Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. AceGamez
    2009 should have been EA's year to finally claim the footballing crown with a solid FIFA game across all systems, but despite the radical changes and improvements to their game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 still manages to score a winning goal with this new one.
  2. A very enjoyable football game which is perfect for the small screen of the PSP.
  3. Games Master UK
    Not much improvement on last year's game but excellent playing options. [Christmas 2008, p.84]
  4. PES 2009 on PSP is much the same game as last year in terms of gameplay with the odd improvement where required.
  5. PES 2009 is a better game than PES 2008, on account of the technical issues being ironed out and solid but basic online support, but, disappointingly, it's practically the same game.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    A no-frills fan favourite. [Christmas 2008, p.96]
  7. Overall, I could recognize some regress concerning Pro Evolution Soccer 2009. The handling has become trickier and although Konami bought the licenses for the names of the players and teams, this list does not contain all names or the right ones.
  8. Apart from the Become a Legend mode, the new edition has nothing much to justify the acquisition for owners of previous versions.
  9. PES has its personality and the basic act of playing the game is still enjoyable enough, but this is a series that desperately needs a complete overhaul.
  10. 70
    It’s too bad that more wasn’t put into the PSP version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.
  11. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is a quiet good game in terms of variety and quantity. Although, it lacks in quality, because there are too many situations needing some corrections. It’s all in the right place, we simply have seen it before in that same place.
  12. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 features a couple of new game modes, but things are still largely unchanged in Konami's football franchise.
  13. Though the inclusion of new features is something the series has drastically needed, online features lack depth and Become a Legend is spoiled by frustrating A.I. teammates.
  14. One the series' die-hards only. Everyone else should bite the bullet and accept that for this season at least, FIFA's leagues ahead.

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#15 Most Shared PSP Game of 2008

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