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A direct rival to the popular FIFA series, Pro Evolution was always renown for its superior gameplay. Although the improvement on the previous title is minimal, it remains a great game with enjoyable gameplay.

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      14.01.2010 22:14
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      Worth buying if you have a PS2

      If you still own a PS2 and are looking to satisfy your console football needs, Pro Evolution 5 just might be the game for you.

      This game was the last Pro Evolution game that I was truly satisfied with, seeing as Konami would later become lazy in producing their future releases and making the series stagnant.

      The bread and butter of any PES game is the Master League, where you have three options of starting your campaign. You either: play with the default squad which has quite a number of young newcomers; the default squad with three players of your own choice; the squad as you would play with in the Exhibition Matches, i.e. real players. I must admit it is quite hard on 5 star to break out into division 1 from 2 in your first season as the players' stamina is quite low. However once you get to division 1, it is quite easy to purchase players with high potential. This is the real problem with Master League, if you have enough points you can easily purchase future world class players like Rooney and C.Ronaldo albeit at a far higher price than the market price. As soon as you start acquiring players like these, the games become much easier and you quickly rack up enough points to be picking world class talent at will, thus monopolising the whole market and make all your rivals weaker. This is where ML doesn't become fun anymore, because your rivals will happily give you players at quite an expensive price, but then they don't use that to compete with you and the game becomes boring. That's not even mentioning the unrealistic progression of players which can make players like Rooney have most stats 97+.

      The gameplay's most promising feature was that of the newly introduced R2 shot, which basically applies curl to your shot, which can make it more accurate. This was a good addition that makes for some exciting goals. However, it does lead to one being obsessed with getting at a 45 degree angle to score almost all the time.

      The shooting is measured and proportionate to how long you press it, unlike PES 6. The passing is not so good. Quite frequently players will for no reason of yours, misplace a pass or let a pass run underneath their feet, which can spoil the gameplay.

      The features are solid with several leagues and cups to compete in, and every kind of match you play will earn PES points to spend in the PES shop, where you can buy things like new goal celebrations, hairstyles, stadiums and players.

      All in all, I would have this second to PES 3 on the PS2, and it may be worth getting over the newer, more expensive versions of PES.

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      28.10.2009 18:35
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      A rEvIeW oF pLaYsTaTiOn 2 GaMe...!

      ::~ OVERVIEW ~::

      The Pro Evolution 5 for the Playstation 2 is the yearly version of the long-running football game series, this version being released in 2006.

      The game is essentially an arcade-style sports simulation game, in which you can control your favourite team or national side, or custom build your own side and compete in tournaments, leagues, Cup matches or the custom Master League. The game includes training levels and challenges to unlock bonus material and a "shop" where you can buy new stadiums, new players and challenge levels to add to your game.


      ::~ REVIEW ~::

      You can't improve on perfection. That must be the thought at Konami when the time comes every year and another version of Pro Evo pops up on the engineering team's work schedule....but then can we blame them - if we buy it every year, it must be good?

      Pro Evolution 5 is essentially the same game engine as Pro Evolution 4. Which was the same as Pro Evolution's 3, 2 and the original and all the way back to International Superstar Soccer on the Nintendo 64 and ISS on the Super Nintendo. What makes this years contribution any different or worthwhile is the small and incremental improvements that are made each year and will be surmised later in this humble review.

      The controls are easy enough:

      Press the X button to pass.
      Press Square to shoot.
      Press Triangle for a throw ball.
      Press Circle to cross.

      Press and hold the R1 button to run. As in every previous version since it began, hold a direction and watch the same fixed movement of your player haplessly bolting in a fixed run either in the direction you intended or towards impending doom....the same clunky animation as all previous versions.

      From beginning to play the game, and assuming that you are new to the series, the as-mentioned animation and control will strike you from the start - how did this series rival the FIFA brand game? Comparisons have been drawn since the two games series' emerged in the early 1990's - if there's one thing to be said for FIFA, the game engine allows close control from the off, players can sprint and generally stop midway through, to turn or pass. FIFA also incorporated the most up-to-the-minute teams, if your team in real life had just bought a new star striker for example, you could generally bet that when you forked out your £29.99 that there he was, straight onto your PS2 with his new haircut. Pro Evolution avoided the brand names and trademarks with player names similar enough to guess who was who. So how does Pro Evolution compete, and in this gamer's opinion win over FIFA with every version?

