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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008[1]
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.png
European cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Windows[2]
Release date(s) PS2, PS3, PC, Xbox 360

EU 26 October 2007 [3]
AU 2 November 2007 [4]
JP 22 November 2007 [5]
NA 11 March 2008 [6]
PSP
EU 1 March 2008 [7]
NA 11 March 2008[8]
Wii
NA 18 March 2008
EU 28 March 2008
AU 4 April 2008

DS
NA 11 March 2008
EU 1 February 2008
AU 7 March 2008

Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer, online multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3+
Media DVD, BD-ROM, UMD, DVD-DL, DS Card, Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo optical disc
System requirements Minimum:

Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz or equivalent, 512 MB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 video card or better
Recommended:
Pentium 4 3.0GHz/AMD Athlon 64 or better, 1GB RAM, ATI x1600 or NVidia 6800 GT/GS or better

Input methods Gamepad, mouse, keyboard

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008[1] (officially abbreviated as PES 2008; Winning Eleven 2008 in Korea and Japan) is an association football (soccer) video game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series by Konami. The game was officially announced on 18 June 2007. Its title is different than the other Pro Evolution Soccer games in that it's of a year and not a version; this was due to EA Sports' FIFA series naming their titles with two digit numbers (i.e. 07, 08) and in conclusion would seem that PES was a year behind FIFA (to non-fans which had no knowledge of the previous games of the franchise).

It was released for Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360.

A PS3 demo is available for download from the PlayStation Store,[9] an Xbox 360 demo has been released on the Xbox Live Marketplace,[10] and a PC demo has been released[1].

Contents

Wii version

The Nintendo Wii version of PES 2008 (named Winning Eleven Play Maker 2008 in Japan) differs radically from the other versions. The basic gameplay is centered around pointing the Wii Remote at the screen and directing players by dragging them with the on-screen cursor, and passing is done by simply pointing to the desired space or player and pressing a button. This allows for a more tactical approach to the game, as there is almost complete freedom in moving any player on the screen anywhere, and much more tactics and maneuvers can be used in the attacking game than ever before.

This version omits the Master League mode for the Champions Road, which lets the player tour a slew of different leagues around Europe, and when a games is won, it is possible to acquire players from the defeated teams. Also, it features an online mode that Konami called "the best online experience" when compared to the other versions [11].

The Wii version of PES 2008 received generally more positive reviews than the other versions.

Teams

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Licensed leagues

The leagues below are fully licensed, and all teams from these leagues are licensed:

Unlicensed leagues

English Premier League unlicensed teams but all include real player names: Note: In the Winning Eleven 2008 version for PS3, some names of the teams have been altered.

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Arsenal 5 4 1 0 9 2 +7 13
13 Manchester United 5 3 1 1 9 3 +6 10
2 Chelsea 5 4 0 1 12 6 +6 12
2 Tottenham Hotspur 5 3 0 2 8 6 +2 9
17 Reading 5 3 1 1 9 7 +2 10
7 Newcastle United 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
11 Aston Villa 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
6 Blackburn Rovers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Everton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Portsmouth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Wigan Athletic 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
3 Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Bolton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Birmingham City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Licensed clubs in unlicensed leagues

There are no unlicensed club teams with fake team and player names in PES 2008, as there were in previous games in the PES series.

National teams

Teams in bold newly licensed for PES 2008:[12]

Africa

Asia


Europe

South America

North America

Unplayable teams

These are teams that cannot be used in the game but are opponents when challenging for the National Team Cup Tournaments or International Challenge mode. They contain fake player names and unlicensed kits

Asia

Europe

Africa

North America

South America

Legend
1 - Teams consisting of players with fake names
² - Israel making their first appearance, replacing Latvia.
³ - Teams fully licensed

There are also a few other "non playable" teams on the game that you can play against on the Cup mode if you choose to go through the qualifying stages. However, you cannot edit, add, or remove players from these teams' squads. [13]

Classic teams

All the teams do not have official player names.

