The graphics of the ISS series have always lagged behind the likes of FIFA, but finally here they come of age. The game looks excellent, enhanced considerably by very fluid animation, and the highlights at the end of each match are a very welcome addition. It's a tougher challenge than before, too, although there are now five levels of difficulty to pitch the game at, which does genuinely allow things to be enjoyed by gamers at all levels.
There are minimal downsides--the improved commentary could still use some work, and the limited team, league and cup options are disappointing and won't last you forever--yet they are utterly negated by some of the very best gameplay to be found on any PS2 game. So if you're an armchair soccer fan and you're looking for a footy title to buy, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to the best. And make no mistake, that's Pro Evolution Soccer. --Simon Brew