Underwearman Reviews…PES2008(Wii)

On Wednesdays, our bi-polar superhero, Underwearman, likes to sit down to review the game that he played over the weekend. This week he talks to, erm, himself on how he felt about the game.

Underwearman: Hey man, didn’t we play Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 for the Wii just this weekend?

Underwearman: Oh yeah..now I remember what we did over the weekend.

Underwearman: Damnit, the gameplay is so slow it felt like I was playing Football Manager in a real time strategy form. And what’s this about me having to learn a tutorial before playing the game. Football games are all about getting the ball, holding on to the sprint button and scoring a goal, am I right?

Underwearman: I didn’t know you felt that way. But, I think you’re missing the point here.

Underwearman: Okay okay, I get it. PES2008 for the Wii has some new fangled control scheme that actually allows me to pass the ball where I want it to go and footballing games suddenly have found their new benchmark. This is how football games should be played man. After sitting through the tutorials, I actually felt for the first time full control over all of my players.

Underwearman: Awesome. I loved it how you could now actually make pin point passes and crosses, its actually as beautiful as scoring a goal itself. All I had to do was point the cursor somewhere on the pitch to pass, and there the ball goes. Pure genius! Remember how my 1-2 passing demolished your team?

Underwearman: Aww shaddap. Its just because you were on the attacking side, defending in this game is like rolling a dice, I have no control over when I want my players to go in for the tackle. All I do is click around to mark free men that you could possibly pass to and hope that the player I stuck on your dribbler goes in for the tackle before you reach my goal.

Underwearman: Meh. I feel you brother, I felt the same way too when you had the ball.

Underwearman: Yeah you better, it’s the same case when we challenged for aerial balls, I mean what gives, the game calculating some complex algorithm to determine who wins the ball. Screw this game.

Underwearman: Meh. You haven’t even gone in depth with the game yet.

Underwearman: Besides the fantastic controls, but I do think Konami could have done better in the graphics department. I felt like my eyes were gonna bleed after seeing such crappy graphics on this next gen system. I feel shortchanged!

Underwearman: Take a chill pill dude remember the great control scheme? The controls make this game beautiful not the graphics. How about Champions Road?

Underwearman: Champions Road? Oh man I love this mode, I love playing football manager and now I can get as many players I like from a team without playing a single cent. The more goals I win by the more players I get to steal. Heh.

Underwearman: Awesome. I knew it was still all cool. I do feel abit nostalgic for Master League though. I do feel it was a nice touch throwing in missions so that we actually execute the moves we learnt in the tutorials in order to gain bonuses to our team.

Underwearman: Yeah and things got even better when we went online. Finding a random game, no problem. But with massive lag, wayyy uncool dude. Remember the game where it appeared that we won the ball and dribbled it a good 20 yards before the game rewinded and we actually lost the ball!

At least the matchmaking system is much better than the one called Brawl. I get to choose between how desperate I was for a game or if I was willing to wait 5 hours for a lagless game. Thumbs up!

Underwearman: Awesome.

Underwearman: I have to say PES 2008 is the most refreshing football game I’ve played in a long time. Konami sure was spot on releasing this version far later than its PS3 and 360 brothers. If you own a Wii and love football, you can’t go wrong with this title. Sell your Mario Strikers and Fifa ’08 and make room for this baby. It will whet you football appetite for a long time to come or at least until the next title.

Score Review:

Gameplay – 9.0

New, fresh and exciting. Konami reinvents the football genre once again with the new revolutionary control scheme.

Graphics – 6.0

Welcome back to the era of the PS2. This aspect of the game is probably its weakest.

Music – 6.5

Menu and interface background music is nothing to shout about. Fifa currently has the best commentary and in-game music at the moment.

Replayability – 8.0

Champions Road is a huge time sink. And on top of that once you complete the game you get to use your Miis in matches, don’t forget there’s still online play.

Online quality – 6.5

Does need some work, but at least you are able to choose if you wish to sacrifice latency in order to get a match.

Overall score – 8.0 (not an average, add 1.0 if you are a football fan)

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