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Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (Windows)

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Description

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 enters the display of 2006/2007 with up-to-date exchange of club and national players. Some new clubs were brought to their proper names (such as Manchester United instead of Man Red), while others have lose it (such as Chelsea which is now once again London FC). However, despite the names, players are correct as Chelsea does have Ballack and Schevchenko, Real Madrid now has Van Nistelrooy which was in Manchester United and so on.

Controls are the same, but moves and strategies have changed, as they tend to do from game to game. Fouls are not as easygoing as in previous game, but players turning is now too slow unless you know how to do it properly. Moves are much more realistic and goal keepers don't catch every ball with an ease, even easy one can sometimes slip by. That said, it all makes one step closer to reality, while it loses the reality factor on some other sides. Cameras are typical broadcast, tower, and bird-perspective, and cups, league and master league are still included.

The Xbox 360 version is the only one to have hi-definition graphics and more animations, as the PC version is a conversion of the PS2 engine. The 360 version lacks a few features however, such as co-operative play, the PES shop, a replay save feature and some minor settings such as the ability to create players, rename leagues, edit kits, team names, boots and player appearances, and you cannot swap kit combinations.

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Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Windows Substitution
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Windows Team selection.
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Windows Half-time summary.
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Windows All the players in the game can be edited.

Alternate Titles

  • "Winning Eleven 10" -- Japanese title
  • "PES 6: Pro Evolution Soccer" -- European title
  • "PES 6" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com Oct 27, 2006 18 out of 20 90
PC Games (Germany) Oct 23, 2006 90 out of 100 90
GamesFire Nov 04, 2006 90 out of 100 90
PC Action Oct 30, 2006 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Playfuls Oct 30, 2006 8.6 out of 10 86
ActionTrip Nov 03, 2006 86 out of 100 86
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Game Freaks 365 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Player (Denmark) Dec, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

Bundesliga

Konami originally intended to license the German Bundesliga, but because of the exclusive agreement between the German DFL and Electronic Arts, this plan was foiled. The only licensed German club is Bayern Munich which appears in Other Leagues A.

The complete statement of DFL regarding this matter (in German):

Die unautorisierte Nutzung bzw. Bereitstellung der Originaldaten der Bundesliga stellt eine Verletzung von Rechten der Clubs und Spieler dar, die der DFL für so genannte Gruppenvermarktungsmaßnahmen zur exklusiven Verwertung eingeräumt worden sind. Die Club- bzw. Verbandsnamen und -logos sind gegen die ungenehmigte Verwendung durch Dritte marken- und wettbewerbsrechtlich geschützt. Namen und Bildnisse der Bundesligaspieler dürfen als Teil ihrer Persönlichkeitsrechte ebenfalls nicht unautorisiert verwendet werden (ausgenommen ist jeweils die reinen Informationszwecken dienende und von Art. 5 GG geschützte Berichterstattung in den Medien). Die DFL musste daher schon im Interesse der Clubs und Spieler gegen die genannten Rechtsverletzungen vorgehen. Zugleich dienten die angesprochenen Maßnahmen aber auch unserem Vertragspartner, dem Unternehmen Electronic Arts (EA), dem wir das exklusive Recht zur Nutzung der genannten Bezeichnungen und Symbole im Rahmen interaktiver Fußball-Unterhaltungssoftware eingeräumt haben. EA unterstützt durch die Zahlung von Lizenzgebühren den Profifußball in Deutschland in besonderem Umfang - was mittelbar auch der Qualität des Bundesliga-Fußballs und dadurch auch den Zuschauern in den Stadien zu Gute kommt - und hat einen Anspruch darauf, die vertraglich eingeräumten Rechte tatsächlich zu erhalten. Da wir somit zum Schutz des partnerschaftlichen Vertragsverhältnisses mit EA und im Gesamtinteresse der Liga zwingend verpflichtet sind, jegliche Verletzung der eingeräumten Rechte zu unterbinden, gab es zu den in Rede stehenden Maßnahmen keine Alternative, selbst wenn durch sie im Einzelfall auch Fußballfans betroffen wurden.

Nike

This game has a "hidden" Nike ball in it. It is only accessible by playing Spanish League, La Liga, because La Ligas official match ball happens to be Nike's ball.

There also more league based details, such as real ad boards, when playing Hollands Eredivisie or French Ligue 1's matches.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 01, 2007 - Best Console Sports Game in 2006 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #4 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PS2 Sports Game of the Year
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
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will.i.am (1018) added Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (Windows) on Dec 16, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Patrick Bregger (107389), will.i.am (1018) and MAT (70378)