Overview (4 out of 5)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 looks as good as the cover and as good as the previous incarnation; if you want to buy your first soccer game, this is the best you can get, not only in the Wii but on other consoles as well.. The game is really easy to catch on to and it has tons of replay value that will make the player enjoy this wonderful game for a long time.
The overall score is a four, because the game plays with a safe formula that ensures a degree of success and acceptance of a market that doesn’t enjoy too many changes.
Gameplay (5 out of 5)
One amazing thing about Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is the gameplay, it has been improved to become more user friendly and controlling the characters is easier than ever. It doesn’t matter if you have the Wii or the PS3 version both exhibit the same degree of quality that players search for in a good sports game.
The controls are highly responsive to the player’s commands, easy to learn and really dynamic because they make the player execute a series of commands with their hands and the Wii remote before doing an actual move.
Great gameplay and the given score is a perfect five.
Graphics (5 out of 5)
The graphics are excellent, a big improvement compared to last years version, and the settings look more realistic. There is one setback in the Wii version, the characters don’t look as real as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions but nobody expects too much with the Wii’s lack of graphics capacity, but still the visual experience is mostly intact.
Sounds, Music and BGM (5 out of 5)
The sounds and BGM are relatively okay but they aren’t the best asset. Technically, there is no BGM at all except for the sounds that mimic the experience of being in a Stadium. Perhaps the developers should consider copying details of other soccer games to make the experience a bit more interesting.
Pros and Cons (4 out of 5)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 looks as good as the cover and as good as the previous incarnation of the series; if you want to buy your first soccer game, this is the best you can get, not only for the Wii but on other consoles as well. The game is really easy to catch on to and it has tons of replay value that make it enjoyable for a long time.
This year’s version sports some improvements as well: the graphics are redefined and the controls have been improved to make the experience easier and enjoyable on the Wii. Many sports games don’t offer good playability and the players usually get bored because of the difficulty and move on. Not so with Pro Evolution 2009.
The overall given score is a four because the game plays with a safe formula that ensures a degree of success and acceptance of a market that doesn’t enjoy too many changes.
Overall (4 out of 5)
Overall the game is good and entertaining, but is not the best in the series because it borrows some older elements that makes it formulaic and repetitive compared to previous games; the given score is a four, not a perfect five not only because of the aforementioned reason but also because there is not much to expect of a soccer game in terms of innovation as they have to stick close to reality.
If you want to know more about good and enjoyable Wii games to play feel free to check out some of the other articles in the Wii channel. The first, a review by Kyle Mitchell of F.I.F.A. 2009, shows another alternative to the Pro-Evolution Soccer game. If you are looking for more information on last years (2008) Pro Evolution you can check out John Sinit’s Guide to Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 and find some great tips to improve your game.
This post is part of the series: Pro Evolution Soccer Reviews
Take a further look at this collection of reviews for Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and 2010.