Review by nail360
"FIFA? Thats not football. THIS IS!"
PES is the greatest footy game around. It blows away the opposition such as FIFA and This is Football.
First of all the gameplay
Well this is what makes the game so good. I got the game in November and to be honest it's the only game I play every day. The gameplay is fun and realistic. There are no 6-5 score lines in matches but realistic ones depending on what teams are playing. There's a great passing system as you have to build up your attacks until you finally find the crack in the oppositions defense with a sweetly struck through pass. But, this game is not one of those pick it up and play type games, oh no, its up to you to master the game.
This is why I have taken the one mark of the game because there are very few competitions there. You can pick up to over 50 international teams and over 30 club teams from around the world. The international competitions are as follow:
International Cup (its the exact same thing as the world cup)
South American Cup
Konami Cup (which is a custom cup)
Then there is only one club competition which I find very disappointing BUT what a competition it is. It is called the Master League. This is a great single player competition. You start of with a team of unknown players and by winning matches in the league you get money. With the money you get you can bye players from other teams. But its not just you who buys players, the other computer controlled teams can purchase players too. This league can continue on until 30 seasons and by then all the teams naturally have a very different squad of players. I think that this is by a mile the best competition that I have played in a football game.
The commentary is solid and the noise the fans make is great. They always make different sounds depending on what teams are playing. But what I find very annoying is the title screen music which just wrecks my head.
The graphics are absolutely fantastic and its just what you would come to expect for a PS2 game. There are 8 gloriously created stadiums which look stunning. The fans look amazing and they even have flares burning in the stand.
And the players also look great. You will see recognizable faces such as van Nistelrooy, Zidane, Figo, Del Piero and many many more which are perfectly animated.They're also build solidly and look like real moving bodies (unlike the ones in This is Football 2002 which looked very awkward)
This is what keeps me coming back for more. The fun in 2 player or even 4 player is great. Every match is different, every goal is different. Who's the best at the game? This is a question frequently asked inside my living room. This game can tare your family apart in terms of multi player.
Well as I have stated many times this is what makes the game so good. In both the multiplayer mode and of course the great Master League mode it really dose keep you coming back for more. In fact you won't be even coming back because it will always be inside you're PS2 and you will always be sitting down, controller in your hand, and you'll be playing away forever. Well until the sequel comes out that is.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/03/02, Updated 04/03/02
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