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  • Summary: Winning Eleven 8 once again raises the bar with in-depth gameplay, improved realism and increased control. The game now features all the teams from the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license. Featuring 136 club teams and 57 national teams, Winning Eleven 8 offersWinning Eleven 8 once again raises the bar with in-depth gameplay, improved realism and increased control. The game now features all the teams from the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license. Featuring 136 club teams and 57 national teams, Winning Eleven 8 offers gamers control of up to 4,500 of the world's greatest soccer players. The game introduces a wealth of new moves and tricks including new free kick and penalty kick techniques, an innovative indirect free kick move and a new dribbling system that offers more control as gamers go one-on-one and try to pass opposing players. Also featured is the first-ever on-screen referee in the history of the series. Boasting an enhanced ref AI, the referee will run up and down the field reacting realistically and instinctively to fouls, giving advantage for minor infringements and even stepping in to calm things down when the action gets heated. Winning Eleven 8 also features improvements to the popular Master League, which now has more strategy through player development and injury, and a new 'My Best Eleven' option so fans can save their greatest teams. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  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. Annihilates this year’s competition, sparse as it may be, while managing to improve upon last years game in just about every way possible.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    90
    The lack of online play for either the Xbox or PS2 North American versions is downright deplorable.
  6. Game Informer
    88
    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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. ManuelP.
    Sep 15, 2004
    10
    The Best Winning Eleven ever.
  2. Mar 10, 2016
    10
    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 Expand
  3. FARISN.
    Jan 9, 2005
    10
    This is the best soccer game I've ever played.
  4. MarcoF.
    Feb 6, 2005
    10
    I remember the days of playing Fifa soccer on Genisis and how great that experience was. Now I could relive those days with WE8. Not only is I remember the days of playing Fifa soccer on Genisis and how great that experience was. Now I could relive those days with WE8. Not only is this hands down the best sports game, I would vote this game as one of the best games ever made in the 30+ years of video game history... The amazingly fun gameplay and the realistic graphics make this game 10/10 in my book. Expand
  5. SkyelerB.
    Jun 27, 2005
    10
    This was a very fun game. One of the best I have played. I am very plesed with it.
  6. SorataA.
    May 11, 2005
    9
    Other than boring commentators, and licenses for real names, this game is an excellent game.
  7. JohnH.
    Mar 14, 2005
    4
    Gameplay is exteremely weak. I would try FIFA if I were you.

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Awards & Rankings

#42 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#95 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005