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Pro Evolution Soccer

Give 'em a ball and a yard of grass...

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Then there's the main game mode, Champions Road. In comparison to the Master League of other versions, this sucks a fat one.

Here you start off with a rubbish team and then take them on a globe-trotting tour, tackling different competitions as you go.

Whereas the Master League has you earning points that can then be spent on better players - just like the real world - here you can pick a player from any team you beat.

Fair enough, but you can't actually see who you're picking, instead your given a little hint as to their key strength, such as 'never tires', 'sharp shooter' or 'likely to get arrested in a night club'.

Players still earn experience points like they do in Master League, and hence develop the more you play them.

You can unlock new skills by completing missions (completing a certain number of passes, for example) and it is nice to see something new, but it's just not the same, dammit. We don't like change. Harumph.

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There are plenty of other game modes to keep you busy, though. There are international and domestic cups and leagues aplenty, and of course a match mode where you can take on your mates.

With so many lines and arrows on the pitch, this can get a little bewildering, and we did struggle to see who we were controlling at points.

The icing on the game mode cake has to be one-vs-one online play. With the ability to create a team of Miis, this is the place to be come the game's release in March. We'll see you there. Prepare for a thrashing.

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The verdict

Pro Evo scores a screamer on its Wii debut. Despite iffy defending and no Master League, this is top quality footie action. Champion.

8.9
Format
Nintendo Wii
Developer
Konami
Publisher
Konami
Genre
Football

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