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  • Summary: PES 2008 has been redesigned to make incredible use of the motion-sensitive nature of the Wii's control system. The player has more control over the on-screen action than ever before, and in line with such advances, Konami has also unveiled an all-new pack design that conveys the unique in-game visuals and ease of use while maximising its use of cover stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Owen. Crucial to PES 2008 for Wii is an all-new control system that truly elevates the level of control available to the player while retaining the depth and intuitive moves of the series. Making use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the player must also consider the movements of their teammates around them. The Nunchuck is used to move the current player, while the Wii Remote is used to pick out players to send them on runs or to receive passes via simple click and drag system which uses arrows to show the path of the run, and a press of the 'B' button to complete the move. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. Although a little player control is sacrificed, the amount of influence you have directly on your team’s positioning and the movement of the ball more than make up for it.
  2. Initially bewildering, it makes great use of hte Wii controls. Give it time and you'll love it. [Apr 2008, p.68]
  3. Pro Evo scores a screamer on its Wii debut. Despite iffy defending and no Master League, this is top quality footie action. Champion.
  4. The control system is what stood out to me the most on PES2008 Wii. At first, it can be confusing, as players are pointing the Wii-mote and shaking the nunchuk all over the place but the superbly created in-game tutorials are there to help you understand.
  5. This generations best version without a doubt, and the finest sports title on Wii to date. If you're a fan of football or the series, buy it now.
  6. Thanks to a new control system and good online play, Pro Evolution Soccer on the Wii is a unique and enjoyable experience.
  7. There are better sports games on the Wii, and far, far better versions of Pro Evo in the world of videogames. A shame. [Issue#21, p.74]

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  1. RodrigoChiong
    May 22, 2008
    The controls, though at the beginning are kind of confusing, end up being completely natural, and gives you total control of your team. When you get used to the control scheme, you can make some moves you actually couldn't with the traditional controls.
    Only missing Champion League, a proper team and player editor, and a better defense AI.
  2. Rob
    Apr 3, 2008
    I love football games. I mean, I love sports games in general - basketball, tennis, American football, a bit of everything. But football games have a special place in my gaming heart. I've played countless editions of FIFA and PES across consoles as diverse as Megadrive (Sega Genesis), Amiga, PC, PSOne, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox360, and now... the best football game ever made, without a doubt, PES2008 on Wii. Even if you hate football, if you own a Wii, buy this game to see just how innovative, creative and compelling the Wii controls can be. I hope and pray that other sports games follow suit. Expand
  3. RonaldoFernandes
    Apr 8, 2008
    Despite some minor flaws, such as the obsolete graphic engine and the small number of teams, PES 2008 for Wii manages to create a great gameplay experience. For the first time, you have the sensation of controlling a whole team instead of a player each time. Easily the best football videogame ever made for any console or computer. Expand
  4. jasonm
    Mar 25, 2008
    The controls of this game are light years beyond any soccer game for other consoles. They are deceivingly simple at first but very deep after playing the game for more than a few hours. You are able to control more than just one man at a time. Strategy is focused on bigtime in this game. I don't typically like Soccer games but this is a game that transcends its genre. Expand
  5. MatP
    Apr 1, 2008
    This game DOES revolutionise the series. The emphasis is more on the overview of the sport rather than the player on the ball but never before has there be a video game which captures the flow of the real game like this.
    9 - would have been a 10 if the defending was better. This will give them something to work on for the next version.
  6. JasonM
    Jun 28, 2008
    This is one of the best football games I have ever played. Your able to make crisp passes. You almost always know who you are passing to. The controls are completely revolutionary, and easy to learn. The only down side is that PES failed to get licenses for all the national teams and all the European Leagues. So some players and teams have incorrect names. The lack of a Master's League is disappointing, but the Champion's Road mode more than makes up for it. This is a must buy for any football/soccer fan. Expand
  7. cycodamo
    Jun 4, 2008
    I really wanted to like this game and part of me appreciates the innovative control method, but ultimately this game is frustrating and feels like you're never really in control. The most significant problems are:
    1) The fact that you can't defend consistently or with any great control. They could have easily made it that you can manually control a player on defence, and use a button to call others to help like in Pro Evo on PS2.
    2) The camera view looks like you're watching from space, it's so far away, meaning it's hard to see what's going on. And you can't even zoom in or change the camera like you could ad nauseum in previous iterations.
    3) Shooting is done by shaking the nunchuck, which is hardly intuitive and means you can't make quick decisions to snap a shot in a goalbox melee because it takes too long. It would be easier just to push a button. Also, you have no control over where the shot is going and how hard.
    4) Thinking about clicking on players and putting them in space all takes up time that will invariably end in your player being dispossessed of the ball.
    5) Maybe my connection sucks but online play is lagtastic and therefore useless.

    Don't believe the hype.

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