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Flawed, but nowhere near as bad as people say
on 16 April 2008
Some history... I've been playing Pro Evo since it was ISS on the PS1; I think i first got it in about 2000 / 2001. I'm not a games fan. This is literally the only game I play. In about 2003 I got an XBox to play it on after being advised that it was better than PS2. (I'm not sure of that now!)
When PES6 came out I nicked an old PS2 off my girlfriend's brother and bought it, cos there was no XBox version. I'm a Classic Teams man, so the 18 'spare' teams suited me brilliantly - I spent months making a whole host of classic teams, from AS Roma, Arsenal, Barca, Real Madrid, Man Utd, Milan, Bayern,to some less predictable choices like Napoli, Botafogo and the 53/54 Hungary team (man, the research I did on that team...). I put in hundreds of hours playing and editing. Hundreds and hundreds. So I wasn't really up for getting PES2008 and having to do it all again if the new version wasn't better.
I finally relented and bought PES 2008 after having another two penalties saved in one match last Sunday morning. Penalties and free kicks in PES 6 were absolutely ruined - I went from a 1/4 or 1/5 success rate from free kicks to... well, I think I scored two direct free kicks in the whole time I played PES 6, one 35-yard screamer with Zico and one reverse-swinger with Van Persie. Stupid. I also have approximately 60% of all penalties taken during a game (i.e. not shoot-out) saved, no matter where I place them or who takes them. Enough's enough.
So I've only played about twenty games of PES 2008 so far, and not been awarded a penalty, but the few shootable free kicks I've been awarded have felt like I could score off them; panicked the keeper into a clumsy save or hit the woodwork, rather than sailing into row Z, and certainly seemed an improvement - the player taking it actually appeared to be shooting rather than just kicking randomly.
Other than that... passing animation is altered (improved, I'd say), and overall the gameplay is faster, more frenetic than PES 6 - less Serie A, more Premiership, but that suits me - I like to attackattackattack. Sliding tackle timings are altered, and defensive AI seems better in the opposition. Shooting in general seems improved too - when you hit the ball hard it really feels like it's flying now, and I've scored handful of screamers with Zico and Rivellinho already.
The new commentary is also a boon! I generally play with it switched off while listening to music, but when I do have it on it doesn't offend me now. Although Mark Lawrenson does sound as if he's on beta-blockers and watching a different game. But I guess that's quite authentic...
Names in capitals is annoying, and the squad selection for the European Cup / Americas Cup is stupid and annoying (who are these fake players on page two, where are the last four or five members of my squad?). Having the icon saying what song's playing in the top corner is annoying as hell when you've got BGM music turned right down. And they've made some stupid decisions about players in the PES Shop and Classic Teams (and the special haircuts! how annoying!), but everything else seems to work. I've edited in Tostao, Garrincha, Muhren and a couple of others already, and culled stats for Di Stefano, Boniek etc from online forums so I can put them back in where they belong.
So... my conclusion, so far, is that I prefer this version, just a little.
Long hours of editing in all my ridiculous classic teams ahead...