Pro Evolution Soccer 2

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2.jpg
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Michiru Yamane
Sota Fujimori
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
Release PlayStation 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 in the PS1 version, 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 Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution.[3]

It was the last game of the series released in Europe for PlayStation and the first in the series which was released on the GameCube, though it was the Final Evolution update, and in Japan only.[4]

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 this game was "We Will Rock You" by Queen.[8] This opening theme 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]
GamePro5/5 stars[18]
Game Revolution4/5 stars[19]
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]

The PlayStation 2 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[27] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[28]

The website Ranker ranked Pro Evolution Soccer 2 as the best PlayStation 2 soccer game.[29]

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. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  28. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  29. ^ "The Best PlayStation 2 Soccer Games". Ranker. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 

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