It’s with baited breath football fans awaited the release of the latest instalment in the
PES 6 promises to change all that with a less obtrusive refereeing system and a more fluid game flow that encourages dribbling, passing and trick shots. A jolly good change it is too considering I spent half my time cursing and whining whilst playing PES 5, rather than scoring any goals.
Speaking of which, PES 6 seems to endow some of the leading players with exceptional skills (as in real life) when in control of the ball. As a result, these players can shred any defence to threads with clever turns, sharp passes, quick feints and stylish strikes that look “as seen on TV”.
Apart from a new gaming mode called the International Challenge Mode, which offers several customizations, including creating your own Cup competitions, with customized leagues, PES 6 is still more or less PES 5 redux.
It still suffers from limited licences of playing teams and kits—arch rivals Electronic Arts’ Fifa series is miles ahead in this regard. Manchester United fans can rejoice as their team is now officially licensed (at the expense of Chelsea it would appear). Still, Konami has a long way to go before they reach the licensing dimension of Electronic Arts’ offering.
Having said that, PES 6 is ahead in almost everything else—it just looks, plays and feels right. The graphics are top notch, the animations are spot on, the difficulty level is just right and the skill set at the disposal of the player is truly challenging to learn.
The game also continues to extend a level of customization that can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, offering everything from editing of teams, player characteristics and tactics to managing your own football team in a league. Footie fans everywhere can finally pretend they are Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson without ever leaving the comfort of their armchair. You can’t ask for more than that.
All said and done, PES 6 continues the fine tradition of the PES series and remains the game to beat as far as footie games go. Highly recommended.
Platform: Playstation 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is available on amazon.co.uk, for £27.99 (approx. Rs2,200)
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