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World Soccer: Winning Eleven 9 (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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UOL Jogos
O novo "Winning Eleven" passou por algumas modificações que podem fazer com que os usuários precisem mudar a forma de jogar, devido a maior dificuldade em conectar passes e à sensibilidade do juiz em apitar faltas. E isso pode afugentar jogadores acostumados às "regras" de jogos anteriores. Mas quem conseguir sobreviver a esse impacto inicial encontrará, novamente, um jogo bastante fiel ao esporte, seja no bom ou no mau sentido. As jogadas plásticas podem ficar mais escassas nesta nova versão, mas a arte fica mais bonita quando se é rara.
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EmpireOnline.com
The option for PS2 players to take the action online for the first time is reason enough to warrant a purchase – especially as the matches can be played in dramatic two-on-two face-offs – and the inclusion of more licensed European teams, along with Chelsea and Arsenal (but no other Premiership sides, sadly), also help make PES5 the pinnacle of digital football and raising the bar for any developers foolhardy enough to challenge its crown.
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Operation Sports
I have this theory that, at the core, there are two types of sports gamers in the world. There is the die-hard, sim-action, ultra-real, gameplay-first, roster-file, slider-setting, Operation Sports Kool-Aid drinkin’ "hardcore sports gamer". Then there is the "gamer who plays sports games". I’m not here to say which one is better. I’m not here to say which camp is the right camp. I’m just here to recognize the existence of both.
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Australian GamePro
Simply the best - gameplay so wonderfully involved, stupendously deep and deftly controlled that the experience has no end. A must-own for sport fans.
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Boomtown
Just like last year, I’m not at all in doubt regarding the overall grade. In spite of the graphical and sonic shortcomings, we’re looking at another thundering 10. Once the ball is in play, nothing else matters but the battle between the twenty-two men on the grass. If you’re the least bit into football, spend your shillings on Pro Evolution Soccer 5. It really is as good as it gets.
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Thunderbolt Games
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 has long been regarded as the videogamers football game, with more emphasis on gameplay and challenge than its rival FIFA. Here on Thunderbolt we’ve been constantly excited at this time of year as the new version nears completion, and nevertheless many lunch breaks were filled, deadlines over-run, controllers broken and swear words invented as the entire team (minus our Editor Phil, currently plotting world domination in his secret base-come-uninhabited volcanic island in New Zealand) gathered around at every available opportunity to march England onto World Cup glory. With both Gerrard andLampard in the same side.
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Games Master
New animations not only make the action look phenomenal in motion but actually help mould the gameplay, so shoot while off balance and you're likely to end up on your arse. Its just like... real football. The thrill of completing even the most rudimentary of 5-yard passes can't be expressed in words, so just imagine how it feels to round off a free-flowing counter attack with a 25-yard belterl Bear in mind that PES is more of a sim than ever before, so arcade thrill- seekers need not apply. They say that familiarity breeds contempt, but with every passing year Konami's opus tightens its vice-like grip upon our freewill. It's Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - FIFA 0.
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Worth Playing
Those are the best complaints I could come up with for Winning Eleven 9, since it is really a remarkable game. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to any gamers at all, mostly because I myself am not a sports game fan or an avid watcher or player of soccer (as one could surmise from this review). I simply see Winning Eleven 9 as an extremely well-crafted game that exemplifies how a proper reality-to-videogame transition should be handled. It does things right, and that should be commended. With the below score, I take it as my responsibility to do so.
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Gamer 2.0
The only bad thing to say about WE9 is that it is not extremely accessible. Hardcore fans will enjoy this game immensely, but casual fans will likely find WE9 too difficult. Even though the game is not for everyone, it is still the best soccer game to date. The excellent graphics, solid sound, and amazingly accurate gameplay makes WE9 the king of the soccer hooligans.
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VicioJuegos.com
En definitiva, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 vuelve a superar a su antecesor, pese a que parezca increíble. Konami vuelve a traernos el simulador más logrado y realista del mercado, como probablemente hagan el año que viene. Pese a sus pequeños fallos, el afán de superación de la compañía japonesa es digno de admiración y cada año nos sorprende con el mejor simulador de fútbol.
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Lawrence
Bottom line: If you watch or play soccer, subscribe to the soccer network or have plans on taking a World Cup tour before you die, buy this game. You won’t be disappointed.
