User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29

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  1. MarkP.
    Oct 31, 2007
    8
    Not too dissimilar to PES6 - at first glance it's identical. However, when you play it, you'll notice the subtle changes and realise that the majority of things that originally annoyed you about PES6 (that you've by now forgotten about) are now fixed. The keepers still drop lots of shots, the licencing is still appalling (Option Files fix that though) and the menu/music Not too dissimilar to PES6 - at first glance it's identical. However, when you play it, you'll notice the subtle changes and realise that the majority of things that originally annoyed you about PES6 (that you've by now forgotten about) are now fixed. The keepers still drop lots of shots, the licencing is still appalling (Option Files fix that though) and the menu/music still grates, but this is definitely the best football game on the PS2 and it's certainly better than the XBOX 360 version. Expand
  2. ApocalypseB.
    Nov 7, 2007
    8
    Its a strange one to review properly, as off line its superb while online is the worst I have ever seen it! Firstly the game itself is a huge improvement on PE6. From the seemingly unfair nature of certain skillful players can collect possession, even though an inferior player is much closer to the ball, has thankfully gone in his one. So has the annoying floaty ball and hesitancy of Its a strange one to review properly, as off line its superb while online is the worst I have ever seen it! Firstly the game itself is a huge improvement on PE6. From the seemingly unfair nature of certain skillful players can collect possession, even though an inferior player is much closer to the ball, has thankfully gone in his one. So has the annoying floaty ball and hesitancy of defenders/attackers alike to react to certain situations. But the keepers are getting much worse, and you will be very frustrated when all your hard work is undone by a keeper howler! But with improved A.I. and more equal ball control, this urinates all over Fifa08. But where Fifa08 excels over this is the online mode. Basically it is a mess! Games are more like zero gravity space wars, the server is seriously messed up on this one. Its a real shame that the very option that pushed the series into orbit, is reentering the atmosphere at uncontrollable speed. So as always it is better to go round your mates and play it there, as online is very dodgy at present. Expand
  3. robertmac
    Apr 5, 2008
    7
    I had to stop playing just now to write this. My goalie just went out to block a shot on the edge of the box, and then when the ball rebounded he just stood there and watched as the other teams striker kicked the ball into an empty net. The game is now more challenging than 2007 because computer cheats in different ways. My list of stupid moves the new "AI" does grows everytime I play it.I had to stop playing just now to write this. My goalie just went out to block a shot on the edge of the box, and then when the ball rebounded he just stood there and watched as the other teams striker kicked the ball into an empty net. The game is now more challenging than 2007 because computer cheats in different ways. My list of stupid moves the new "AI" does grows everytime I play it. It is frustrating to have to have superstar players just to be able to smart decisions. Expand
  4. JohnT.
    Dec 20, 2007
    6
    Ever since pro evo 3 this franchise has been going backwards the pes3 version is crap while the ps2 offline mode makes this game ok. The graphics are great as usual but the keepers are crap and the better players somehow always gain possession even if a weaker players is closer has left this year but the A.I always seem to score freakish goals from 30 yards. This is a first because the Ever since pro evo 3 this franchise has been going backwards the pes3 version is crap while the ps2 offline mode makes this game ok. The graphics are great as usual but the keepers are crap and the better players somehow always gain possession even if a weaker players is closer has left this year but the A.I always seem to score freakish goals from 30 yards. This is a first because the FIFA franchise this year have finally created a game thats better than pro evo soley because they have a superb online system the rest of the game is equal. Expand
  5. MatthewS.
    Oct 27, 2007
    6
    A good game yes, but not as good as PES 6, and not different enough to warrant purchase if you already own PES 6. More like PES 6.5.
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The PlayStation 2 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is the most fully-featured version of the game, but it still suffers from a broken online mode.
  2. It's still an excellent football game that is perfect for newcomers to the series, but just don't expect it to be all that different to PES 6.
  3. A typically solid performance from Seabass. [Dec 2007, p.82]