      One word: longevity.

      It's been said before, and I can only agree - you can put on any other football game and pick it up and play within an hour - and you'll be reasonably impressed with what you've got - a fun kick-about football game... but that's all. Not so with Pro Evolution.

      Detail is the order of the day in this game and it's far in advance of FIFA in this department - before and during games you can plan an attack - say for example your opponent has a particularly rotten right back that your winger keeps flying by - you can exploit this during a game by activating a pre-made strategy or formation by assigning strategies to one of the four buttons and pressing the L2 button - this can change your team dramatically and tactics such as drawing an opposing team and then going on the counter attack can instantly be achieved. I'd point out here that FIFA has began to adopt aspects of Pro Evolution such as player development and more involved strategy but it seems too little too late as Pro Evolution adds to the formula with each release.

      Since early editions of the game there's been an added factor - namely player development.

      This feature comes into play in the series' most rewarding game mode - the Master League. This allows you to either custom build your team from scratch (which can take a while to create) or to begin with the given first Master League team of muppets that the game grants you to begin with.

      I have almost exclusively played the Pro Evo series on the Master League game mode and have found it to be massively rewarding and highly addictive. Players develop experience points after every match, if they play well they are rated well and develop more. With this their attributes can grow as they play well or regularly or decline as they age. There's a development circle involved though as retired players will re-emerge as youngsters and there's a certain joy in searching new players and training them up to be star strikers - the transfer negotiation periods occur twice during a season and at the end of season there's a team training facility (new to the series) or you can automatically train individuals and pick the attribute you wish to increase (thankfully this is now done automatically, in previous versions one had to manually train the player by dribbling around cones etc) Very welcome incremental additions to this game mode here.

      ::~ Overall ~::

      If you own Pro Evolution 4, you don't need Pro Evolution 5 - the slightly updated game modes and barely noticeably smoother player animation isn't worthy of buying - if you really love the series as much as I do then you'll check out each edition - but be warned you'll find little significant difference between one year and the next, best to leave it until you spot the next edition on Ebay or a car boot sale - any of the series will give you a good years worth of involved play though - enjoy!!

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        18.07.2009 21:24

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        An excellent Pro Evo game

        Many describe Pro Evolution Soccer 5 as the ultimate football game and indeed the best pro evolution soccer game. As a big fan of the series this is a fantastic edition and comes close to beating PES 6 to the best pro evo. With unrivaled gameplay this game is very addictive and hours seem to fly by when playing the game. The game provides a constant challenge with the smart AI and it proves to be very difficult to take it around players even with a world class player. The speed of PES 5 is just right and represents real football very well. The only gripe I have with this game is the fact that the referees seem to stop play for what it may seem to be a fair shoulder charge. This does disrupt the flow of the game somewhat but other than that PES 5 is an essential game for the die hard Pes fans.

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        25.06.2009 15:14
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        One of the greatest football games ever invented.

        It's easily between this and Pro Evolution Soccer 6 for the greatest football game of all-time for me, both of them ate equally addictive and have a good choice when it comes to what you want to do.

        Once again I'll have to say the best mode is Master League, the most addictive part of a game I have ever played, I think I did a whole season in 1 day when I was injured, didn't budge from my bed. The gameplay is fantastic, it feels so real when you're playing it and when it was released in 2005, it was so much better than FIFA06, and any other competitiors, was easily mine and many other people's favourite football game to date, KONAMI had taken a huge step up with this.

        Another great mode on this game is Memorial Match, which sadly isn't on Pro Evolution anymore. This is a game between you and a friend, using either a memory card or two. Every result is recorded and you see the record after all the games you have played at the end of the match, which for me is a great feature.

        I don't know if I'm the only one but I also love Training Mode, it's great fun for trying to score fantastic goals, which is made possible by being able to bring play back. It's unusually one of my favourite modes and I've spent long periods of time on this.

        If you don't have Pro Evolution Soccer 5, buy it. You can get it for under £3 easily and it might be the best bargain you'll ever buy. Nearly 4 years old it's still one of the best football games to date.

        I'll give Pro Evolution Soccer 5 a 5/5, I don't really think there are any flaws in this game.