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Gamesmania
Während sich in Mehrspielerduellen schnell der gewohnte PES-Spielspaß einstellt, laufen mir die von viel Mittelfeldgeplänkel geprägten Partien gegen die KI noch zu langweilig ab. Die an sich motivierende Meisterliga werde ich jedenfalls erst in einigen Wochen erneut starten. Ansonsten bietet Pro Evolution Soccer 5 genau das, was man von dem Titel erwartet hatte, nämlich die derzeit realistische Simulation des runden Leders, die dank abwechslungsreichem Gameplay wieder Monate motivieren wird. Dazu gehören aber leider auch – fast aus Tradition – der schwache Sound, umständliche Menüs und die Lizenzproblematik - doch welchen PES-Fan stört das schon?
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Game Revolution
Finally, Winning Eleven fans are online and no worse for wear, making the best game of digital soccer that much better. Though the tweaks are mostly small, they're just enough to keep this star a header above the rest.
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Game Chronicles
Winning Eleven 9 continues its legacy as the best “playing” soccer game in the world, but Konami will really have to work to maintain their lead, especially when they tackle the highly competitive world of next-gen video games next year.
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Total Gaming UK
If you’re a fan of the Pro Evo series then you’ve probably already purchased a copy of this on day one of release. If not, then there’s no better time to switch allegiance from FIFA.
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GameSpot
Even if you're not planning to take advantage of Winning Eleven 9's online play, the game represents a significant enough improvement over its predecessor that it's impossible for us not to recommend that you check it out. Is Winning Eleven 9 a better game than FIFA 06? It certainly plays a more realistic game of soccer than EA Sports' superb offering, but it also lacks many of that game's great features, such as official licenses across the board, the multiplayer lounge mode, and its innovative playing-style feature. You can't go too wrong with either game frankly, and if you've previously been dismissive of either series for no other reason than its name, now would be a great time to kick that habit.
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Gaming Age
In the end, there is no comparison; World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 is the best soccer game to date. The only reason for the slight discrepancy in the score is the learning curve for new players may be too much. This is a professional soccer game, for folks who like their soccer authentic and ruthless. Anyone who denies this claim gets a red card and sent to the showers.
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4Players.de
Konami hat erneut das Meisterstück vollbracht, ein frischeres, noch spannenderes, noch authentischeres Fußballerlebnis zu präsentieren. Ihr erlebt hier kein Update mit Featurepopanz, sondern ein komplett neues Spielgefühl. Die gedrosselte Geschwindigkeit und verbesserte Gegner-KI verlangen jetzt klügere Tempowechsel, ein geschickteres Passen und eine gezieltere Verteidigung. Selbst die Ballphysik wirkt jetzt realistischer und belohnt Direktabnahmen sowie Distanzschüsse aus der Tiefe. Aber technisch ist die PS2 damit Limit: Es gibt deutliche Ruckler und der Publikumsbrei hat endlich eine Generalüberholung verdient. Und auch auf dem Platz ist nicht alles perfekt: Der Torwart zeigt ab und zu böse Aussetzer, die Schiris pfeifen zu kleinlich und der Lupfer wurde für meinen Geschmack zu drastisch entmachtet. Aber das sind bloß Kleinigkeiten im Schatten vieler Großartigkeiten.
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Console Obsession
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is easily the best version of the series. Whilst many believed that Evo 4 was a step downwards, and with the steady progress made by FIFA in recent versions, Konami’s game reign as king looked to falter. This edition has really redefined what Pro Evo is all about and the scores of devotees across the world have been greatly rewarded for shelling out once again. FIFA will have to wait yet again, but then again, it’s not like we’re running out of nationwide Man U fans are we?
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Jeuxvideo.com
Sans surprise, PES s'impose indiscutablement comme la référence des jeux de foot cette année, écrasant plus que jamais la concurrence. On regrette cependant que Konami n'écoute pas plus les joueurs en ne réussissant pas à acquérir toutes les licences et en continuant de proposer un duo de commentateurs au bord du ridicule. Mais l'essentiel n'est pas là puisque le gameplay amélioré nous plonge dans des rencontres extrêmement réalistes où l'on prend un plaisir énorme.
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GameDaily
Likewise, there are some minor problems with commentary. Occasionally, the game will repeat a phrase a few times per match. While I'm certainly understanding towards this, it's just odd hearing "bad pass" repeated in the same pitch and tone, especially when the last comment was the same "bad pass" piece.
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Playstation Illustrated
World Soccer: Winning Eleven 9 combines spot-on controls, excellent visuals, and enough rousing gameplay to make it the de facto champ among soccer titles today. Fans of the sport shouldn’t be without this classic title, and even novice spectators like myself can be turned into soccer fans overnight after we score our first goal, crush someone with a leg-snapping tackle, or nail a game-winning penalty kick.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Doubters could argue whether enough has changed compared to Pro Evolution Soccer 4 whilst the initial changes can be a little off-putting; however Pro Evolution Soccer 5 maintains the tradition of being just that little bit better then last year. If you like football you need Pro Evolution Soccer 5;s as simple as that!
