Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Reader Review
The pro evolution soccer brand has always been thought of as the real football fan's game of choice throughout the playstation era and beyond. Unfortunately it has also lacked substantial licensing and slick presentation in comparison to its infamous rival.
The advent of next generation consoles offered the series a chance to change the image of drab graphics and ridiculous fictional team names.
Let's start with what the game does right. The game retains that familiar realistic yet playable feel, so connoisseurs of the older versions will get to grips quickly with this.
Unlike some of the older games players can no longer skip past defences however, and scoring outrageous goals has become more of a rarity. The satisfaction of scoring an outstanding goal is great though.
A clever new quick free kick system has also been implemented and taking full advantage of it can really catch defences off guard.
The amount of 'pressing' fouls has also been reduced, and the 'play on' symbol that alerted players when advantage was being played has also been removed.
The graphics have also taken a noticeable step up and new animations and even linesmen are evident. The crowd appears more realistic than ever and the stadiums and even grass look great.
What the game does wrong makes for a distressing read. Those of a nervous disposition turn away now...
Unfortunately the game has become less playable in some areas. Passing accuracy seems to have taken a major hit. Unlike in other pro evo editions I sometimes get the feeling that even I could do better than the players in my team.
The decreased pace of players can become unrealistic sometimes as well. Defences nearly always catch up with even the quickest of players. Even if a player can break free of a defence shooting is now so sensitive that even the lightest tap of the shoot button can send the ball soaring.
The biggest let down of all is the removal of any ability to save goals. A glaring omission in a console with a hard drive. The exclusion of a decent edit mode is also infuriating and that, combined with the lack of a premiership license means you will be playing teams like 'man blue' for the lifetime of the game.
Overall this game is a massive disappointment. The gameplay itself is solid, although players make far too many misplaced passes and its almost impossible to score a headed goal from a corner.
The graphics are good though not outstanding, but alas, graphics are the only improvement you'll get in the 360 version of the game. The improvement in graphics seems to have come at the cost of frame rate however. Unforgivably in a next generation football title there can be significant slowdown, especially in the swirling frenzy that frequently occurs during corners.
If I was scoring this on effort I'd give it a 3, but as it is its still a fun game and worthy of a purchase. If you had a choice between this and the PS2 version though, I'd grudgingly recommend konami's past gen offering.
7 / 10