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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

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  1. NelsonC.
    Oct 3, 2008
    10
    Konami have certainly addressed issues affecting PES 2008, such as frame rate in the box & on replays. Visuals, including player likeness & kit detail (such as boots) have been enhanced from previous iterations of the game. Gameplay is now silky smooth with quick loading times & you feel like you are actually controlling the player who has the ball & not just the ball. Ball physics are Konami have certainly addressed issues affecting PES 2008, such as frame rate in the box & on replays. Visuals, including player likeness & kit detail (such as boots) have been enhanced from previous iterations of the game. Gameplay is now silky smooth with quick loading times & you feel like you are actually controlling the player who has the ball & not just the ball. Ball physics are spot on. New options, including "Become A Legend" & "Legends", take this game to a different level. Perhaps the only downside is the lack of official licenses for teams but at least there is the option to edit these or import an updated Option file. Great stuff Konami !! Collapse
  2. AndyK.
    Oct 31, 2008
    9
    Far better then 2008 in every way. Slowdown in the replays and on the pitch has been fixed, you can put in your own music and chants, not hard to get the updates off the net, animation of players is spot on, Champions League included etc. Could go on. Such an improvement on 2008 its a wonder how they got the first next-gen pro evo so wrong.
  3. Demetri
    Oct 11, 2008
    10
    I played the demo. Many times. If you want a football game that has great ball physics, player control, game pace, and off the ball player movement, this is the game for you. It's also fun to play...obviously.
  4. GazC.
    Nov 10, 2008
    9
    Man..I think some of you guys who have rated this game are playing the wrong PES!!..yes this game has drawbacks..same as most games do , but its by far the best PES yet, its all about gamplay and in this version the Ai is much more advanced, making runs into space, etc, it does a far better job. You cant just leg it down the wing and score for a header now you will get closed down. Yes be Man..I think some of you guys who have rated this game are playing the wrong PES!!..yes this game has drawbacks..same as most games do , but its by far the best PES yet, its all about gamplay and in this version the Ai is much more advanced, making runs into space, etc, it does a far better job. You cant just leg it down the wing and score for a header now you will get closed down. Yes be a legend can be boring to start with , but when your character improves its a quality option, you just wanna get out there and score for your team! Yes the crowd sucks , yes the players aren't playing for the same team/..SO WHAT!!..its gamplay that matters to a gamer and this has it! Expand
  5. bobmy
    Apr 15, 2009
    10
    All the hype over Fifa and everyone is forgetting what football is meant to be about, its clearly about the gameplay. This is where pro evo is still the more dominant driving force. 08 was a clear dissapointment only because of the frame rate issues but this year konami have fixed the problems and allowed the free flowing football to occur. Ive played fifa a number of times and still i All the hype over Fifa and everyone is forgetting what football is meant to be about, its clearly about the gameplay. This is where pro evo is still the more dominant driving force. 08 was a clear dissapointment only because of the frame rate issues but this year konami have fixed the problems and allowed the free flowing football to occur. Ive played fifa a number of times and still i dont get the satisfaction of scoring a weel worked goal then i do in pro evo. If you like better reprsentation and all the correct licences then playe fifa by all means but for me it is about the actualy gameplay, and i dont see the problem with pro evo licences anyway, personaly i look foward to edting on pro evo as this year they have even upgraded the edit mode to a large extent. Expand
