Pro Evolution Soccer 4

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Pro Evolution Soccer 4
Pro Evolution Soccer 4 Coverart.png
Cover featuring Thierry Henry, Pierluigi Collina and Francesco Totti
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 8 in Japan and World Soccer: Winning Eleven 8 International in North America) is the fourth installment of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer football video game series. It's the first game of the series to appear on the original Xbox, with online game. The cover features former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, AS Roma forward Francesco Totti, and world-renowned Italian referee Pierluigi Collina. It was the first game in the series to feature licensed leagues.

Features[edit]

  • Expanded master league teams containing up to 138 teams. More elements added to the development and retirement of master league players. Winning a game in Master League will raise the abilities of your players
  • A total of more than 200 club and national teams.
  • For the first time, Referees will be seen on pitch during the game. There is also an animated linesman seen after a player is given offside. The referee will not issue a yellow card for the first 'average' tackle, but if a player continues to commit 'average' fouls, a card will be given
  • Wear and tear including dirt will be visible on the player's uniforms according to the pitch conditions.
  • Improved edit mode allowing changes to be made to trophy, league and player names.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox: EU) 92.2%[2]
(PC: EU) 92%[3]
(PS2: US) 91.12%[4]
(PS2: EU) 90.9%[5]
(Xbox: US) 90.11%[6]
(PC: US) 88.50%[7]
Metacritic (PC: EU) 92/100[8]
(PS2: US) 91/100[9]
(PS2: EU) 91/100[10]
(Xbox: EU) 91/100[11]
(Xbox: US) 90/100[12]
(PC: US) 88/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 9/10[14]
EGM 8.83/10[15]
Eurogamer 9/10[16][17][18]
Game Informer 8.75/10[19]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[20]
Game Revolution A−[21]
GameSpot 9.3/10[22]
(PC) 8.7/10[23]
GameSpy 5/5 stars[24]
GameZone 9.5/10[25][26][27]
IGN 9.4/10[28]
OPM (US) 4.5/5 stars[29]
OXM 8.3/10[30]
PC Gamer (US) 89%[31]
Detroit Free Press 3/4 stars[32]
The Sydney Morning Herald 5/5 stars[33]

The game was met with universal acclaim to very positive reception. For the U.S. port, GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 91.12% and 91 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[4][9] 90.11% and 90 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[6][12] and 88.50% and 88 out of 100 for the PC version.[7][13] For the European port, GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 92.2% and 91 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[2][11] 92% and 92 out of 100 for the PC version;[3][8] and 90.9% and 91 out of 100 for the PS2 version.[5][10]

The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PS2 version all five stars, stating that "There are myriad ways to score, yet goals are always well-earned."[33] The Times also gave the same version all five stars, stating, "The intuitive control system and [the] fluidity of the movement are of the highest standard and this year’s model includes a bag of new dribbling tricks, which are worth practising in the training mode. Even the referees have received an upgrade."[34] BBC Sport gave the game 95% and said, "Greater emphasis has been placed on one-touch play, and while goals are not all that easy to come by - creating chances requires quick thinking and accurate distribution - when you do manage to make the net bulge, it's all the more satisfying."[35] However, Maxim gave the game a score of eight out of ten and said, "Although it's dogged by Commodore 64-quality music and selective licensing agreements... this new edition more than compensates with killer graphics, new tricks, and an improved dribbling system."[36] Detroit Free Press gave the Xbox version three stars out of four and said that it "really isn't a leap above Winning Eleven 7. Though the variety of play modes is huge, the well-animated visuals could use some polish, the audio sounds rather bland and the number of licensed teams and players is a bit wimpy."[32]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Edge staff (December 2004). "Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (PS2)". Edge (143): 115. 
  15. ^ EGM staff (March 2005). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (189). 
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