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        21.02.2009 22:35

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        Great game

        This game is an up from all of the other games that came previously in this series. It has progressed a lot since the begining, and it isnt just the graphics I am talking about (which are great by the way), but also the game play. The thing that I like most about playing this game is that you dont have to paky it on your own. I play it with my kids, and we have a lot of fun, so it keeps us both entertianed for a whole. It tests your game play to a whole new level, and when you are in a 2 player game, there is a lot more competition. In this game, you can play in a team, both of national country, or a league team, so there is a bariety. Like I said, the graphics are brilliant, you can see the players much for clealy, and their faces are a lot more defined, of courese like like there on the cover of the game, but almost. You can choose everything, from who you play, to when you play day or night, to the formations of the game, it is brilliant. You can play a match in real time, which obviously takes longer, or you can speed it up a little. There are many ball tricks that you can do, and all it takes is a little learning of the controls. I love this game, and all of the others that followed it. It is a great game and one that I would definitely recommend.

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        29.09.2008 14:19
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        Still pretty good to play...

        To me this is the best Football game available although there is one massive let down that causes it to fall short big time of what it could achieve.

        I used to be a big Fifa fan and always used to buy Fifa every year and play that for hours every day and get really into that game and i used to think it was the best things since sliced bread was invented and brought into the world. Then i went to a friends house and played this game which i wasn't really looking forward to as i always thought of Pro Evo as being a copycat and second best version of Fifa and i actually really liked the game play and i just felt more more comfortable playing it then i do Fifa although i did really dislike the teams available.

        This game is only good if you are not an fan of English football or an Arsenal or Chelsea fan and you just want to play each other.

        All the stadiums are re-named because they don't have the licenses so Old Trafford is called the Trad brick stadium and the team names are similar as Manchester United are called Man Red and Manchester City are called Man Blue and so on like that.

        Additionally the kit isn't as realistic as Chelsea and Arsenals are as they can copy everything down to the sponsor on the shirt where as all the other teams have blank shirts which look disappointing.

        It is still good to play but no where near a good as it could be. I personally think both Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer have their advantages over each other and they both have their downsides but i think that Pro Evo does just steal the crown as being the better of the 2 games in my opinion.

        Personally now i don't play either of these any more as i am now in to playing football managerial games which i find more exciting the Fifa and Pro Evo.

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          31.08.2008 15:42
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          Amazing. just amazing.

          Ok you can call me sad all you like, but this is THE football game. and if you still enjoy the 'apparent' football game FIFA, once you play this there's no going back. i got this game a good 3 years ago, and i'm still playing it- every year when i see the new football games come out i do look and consider them, until i play this again, and then realise just how much i would miss it if i were to replace it.
          It has so much to give- a fantastic 'master league', where you can go for seasons on end- i've currently gone from 2005 to 2012! yes yes, keep telling me i'm sad for it! but i just can't stop the one game- it has such great value, and it is almost impossible to get bored of- creating kits, players, doing training sessions, friendlies, cups, and the master league, this is one helluva game. i would play next years, but this one is too good to replace- FIFA doesn't even get near with the game play.

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          29.08.2008 11:35

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          The Football game to own!

          Although the game doesnt own many licences this doesnt detract from the game very much although if it really bothers you - buy a 'maxdrive' which you can then use to download all the correct player names, team names, kit, and sponsors. Using that really made the game special for me!
          The master league mode was brilliant as always, providing a tense couple of seasons, especially if you use the computer team ( Castolo , Xavi etc!)
          The two player mode is great as usual and you can even set the game up so each of you controls just one player which is pretty fun!
          The graphics for this years game are a great improvement the players actually look like theyre running not gliding and you can see the detail in their faces! The ball doesnt appear so stuck to theyre feet either, when they dribble it stays just infront of them making the whole thing uber realistic!

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          06.05.2008 17:19

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          one of the best football games of all time

          Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 5 has struck gold once again! After the success of Pro 4, Konami have once again created a football game where every detail has been improved on the football pitch like passing and dribbling the ball, and even diving in the penalty box! The graphics on this game aren't quite as developed as the ones on FIFA but the gameplay is a thousand times better. What's more, you can play from a large selection of national and international teams, MOST of which have licensed players like Spain, England or France, Arsenal, Chelsea, etc. I saw this game for the first time in the Media Markt in Alicante and it was on a superb offer, only 20 euros. Fantastic price seeing as it had just come out! I was actually doubting my choice when I bought the game but now I regret doing that! I thought that maybe FIFA was the dominant choice of game but it was too expensive and besides it's worse than PES. Shown on the front cover are the football players Thierry Henry and John Terry. This is a good example because John Terry happens to be one of the best defenders in the world and Thierry Henry is a half-decent striker, especially when he was playing for Arsenal! Shame he moved to Barcelona....Anyway sorry for slightly digressing! Anyway, the gameplay, in my opinion, is brilliant and also if anyone's looking for a football game, this is the game to buy!