Generic Teams

There is also a separate league with 18 generic teams (Team A, Team B etc.), which can be edited fully, like in the previous game. This is thought to be due to the fact that Konami failed to get the rights to the German Bundesliga, and is usually made into the Bundesliga or another league of one's preference by patch makers. However, most people use this to put their edited players into playable teams from the start instead of having to play through Master League to purchase them or alternatively edit the existing non-generic teams. This feature does not appear in the Wii version of the game.

Stadiums

Stadium included in PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. [14]

# Stadium Real Name Place Flag Team
1 Konami Stadium Fictional Asia Japan None
2 Estádio da Luz Europe Portugal Benfica
3 Estádio do Dragão Europe Portugal Porto
4 Estádio José Alvalade Europe Portugal Sporting CP
5 Bristol Mary Stadium Fictional Europe European Union None
6 Ville Marie Stadium Fictional Europe European Union None
7 Mohamed Lewis Stadium Fictional Africa None
8 Antlion Colisseum El Monumental South America Argentina River Plate
9 Teatro Blanco Unknown South America Unknown
10 Orange Arena Amsterdam ArenA Europe Netherlands Ajax
11 Catalonia Stadium Camp Nou Europe Spain FC Barcelona
12 Santiago Bernabéu Europe Spain Real Madrid
13 Stadio Olimpico Europe Italy Roma & Lazio
14 San Siro Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Europe Italy Milan & Internazionale
15 Stade Louis II Europe Monaco AS Monaco

Stadiums included in PS2 [15]

# Stadium Real Name Place Flag Team
1 Red Cauldron Anfield Europe England Liverpool
2 Magpie Park St. James' Park Europe England Newcastle United
3 Lutecia Park Parc des Princes Europe France Paris Saint-Germain
4 Massilia Stadium Stade Vélodrome Europe France Marseille
5 Borussia Stadium Westfalenstadion Europe Germany Borussia Dortmund
6 Hauptstadtstadion Olympiastadion Europe Germany Hertha Berlin
7 Blautraum Stadion Schüco Arena Europe Germany Arminia Bielefeld
8 Orange Arena Amsterdam ArenA Europe Netherlands Ajax
9 Rotterdam Stadion De Kuip Europe Netherlands Feyenoord
10 Catalonia Stadium Camp Nou Europe Spain FC Barcelona
11 Estadio Palo Estadio Mestalla Europe Spain Valencia
12 Stockholm Arena Råsunda Europe Sweden Sweden
13 Cuito Cuanavale Vodacom Park Africa South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
14 Diamond Stadium Newlands Stadium Africa South Africa None
15 Estadio Gran Chaco Estadio Alberto J. Armando South America Argentina Boca Juniors
16 Amerigo Atlantis Estadio Nacional de Chile South America Chile Chile
17 Nakhon Ratchasima King Fahd International Stadium Asia Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
18 Kanji Dome Sapporo Dome Asia Japan Consadole Sapporo
19 Dietro Monte Stadium Kashima Stadium Asia Japan Kashima Antlers
20 Porto Folio Nissan Stadium Asia Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
21 Queens Land Park Nagai Stadium Asia Japan Cerezo Osaka
22 Haze Hills Olympic Stadium Asia Japan Japan
23 Occhio del Mar Ōita Stadium Asia Japan Oita Trinita
24 Ayase-Nakano Stadium Saitama Stadium Asia Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
25 Kusunoki-Mihama Stadium Niigata 'Big Swan' Stadium Asia Japan Albirex Niigata
26 Nangsoh Stadium Seoul Sang-am Stadium Asia South Korea FC Seoul

Demo Information

Choose from six fully licensed teams:

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Brazil Brazil
  • France France
  • Portugal Portugal
  • Spain Spain
  • Turkey Turkey (EU Demo only)
  • Japan Japan (JP Demo only)

Camera View: Long
Match Length: 5 minutes
Stadium: International Arena (Japan)

Covers

Cristiano Ronaldo is included on all PES 2008 covers, below are a list of players that are also included on the cover beside Ronaldo for their respective countries.[16]

