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  • Summary: PES 2008 features a brand new intelligence system, called Teamvision, that adapts and reacts to players own gameplay styles to ensure that the computer controlled opponents are always challenging and forcing the player to think and chance their style of play to avoid being out-thought by the game. It learns counter attacks that target your weaknesses and look to exploit any repetitive tactics players use. Defenders react better to danger, closing down the ball and charging at shots and the goalkeepers hold shots that are closer to them as well. Teammates make more intelligent runs into space and the close control has been sharpened to ensure quick and fluid passing and speedy attacks can be built. The next gen versions also feature extensive edit modes so players can completely customise their PES 2008 experience. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. At present it feels like one of the worst games in the series to date, with issues such as slowdown and poor editing options hampering the experience. Yet it still has the potential to be without a doubt the greatest football game yet.
  2. 86
    The list of features may not have any true standouts but it's tough to argue with the sheer amount of fun that can be had with a game of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
  3. PES 2008's entertaining match improvements, exhilarating action and solid additions mean it just about scrapes another 8, though at no point does it come even close to flirting with higher scores. It's fast, fluid, fun and physical, an improved, revamped version of PES 6 if you like.
  4. 70
    PES 2008 stumbles, rather than sprints onto the PS3, leaving us with the first Pro Evo game that falls short of the FIFA franchise. We expected a revolutionised football title that'd set the series back on course, but this is just shameful. [Issue#159, p.78]
  5. 70
    They need to elevate PES to the next stage of its life that it so deserves, and the only way they can do that is to give players more of what they want rather than take from them.
  6. The foundation of Pro Evo still supports enjoyable and technical soccer, but it badly needs something new for next season. [May 2008, p.78]
  7. 58
    Little maintenance problems tend to go wrong (i.e., the A.I. issues), and Pro Evo for the current generation of powerful systems obviously needs some new paint. It seems that the development team did just enough to get by.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. DanHebden
    Apr 16, 2008

    Thought initially that there may have been a backward step, but after playing it to death it just took some getting used

    It has to be played on a HD TV though otherwise problems will be encountered with the frame speed.

    I cannot stop playing this, and on reflection I feel that it's been tweaked just the righr amount. Heading at goal is more difficult now and requires more skill and a bit of luck, but it is way more satisfying when you get one!!

    Not to be missed.....
  2. WillR.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I'm a hardened Pro Evo fan, harking back from the days of ISS Pro and having recently bought a PS3, I couldn't wait! I'd heard some nasty rumours about it not being great and seen some mixed reviews. Some people had mentioned FIFA being better ...?? Well, I think this game's great. Much improved from the last game, I've noticed only a few flaws. The replays are awful (sooo glitchy!), online play is slow and the ref';s whistle is annoyingly quick! Otherwise, I love it. Room for improvement next time, but a solid effort! Expand
  3. WordyWordword
    May 29, 2008
    Everything runs quite smoothly apart from the Network facility. Why oh Why oh Why cant Konami manage to sort the LAG out? Other than Tekken DR online, I havent played a game where the lag is so noticable it completely throws you off kilter. If other online programmers can cope (Warhawk, Resistance, Halo etc) with dozens of connections, why is there a problem with just 2???
    Konami = lazy. Rush to get the game out so more money can be made from the unsuspecting public, then sit back while said public struggle with the bugs.
    Do your own testing Konami. Bad bad bad.
    Other than that, the game is as superb as it ever was, rekindling my passion for a game that I still manage to enjoy even when losing.
  4. BarryP.
    Nov 6, 2007
    I've been a die hard pro evo fan since its incarnation(international superstar soccer on the snes)and to say i was let down by this title wouldn't be unfair.As with most people who bought a PS3 on its launch,i've found that it's just a glorified ps2 at the moment(ie no original ps3 titles,i've spent the last 6 months playing pro evo 6 on it and pretty much nothing else)so the chance to get my hands on a 100% next gen pro evo had me a little excited.Unfortunatley it didn't deliver.If you ignore the actual game play for a moment and spend some time focusing on the other aspects of the game(i.e training master league etc) you realise that it is a step backward in almost every way.Training challenges are no more,PES points which were accumulated from playing games and used to purchase upgrades like new stadiums and classic players are no where to be seen.In fact to unlock the classic teams all you have to do is win the world cup with the modern counterpart.This may of been rewarding,however you can choose the easiest difficulty and shortest match time to achieve it......challenging,i dont think so. As for the actual gameplay,some improvements have been made although with the exception of diving nothing is too far from previous pro evo outings.All in all i think i may be dusting off my copy of PES 6 until next year. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2013
    If making a football team of wizards is your thing then I recommend buying PES 2008. But the overall game feels average and boring. But you can pick it up for £1 at game nowadays so why not? Expand
  6. JohnD.
    Nov 20, 2007
    Spoiled by some intrusive technical flaws, disappointing frame rate in-game - especially when rendering replays - being the most obvious. Not very good quality software, feels rushed. May be fixed via online patches but if you pay top dollar for a game you kind of expect it to just work. Apart from that, the gameplay is just the same old thing, the graphics are smartened up a bit for the new platform but ruined by rendering issues and there's really nothing new in it. Might as well get an earlier incarnation for the PS2 and save yourself some money. Expand
  7. LukeR
    Apr 1, 2008
    Worst revision yet, the most broken of the series. Basically pick the team with the fastest players and you can't lose. In this game speed>>all. Online is a joke. Very dissapointing and the sad thing about all of this is the PS2 version is still the premier version to play....Avoid this game at all costs Expand

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