Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Can it improve on last year's version? The answer is most definitely yes, but like any successful team, you're going to have to work hard to achieve results.
  2. Despite average presentation and dire commentary, the ever-compelling Master League progression mode, training, unlockables and online play combine with moreish, realistic action to complete the winning line-up. PES just keeps getting better. [PC Gamer UK]
  3. It's simple, Pro Evo IS football and the latest version makes enough enhancements to continue the series onward march to perfection. If you're a footie fan you need this, casual fans however might not necessarily appreciate the subtle modifications compared to previous titles.
  4. 90
    The pure footballing pleasure of Pro Evo 5 serves as a reminder of what it all should be about. Some fans of past iterations may not like the tweaks made here to a formula loved by so many, but evolution is inevitable and I think we're just about heading in the right direction.
  5. This time the AI is a harder nut to crack, requiring more thoughtful passing to open up your opponent before you strike. So long as you're thinking like a footballer, you're going to score goals.
  6. The PES series has always been about realistic football simulation rather then hi-octane arcade action. [Dec 2005 p.85]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    I played this game on the PS2. And I'll admit, they definitely simulate soccer better than FIFA but trying to play can complicated and the menu looks like it was from 2000, but it's a good game. Just that I prefer FIFA. Full Review »
  2. TTon
    Apr 2, 2007
    I agree with many people that this game has the best engine for simulating the soccer game (surely better than FIFA series ). But this has no worth at all since the gameplay is absolutely bad. For me gameplay is the most important things in the game, that's why I rate 0 for it. It seems like the production team don't know anything about soccer. In easier level, the gameplay is so nonsense. In the most difficult level, I have not found the harder soccer game but just a full of cheat game. Like someone above said, "if the AI decides to win they will win -if the AI decides to get a the ball they will get the ball", etc. And the worst thing that anyone who loves this game should realize is "when you get a goal, win the match, or get anything making you proud from this game, it just the AI decides it to be!" Full Review »
  3. TimurK.
    Mar 14, 2007
    Seems more like addon to PES4 but still beats FIFA! More balanced AI then ever, but still needs to be improved (should be more then 6 levels of difficulty). Full Review »