Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (officially abbreviated as PES 2008; Winning Eleven 2008 in Korea and Japan) is an association football 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, an Xbox 360 demo has been released on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and a PC demo has been released.
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.
The leagues below are partially unlicensed, and some teams from these leagues are unlicensed:
The leagues below are fully licensed, and all teams from these leagues are licensed:
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo is included on all PES 2008 covers, along with Michael Owen in the UK and Lucas Neill in Australia Didier Drogba in France.
Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson provide the English commentary.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 sold approximately 104,654 copies since its debut in Japan. It debuted at #5 in the UK game charts before moving to #3 in the second week after a 34% increase in sales. It was awarded Best Sports Game for the Wii by IGN in its 2008 video game awards. It was also nominated for Wii Game of the Year by IGN.
The game received generally much more positive reviews than the other versions. 1UP said "The less-technically apt Wii version ends up being the game to move the franchise forward". Many reviewers praised the innovation in the game, with Eurogamer calling it "the most innovative football title we've come across in many years", and praised the online mode saying that they "had probably the most lag-free matches we've ever encountered on any football game".
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