4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A real disappointment,
This review is from: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2) (Video Game)
I had looked forward to this game for months. Having bought Pro Evo 5 as my first Pro Evo game, I had very high expectations of this new installment in the series. So naturally I pre-ordered the game a month before its rumoured release date, spending the weeks beforehand getting the best out of Pro 5 and building up my excitement at the thought of playing the new Pro Evo.
It came through a day after its release date. Great, I thought. This is it. Having changed the unofficial names of the teams and some of the player names, which took around a half hour, I went into my first match. This was on the Regular setting (i.e. normal difficulty). I won easily, and generally enjoyed it. I notched up the difficulty after maybe two games. This was when I started having doubts. This was very different on Professional difficulty. Suddenly my team couldn't pass accurately, they couldn't keep possession for more than 30 seconds and the shooting had lost accuracy. I also found my defence parting through the middle for seemingly no reason, and several times the opposition would be clean through on goal. Don't get me wrong I had chances, but every time I was clean through, Thierry Henry would suddenly do a tame chip shot rather than the stroke round the keeper I intended. Initally I thought this was nothing wrong. I kept at it though, but every game real chances would go to waste because either Henry was slow as a snail or all my players would fluff their shots when clean through on goal. Coupled with the strange parting of the defence, this made for very unenjoyable playing. I have now given up on this game. Not because I'm not good enough - I'm getting loads of chances - but because an unknown force (possibly the COM) is preventing me from finishing like I did in Pro 5.
But enough of the disadvantages. I want to write a fair, unbiased review. The game has massively improved the fouls and when a defender catches your ankle and the ref gives a foul even though there is a real goalscoring opportunity. It has become much more realistic in this aspect. They have also eliminated the rule of having to watch your opponents substitutions - now the names come up on the screen and you can get on with the game. But I'm afraid to say that the disadvantages just make this game unenjoyable, and as a result, unplayable.
I feel I am writing in a way that would suggest I am not good enough at this game. I don't believe that is the case. And even if it was the case, the difference between Regular and Professional difficulty is almost as big as the gaps appearing in my world class defence.
This game is a real disappointment. I feel cheated by Konami. I have payed [...] for a brand new game and they have given me a poorer version of Pro Evo 5. The commentary sounds like it has been recorded through a megaphone,the shooting is ruined, suddenly you can't finish like in real life, in an effort to increase the difficulty they have made your players less accurate at passing, and the centre backs on my team seem to have given up to do something else. They're not the only ones - this game is going straight in the bin.