The definitive footie series returns to defend its crown, and how it sparkles when held up to the light. Pro Evolution 5's gameplay has been enhanced to provide a more lifelike version of the beautiful game: players utilise their upper bodies more in the challenge, have more tricks at their disposal, and can now curl shots with pinpoint accuracy. This is total football.
Most exciting moment:
Scoring a virtual replica of Roberto Carlos' legendary free-kick against France -- the one with the unbelievable swerve-- and then dancing around the living room like a lunatic.
Since you ask:
Thierry Henry has been playing Pro Evolution games since the first title appeared ten years ago. The great man clearly has great taste.
The bottom line:
Another trophy for the Pro Evo cabinet.
They've changed everything, making the game feel completely different. 6 star vets will struggle to beat wales on 4 stars, it's THAT different. Things i noticed were....
-Holding down X doesn't cut it anymore, if ur running in from behind holding X you WILL foul
-Injuries are improved. U may pick up a knock in the first half and then the player will break down in the second half, unable to continue.
-And perhaps best of all, you can curl the ball using R2. It's great little touch and is a technique used for placement instead of power. They open up their body, let the ball run across and then strike it. Watching the ball curl into the top corner for the first time is pretty special
-Lastly, there are snow pitches. It changes the feel of a game completly.
To conclude, Konami have done an amazing job and all pro evo fans will not be dissapointed - just don't expect it to be easy!
What is unexpected though is just how challenging (I wont use the word "hard" - because it just isn't) Konami have made the game. Go one down against the opposition and see the computer teams try to shut up shop - or alternately, go one up and watch what Big Ron Atkinson calls "the charge of the light brigade" in the closing stages as your opponents pour forward, desperately trying to salvage a point. Breaking down teams has never been more difficult (or fun). With a real need to both utilise the full range of skills from your players and also build up a good team passing game (long balls just dont cut it I'm afraid) PES 5 takes realism in footie sims to a whole other dimension. And when you finally do break down a team, or score a 30 yard screamer, the sense of satisfaction you get is almost obscene.
There are a few negative points that remain from the earlier incarnations of the game (odd commentary, awful looking menu screens and background music that sounds like muzak playing in a lift somewhere). Another downer for some is the lack of official licences for English premier league teams. And, whilst this is an annoyance, the team names can be edited to the proper names within an hour without much fuss.
The point is, if you persevere with the game, you will actually begin to love it's flaws as well as it's (many) high points.... Read more ›
Minor details like if a player makes a bad tackle but the ref plays advantage...the ref will book the player later on for the challenge: just like real life!
Or players can pick up injuries not necessarily from tackles but muscle pulls etc.
It's all very clever, the best game in a series of best games...the truth is: they just keep getting better and better!!!
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