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It's a shame this year's title can't match FIFA with the option of online play. It would have been a riot to see if stateside gamers could match their European peers. Even lacking that option, WE 8 stands as the best soccer game of all time. It looks fantastic and plays out of this world.
Se você ainda não experimentou "Winning Eleven", está mais do que na hora. O único jogo de futebol que, mesmo sem todas as licenças oficiais, consegue bater "FIFA" merece sua atenção. Quem já conhece pode continuar apostando nela, já que a oitava versão só melhora o que todas as outras já consolidaram.
With each release, the Pro Evolution series seems to get better. Although it may be hard to justify buying PES4 if you bought the last title, Konami at least try to address issues taken from the previous versions to improve the playability of the next. Whilst still not perfect, PES4 has bar far the most realistic ball control and physics engine out of all the other competitors, and indeed others in the same series. If you still have any cash left after Xmas and you like a good game of footy then you must get this game.
Konami es tatsächlich geschafft, die Serie an allen Ecken und Enden zu verbessern – wenn man einmal das üble Ruckeln im 60 Hz-Modus außer Acht lässt. Und wieder einmal sind die Veränderungen so stark, dass selbst PES 3-Veteranen trotz der weitestgehend identischen Steuerung eine gewisse Eingewöhnungszeit benötigen. Ballphysik, Laufverhalten der Spieler und die KI im Allgemeinen wurden nochmals aufgebohrt, so dass sich schon nach kurzer Zeit ein äußerst realistischer Kick auf den Bildschirm zaubert. Natürlich findet durch diese Änderungen der PES-Einsteiger noch schwerer ins Spiel, doch sobald man sich an alles gewöhnt und sich im Training mit allen Finessen vertraut gemacht hat, nimmt der Spaß auch für Serien-Anfänger kein Ende.
Pro Evolution Soccer 4 ist nach wie vor der König des Fußball Genres. Während man bei der FIFA Serie stets das Gefühl hat, dass sie den Sport lediglich nachahmt und sich dem realen Geschehen möglichst weit annähert, scheint Pro Evolution Soccer den Fußball geradezu verinnerlicht zu haben. Pro Evolution Soccer bietet Fußball wie man ihn aus dem TV kennt - Facettenreich und stets interessant - und das gilt für den neusten Teil noch mehr als für die ebenfalls äußerst gelungenen Vorgänger. Pro Evo Fans haben den Kauf ohnehin bereits eingeplant und allen anderen sei dieses Spiel wärmstens empfohlen!
Comme pour les précédents volets de la série, il ne manque à PES 4 que deux choses pour être parfait : une meilleure ambiance sonore et des licences complètes pour tous les clubs. Mais mis à part ces deux petits points faibles, le reste du jeu est vraiment au top. C'est surtout le gameplay qui impressionne : gestes techniques nombreux et IA géniale. Bref, ce quatrième volet de la série des Pro Evolution Soccer 4 est le meilleur jeu de foot jamais paru. De l'or en barre pour tous ceux qui aiment un tant soit peu ce sport.
Pro Evolution Soccer 4 est bien plus réaliste qu’avant et s’impose comme la bombe atomique sportive de l’année. Son gameplay varié et très complet, sa prise en main extraordinaire. La liste positive est bien trop longue ! Il ne manque plus que des licences et une meilleure bande son pour atteindre la perfection au masculin. PES4, qu’on peut considérer comme Winning Eleven 8 en mode parfait a vraiment tout pour plaire, et je le recommande vivement à tout bon fan de foot qui se respecte ou aux amateurs d’un des 3 derniers opus. Chers lecteurs, préparez-vous à ne plus dormir !
Anyone that is a big fan of the series probably hasn't waited for this review before making the purchase, and they probably won't have been disappointed. There are bound to be a few people that prefer how things were in an older game, but PES4 offers enough changes to make it a very worthwhile purchase. It does take some time to get used to, but once it clicks endless hours of fun (and misery) follow. FIFA, TIF, Club football and others all want the magical ingredient, but PES keeps it locked away, year after year. It is hard to express what makes the game so good. It just feels right.
Luckily for us, there’s people out there determined to make a ‘scene’ for PES the same as that for Football Manager, and option files are floating about at sites such as PESFan which have all the correct strips, rosters, stadiums and stats, as well as specialist files which change all of the teams for the full English outfit, right down to Football League 2. But I still feel that this should be standard, oh how I would give for a game as good as PES but with all the options from This is Football, the graphics and depth of leagues from FIFA, the database from Football Manager and the extra’s of ESPN NFL 2005, I’ve talked about it many a time. But for now we’ll have to make do with the masterpiece that is Pro Evolution Soccer 4, which is definitely no bad thing. Even without online play.
It's not an immaculate display overall, then, but it really is getting there, and it's so much more than the next sports adaptation these days. We may enjoy games like Tiger Woods, NHL and Virtua Tennis, but in most cases we're just in love with the mechanics. Even FIFA. Beat someone at that and you might celebrate and goad them about it, but when we score a goal in PES4, we do, even if it's just for a split second, feel like we've really put one past the other team. On a football pitch. It's suspension of disbelief. It's also proof more than anything that PES4 was designed by football brains for football brains. And if you love football as much as we do, then the only reasonable excuse for not buying it now is waiting for the Xbox version and challenging us over the Internet. Another season unbeaten for Konami.
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.
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.
FIFA 2005 does offer the better package, but on the field it's down to personal preference and PES4, while being very different, is at least as valid and overall has an edge in terms of the familiarity of the controls and the degree to which that familiarity allows its true depth to be expored over the next year.
The shooting meter moves too quickly, and since holding it down increases the height of your shot, most of mine go sailing way over the goal. It doesn't help that most of these players couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if their lives depended on it! The excessive cut-scenes and replays are a real pain, and tend to disrupt the flow of the game. Perhaps you can adjust some of these annoyances via the menu screens, but I found the option screens very confusing to navigate and make sense out of. You'd think that the eighth edition of any game would be pretty close to perfect, but Winning Eleven 8 still has a way to go.