Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. This is how yearly updates always be handled. [Apr 2009, p.64]
  2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is the hardest and one of the best soccer games ever, only surpassed by the excellent Winning Eleven 10. Is a must-buy for all Wii owners who like soccer and if they're not used to the new control scheme, a Classic Controller is a great option.
  3. It's another trophy-winning season for PES. More control and great game modes. [Apr 2009, p.60]
  4. FC Konami deliver another excellent game of football. The additions and on-pitch improvements mean this is well worth forking out for. The lads done good.
  5. If you are tired of recycled game play mechanics and just want to experience a downright fun soccer experience, Pro Evolution 2009 for Wii will deliver that and more.
  6. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009's visuals may not be in the same league as the versions released on the more powerful PS3 and Xbox 360, but it's hands down the better playing game.
  7. Overall, PES 2009 is a better, more refined and complete experience than before. The classic controller option makes the game more accessible to the casual audience, but also shows that maybe Konami doesn't believe too much in the Wii-exclusive gameplay mechanics. Besides that, this is the best soccer you can play on Nintendo's amazingly successful console.
  8. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 isn’t just an update of the previous version: a lot of gameplay implementation from PES 2008 make this game a new and unique soccer experience. It would’ve been better to get updated graphics too, still at PS2 level, anyway the game doesn’t suffer too much for that. A must have for any Wii-soccer fan.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. SamB
    Jun 2, 2009
    It's the controls that make this one of the best football games ever. The way you can tell your players exactly where to run and pass It's the controls that make this one of the best football games ever. The way you can tell your players exactly where to run and pass gives you amazing control of how your team performs and is incredibly satisfying. I would rate the single player game as the best ever football game EVAR, and this is despite the AI not being quite up to the standards of recent fifa games. The Champions road mode is great fun, and being able to develop and play you miis is cool. Where it suffers, and the reason I'm not giving it 10 is in the multiplayer, and by mulitplayer I mean playing with other friends in the same room as you. This is something the old pro evos on the ps2 used to be fantastic for, and I still measure against player with 3 friends on a multi tap, and the problem is here it doesn't quite work. Player using the wiimote means you can see the opposition arrows and runs. Playing with the classic controller makes it just another football game, where it suffer in comparison to fifa. So, a fantastic single player game, which all football fans should at least give a go, slightly let down by the multiplayer. Full Review »