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- The world's biggest soccer stars are brought to life, through photorealistic graphics and features & individual playing styles
- Wild new moves and tricks - New free kick and penalty kick techniques, an innovative indirect free kick move and a new dribbling system that offers more control
- Choose to play 136 club teams and 57 national teams - over 4,500 of the world's greatest players in all
- Advanced referee AI reacts like a real ref - He runs up & down the field, reacting to fouls, giving advantage for minor infringements and even stepping in to break up a fight
- Enhanced Training Mode helps beginners learn soccer basics and master the depth of this game
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World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International brings the spirit of international soccer to your game system. Play the world's best players and teams and combine their individual strengths to create a Winning Eleven. New free kick and penalty techniques can now be used, while an innovative indirect free kick has been implemented to add further variety to set pieces. The new realism of the game captures the dynamic ebba nd flow of real-life soccer action. Save your greatest teams with the My Best Eleven option
This series has collected accolades as the best soccer game out there, and I don't dispute that. As an almost haughty acknowledgement of the near-perfect action on the field, there isn't much that's different for this year's installment. Instead, Konami has turned its attention to solidifying some of the sim aspects of its franchise. It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more.
Gameplay wise, it's very hard to see much that's different from last year. That sounds like laziness on Konami's part, but it already runs as smooth as the bald head of "Kojak" Collina. Positioning is very important in this iteration, as players jostle and interact better when it comes to dribbling and steals. I also like how teams play with different strategies, making you adjust your offense and defense accordingly.
Although Winning Eleven's coup of getting to feature the Italian, Spanish, and Dutch leagues is cool in the face of EA's ownership of the FIFA license, the real allure of this new game is the revamping done to the Master League. Players will now age and retire. Their myriad attribute stats will decline as they get older. Moreover, everyone's skills will fluctuate from match to match, and each player is built based upon one of three attribute curves. Some will find their talents blossom early, while others might be able to be at their peak for most of their career. This close attention paid to the players means you have to be more aware of substitutions, spreading the ball around so everyone gets a touch (thereby keeping their skills up), and taking care of transfers and the Negotiations phase of the Master League. There is also a mid-week training option. However it's pretty boring, though I'd enjoy it if it were more like Madden's training camp.
I doubt that the new additions to this Winning Eleven are going to convince anyone who hasn't already taken the plunge to buy this game (nor is the conspicuous lack of online), but its small steps forward are more than baby steps to the many fans it has around the world.
The franchise bolsters itself behind the scenes to its continued betterment
It looks crisp as always, and all your favorite players are recognizable
: If the commentary has changed any, I certainly haven't noticed
As always, the franchise gives you the freedom to attack the goal in many ways
Master League improvements make the game stronger, but on the field it's basically the same
Rated: 8.75 out of 10
Editor: Matthew Kato
Issue: March 2005
One word comes to mind with the new Winning Eleven – definitive. This is the quintessential adaptation of the world's biggest game. Boasting an exhaustive set of controls that gives you unprecedented control over the actions of your players, it's hard to fault anything but the learning curve in the gameplay department. There could still be a few improvements in the graphics, selection of announcer sound bites, and variety of music, even if those elements on the whole are quite excellent. If you like to watch soccer, by all means go play the gorgeous fields of FIFA's popular franchise. But to play a real game of football, the better choice by far is Winning Eleven.
Rated: 8.75 out of 10
Editor: Matt Miller
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Overall, even if you are a casual fan of soccer, WE will entertain and win you over; if you're a fanatic, then this game will delight you.
The game does not have acutal licensed teams, uniforms or players, which means no famous names. But does anyone in this world really know the full roster for Brazil or Kenya? But don't think the game is unrealstic, every statistic and rating for the actual boys are all in tact here, just rub off the names and their actual uniforms. I think there is a customizable uniform option, so be sure to get some red while and blue for the good guys.
Flaws in the game? No online is a bummer, not sure why Konami would not offer that, but oh well, multiplayer still rocks and it's the best 2-player game I've seen come along in a long time now. The sound is just ok, the commentary is a bit repetitive and the music is atrocious, but the grunts and sfx on the field are great and the crowd roars like there is no tomorrow. Everything else is spot on, and this game puts E.A.s' FIFA series to the test. Thanks Konami.
-This is about as good a gameplay sim as you can expect to get out of any sports franchise. The controls are extremely responsive, and the depth of the tactical control and the myriad of types of goals that can be scored leave WE8 head and shoulders above EA.
-You have the ability to alter a player's exact position on the field (no locked in positions like fifa), their defensive or offensive mentality, the direction they will attack or make runs to, who they will man-mark, or rather what zone they are responsible for defending all down the very last inch of the pitch. The great variety and permutations this allows you to experience adds a great amount of depth and staying power.
-Couple the great tactical control with great gameplay and the formula is simple for a great game. Add to that increased gameplay depth with the various ways you can score goals (I consistently score with shots from outside the box, cross to header, cross to volley or side kick, breakaway slotted, breakaway hard shot, breakaway keeper lob and corner kicks...all on the highest difficulty level) Also, unlike fifa, you can beat players one v. one and your A.I teammates actually possess a brain.
The only weakness this game has is really in its presentation. WE8 only has licenses for the Spanish, Italian, and Dutch leagues...So I have to play with Liverpool FC (that's 5, get it right, 5 European cups) in all tomato red plain shirts which kind of makes the experience feel a bit hollow. Also, since they don't have licenses, you have to rename all the stadiums and all the teams in the game as well as some of the players for 'other' teams, such as Boca Juniors (It may seem a painful task, but you can get lists on the internet that help). Lastly, the menus, music and other GUI elements are quite poor (the pokemon music drives me crazy).
Don't put too much weight into my tirade at the end there about the GUI as it only slightly distracts you from the overall beautiful experience of the beautiful game that can only be brought to you by Konami and their Winning Eleven Masterpiece.