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Another chapter in the FIFA/PES love affair,
This review is from: FIFA 08 (PSP) (Video Game)
For years now it has been accepted that the state of play is that ProEvolution Soccer is the only game that is worth caring about. Look past the iffy licencing, dodgy names, limited leagues and cups and you have a superb footballing engine at the crux of it all.
Something made me think though, should I just accept what is said to be true. I can remember the old isometric days with players highlighted by circles and stars, screaming in 35 yard wondershots, but surely EA must pay attention to what the market demands.
I would say that the gap between FIFA and PES as far as a basic footballing engine is at its smallest yet. Indeed I may even go so far as to say I prefer it. The basic functionality of the game remains the same, pass, shoot, lob, throughball (albeit with pass and shoot buttons differing between the two franchises) but the tactical side of the game feels so much more advanced than last years PES6. Players signalling off the ball runs, overly boysterous shunts drawing free kicks, a player goes down in the box and play is waved on, players with skill performing the odd piece of flair without it looking unnatural or forced into the game to appear flashy. Also the way that players seem to wane, and lose confidence if things go against them as the clock ticks on. Spot on.
Add to this the superb presentation, animations of players appropriately berating each other for defensive slip ups, fluid ball control and shooting motions. Then there is the commentry. This is like walking into a lush wonderland when compared to the near silence of PES6. Also the content of it is on the whole accurate as to what happens on screen. Pre-ambles about tough opening games of seasons, surprise at goals from nowhere as a match heads for a draw, comments on players losing confidence in front of goal. Excellent.
There is a huge wealth of gamplay options available here. Round the world leagues already set up and ready to compete in along with nominated and adjustable rival team for the season (Liverpool v Everton for example), a wealth of cup competitions. This is just scratching the surface. So much is there for the football fan and on such a small machine too, I do like the mentality of "we will give you everything you need" here.
Of course there are downsides, the odd graphical glitch with textures on hair I've seen, and perhaps one or two moments of madness from the keeper/defence when it came to a throw out and clearing their lines. But perhaps this reflects reality and the fact that teams are not all robots.
I'll have to compare this to PES7 when it finally surfaces, but currently this is the top dog of football sims on the machine. Just make sure you don't dismiss this purely because of the 'lore' of PES is god.