhouse game system, but it really deserves better than this.
  2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is more playable than its predecessor, but it's just as muddled and unimaginative.
  3. You're probably as well-served going for FIFA '08 on DS than you are this. That said, this is a decent attempt at portable football on the DS that carries Pro Evo's name, though don't let it fool you into thinking it's anywhere near as majestic as other versions.
  4. Offering no discernible improvement over its lacklustre predecessor and paling in comparison to more accomplished DS football titles, PES 2008 is best relegated to bench-warming duty.
  5. A strange PES experience that wins you over not through its football but with its quirks. [Apr 2008, p.82]
  6. The previous niggles remain, and nothing was done to make matters more pleasant. It's difficult to enjoy PES 2008 on DS when clearly not even Konami was passionate about it.
  7. 47
    With FIFA already offering a fairly respectable portrayal of the sport on the DS, there’s no reason to even consider purchasing Pro Evolution Soccer 2008; it’s a redundant retread of already barren ground, failing as both an update or a standalone title.
  8. It's fun, it's just not top of the table. [Issue#20, p.88]
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BK
    Feb 4, 2008
    6
    PES 2008 is a bit of a mixed bag, really. I really enjoy the World Tour mode, where you use the old PES stock characters like Castolo andPES 2008 is a bit of a mixed bag, really. I really enjoy the World Tour mode, where you use the old PES stock characters like Castolo and Minanda to take on each of the national teams, and I like the "slot machine" mechanic used to unlock new characters from defeated teams. Being able to have players equip items to improve stats is a nice touch. But the actual gameplay itself seems a little broken and, compared to other iterations of the game, really barebones. The DS doesn't really take to a game with precise controls like those in the PES series. It's all right, but FIFA 08 seems to be a better choice still. Full Review »