  6. JayS.
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    I have played FIFA 09 on my PS 3. Its awesome in representation. Also the gameplay has improves a lot since fifa 07. But it is not as good as PES 2009. Reasons: - 1. Artificial Intelligence is best in this game. You just cant compare it with FIFA 09. 2. FiFA 09 becomes repetitive after some time. When you play for months, you come to know how player will react, how they will tackle, where I have played FIFA 09 on my PS 3. Its awesome in representation. Also the gameplay has improves a lot since fifa 07. But it is not as good as PES 2009. Reasons: - 1. Artificial Intelligence is best in this game. You just cant compare it with FIFA 09. 2. FiFA 09 becomes repetitive after some time. When you play for months, you come to know how player will react, how they will tackle, where the NPC character will make run. Also the goals you score become repetitive. THis is not the case with PES 2009 Each time new experience. 3. EDIT mode in PES 2009 is indespensible. you can create what you want to. You are just limited by your own imagination. You can edit player's face , physic, kits, balls, stadiums, graphic, different channel's logos, create your own tournament, even the stadiums. the list goes on. You got to buy this game to see it. There is no doubt fifa 09 is very good. but you need to admit it that PES 2009 is Slightly better then fifa09. 4. Its PES guys. IAt the end of the day ts how you feel when playing this game. its so much fun. You feel satisfy after the final whistle is blown. The feeling that oyu go through is something else when you score a goal in pes 2009. Expand
  7. TrikN
    Oct 31, 2008
    9
    Pro 09 is an improvement of 08 in terms of slightly better graphics, improved ball physics and smoother online play. There is much more emphasis on Online play, able to Add Friends, choose servers, lobbies etc. Choose between Pro or Fifa 09? From playing Fifa 09 it is more realistic, harder to get past players. However Pro is the kind of game you can pick up and start playing immediately. Pro 09 is an improvement of 08 in terms of slightly better graphics, improved ball physics and smoother online play. There is much more emphasis on Online play, able to Add Friends, choose servers, lobbies etc. Choose between Pro or Fifa 09? From playing Fifa 09 it is more realistic, harder to get past players. However Pro is the kind of game you can pick up and start playing immediately. Obviously people have high expectations for Pro 09, but what is there to improve? In terms of play its just slightly tweaked up from 08, much emphasis on Online play. Nothing astonishing as a whole in terms of Gameplay. Pass, pass, pass, Shoot. Simple as that, nothing new. All I can say is if your in need for a football game, Pro 09 is your best bet. Why? Easy, because you can pick it up and play. The game flows more fluidly than Fifa 09, enabling you to create fast paced passing movements, just how it should be. Expand
  8. ThadW.
    Nov 22, 2008
    9
    This game is a 9/10 or 10/10 for offline, and about a 6/10 for online. Online is better than a year ago but still frustrating--long load times during cut scenes, herky jerky game play, too much rigamarole to find a game. For online play FIFA 09 is the better choice. but offline the game is excellent, and still better than FIFA--better ball physics, better graphics, better shooting. Lack This game is a 9/10 or 10/10 for offline, and about a 6/10 for online. Online is better than a year ago but still frustrating--long load times during cut scenes, herky jerky game play, too much rigamarole to find a game. For online play FIFA 09 is the better choice. but offline the game is excellent, and still better than FIFA--better ball physics, better graphics, better shooting. Lack of licenses is annoying but I spend most of my time playing in the Master League building up the default team. And finding it very hard this year compared to previous games, which is good! The computer AI has improved offensively, it's much tougher to win the ball off the computer opponent on the high levels and the computer comes up with some good creative moves. In previous versions if you concentrated sufficiently you could keep a clean sheet almost every single time, even on the highest difficulty level, regardless of team ability. That is no longer true. It's frustrating the online is not better, or even as good as it was for the PS2 versions a couple of years back. But if you're happy playing offline, this is pretty darn good. I've ended up keeping FIFA for when I have an occasional craving to play online, but am doing my most of my video footy with PES. Expand
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Sterling footy action but the lack of new ideas is starting to grate. [Nov 2008, p.62]
  2. "FIFA 09" feels like the better representation of actual football, while PES is the more fun, accessible game. And the end result is a score draw. [Nov 2008, p.100]
  3. If you want to play with your friends offline or love playing master league without any changes - this is the football game for you. But if you want to play online or look forward to the new game modes Champions League and Become a Legend - prepare to be dissapointed. It's a great game on the pitch and a lot of small improvements has been made, but everything outside the pitch is far behind the competition.