6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, yet teeth-gnashingly annoying...,
This review is from: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2) (Video Game)
Judging by the mixed reviews here, this game, and indeed series, is an acquired taste.
I have owned every game since ISS Pro Evolution 2, so that's a whole 7 times now that I've played through the Master League, with that same crappy line-up of players (Castolo, Burchet et al.). I'm now 30 and I still play this whenever I have a spare hour or so, and it is, on the whole, a very rewarding experience.
HOWEVER - and what stops this from being a 5 star review - I find the 'difficulty' level very artificial. Once you're at the top of division one, with a respectable team, the game goes out of its way to infuriate you. If you play the likes of Inter, you have a decent game, maybe a couple of goals each way. It's tricky, but you feel that you have a fair shot at it.
If, however, you're playing a more lowly team, with a tiny 'stats graph', then it starts to get really frustrating. In 'real life', you would expect it to be easier than playing a big team, and you would think that from time to time, it would be a walk in the park, with some 5-0 scorelines.
But no, the difficulty level is artificially stacked against you: no-name opposition defenders suddenly become champion sprinters and easily muscle your star winger off the ball. Meanwhile, your favourite striker with an Attack stat of 95+ becomes a cack-handed moron who balloons every shot over the bar.
I end up replaying these games 2 or 3 time to secure a win, and, most annoyingly, the commentary will say, "Well, I think that's the result we all expected!!". Cue broken controllers etc. If you're expected to win, it becomes stupidly difficult.
Tell me I'm wrong, go on!