Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is arguably the best football game to own for your PSP (or any system for that matter).
  2. The best footy game on PSP and quite honestly as good as it gets on handheld. [Mar 2008, p.75]
  3. 89
    A bona-fide PES game on the PSP, PES 2008 admittedly only takes small steps from last year’s title, but it takes all the right ones.
  4. For those who were rightfully disappointed by Pro Evolution installments on the PSP in the past, this is a great improvement.
  5. 83
    A very impressive soccer game, mainly because it mimics the console versions so well. While it would have been nice to see a few specialized PSP mini-games, the fact that we can play through years in Master League with a created player and watch him develop is cool enough.
  6. Much the same in terms of gameplay, but still ace. We're not sure there's enough new here, though. [Mar 2008, p.72]
  7. It may be a little rough around the edges, but PES is still the most action-packed footie game on PSP. [Dec 2007, p.122]
  8. We can't help but feel that PES 2008 PSP puts the more illustrious versions of the game to shame, a bit like Barnsley knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup.
  9. What it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in gameplay. Arguably the best football game on the system - once you've mastered the basics.
  10. The core gameplay is so well-balanced. [Mar 2008, p.103]
  11. Seen on its whole, PES 2008 has all the virtues of the series, managing to be fun and thrilling. However, as a new edition, it's far from essential.
  12. 77
    It can be so fluid and so slick at times, but by God, it's so bloody annoying sometimes. [Issue#163, p.87]
  13. It's competent, it's fun, it's certainly good - but unless the PS2 to PSP transfer stuff tugs your whistle, it's not easy to justify the upgrade.
  14. It won’t set your gaming world on fire, and FIFA might even be the better option (it’s a close call, much closer than on the PS3/360) but if you do have the PS2 version and fancy carrying on with your Master League on the move (and are prepared to put up with the control foibles), or just have to have the latest version, PES 2008 is unlikely to disappoint.
  15. Pro Evolution Soccer returns for a third PSP outing, and though it still plays a good game of football, it offers relatively few new tricks.
  16. 70
    The ability to download existing leagues, cups and tournaments from the console game to the PSP is a fine addition to the core gameplay, which is fundamentally the same as in the last two games.
  17. 68
    It certainly provides a fun portable footballing experience with regards to the actual simulation, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, and I feel that the PSP is still not being used to its full capacity.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ZidaneSAID
    Aug 17, 2008
    By far the best PES on the PSP, but it's still not the perfect conversion of the PS2 version, and I'm not talking about the graphics nor the controls...
    There are also from time to time some kind of "lag" during wireless games that completely screws the game.
    Also, the games lacks a true training mode, but fortunately, the master league mode is here and it's absolutely fantastic.
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  2. MaciejS.
    Apr 18, 2008
    This game COULD be so great... with the help of a single patch you can bring your whole football world to a up to date state, the graphics are great... BUT: This game cheats. Constantly. Your players work completely differently then the AI ones. There are "phases" when it's simply impossible to stop an AI player without committing a yellow card foul. The players both on the offense and the defense position themselves totally different for you or the AI (just try playing against a team, you just controlled leaving the default settings for this team on... You'll see what I mean) - The AI has always up to 7,8 players in the box while your sorry defense line waits to be broken somewhere between the middle line and the 16m... It could be great but is simply frustrating. Sure, you can learn how to beat the AI, but it's not because you play it as a football game on the same terms, it's because you learn to dribble in circles forever until you get an opening on goal etc... I call this meta-gaming and it's not what I want to get. Full Review »
  3. [Annymous]
    Apr 12, 2008
    Simply must own for every futbol fan.