ISS Pro Evolution 2
|ISS Pro Evolution 2|
|Developer(s)||Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
ISS Pro Evolution 2 (known as World Soccer Jikkyou Winning Eleven 2000: U-23 Medal Heno Chousen in Japan) is the fourth video game in the ISS Pro series and the second installment of the ISS Pro Evolution series, developed exclusively for the PlayStation by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, a division of Konami it was available on Europe and Japan but not available for North America because enhanced remake version of ISS Pro Evolution called ESPN MLS GameNight with MLS licenses has selling before.
It is the first ISS Pro game with proper licenses, although partial, some players having real names — e.g. Beckham instead of Bekham (ISS Pro Evolution). The game has an extended Master League, with 2 divisions and eight more clubs, resulting in a total of twenty four club teams, such as Leeds United and Boca Juniors. More international teams have been added as well. Next to these additions, the gameplay has changed, as it is smoother and more realistic. The Japanese version of the game contains Under-23 National Teams as well due Japan U-23 has qualified to the final round at Sydney Olympics, such as Australia's Under-23 National Football Team, which are not present in the Europe versions of the game too.
- New chip shots feature
- Cancel pass action
- Realistic injuries
- Choose your captain
- New formation data manager with 15 save spots and a much improved algorithm (the key to player's movement).
- New format for All-Star teams
- contains 16 U-23 Teams from Sydney Olympics (not include on Europe versions)
- Match Mode (Exhibition and Penalty Kick).
- League Mode.
- Cup Mode - Regional U-23 or International Cup competition.(U-23 Cup not include on Europe versions)
- Master League - 25 teams spread over two divisions.
- Practice Mode
- Edit players, change a players nationality, view the trophy gallery and tweak your controller.
The game received highly positive reviews from critics, scoring 95/100 on Metacritic. Gibbons of BBC Sport gave the game 94% citing that "ISS Pro Evolution 2 is the finest football game the world has ever seen and It's OK for a little run-around kind of football game, but if you want to enjoy the intricate skills of our national game, This game is the fan's only real choice." The game received 92% by Abosolute-PlayStation. In the final issue of the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, the game was chosen as the best PlayStation game of all time. Gideon Kibblewhite of GamesRadar gave the game Direct Hit citing that "The best football sim in the world just got better. Amazingly. In a subtle, magical sort of way. So forget about FIFA and all those other two penny outfits that flatter to deceive - they're not even in the same league."
Swedish video game magazine Super PLAY gave the game 7 out of 10 citing that "In summary, it is possible to say that ISS Pro Evolution 2 is another step away from the layout once made International Superstar Soccer so unique. Although it is not visible in the graphics, Konami knows how to fully utilize PlayStation's capacity. Both the control and the artificial intelligence hold a very high class. But if it's realistic football game that Konami wants to do, they should still think about bringing more club teams. And then they must learn to spell the names of the players. M-E-L-L-B-E-R-G, light as a spot."
According to the Japanese magazine Famitsu ISS Pro Evolution 2 was sold a total of 362,989 units in Japan by the end of 2000, marking it as the 21th best-selling game of the year in the region.
- "Let's Play..ISS Pro Evolution2". BBC Sport. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 108, page 28, Future Publishing, March 2004
- "Games Radar UK Review - ISS Pro Evolution2". Future plc. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- Super PLAY, Hjemmet Mortensen, April 2001