Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Konami 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Konami 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 11, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In order to remedy this, there is a rather deep character/team/league editor for players to goof around with. Konami even went so far as to add camera support to allow players to scan in and import player likenesses and team shields. Of course, this is ever so tedious. Consequently, players looking to customize the game to their liking would be better served to pick up this game for PC and download a community-developed patch.

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Presentation in PES 2009 is still as crude as ever. The plastic-like player likenesses, silly menu design, and poor menu organization are quite bad. While many players are given their own faces, the detailed models are scary to look at. Konami tried to inject a spot of realism by adding skin textures, but the result is that players all look like really ugly plastic dolls with residual acne scarring. Moreover, menu layout is actually one of the worst designs I've ever seen. For starters, the top menu is spread over two pages. Second, the convoluted controls page looks like Chinese! Third, navigating through the online menus is an utter joke. On a good note, the stadiums look crisp and the supporters are detailed. Also, on-pitch animations are nicely rendered; this prevents gameplay from being butchered. However, when put up against FIFA 09, this is definitely one ugly title.

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Disappointingly, sound can't save the overall presentation either. The commentary is performed by John Champion and Mark Lawrenson. This pair of Brits does an admirable job of portraying the game, but the injection of color commentary is almost always way off base, contrived, and oh so repetitive. The music selection is easy on the ears but by no means excellent. I did like the fact that the tunes didn't change or start over whilst navigating through menus. Still, the music selection does get boring after awhile.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 will undoubtedly appeal to the PES faithful. If you're a FIFA guy and are wondering what the fuss is all about, you'll still be left wondering. The solid, friendly A.I. and easy passing mechanic is more satisfying than that of last year's version or that found in EA's footie title. However, the lack of overall polish is inexcusable. Thankfully, this is a discounted title here in North America. For $49.99 you will be treated to a fun game of soccer, but you will also be subject to some glaring missteps. Do yourself a favor and pick this game up on PC. That seems to be where this series shines and is supported by literally a world full of players.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
This game is competently designed in many ways, especially the fluid animations. However, the ugly character models, painful menu layout, and stupid overall design is tough to swallow.
2.5
Control
This is by no means pick-up-and-play soccer. The overly complicated controls provide for a lot of options, but they also call for a major commitment.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The commentary is sub-par, and the music doesn't holdup either.
4.2
Play Value
As always, PES is a fun bit of football. The gameplay nicely holds up to the competition, but the modes of play are definitely lacking.
3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Exclusive UEFA Champions League Mode utilizing all the elements and attributes of the competition.
  • Improved graphics for an ultra-real experience.
  • With smarter A.I. system your teammates will be constantly seeking out open space, taking intelligent lines toward the goal and on defense, and also actively calling for the ball.
  • New, more realistic camera angles for your preferred perspective of gameplay.
  • New teams, players, and stadiums.
  • 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.
  • New exciting and immersive Become a Legend Mode and online playable Legends Mode will add new dimension to PES.
  • Updated rosters from your favorite clubs and national teams.
  • Using a supported USB camera, import data to create your own player or team emblems.
  • Great improvements in ball control, passing, and your teammates reactions are more in tune with how teammates react in real life.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV).


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