Please let the new Pro Evolution Soccer be a return to form for Konami. And help me choose a next-gen console to play it on…


25th, September 2007


pes2008grab.gifSo the latest version of the godlike Pro Evolution Soccer, PES 2008, is coming out in a month’s time (launched on 28 October, to be precise), and I for one am like a kid at Christmas. The last PES was a major letdown (on the Xbox 360, anyway; it wasn’t so bad for the PS2), so I’m hoping that Konami has learned from its mistakes and created another game worthy of the rightly revered PES title – I can hardly live without PES in my life. And for the record, I simply cannot be friends with anyone who would choose the mediocre FIFA series over PES.
As well as being released for Xbox 360, PC and PS2, this will be the first PES to be released for PlayStation3, and it’s almost enough to make me splash out on Sony’s multimedia behemoth. I’m currently without a console – well, I have an old Xbox for playing Halo2 online, but that’s due for a trip to eBay – and so I’m faced with a tricky decision: which next-gen console should I buy…

The Wii is out, simply because there’s no PES 2008 for it, although one is reportedly planned. Shame, bceause I like the Wii a lot, but I just can’t wait for my new Pro Evo fix. A couple of mates of mine have had bad experiences with the Xbox 360 – it’s loud and buggy, for starters – and anyway, I’d rather give my hard-earned cash to Mr Sony than to Mr Microsoft, aka Bill Gates. This all points to a PS3 purchase – the PS3 may be the most expensive of the bunch, but it’s also the most powerful and versatile, so you get what you pays for.
Have I made the right decision, Pro Evo fans? Is the PS3 the one for me?
You can read CVG’s hands-on tussle with the 360 version of Pro Evo 2008.

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  1. Chringle says:

    I hope they’ve still payed attention to getting the ps2 version right. Pes6 made me cry with rage most of the time.

  2. Łupek says:

    Yep, I’d splash for that one too.
    I don’t think Microsoft can beat Sony’s experience on the market, the Japanese simply can’t go wrong with anything, can they? I mean the hardware quality, games availability, web extras etc.
    BTW is that a common thing about not being able to be mates with anyone claiming FIFA is better than PES? I have it, and it’s only growing bigger.

  3. IndieLimey says:

    I hated the 360 version. The controller is built for shooting things like in the amazing Bioshock, not for shooting things like the amazing Frank Lampard. I downloaded the demo of 2008 last night and it’s certainly better but still “wrong” on the 360. Added to the fact every time you touch the ball, it makes a massively irritating “put” noise. So you’re the Portuguese Winker dribbling down the ball and every touch, you’re going “put…put…put”. Really annoying! This version is only 75% finished apparently, so hopefully good things come October 28th.
    I won’t buy a PS3
    I will buy a PS3
    I won’t buy a PS3
    I will buy a PS3
    I won’t buy a PS3
    I will buy a PS3

  4. Visser says:

    The reason pro evo sucked so much on 360 last year is because it was designed by a different team to the Ps2/PC version. It was subcontracted to another design firm and then published by konami due to the PS2 version being well into production when the 360 version was announced. Because it is impossible to port a PS2 game to 360 it had to made from scratch, and isn’t a true pro evo game, just a cheap copy.
    This year however, the original PRo Evo team had designed the game on PC and will be ported to all consoles to give all versions of the game the same gameplay exactly. So don’t worry about buying one version over another. I played the 360 demo on Marketplace this week and it’s a definate improvement and apparently that demo is 2-3 months old and was the one originally shown at it’s earliest demos. From what I read the newer demos are cleaner and less glitched, hopefully when October 28th comes round it’ll be worth the wait.

  5. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Thanks for the lowdown Visser!

  6. Joe says:

    Fifa ain’t THAT much worse. OK, the gameplay is pretty basic but it does feel a lot more real to tackle Man U or Arsenal with Fulham than with ‘West London Whites’. Also, and I know this is irrelevant, FIFA has an awesome soundtrack.

  7. OmegaSupreme says:

    Sort out teh lagz Konami !

  8. OmegaSupreme says:

    Sort out teh lagz Konami !

  9. Jim says:

    Fifa is for kids, pro evo for grown-ups, it’s as simple as that. As for which console you should get, its got to be the 360. I know its made by that pesky Mr Gates, but the ammount of good games and a lower price tag for a very similar machine have to be main factors here. It is quite loud, and the ps3 is more stylish, but in all honesty how often do you look at the console? And if you play it with a HD screen it is very hard to tell which has the better graphics. I’d go for the elite (black) 360 with the bigger hard drive.

  10. Nikomus says:

    The PS3 has no games other than PES 2008, whereas the 360 has a bucket load of quite good ones. You can still play Halo 2 on it even if you do Ebay your original Xbox, and remember that for things like online play, Microsoft has a substancially better internet service and a much higher number of users for finding games to play with people.
    And that all comes from a Nintendo fan!

  11. jimbo says:

    i wouldn’t sell your xbox on ebay. you can’t delete your xbox live info off of it.

  12. Jim says:

    @ Lupek
    The 360 controller is perfectly suited to pro evo. The original xbox one was dreadful, granted, but on the 360 one the buttons are all where they should be, and it is very comfortable to use. The sony dualshock is guaranteed to make your thumbs sore after a few hours play. I still play PE5 instead of PE6, which was awful. I played the demo for PE2008 and it’s a big improvement, but there is still a problem when dribbling past the opponents defenders, somethings not quite right with it.