• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Feb 2, 2005

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  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. 100
    Where "FIFA" feels like hockey with soccer players, Winning Eleven 8 feels like the year's first entrant for best sports game of 2005.
  3. With wonderfully solid controls, great graphics, enough game modes and enough teams to select, this game is one you should not miss if you love sports in general.
  4. Play Magazine
    Player animations and transitions are seamless; it will astound you how versatile the movements are in the game. [Apr 2005, p.77]
  5. 94
    Winning Eleven 8's single-player Master League is enormously good fun, and with its expanded management tools and WE-Shop minigames, the game is easily worth $50. The one-on-one gameplay? Priceless.
  6. KCET's best soccer game to date, which basically makes it the best soccer game ever made...even taking the seminal "Sensible World of Soccer" games on the Amiga into account.
  7. One of the most entertaining sports games you will play because the fundamentals have absolutely been nailed with a great general gameplay engine.
  8. While we're sorry that the series still lacks an online component for its console versions, we love the cyclical player skills system, as well as the new player search.
  9. The best soccer game on the Xbox to date.
  10. 90
    WE8 just feels real. The tempo and feel of the game show a deep understanding of soccer. The A.I. is spot-on, especially that of your own teammates, who continually move around and make runs for your benefit. Control is smooth and rock solid.
  11. Some more shots of the crowd and better track of calling plays from the booth would easily make this game the greatest soccer game of all time.
  12. The mojo drops like rain on the field and you can't help not to get wet!
  13. 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.
  14. 90
    Team stats overall are better balanced (not blatantly favoring South American and European teams), selection of International teams more diverse, and the Master League mode is easier to delve into.
  15. 90
    "FIFA" may continue to entice football fans who live in action-adventure mode, but for the purist and realist, there's no better footie than this.
  16. Game Informer
    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]
  17. The A.I. is even brainier than before (teams now put extra pressure on the goal when trailing and sit back with the ball when ahead), the shooting controls are less sensitive - a good thing - and the visuals are finally comparable to FIFA's.
  18. The best soccer game around. It's as simple as that.
  19. Official Xbox Magazine
    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]
  20. The gameplay and sheer amount of options alone are mind boggling. And it looks fantastic. Konami knows how to do European Football. Now, they need to get this thing online and fast.
  21. It is without a doubt the best soccer game created.
  22. The biggest and inexcusable disappointment is that we Americans and Canadians are being short-changed in comparison to our European counterparts with regard online play on the Xbox and PS2 consoles.
  23. 80
    The computer AI, just like your girlfriend, will sniff out your weaknesses and exploit the living crap out of them.
  24. Although it's dogged by Commodore 64–quality music and selective licensing agreements-Manchester United is simply Man Red-this new edition more than compensates with killer graphics, new tricks, and an improved dribbling system.
  25. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#89 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#61 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. J.B.
    Mar 24, 2005
    No doubt, this is the best soccer game of all time.
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.