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  • Summary: Winning Eleven 8 once again raises the bar with in-depth gameplay, improved realism and increased control. The game now features all the teams from the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license. Featuring 136 club teams and 57 national teams, Winning Eleven 8 offers gamers control of up to 4,500 of the world's greatest soccer players. The game introduces a wealth of new moves and tricks including new free kick and penalty kick techniques, an innovative indirect free kick move and a new dribbling system that offers more control as gamers go one-on-one and try to pass opposing players. Also featured is the first-ever on-screen referee in the history of the series. Boasting an enhanced ref AI, the referee will run up and down the field reacting realistically and instinctively to fouls, giving advantage for minor infringements and even stepping in to calm things down when the action gets heated. Winning Eleven 8 also features improvements to the popular Master League, which now has more strategy through player development and injury, and a new 'My Best Eleven' option so fans can save their greatest teams. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Even lacking that [online] option, WE 8 stands as the best soccer game of all time. It looks fantastic and plays out of this world.
  2. Player animations and transitions are seamless; it will astound you how versatile the movements are in the game. [Apr 2005, p.77]
  3. One of the most entertaining sports games you will play because the fundamentals have absolutely been nailed with a great general gameplay engine.
  4. While FIFA may have the licenses, Winning Eleven 8 is on top of the soccer game world in every other area that matters. Gameplay is superb, the graphics are impressive, the top players are included and it's thoroughly enjoyable.
  5. It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more. [March 2005, p.115]
  6. With realistic-looking players, a full suite of edit options to let you tailor names to your liking, and core on-field action that plays just so smooth, Winning Eleven 8 is the way to go if offline soccer action is all you crave. [March 2005, p.81]
  7. Really isn't a leap above "Winning Eleven 7." Though the variety of play modes is huge, the well-animated visuals could use some polish, the audio sounds rather bland and the number of licensed teams and players is a bit wimpy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. J.B.
    Mar 24, 2005
    No doubt, this is the best soccer game of all time.
  2. ToluA.
    Mar 3, 2005
    It's like noting else. Its the best game i have have ever played.. Its arguably the best game Ever Made.
  3. N.N.
    Oct 2, 2004
    Its the best game to ever have been released...it does have tiny little glitches like the slowdowns during intense action but it is so rare that some players mite never even come across them...a double thumbs up to a game fit to represent the beautiful game on the ps2!!! Expand
  4. BrianS.
    Mar 11, 2005
    Best soccer game, and arguably best game I've ever played. Anyone who thinks EA's FIFA is better has never played soccer properly (i.e., in real life) or watched it on TV. A minor drawback is that the graphics could have been expanded but this is really nitpicking and doesn't affect the enjoyability of the game. I'd give it 15 if I could. Expand
  5. D.R.
    Feb 8, 2005
    Well, soccer fans it is time to assess the differences between WE8 and FIFA 2005. Of course, this is probably your primary interest. The game play goes to WE8, without question. The audio goes to FIFA 2005 due to the soundtrack. The graphics remain split between WE8 and FIFA 2005. WE8 could have used better lighting and shadowing within the game. In addition, the licensing is split between WE8 and FIFA 2005 due to the exclusive World Cup mode in WE8. FIFA usually releases a completely separate game for the World Cup, a definite mistake. Overall, I have to give a slight edge to WE8 due to the realistic game play and true soccer physics engine. In the end, the game play is the most important part of the equation. Expand
  6. StefK.
    Feb 7, 2005
    I've been a FIFA customer since 95, on my PC DOS machine. However, I've always felt since version 2003 that the gameplay was too static, not fluid enough and the animation too bulky. Based on the hyper, I've bought WSWE8 and I must say: this game is fantastic! The gameply is spot on and so is the animation. Everything is so fluid and intense...The controls get some time to get used to, but fortunately, the traning modes are great. On the negative side, the menus are not well done at all and the text is hard to read (white background on TV is not a good choice). Expand
  7. JohnE.
    Feb 14, 2005
    Great game if I had a playstation 2 controller. Otherwise, it's just frustrating knowing what you could have done had the xbox controller been designed better or Konami had taken the time to reassign the button layout. I know you can switch the controller configuration but moving assignments means some valuable aspect of the game (through passes, etc) will suffer. The use of the white and black buttons kills this game. Too bad, I waited years for this game. Expand