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Pro Evolution Soccer 2 - Better than sex?,
This review is from: Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (Video Game)
If you've ever played Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) you know what your in for here. Simply the greatest football experience to be had. PES2 is the Real Madrid of the football console world and everything else is Torquay United (Sorry Torquay fans). FIFA may have improved this year but still cannot compare to the exquisite through balls, delicatley precise lob shots and prefectly timed slide tackles of PES2.
The improvements aren't dramatic from the original but why change a winning formula? Konami have gone about addressing the annoying niggles from the first game such as when your player got tackled and stood on the spot in shock for half an hour while your opponent was legging it down the pitch with the ball. Instead now when your tackled you can instanlty try and address the problem and win the ball back. Its simple tweaks such as this that let you know your witnessing a special game.
Everybody who is anybody knows the key to PES was the superb master league mode. Here you started of with a well known European club with a bunch of no-hope sunday league players. The aim was to aquire points by winning to buy better and more skillful players (Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, etc). Such a simple idea proved to be a huge sucess with friends comparing how good their teams were and challenging each other to see who's team really was better. Extra teams such as Galatasary and Spartak Moscow have been added this year and the format is now in three divisions making the lifespan of the game HUGE. These extra teams seem to give the master league more of a 'champions league' feel and the game is much better for it. There are now also cup competitions to spice up the action further. Other improvements include the new UMBRO pro training centre where you can test your skills in a number of smaller challenges such as free kicks, dribbling, etc. There are also rewards to be earned from completing certain goals. It's also worth noting the editor is much improved over the last game with players, club names and even the club flags allowed to be fiddled with now giving you much more freedom to create the team you support if they aren't in the game.
Well, nothings perfect and even PES2 has it's faults. Biggest of all is that it seems the squads for the international and club sides HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED!!! This is simple not on with Rob Lee and Warron Barton still playing for Newcastle!!! It's such a minor problem that easily could have been addressed with a bit of time and effort. Shame on you Konami. Some of the players names still aren't correct either due to licenses and I know this will annoy hardcore fans. For some reason every Dutch player in the game is incorrect with the name set as "Oranges 12", "Oranges 84", etc. Free kicks are still impossible to score from and those bloody giant flags are still waved from behind the goals!!! NO ONE HAS A FLAG THAT BIG KNOAMI!!! The commentary is better but still poor. What do you expect with Trevor 'West Ham' Brooking on th mic though?
So overall PES2 is bigger and better than the last game. It's not a huge step forward but what did you expect? A few minor niggles could easily have been addressed but wouldn't have affected the game dramatically. The gameplay is superb and it's miraculous how Konami have managed to improve it further. Any football fan should not be able to live without this. If you have the original game trade it in and put the cash towards this new version. And when you do buy the game and load it up, play that first match and reach full time. Before instantly bashing the controller to start your next game of many though, sit back and think "how on earth are they going to improve PES3...???"