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PES 2008 updates the clubs and players for 2007/2008, this time including some never before featured clubs like croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. Gameplay is updated and feels more natural in a way that goalkeepers won't be able to easily catch every ball, players will stumble on each other, slip and try to keep balance, be able to simulate fouls and hope they don't get caught by the referee, and so on. Although this time English League has imaginary emblems for unlicensed clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and the other, many other clubs still remain with proper insignias.

Gameplay is somewhat easier and players won't kick ball so high when you hold the kicking button for too long, and dribbling is corrected and enhanced in comparison to the last game. Modes are as you can imagine them, pretty much the same... you have League (English, Italian, Spanish and the other - no German league, though), Master League, Exhibition, Training, Edit Mode and plethora of other options.

You get 59 music tracks which you can assign to play on specific part of the game (main menu, league menu, stats screen and so on). This is the first game in the series to appear on the PlayStation 3 platform.


PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows No defence in the center field.
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows Cup type selection screen
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows Cup mode
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer PlayStation 3 Orange team is in the lead, the ball has hit the net.

Promo Images

PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Pro Evolution Soccer 2008" -- European spine / in-game title
  • "PES 2008" -- Abbreviation

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User Reviews

Hardcore soccer fans will rejoice in the gameplay and gamers around the world will celebrate the ability to actually have fun with a sports title. Xbox 360 Brandon Tabbert (19)

Critic Reviews

Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Nov 02, 2007 9 out of 10 90
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2007 90 out of 100 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Mar 17, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct 31, 2007 86 out of 100 86
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox 360 Nov 25, 2007 85 out of 100 85 Windows Dec 06, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Console Monster Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2007 75 out of 100 75
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Nov 04, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult PlayStation 3 Oct 25, 2007 6 out of 10 60 Wii Mar 28, 2008 12 out of 20 60


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At the event "GameStar/GamePro Leserpreis 2007" (March 28, 2008) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 received the trophy "Best Console Racing/Sports Game in 2007" after the reader's voting of German gaming magazine GamePro.

Cover stars

The American/Canadian and Japanese covers, as well as all Wii versions, feature Cristiano Ronaldo. The majority of European covers feature him alongside Michael Owen, with the exception of Australia (Lucas Neill), France (Didier Drogba), Germany (Jan Schlaudraff), and Italy (Gianluigi Buffon).

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