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          27.05.2007 23:00
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          Excellent Game

          This game has been the best football game around for a long time now and its keeps getting more popular while the Fifa series is losing a bit interest. Pro evos game play is twice the game play of Fifa. Every year the two games come out and Pro always comes out best. The more the game goes on the bigger crowd of supporters the game is getting. John Terry and Thierry Henry are on the front cover as they are great fans themselves. Apparently Henry has been playing it for ten years now so it has to be a good game.The graphics are stunning on this game and they have made it a lot more realistic with personal and unique actions on certain players. Fifa may have the licensing but they havent got much on the gameplay. Pro evolution will take a little time to get use to, but after that you will be wanting to play it again and again. it is very addictive. This game also has online play which is a fun new feature, you can play anyone in the world

          Gameplay
          If you play the two games (pro and fifa) you will immediatly think pro is lot more complex and it is all up to you while fifa is easy on the ball and can easily score from distance. In game play theres no comparrison. This is a much better game to play with your mates as well. The multiplayer is very good. Theres more freedom on fifa, but pro is real football you cant just pass it to the striker and score. You need to keep possesion as it is difficult to get it back. The skills are impressive with ronaldinhos famous zig zag move and ronaldos step overs. It even has the maradona turn, along with the cruyff turn and the dummy. These come in usefull while playing the game. The tactics you can pick before the game and during is very good. Has many, many stats just on one player. Its easy to pick the formations and caption etc. You can replay anything you want to look back on and if you score a good goal you can save them and watch them back which i do a lot. You can play up to 22 players also if you had a multitap which would be incredably fun

          Graphics
          The graphics on pro are the best on any football game fifa come closest, but pro just wins it. Just looks the most realistic. The faces on most of the players are carbon copys of the actual players in real life. The stadiums are replicas of them in real life . It has five of englands stadiums. Old Trafford, Highbury, Stamford Bridge, Anfield and St. James's Park are the ones featured and when you see them in gameplay its like watching tv. The graphics dont really improve through the series just get a little amout better. Theres not much you canb do to them to improve them though anyway.

          Commentry/ Game Modes/ Features
          The commentry is done by Peter Brackly and Trevor Brooking and it is a bit bland. I must say for commentry Fifa is better for that. But it is still good enough. The commentry can be a bit late after the actual play sometimes and it does sometimes say the wrong thing. Although the sound from the crowd is class you can hear chants and when someone scores it really does sound realistic. While picking game modes and choosing teams the music is a catchy tune but cannot be changed. The modes to pick from are a normal game a master league where you start of a bad club then you need to go up the league and sign players and eventually be the best team on the game. I frequently go on master league, it is a major part of the game. Once youve picked your team it is very good you can train with them, change the kit and try and buy players to improve your squad. There are also Cup mode and league mode, they are obvious what they are. Everytime you play a game you will get some point which will automatically save on to your memory card and once you have got a good sum of money you can go on the shop feature on the game and from there you can buy different balls old classic teams like 'classic brazil' woth pele in. You can also buy new stadiums etc. There is a good training regime to help you get better on the game. With many challenges and not just kicking it around. You will have to hit the targets from free kicks and try and keep the ball for the longest amount of time.

          Difficulty / Game in General
          This game is difficult for first time players but after a while you will find it easy but dont worry theres a difficulty counter to make it harder for yourself . Go on training to help you get better. The problem about this game is the licensing. All italian and spanish league have been licesensed but only two clubs have from england which are arsenal and chelsea but if you find this of putting you can buy memory cards with all licensed teams, players, kits and makes if you want this you can find it on EBAY

          On this link you can get this memory card which can get you licensed clubs etc.