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
FIFA 2006? You can keep your fancy licences, clever match-intros and shiny presentation. We want to play great football. Without the grass stains. Even more than any game before it, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 lets us do that - and then some.
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PTGamers
PES5 resulta numa experiência insuperável a quem lhe dedicar o tempo que merece. Não é de simples acesso, mas é extremamente compensadora ao fim de uma boa série de jogos. A questão que se coloca, no fundo, e que seguramente se põe a muitos jogos hoje em dia, é se quem tem a versão do ano anterior deverá adquirir este novo jogo. Isso ficará ao critério de cada um, mas os verdadeiros fãs não lhe podem passar ao lado.
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Video Games Daily
If you still haven't decided which of this season's football games to plump for, this should make the choice easier. Yes, FIFA sells more, and is usually a fairly decent game (with the added bonus of all the player and team names being correct), but for a more realistic representation of the sport, Pro Evo completely outpaces it. If authenticity is that important, you can always input team/player names yourself. Kikizo is off for another match or two before we run out of football-related puns.
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Maxim Magazine
Save the pigskin for the BBQ—this is some real futbol! Konami's annual soccer franchise, which has scored in the past for its slick controls, wads of teams, and shin-splintin' graphics, returns to the field to affirm its ball-kicking dominance. And thanks to its new online mode, your ears will be ringing "goooal!" for days.
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GamePro (US)
With such a stellar predecessor, it's hard to create a standout sequel. Winning Eleven's online mode and new pro league teams are an added plus--but at this point fans of FIFA won't likely break ranks, especially when the improvements are becoming more minute and subtle. Alliances may change, however, with the Xbox 360 rendition of this rich soccer simulator.
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GameSpy
Is Winning Eleven 9 better than Winning Eleven 8? Yes. Does it improve on the last game as dramatically as 8 trumped 7. Not completely. With the addition of online gameplay to the best soccer engine in the world, Winning Eleven 9 is worth a purchase, but it still somewhat feels like the American release of last year's Winning Eleven 8: Live Wire more than its own standalone game. Still, for North American gamers who've been waiting years to go online with Winning Eleven, it's a joyous occasion. The gameplay is as complex, yet intuitive as it's ever been. PSP compatibility ensures that gamers on the go can take all of those hours spent updating rosters and not need to repeat them on the handheld game. Finally, in spite of the annoyances regarding online play, the experience of players finally being able to compete against new blood outweighs the lack of voice chats and tweaked rosters. Winning Eleven 9 isn't the perfect soccer game, but it's pretty damn close.
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Wham! gaming
Licencing omissions aside, you would be hard-pressed to find a better soccer game on the market that gives you more control or ability to customize the options. While the real-life gameplay might infuriate some who are used to just rushing the defensive zone and peppering the keeper, the developers at Konami have remained true to the game of soccer and in doing so have created another masterwork which will be welcomed by those who do know and care about the difference between a red and yellow card.
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Game Freaks 365
Overall, Winning Eleven 9 is leaps and bounds above the competition in its level of realism. That doesn't make it more fun, it just depends on what type of game you like more, but it does make it more true to the world's most popular sport. The biggest drawback in the whole game is the unfortunate omission of popular teams like Manchester United. You get Chelsea and Arsenal, but other licensed teams are missing. If you can live without Manchester United (afterall, you can create it), then Winning Eleven 9 is a great package to own. Konami put together a game that Americans should give a shot (no pun intended).
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GameZone
I’ll be the first to admit that Winning Eleven 9 isn’t perfect, but it’s the best soccer game in existence. Anyone who is willing to give it a chance will likely find that it provides a more rewarding experience than any other sports game they’ve ever played.
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3DAvenue
PES 5 continues to remain the premiere football game on consoles today. The new teams have helped the licensing issue but it still remains the aspect that has to really be looked at for the next generation title. With that aside, this truly is the closest thing to playing soccer in your own lounge room.
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Pro-G
If you're a fan of the Pro Evo series then your love for Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is almost a given. With this year's game going for more realism, it does take some time to adjust to the changes made over the previous game, but once you settle into a new style of play, the same old Pro Evo magic is there to be enjoyed. Newcomers may well find the game hard to get into (FIFA does offer a more friendly game in this regard), but joyous controls and little nuances make Pro Evolution Soccer 5 the best game in the series and the best football game of this generation.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
PES5 is very much an "and how!" kind of game. It hasn't pandered to the majority. The bar for entry into the Master League hasn't dipped - indeed, the only noticeable reflection of its increased stature is that it licenses more players than ever - including a couple of English teams, Arsenal and Chelsea - and is as up to date squad-wise as any new version has been. Where before it could be distilled and fell into patterns quite easily, it's closed ranks - only by picking the right players, looking after them and putting them to their best use, can you win on higher levels, or against the best players.
