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  • Summary: Pro Evolution Soccer is back for 2009! The terms "PES" and "Winning Eleven" have always been synonymous with realism and superior gameplay, but this year PES will further narrow the gap between the game, and the real thing! New stadiums, players motions and gameplay modes will bolster a game already focused on providing an exciting soccer experience. In 2009, Pro Evolution will once again push the limits of soccer gaming. If it were any more real, you'd be on the field! [Konami] Collapse
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  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. It's another trophy-winning season for PES. More control and great game modes. [Apr 2009, p.60]
  3. 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.
  4. PES 09 is one of the best football games ever made. It is able to improve upon some of the most important issues of the last year iteration (shoot, defense, game modes, local multiplayer), offering a unique gameplay experience to all the Wii owners.
  5. There's still a fair bit for Konami to sort out, and if you're still happily enjoying the first PES Wii game you might wonder if you need this one at all, but if you like the sound of the things that have changed then you have your answer.
  6. To control your soccer team by giving them orders via the Wiimote can be difficult and frustrating at first, but the fact is that this is a really excellent interpretation of the PES concept for the Wii. If you own a classic controller you can experience this in a fashion similar to the PS2 editions. Had this title supported two player matches in all the modes this would have been a triple A title. Instead it's just a really good soccer experience for the Wii.
  7. 73
    Multi-tasking is of great importance in PES 2009, so the game requires some training and time before you get the grip of it. Once you master the controls, the many game modes will offer soccer fans a lot of fun.

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  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 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. Expand