          So overall this is the best football game around and looks like it should be for a long time
          Buy this if you havent already
          Go to www.amazon.co.uk

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            14.04.2007 11:46
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            great game for the ps2

            Pro-Evolution Soccer 5

            Despite playing Fifa Football for most of my gaming life I decided to see what the fuss was all about with the latest in the Pro Evo franchise, No 5. The game has already reached a best-selling status by joining the many other elite Platinum games, which gives you a fantastic game for a fantastic price, saving you a bit of money! It boasts Arsenal's Thierry Henry and Chelsea's John Terry on the cover so you automatically know that these two Premiership giants are fully licensed as well as thousands of other players in Europe and the rest of the world. In the previous PES games this was a bit of a distraction because while the faces of the players reflected their real-life counterparts, the names were altered so it would not infringe on the player's copyright. Thankfully for the majority of the game is filled with correct player names so you actually know who saved that last goal or who scored the decider.

            The Game Itself:

            PES 5 is the whole package when it comes to your football needs. Want to lead your favourite Premiership team to glory? You can, but why stop there? No only can you play the odd exhibition match or follow your team's progress through the League option as well as the Champions League, you can also lead your country to glory in the World Cup, African Cup, American Cup or the European Cup! But this doesn't stop there, say you are a new player to the PES franchise and you want to try out some moves before you set off on the pitch, there is a special Training section where you can perfect that curling free kick as well as passing and one-two's. This particular section is not just limited to new players but also existing ones who have already played previous PES games and are looking to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the game and the controls.

            As well as these options you also have the chance to enter the special PES Museum where you can view your replays of goals as well as check how many game credits you have earned so far from winning matches and completing special training levels.

            Playing PES 5:

            The improved graphics mean that the surroundings as well as the players themselves look more and more realistic. An example of this is that you can now see a player's breath when you are playing in a cold or snowy environment, plus some players will wear gloves and if very bright, don't be surprised to see some goalies sport baseball caps! There can be up to 1-8 players (if you bring along 2 multi-taps) and if you should ever get bored of beating your friends, why not try the Net Play mode where you can play against people around the world who also have a Ethernet Network Adaptor!

            The game play is very addictive, very smooth and very easy to learn, of course there are many special moves and skills which you would be better off learning in training if you take your gaming seriously, but if you are a casual gamer like me, then playing a few matches without checking out the training section will help you learn the basics when it comes to passing, dribbling and shooting first-hand. Speaking of special moves, if you score a goal with a player famous for their individual celebration (like Robbie Keane from Tottenham for example) then you will see that player's special move, therefore bringing more authenticity to the player and game as a whole.

            Positives:
            • You get to play in many championships ranging from Home Leagues to International Cups.
            • Many more players have been licensed as well as the two famous Premiership Teams; Arsenal and Chelsea which means that not only do the players actually have the likeness and names of their real-life counterparts, but they also sport the official team kits (home and away).
            • Graphics and little details have been improved to add more realism to the game-play, such as enhanced weather conditions and new tricks, skills and player celebrations.
            • Net-Play!
            • The game is now a best-seller which means that it joins the other best-selling games on the PS2 in the Platinum section, therefore saving you money!
            • Arguably the best football game out on the Playstation 2!

            Negatives:

            • Could do with a few more licensed players such as the Germany squad.
            • Referees are really poor, some of the most violent tackles only get you a yellow card and you are lucky if your opposition ever gets a card during matches.

            Please note that my review is also in ciao under the username bwerket.

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              26.01.2007 12:32
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              Pro Evolution Soccer 5 for PlayStation 2

              Please note that my review and rating does not take into account the Net Play, PSP data link features and multiplayer aspect of this game.

              Despite my dominance (over the computer opposition at least) of the previous game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series, playing PES5 was much like a footballer playing in a new league; it sure took me time to adapt to the subtle differences. I bought the game on the strength of how it's predecessors played, so the inclusion of Arsenal (amongst other teams) as a further fully licensed club was a nice bonus for me.

              While there is now the option of home and away cup formats and cup fixtures throughout the league season, as ever the highlight of the game is the Master League mode. This time around there is an indication of negotiation difficulty, but this does not apply for higher difficulties which is a bit of a letdown - I still miss not being able to change them, but fortunately you can apply for a transfer straight away if success is not met.

              The Master League also sees to advanced player growth but an aspect of it is misleading as improved stats do not stick for those past their peak. What took me by surprise in this mode were the improvements in the team creation section. I felt compelled to stick around, and in doing so put together an amusing rendition of the Arsenal 03/04 season strips. I was absolutely delighted with the result!

