I am a latecomer on Pro Evo, being a Fifa fan for years. What made me change my mind was PES 5, a masterpiece of a football game which came at the right time, when Fifa's already low standards for in-game reality were declining even more.
The following year brought my favorite of all football games in PES 6. I still play that one a lot and my master league is around 2019 now. PES 2008 came out with the first signs of trouble, Konami was trying to get closer to Fifa, maybe to try and sell as much as them, but for that they compromised on quality. PES 2008 was a total disappointment. 2009 came out and immediately I could see improvement, specially with the speed of the game and a few features. On the PS2, the biggest let down is the Champions League feature missing. The action on the game has kept the annoying super human skills on the CPU controlled players, specially when it comes to defense and their ability to become The Flash and get to the ball before you, even if you're controlling Messi. Also, since 2008 the difference in between Amateur and Regular has gaped and one is too easy and the other too hard for those wanting to have some fun with a normal challenge. Beating top teams in regular has become like a trip to the gym, you sweat and you hurt and you might get a draw.
Now, the reason for my 3 stars for the game and 5 for the fun is the Become a Legend feature. I think we all agree is the most addictive football gameplay ever, to put ourselves out there as a young player and conquer the world of football, mainly by yourself.
All in all, another disappointing but fun addition to the PES of late. Great to play online or with friends.