Pro Evolution Soccer 2

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2.jpg
Cover art of the game
Developer(s)Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s)Konami
Composer(s)Michiru Yamane
Sota Fujimori
SeriesPro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s)PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • JP: April 25, 2002
  • EU: October 25, 2002
  • JP: December 12, 2002 (Final Evolution)
  • NA: March 11, 2003
PlayStation
  • JP: April 25, 2002
  • EU: October 25, 2002
GameCube
  • JP: January 30, 2003
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (also known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 6 and World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2002 in Japan and World Soccer: Winning Eleven 6 International in North America)[1][2] is the second installment of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer football video game series. The Japanese version was succeeded by an updated and improved version called World Soccer: Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution.[3]

It was the last game in the series to be released in Europe for the PlayStation and the first to be released for the GameCube, though it was the Japan-exclusive Final Evolution update.[4]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2 was succeeded by Pro Evolution Soccer 3, which was released in 2003.

In-game content[edit]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2 features six game modes, including single matches, training, various cup tournaments, and a Master League, in which the player can select a team to compete in various competitions and partake in the transfer market.[5] A total of 40 unlicensed club teams and 56 unlicensed international squads (expect for Japan which is the only fully licensed team in the game)[6] are available.[5]

Peter Brackley and Trevor Brooking call the matches in the game's English language version replacing Pro Evolution Soccer commentators Jon Briggs and Terry Butcher.[7] The commentators in the Japanese version are Jon Kabira and Tetsuo Nakanishi.

The opening theme for the game was "We Will Rock You" by Queen.[8] This opening theme was also featured in Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(EU) 93/100[10]
(US) 93/100[11]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame4.5/5 stars[5]
Edge9/10[12]
EGM9/10[13]
Eurogamer9/10[7]
Famitsu36/40[14][15]
(J.League) 34/40[16]
Game Informer9/10[17]
Game Revolution4/5 stars[19]
GamePro5/5 stars[18]
GameSpot9/10[20]
GameSpy4.5/5 stars[21]
GameZone8.5/10[22]
IGN9/10[23]
OPM (US)5/5 stars[24]
BBC Sport90%[25]
The Village Voice8/10[26]

The PlayStation 2 version received "universal acclaim" in both regions according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[10][11] In Japan, Famitsu gave both the original and Final Evolution versions a score of 36 out of 40,[14][15] and the J.League version 34 out of 40, all for the same console version.[16]

In its first 40 days of availability, Pro Evolution Soccer 2 sold above 1 million units in Europe.[27] The PlayStation 2 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[28] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[29]

The website Ranker ranked Pro Evolution Soccer 2 as the best PlayStation 2 soccer game.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 2002 for PlayStation". GameFAQs. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International for PlayStation 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution Import Review". IGN. March 21, 2003. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Schilling, Chris (September 17, 2015). "The Evolution of PES". IGN. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c House, Michael L. "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Kenmare, Jack (February 14, 2018). "'Pro Evolution Soccer 2' Voted The Greatest Football Game Ever". SPORTbible. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Reed, Kristan (October 28, 2002). "FIFA Football 2003 versus Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (PS2)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on November 19, 2002. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Kenmare, Jack (February 20, 2016). "The Commentary On Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (2002) Was Absolutely Brilliant". SPORTbible. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Porter, Matt (September 2, 2015). "PES 2016 In-Game Track List Revealed". IGN. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Pro Evolution Soccer 2". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Edge staff (December 25, 2002). "Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (PS2)". Edge. No. 118. Future plc.
  13. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 165. Ziff Davis. April 2003. p. 116. Archived from the original on May 13, 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - ワールドサッカーウイニングイレブン6". Famitsu (in Japanese). Vol. 915. Enterbrain. June 30, 2006. p. 76.
  15. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - ワールドサッカーウイニングイレブン6 ファイナルエヴォリューション". Famitsu (in Japanese). Vol. 915. Enterbrain. June 30, 2006. p. 84.
  16. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - Jリーグウイニングイレブン6". Famitsu (in Japanese). Vol. 915. Enterbrain. June 30, 2006. p. 80.
  17. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6". Game Informer. Archived from the original on March 3, 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  18. ^ "World Soccer: Winning Eleven 6 International". GamePro. International Data Group. March 21, 2003. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  19. ^ Dodson, Joe (April 1, 2003). "You say football, I say futbol". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Calvert, Justin (March 7, 2003). "[World Soccer] Winning Eleven 6 International Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Steinberg, Steve (March 10, 2003). "Winning Eleven 6". GameSpy. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  22. ^ "Winning Eleven 6 – PS2 – Review". GameZone. May 4, 2012. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  23. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (March 10, 2003). "Winning Eleven Six International". IGN. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  24. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. April 2003. p. 100. Archived from the original on June 16, 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  25. ^ Waters, Darren (October 21, 2002). "Let's play: Pro Evolution Soccer 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  26. ^ Catucci, Nick (April 15, 2003). "Special Forces". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  27. ^ "Pro Evolution Soccer 2: un milione in Europa". Multiplayer.biz (in Italian). 5 December 2002. Archived from the original on 13 October 2003. Retrieved 13 October 2003.
  28. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  29. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  30. ^ "The Best PlayStation 2 Soccer Games". Ranker. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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