              My style of play involves a strict passing to feet game in which I put in the effort to make it look as natural as possible. What I love in this game is the way a player in possession can move whilst facing one direction, so that passing angles are corrected in a realistic fashion. Some of the other movements don't look so natural, but I like to see short passes side-footed as they should be, with the finishing on display sublime at times. However, with all the frames of animations there are cases where the game perhaps shows these off a bit to the point where actions are delayed and outcomes seem random.

              As ever the game is not so much an evolution but a tinkering of various aspects. Notably the game is slower than it's predecessor which draws it to a realistic pace, but there are also the showboating moves (not that they are part of my repetoire) as a channel for the animation. Unfortunately Konami must have been content elsewhere because I feel there are areas which have been overlooked.

              These include the basics such as passing, for instance. Having to work overtime to ensure that the correct pass is interpreted may be partly due to the slower response of the analogue stick [1], but the logic behind the passing can be questionable along with the roles of the short and through ball pass. It does not help that Konami saw fit to extend the short pass further(!), increasing the chances of an unintended pass. The passing angles look more natural this time around though, however the positioning of players can seem suspect, and it is as if PES does lack a real football brain.

              If you can handle the tricky manual pass then the above should not be a problem, but on the receiving end of a pass there is room for improvement. Players still don't seem to read a situation and apply themselves in an appropriate manner down to their wildy inconsistent touches, with the scripting either having too much or too little of a say over your play. The game could do with a leader to stamp down the authority: a ball in space can throw up hesitation amongst your men, but captains John Terry and Thierry Henry only go as far as to grace the box and opening menu screens.

              Set-pieces is where PES remains susceptible. Penalty kicks are subjected to new animations but are still not convincing, the cause for a dedicated mode still beyond me. Throw-ins have changed and are different rather than improved. The shooting aspect of the free-kick is fine but that of the passing is a disgrace. Sure it is treated to a power bar which seemingly has no effect, but passing could almost be outwith your control with options strictly limited, and embarassingly so when this includes cheaply giving the ball away.

              Whether realism got to Konami or not, coupled with momentum (!) players can lose their balance easily, so hard work is required to keep possession as a result of the implemented physical nature of this game. However, because the slightest of fouls are picked upon by the referee, play can become start and stop. The decisions made are questionable: there is still no real understanding as to when the (better implemented) Advantage rule should be played, and the laws of the game are not adhered to as persistant and last man fouls are not dealt with satisfactorily.

              There may be intentions to disrupt a match by fouling, so sportsmanship is questionable. The COM (computer opposition) have the benefit of the doubt when it comes to referee decisions leaving the game to lie low in the fair play ratings. As if the number of players in their automatic control isn't enough of an aid (which I wouldn't trust), at times they press the game far too hard in these numbers. Sure they give away unnecessary free kicks but eventually they'll get away with murder.

              What I am fed up of is how the player stats seem to be ignored by the COM to provide a means of competition which is too efficient to be real, disguising a lack of real depth to their thought of play. Defending can be a pain, as this is not a clinical game by any means, so on winning the ball one button tap too many might mean conceding possession. When the COM decide to go on one of those over-the-top agressive dribbles it is problematic and it's difficult not to think cynical. To my dismay Konami have added a new player stat which encourages this from the COM.

              At one end the goalkeepers can now throw the ball overhead but as ever, are a source of errors as well as being slow and lazy. The defence however, has been tightened up, with defenders sure to mark closely, get a foot to the ball whenever they can and prepare to make use of their recovery pace (as it would be termed). To the other end the element of chance in shooting has been blown out of proportion, with efforts being of the extremes. It's a shame that there isn't an X factor which guarantees in a certain area that a shot be hit with conviction, and on target, given how tight this game is.

              Predictably, over it's predecessor the number of players made to resemble their real-life counterparts is increased, and the player models look better this time around. The detail is a step up but still hardly immense, with the crowds appearing rough as they do! There is a glitch which, perhaps in the wake of abandoning development of varying crowd sizes, results in full-house crowds appearing from out of nowhere for those awful player and referee sequences. This idea is somewhat reflected in the commentary, which has been added to rather than revised, with the odd soundbite unorthodox along with the usual spouted nonsense. Crowds make a more convincing noise though.

