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PES 2008 updates the clubs and players for the 2007/2008 season, this time including some never before featured clubs. Gameplay is updated 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. This time, the English League has imaginary emblems for unlicensed clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and others, certain other clubs still remain with proper insignia. However, their player names and statistics are correct. The same can not be said about a large portion of national selections, which have players with correct statistics, but garbled names and more generic faces.

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 usual: League (English, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch), Master League, Exhibition, Training, and Edit Mode.

Fifty-nine music tracks are provided to assign to play on a 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 Title screen (from a cut-scene)
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows Track record screen
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows No defence in the center field.
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Windows View from the birds-eye camera

Promo Images

PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Magazine Advertisement Part 1
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot
PES 2008: Pro Evolution Soccer Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2008" -- Japanese title
  • "Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008" -- Japanese Wii title
  • "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

IGN Xbox 360 Mar 17, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Wii Mar 17, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Unlimited Wii Apr 11, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Console Monster Wii Apr 21, 2008 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Wii Apr 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Wii May, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Windows Oct 25, 2007 15 out of 20 75
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Aug 14, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
Gamekult Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2007 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Xbox 360 Mar 20, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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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