Commentators

  • United Kingdom UK - Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson[17]
  • Spain Spain - Julio Maldonado and Juan Carlos Rivero [18]
  • France France - Christian Jeanpierre and Laurent Paganelli[19]
  • Italy Italy - Mauro Sandreani & Marco Meccia (name used for the game by RAI commentator Marco Civoli)
  • Germany Germany - Hansi Küpper & Wolff Fuss

Reception

Publication Rating Link
IGN 9.2 Link
Play 70%
OXM 8.8
Gamespot 6.0 Link

It was awarded Best Sports Game for the Wii by IGN in its 2008 video game awards.[20] It was also nominated for Wii Game of the Year by IGN.[21]

References

  1. ^ a b c "'Pro Evolution Soccer 2008' revealed". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/a61845/pro-evolution-soccer-2008-revealed.html. 
  2. ^ "PES 2008 set for Wii". gonintendo. http://gonintendo.com/?p=20047. 
  3. ^ "'Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 release date' confirmed". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/a75652/pro-evo-2008-release-date-confirmed.html. 
  4. ^ "Playstation Australia". http://au.playstation.com/games_media/release_schedule.jhtml. 
  5. ^ "Winning Eleven 2008 Xbox 360 amazon.co.jp game page" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%82%B3%E3%83%8A%E3%83%9F%E3%83%87%E3%82%B8%E3%82%BF%E3%83%AB%E3%82%A8%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BF%E3%83%86%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%A1%E3%83%B3%E3%83%88-15783451-%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB%E3%83%89%E3%82%B5%E3%83%83%E3%82%AB%E3%83%BC-%E3%82%A6%E3%82%A4%E3%83%8B%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AC%E3%83%96%E3%83%B3-2008/dp/B000VZWNF4/ref=sr_1_48?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1202779790&sr=1-48. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  6. ^ "IGN release date information". http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sports/pes2008/similar.html?mode=versions&om_act=convert&om_clk=tabs&tag=headerimage;more. 
  7. ^ "Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008". GameFAQs. http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/data/940562.html. 
  8. ^ "Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008". GameFAQs. http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/data/940562.html. 
  9. ^ "PES 2008 demo on PSN". 2007-11-02. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=86752. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  10. ^ "PES 2008 Xbox 360 demo now online!". Konami. http://uk.gs.konami-europe.com/news.do;jsessionid=09FE6577FA2057F35C859F189C2335F1.srv01?idNews=276. 
  11. ^ "Next Gen: Pro Evolution Soccer’s Back In Business". http://www.edge-online.com/news/pro-evolution-socceratildecentacirc. 
  12. ^ "Full National Teams List From PES 2008". WinningElevenBlog. http://www.winningelevenblog.com/2007/08/full-national-teams-list-from-pes-2008.html. 
  13. ^ "Screenshot of PS3 Magazine article on PES '08". http://bp2.blogger.com/_Qp7Fv2WWaew/Rs9gmH0htoI/AAAAAAAAAqc/LeyLENeAJoo/s1600-h/9.jpg. 
  14. ^ "Next-gen Stadiums List in Screenshots". http://playscope.com/@@@15777-pro_evolution_soccer_2008.html&medias=Screenshots. 
  15. ^ "PS2 Stadiums List". http://www.winningelevenblog.com/2007/08/list-of-stadiums-from-ps2-version-of.html. 
  16. ^ PES 2008 covers
  17. ^ "UK commentators". WinningElevenBlog. http://www.winningelevenblog.com/2007/08/zoo-confirm-english-commentary-team.html. 
  18. ^ "Spanish commentators". WinningElevenBlog. http://www.winningelevenblog.com/2007/08/confirmation-of-spanish-commentators.html. 
  19. ^ "French Commentators". http://www.linkyourfiles.com/public/31854/05.jpg. 
  20. ^ "IGN Wii: Best Sports Game 2008". IGN.com. 2008-12-18. http://bestof.ign.com/2008/wii/10.html. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  21. ^ "IGN Wii: Game of the Year 2008". IGN.com. 2008-12-18. http://bestof.ign.com/2008/wii/25.html. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 

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