Konami's internationally acclaimed Winning Eleven soccer series returns to PS2 in 2007 with new teams, game modes, moves, and multiplayer matches. Players can now control the teams of Argentina, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden, or choose from a revamped roster of club teams. The in-depth Master League mode is once again showcased in this version, but further play options are available with the International Challenge and Random Match modes. On the pitch, players are given more control over such skill moves as feints and sliding tackles, while online enthusiasts can participate in eight-player matches complete with divisional rankings. The game's speed and flow have also been reworked for a faster-paced experience than in previous installments, an attitude represented by cover athlete and quick-footed Brazilian striker, Adriano Leite Ribeiro.
While graphically not being up to par and looking dated by some standards, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 does for football simulations what none of the FIFA games could do.
OK, granted, the game still has some issues with player and team licensing (not enough of it, funds not as high as EA's), and the menu along with the horrible music seem to definitely lag behind FIFA's smooth exterior. The gameplay, on the other hand, is far simpler in terms of controls, and yet offers so much more versatility, fluidity and just a much more natural feel to the game of football than FIFA 07.
FIFA games, for all their good sides, are way too one-dimensional in their approach to the game. They rely on more buttons while achieving less. Pro Evolution Soccer is based on a simpler concept that just works better, while allowing the player to constantly switch between a range of different attacking options. The physics work better and the through pass is more intuitive. This immediately gives you the option of using different formations to achieve different offensive goals. Whether you want to go heavy in the middle with five players and rely on short passes, or put a tall and strong forward like Drogba in the front and feed him long balls.
Crosses feel more natural and wing charges as well; the way that the ball and player bodies behave in duels is also more natural, so this allows for some experimenting on the pitch; a few new moments every so often. This quite simply doesn't happen in FIFA games.
Bottom line, Pro Evolution Soccer still beats FIFA hands down. It may not be able to compete in terms of next-gen polish, but this is a case of matter over style. In terms of evolution, the new game might not be so pro, but it still offers a more rewarding football experience. And isn't that what everyone is after?
People who downloaded Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 have also downloaded:
World Soccer: Winning Eleven 8 International, World Soccer: Winning Eleven 9, Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (a.k.a. World Soccer Winning Eleven 7), UEFA Champions League 2004-2005, FIFA World Cup: Germany 2006, FIFA 2000, Championship Manager 4, Top Spin 2
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