Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The fall of the King! Although PES 2009 is better than its predecessor, it loses the duel against an extremely strong FIFA 09
  2. Pro Evolution Soccer is still the game to beat. [Dec 2008, p.85]
  3. Definitely the most realistic of the two big arcade footie franchises on the PC, but the steep learning curve may put off some gamers. [Feb 2009, p.92]
  4. A lot of minor improvements and the official UEFA Champions League license make sure that Pro Evolution Soccer can defend the number one spot - but this time it has to share it with FIFA 09. Despite the license, not all teams carry their original name and the Champions League is called European Championship. The online-mode works for the first time, but it's still too complicated and unclear. All in all, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is a bit better than last year's version, but only as good as FIFA 09.
  5. Just on the match alone, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is a fantastic game. [Dec 2008, p.68]
  6. The match engine is a return to form and it feels somewhat relieving knowing I’ll have a football game to enjoy this year, but the entire thing looks thrown together and basic when compared to what a certain other developer is getting out of the same development kit.
  7. New arrival to the PES family somehow forgets that there can be beginners in this series but in all other aspects PES 09 dominates. New licenses and Champions League are a pleasant surprise. [Nov 2008]
  8. It still isn't quite sure if it's arcade or simulation, but at least the players aren't racing through the field like in last year's edition.
  9. Konami has given PES 2009 a shove back into the past – in a good sense. Thanks to a calmer and more evolved gameplay as well as advanced graphics, PES is once again playable – also due to the acquisition of the UEFA-licence. At the end of the day, PES, however, is still exceeded by FIFA. [Issue # 16]
  10. Still, we can't help but feel that there's going to be thousands of PES fans who embrace the power of the dark side this year, on account of the fact that it simply doesn't feel like Konami is putting much effort into the so-called 'next-gen' versions of PES these days - and that includes PC.
  11. The basic feel of this instalment is that it’s a slightly better than normal football yearly re-release, than a drastic overhaul of the game play. [Dec 2008, p.7]
  12. Good for your Friday night pizza and beer social or as a budget-buy afterthought. [Issue#14, p.62]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 4, 2013
    Loše, nastavlja se s koracima unazad, dosta iritantno i nerealno,
    jedino grafika i ponašanje mreže, no sasvim
    nebitno................................. Full Review »
  2. Apr 23, 2011
    The challenge of designing a football game is to achieve the balance between the theatre of realism and arcade controls. PES 2009 achieves this, even though it is far from perfection. Full Review »
  3. SeanD.
    Oct 23, 2008
    Good PES, but doesn't take a giant leap forward from last years series, unlike what FIFA 09' has done compared to FIFA 08 Good but more than likely I'll use FIFA as my main football simulator, and its been a while since I've done that. Full Review »