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- Improved AI engine for more life like opposition
- More realistic camera angles for your preferred playing perspective
- Improved graphics for an ultra real stadium experience
- Updated rosters from your favorite club and national teams
- Immersive single player and multiplayer game modes
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New Look, New Content, Same Passion! Pro Evolution Soccer is back for 2009! The terms "PES" and "Winning Eleven" have always been synonymous with realism and superior gameplay, but this year PES will further narrow the gap between the game, and the real thing! New stadiums, player motions and gameplay modes will bolster a game already focused on providing the most exciting soccer experience next to actually being on the field. The 2009 installment of the award-winning sports franchise brings a raft of extensive new additions that will further bridge the gap between PES and the real thing. Improvements to the fan-favorite Master League Mode - Play as one player just like in real life mastering your own ball handling and your off-the-ball support Updated rosters from your favorite club and national teams Great improvements in ball control, passing and your teammates reactions are more in tune with how teammates react in real life.
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CONTROLS: The 2008 version introduced us to a new point and control scheme exclusive to the Wii's motion controls, and that was seamlessly implemented. This 2009 version expands upon that, offering many more options with the Wii controls: such as expanded functionality in defense - the ability to cut out passes by pressing the control pad with timing, for example, and the ability to aim shots with the pointer, then pressing B to shoot. That said, the motion controls are a bit hard to master (there is an extensive tutorial system for new players that introduces all the concepts in step-by-step format), and can very occasionally be a bit wonky; however, it's minor and mastering them makes gameplay very immersive indeed. In addition to the evolution of 2008's motion controls, however, Konami goes all out and introduces classic control styles as well: the Classic Controller is supported for gameplay that identically mirrors that on the other systems (such as PS2, 360, PS3), as well as the option to use the Wii Remote itself sideways.
GAMEPLAY: The 2008 version was much stripped down in terms of gameplay, but in this 2009 version, everything is there. The beloved Master League mode, extensive editing, as well as online play. An impressive addition for soccer fans worldwide is the licensing of the UEFA Champions League: all Champions League teams are licensed and the CL mode is authentically reproduced here. Furthermore, this version supports 4-player local multiplayer with options for each to use his/her own set of controls.
The core PES experience is very much alive and well here - single player has nearly half a dozen modes while multiplayer is the most versatile it has ever been. Konami has made large efforts in teamplay-based gameplay in PES recently, and it definitely shows, with the AI in this version some of the best AI I've seen in soccer games yet. The difficulty can be changed, and while I find 3-star a bit easy, others may not, and the fact that there are 5 different settings makes it accesible to anyone.
GRAPHICS: The graphics are not spectacular, but they are significantly better than PS2 PES graphics. Player models move better and more realistically, and stadia and crowds are well represented. The grass is a bit flat and smooth, but its a minor issue. Frame-rate problems suffered by the PS3 version are not an issue either. The menu and presentation are five-star, smooth, and pleasing to look at and really show Konami's commitment to making this game good.
SOUND: Crowd sounds and the sound of the ball moving around are realistic and very well represented, some of the best I've seen thus far in the series. Menu music is catchy, yet unobtrusive. Commentary is pretty good as far as sports games go and give games quite a bit of atmosphere, and if I'm not mistaken, it's also offered in other languages such as Spanish. Plus, with Champions League licensing, CL music is also used, which really builds the authenticity of the experience.
OTHER: This game offers ONLINE PLAYER UPDATES via Konami. If I'm not mistaken (I could be), this is one of the few, if not only, games on the Wii that does this. Another great online feature is the ability to add random people online as 'Rivals' after playing them, which is basically the same as adding to the friends list, but even easier. You can play Champions League mode and normal mode online, and when starting a game, can even choose your home stadium. Things like this, and the polish of the game overall, really show Konami's dedication in making the Wii version of PES 2009 shine.
Having been a fan of the PES/Winning Eleven series for nearly a decade, I've seen the good and the bad throughout, and this 2009 iteration of the game on Wii is one of the best, if not the best. The graphics are never going to be hyper-great because of the limitations of the Wii, but the gameplay represents the best of the venerable PES series. Local 4-player as well as extensive online support increases replay value exponentially, and the (re)introduction of the Master League and Edit Mode make the Wii version of PES just as complete in gameplay as any other version.
This game could easily retail for $[...] and be worth the value, and if you are a fan of soccer, sports, or just well-done games, you would be well-served in looking into this. If you were interested in or enjoyed PES 2008, then 2009 is a true evolution of that, and you should BUY THIS GAME! Last time when I reviewed PES 2008 for Wii, I compared it with FIFA on the Wii, but this time, FIFA can't even come close enough for comparison to PES for Wii. This is far more than a simple sequel, but truly a revolution in sports games and Wii games.
This game really brings the enjoyment of soccer to the console. For the Wii, the graphics are amazing. The folks at Konami deserve a ton of credit for this title, and the folks at EA should pay attention, and see how this company is able to put real energy and joy into a sports title. There is a real emphasis on the fun of the sport, despite some admitted control complexity.
Konami deserve to sell millions of these, and they should.
I will say that this game is best on a 40" and over television, to see the detail.
This game was worth the wait.