Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Nintendo DS)
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
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With the Pro Evolution Soccer series renowned for its fluid, realistic gameplay, the PES 2008 builds on the implementation of Teamvision with additional key advances. As with previous releases since its inception in 1996, the ball is again treated as a separate entity, with the timing of shots entirely down to the player, while the new AI ensures that defenders work to close down space and block efforts on goal. Similarly, distribution of passes works along the same lines, with players using the space available to them to switch the ball. Close control has also been enhanced with more control when dribbling the ball, and a number of subtle moves added to bypass defenders and move the ball into space.
Working in conjunction with the Teamvision system, every aspect of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008s on-field play has been reworked and fine-tuned to create the balanced and strategic play of a high stakes match. Set-pieces have been improved, with full control given over the number of players and the position of the defensive wall. A wider range of set piece options are also available to make use of specific talents within the team.
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Now for the Good. The game plays like any other PES installment. It is free flowing and realistic. There is no pre-determined way to score.
The World Tour mode is great fun. You get to design your own team with an emblem. Then you have to take on all the other teams on the game.
You earn coins and items for winning games and completing training challenges. With these coins you can purchase players from teams you have defeated and items from the shop.
Purchasing players is random. That is, you put coins into a machine and it generates a player. The more coins you spend the better the player. This is cool because it stops you from always buying the best players. Meaning the game never gets too easy like in other PES installments.
Items also add a bit of fun, as you can give selected players cool skills.
There are a few areas the game could improve on. But overall it is a good game. It is fun and the game play is good. Personally, this is my favourite Nintendo based football game -- usually they are awful.
So, if you have a DS and want a football game this is well worth the money.
Well this didn't let me down. PES has always been known for playability, and this is also the same. Lets face it, DS's arent designed for football type games all that well so manufacturers need to think things through. PES does this well, the controls are reasonably easy to master, and the moves straightforward.
All I can knock is that it is too hard, I like to win early on and I am yet to do that. Im not that good though but would still like a super easy level. I love the practice mode, were you just have a keeper to beat.
Fifa looks too complex for control, so if you want a good fun, playable footie game and can live without proper teams and detail then get this.
That game had very fluid gameplay and was very playable and intuitive; it sacrificed graphical impact for playability and was superb. This game does the same and is much better for it. The players are too small to be recognisable but you see more of the match and can pick a pass which is the most important thing surely on a small handheld screen.
The cons with this game are the lack of official licenses, this time the only English club teams are Spurs and Newcastle United, with Celtic and Rangers for the Scots. There are a handful of foreign clubs like Bayern Munich and the Milan teams but Real Madrid goes by another name and all the players names are paraphrased. This paraphrasing of names is common in Pro Evo, it makes unlocking the all-star national teams a little bit pointless when the players names are all jumbled - legends like Shearer, Pele, and Maradona are all in there but you'll need to rename them.
There are lots of international teams in the game though, including all the British Isles teams of course though not always with the players names you'd expect.
As for lastability the Konami cups are like an afterthought as they last so few rounds in this version and there isn't a true league mode, but the "Original Team" mode is great fun as when you beat teams you gain coins with which you can buy more players from the teams you've beaten. You can also acquire "items" which you can apply to a player so they run faster or dribble better or shoot harder.
This game would get 5 stars if it had more licenses and the cup mode was better implemented, it also loses points for the slow-down when many players are on screen such as at free-kicks and corners - with all the delays in releasing this game i'm amazed they never solved that.
Overall i'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a football game on the DS, you'll only be disappointed if you favour flashy graphics over great gameplay.
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