              I am disappointed that Konami, in tweaking various aspects of their football game felt comfortable enough with the basics to overlook an area which could do with a brush up. Where changes are made results have not been produced either, with the depth giving way to seemingly random outcomes and play still being illogical at times. The PES game falls into the cliche of being easy to play and difficult to master though, but the affairs here can be well tight, with a question of sportsmanship coming into matters whoever you play against.

              It is out of a love for the sport that I give this game such analysis. In particular I felt that the certain movement of player in possession was inspired towards realism and should have been the basis of a great game. I have given PES5 the benefit of the doubt too often to the point where I feel it is not worthy of a hat-trick of good scores from me. Hopefully they'll have read up on the laws of the game for the next title seriously. Can't deny it captures the emotional rollercoaster of the sport though, but same old PES, always frustrating...

              [1] - The producer of the series Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka believes the D-pad has a quicker response to the analogue stick, although claims players who use one can be as good as the other.

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                14.01.2007 17:03
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                still the king of football games, but not that evolutionary as we're used to

                Another Pro Evolution game, not the best one in my opinion. As a matter of fact after about a year of playing I find it the worst one. At the moment part six is already in stores and I'm glad the fast gameplay is back.
                Part five was a hard part for dribbling loving freaks like me, but the slow gameplay just didn't let me.
                I liked the fact that Konami did their best to obtain a lot of licenses for this part though. Next step is competing with EA for graphics and sound. But the most important part, the gameplay, still overpowers EA's FIFA games.

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                  03.12.2006 18:24
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                  Brilliant Gameplay if you like football this is the game for you

                  Pro Evolution 5

                  Is a brilliant game to play very fun and fast.
                  There is a better master league than Pro Evolution 4 if you don't know what this is its where you pick a team and try and get them to be the best on the game!!

                  Graphics are very very good the more famous players like Thiery Henry have bettert graphics than other less known players as Brad Friedal.

                  Gameplay is good but as in all games has a few glitches which can get annoying. Like you tackle thin air and the referee gives a free kick !!

                  Realistic:
                  Pro Evolution has tried to be as realistic as possible with the referees sometimes giving wrong decisions and players getting injured off the ball. There is new weather like rain where pitch gets muddy and snow !!

                  There is 57 National Teams and 130 European teams .

                  Magazines have called this game "The worldpremier footy series"

                  "As essential to life as eating and breathing"

                  "dribbles round its rivals and keeps on scoring" 5/5

                  All round every one loves this game !!!

                  As do I .

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                    26.11.2006 11:47
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                    Good game to buy.

                    As a youngster i played on Fifa non stop for many hours a day. I have all the games from Fifa 98 to Fifa 2007 is was only until recently when someone told me abot Pro Evo and i finally played it when i realsied what i had been missiing out on for all those years. I became hooked, the gameplay far outsrips Fifas, it is far more realistic for example you can't lob the keeper from the halfway line and you can't run the ball up the pitch as the keeper. Ok so the teams aren't licensed but pro Evo makes up for that in so many different ways. As i have already said the gameplay is a lot better and the fact that you can play tournemants with your fiends is a real bonus. You don't get any puffy stuff like transfers or off the ball stuff. With Pro Evo you get what you paid for a brilliant realistic football game.

                    The only game better than this is Pro Evo 6.

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                    In a nutshell: Everything fans could hope for is here: officially licensed leagues from Italy, Spain and Holland line up alongside a replica of the Premiership, as well as the French and German championships. In all, that amounts to 136 club sides and 57 national teams. Plus there's a more detailed Master League, domestic European competitions, and a comprehensive Edit Mode. The lowdown: The definitive footie series returns to defend its crown, and how it sparkles when held up to the light. Pro Evolution 5's gameplay has been enhanced to provide a more lifelike version of the beautiful game: players utilise their upper bodies more in the challenge, have more tricks at their disposal, and can now curl shots with pinpoint accuracy. This is total football. Most exciting moment: Scoring a virtual replica of Roberto Carlos' legendary free-kick against France -- the one with the unbelievable swerve-- and then dancing around the living room like a lunatic. Since you ask: Thierry Henry has been playing Pro Evolution games since the first title appeared ten years ago. The great man clearly has great taste. The bottom line: Another trophy for the Pro Evo cabinet.