Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. 100
    Where "FIFA" feels like hockey with soccer players, Winning Eleven 8 feels like the year's first entrant for best sports game of 2005.
  2. 100
    Even lacking that [online] option, WE 8 stands as the best soccer game of all time. It looks fantastic and plays out of this world.
  3. We’re talking about a game with great controls, absolutely gorgeous graphics and enough teams to make any gamer cheer.
  4. Annihilates this year’s competition, sparse as it may be, while managing to improve upon last years game in just about every way possible.
  5. Play Magazine
    Player animations and transitions are seamless; it will astound you how versatile the movements are in the game. [Apr 2005, p.77]
  6. 94
    Winning Eleven 8's single-player Master League is enormously good fun, and with its expanded management tools and WE-Shop minigames, the game is easily worth $50. The one-on-one gameplay? Priceless.
  7. Even in a year when EA's FIFA series was pretty solid, Winning Eleven again reigns king because of its excellent game engine and overall depth.
  8. KCET's best soccer game to date, which basically makes it the best soccer game ever made.
  9. Graphically this game is brilliant. While I can't say that the graphics were jaw dropping for their quality, the motion capture is by far some of the best I've ever seen, not just for the cutscene intro but also in the game play as well.
  10. While we’re sorry that the series still lacks an online component for its console versions, we love the cyclical player skills system, as well as the new player search.
  11. 90
    WE8 just feels real. The tempo and feel of the game show a deep understanding of soccer. The A.I. is spot-on, especially that of your own teammates, who continually move around and make runs for your benefit. Control is smooth and rock solid.
  12. 90
    It's still a winner - but this time by a very narrow margin.
  13. 90
    "FIFA" may continue to entice football fans who live in action-adventure mode, but for the purist and realist, there's no better footie than this.
  14. Cheat Code Central
    The lack of online play for either the Xbox or PS2 North American versions is downright deplorable.
  15. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The game's remarkably astounding... but is it better than "FIFA 2005"? For American fans, not quite. [March 2005, p.94]
  16. Just feels remarkably solid in just about every respect, and it has made strides in areas like AI and controls to elevate it to a level where it really does start to feel like real matches between real teams are being simulated.
  17. Soccer nuts will have hundreds of hours of gameplay at their fingertips when they jump into Master League, which easily matches any other sports game on the market in depth, sheer fun, and balls to the wall realism.
  18. May not be a huge innovation from the last chapter, but it does fix a good amount of physics and character control issues.
  19. The A.I. is even brainier than before (teams now put extra pressure on the goal when trailing and sit back with the ball when ahead), the shooting controls are less sensitive - a good thing - and the visuals are finally comparable to FIFA's.
  20. Game Informer
    It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more. [March 2005, p.115]
  21. It’s a good thing WE8’s gameplay is so good, because it takes your mind off the uninspired visuals and average audio.
  22. PSM Magazine
    The deep Master League mode will suck in a hardcore soccer fan for eons. [March 2005, p.76]
  23. The gameplay and sheer amount of options alone are mind boggling. And it looks fantastic. Konami knows how to do European Football. Now, they need to get this thing online and fast.
  24. It is without a doubt the best soccer game created.
  25. 80
    The computer AI, just like your girlfriend, will sniff out your weaknesses and exploit the living crap out of them.
  26. Although it's dogged by Commodore 64–quality music and selective licensing agreements—Manchester United is simply Man Red—this new edition more than compensates with killer graphics, new tricks, and an improved dribbling system.

Awards & Rankings

#44 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Mar 10, 2016
    Este jogo é incrível! Eu recebi e ainda não posso parar de jogar. Os gráficos são tão detalhadas para um game e é desafiador, mas divertido eEste jogo é incrível! Eu recebi e ainda não posso parar de jogar. Os gráficos são tão detalhadas para um game e é desafiador, mas divertido e terá que jogar por horas! A história é complexa e profundamente pensado. O melhor jogo que eu já joguei de forma Full Review »
  2. VarunB.
    Aug 11, 2005
    Can't say anything about this game that hasn't been truly is outstandingly magnificent...if i could give it 11 out of 10, Can't say anything about this game that hasn't been truly is outstandingly magnificent...if i could give it 11 out of 10, i would!!! It blows the FIFA franchise out of the water! Simply brilliant! Enough said...just go out and buy it! Full Review »
  3. SkyelerB.
    Jun 27, 2005
    This was a very fun game. One of the best I have played. I am very plesed with it.