Pro Evolution 2008 features a brand new intelligence system, called Teamvision, that adapts and reacts to players own gameplay styles to ensure that the computer controlled opponents are always challenging and forcing the player to think and change their style of play to avoid being out-thought by the game. It will learn counter attacks that target your weaknesses and look to exploit any repetitive tactics players use. On the PlayStation 3, the game features extensive edit modes so players can completely customise their PES 2008 experience and put themselves right at the heart of the action. Over 3000 licensed players realistically replicated within the game, and over 250 teams.
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The most highly praised part of this game would have to be the Teamvision AI system. This, supposedly, allows your opponent's character to change its tactic on the fly on the field, and have the whole rest of the team pick up the new tactic as well. This is supposed to keep players on their toes, but what it really does is barely change the game at all. While it's nice that AI advancement continues, this system is not really a big enough change to warrant all the attention placed on it.
That's something gamers will notice a bunch, is that there's not a lot of big changes from the previous version. There are a couple of minor changes that give it the feel of the previous version in the series, but other than that the changes are purely cosmetic, or trivial. such as the ball being a little heavier. There is more to the appearance of fighting for position out on the field, but it's more of a cosmetic change than anything.
One thing that is not cosmetic is the online system. It's not cosmetic, it's not pretty, and it doesn't even work well. Online matches are laggy, the balls fly around in the air, and disconnects happen often. The multiplayer aspect is essentially unplayable, which is too bad, considering soccer is a team sport and the sheer number of games today that absolutely can make use of an online connection to improve their gameplay elements.
Another part that isn't very nice to look at is the slowdown that comes up whenever the action gets near to either team's goal. This slowdown happens whether single-player or multiplayer, and will certainly make fans wonder at the capabilities offered by the PS3.
The game offers a couple of modes, with the Master League mode being the main goal. This version has a few management options offered, though they are relatively lightweight in comparison with other sports management games out there. Players who are used to the series will also be used to major teams being called by other names, and that is no different here, with most of the major teams being represented.
While Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 isn't specifically broken, there are a lot of aspects of it that are not done in a way that will keep gamers happy. A multiplayer mode that is very lacking in functionality, a single-player mode that causes extreme lag and slowdown on a regular basis will both make it difficult to play, and graphics that are not top-of-the-line and don't even showcase the talents of the PS3, all will make players wonder what Konami is going to do to fix it the next time around.