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GamingTrend
Winning Eleven 9 is a heck of a lot of fun to play when the game is on the field. When you take into account the staggering amount of ways you can customize literally anything and everything in the game then you’re left with very little to complain about outside of the outdated graphics. I’m on record as saying that graphics don’t matter if the gameplay is solid, and I stand by that on this particular game. It would have been nice for the visuals to be sharper overall and I would have preferred more sound effects, but that’s little more than nitpicking a very solid soccer game. If you love the sport, then it is very tough to go wrong with Winning Eleven 9.
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PSX Extreme
WE9 is an outstanding game, but outside of the new online play it doesn't feel a whole heck of a lot different than last year's game. I think it's safe to say that the gameplay has been refined to a high level, so it's disappointing that Konami didn't spend more time bring the game's audio and video presentation up to speed. If you're going to go online this one's worth picking up, but if you'll only be playing offline, you're a casual fan, and you bought WE8, there's just not much new here.
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IGN
The addition of online play is fantastic, but that's a feature that should have been added last season, if not earlier. Master League continues to shine, mostly because of the challenge of inking marquee players. Instead of the generic first and second divisions, why not start a team in national league play and then get promoted to an unlicensed Champion's League? There is really no reason why crap teams like Livorno should be matched in the same division as Arsenal. All of that being said, WE9 is still the undisputed champ of videogame soccer. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll scream "GOAL" until you go blue in the face. It's that fun.
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Game Informer Magazine
All told, Winning Eleven 9 is still a very well-honed title that never fails to get my blood going, but I think a jump to next-gen for the series could be just the boost that this franchise needs.
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Gamernode
Winning Eleven's faults, though, are minor in size and superficial by nature, so it would definitely be a mistake to let the last two paragraphs discourage you from checking out what otherwise is an excellent and well-produced game. That said, if the upcoming Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer manages to retain the same level quality present in its predecessors while accomplishing more in the graphics and licensing department, then no doubt, there will definitely be a mark on our 2007 calendars when the game is set to release.
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Gaming Target
If you've never touched a Winning Eleven game before, this is the place to start. You won't fret on the gameplay not receiving much change from WE8, so you can experience some of the most dynamic and fun gameplay in a soccer game – not even FIFA offers the kind of control WE9 offers. Yet if you're a WE die-hard, it's difficult to recommend the game unless you desperately wish to play online or have no problem playing the same game again. You can tell that Konami is hard at work on a next-generation version of the franchise, because if Konami was fully paying attention to this game, it would have received a huge overhaul to make the devoted fanbase happy. It's still a great sports game with some of the top gameplay concepts in the business – just don't expect even an evolution short of finally being able to play online.
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Gamezine
Toujours est-il que Pro Evolution Soccer 5 est bel et bien la référence en la matière. Le conseiller ne servirait à rien, ce nouvel opus est l’accumulation de tous les précédents succès, amplifiés de réalisme et de petites innovations. La note ci-dessous n’a pas vraiment d’importance. A l’année prochaine…
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Game Shark
Overall, if you’ve been dying to play WE online, run to the store right now and pick this one up. The ranking system is a novel idea and gives plenty of incentive to practice. Non-online gamers may have a tough time shelling out for an ‘update,’ however with new licensed leagues and club teams; I can say that this one is very much worth it. I just hope for a bigger graphical and audio overhaul for Winning Eleven 10.
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Bordersdown
There's still only one football game to own, and it doesn't begin with an 'F'. Konami have taken WE8 and not just given it a little spruce; they've gone for the whole deluxe valet option. The gameplay is nigh on perfection, the pace is perfect, the shooting has been tweaked subtly and, with the addition of the R2 shooting, it really feels like a new game. This is the first time since WE6 that most die-hard fans will notice a real change and a real sense of newfound enjoyment in the game. Combine these uber-tight play mechanics with the sharpened graphics, the commentary brilliance of Kabira & Co, plus the improved editing facilities and you're looking at a champion. The editing community has already been beavering away with English patches and kit/player option files springing up for the discerning user, so there's no excuse for even the most ardent of linguaphobes to miss out.
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The Next Level
Avid soccer purists who know what they're getting into with Winning Eleven 9 probably already have this on their "to buy" list, or stacked neatly on their shelves next to the last edition. Even though the game can be intimidating to new players, the satisfaction of really tearing into it is worth giving it a try over EA's series. Give it a few weeks and you might actually score a point or two!