Socceroo Lucas Neill on PES 2008

Socceroo defender and Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 cover star Lucas Neill on his involvement with the game, playing in the A-League, and that game against Italy.

Lucas Neill is one of Australia's most high-profile football exports, and he has starred in the Premiership for several years now as well as excelled in the national side. Neill is also the face of Konami's upcoming Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 in Australia. GameSpot AU spoke to Neill recently to ask about Pro Evo and all things soccer.

Lucas Neill.

GameSpot AU: John Aloisi was last year's PES cover star Down Under. How do you feel about taking over and being the new face of football in Australia and New Zealand?

Lucas Neill: I am very honoured to have been chosen as the face of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, and am excited to be promoting a game of this calibre. John did an excellent job promoting PES last year, and I hope that I can do the same.

GS AU: Are you a gamer yourself? What's your gaming background, and what have you been playing lately?

LN: If I'm not on the road with the Socceroos, my training schedule for West Ham is quite demanding, and I don't get as much time as I would like to play many video games. I have been playing PES a lot, as I often play with the Socceroos while on the road, but unfortunately I don't have much of a gaming background!

GS AU: What do you think of the job games like PES have done in recreating the game you play week in, week out? How close is it to the real thing?

LN: Video games have come a long way in development, and PES comes very close to recreating the real thing. The graphics and gameplay do well to bring the game to your living room, and the implementation of the IK System allows players to have more control on player movements than ever before.

GS AU: Have you seen yourself in the game yet? Are you happy with your likeness?

LN: Yeah, I have seen myself in the game, and I have no complaints about the physical attributes my virtual self has been given.

GS AU: How about the rating and skills of the virtual Neill in PES 2008? Do you agree with the skill levels the developers have given you?

LN: The developers wanted to make sure I was happy with the stats and skill levels given to me, and I tried to make sure they are as accurate as possible.

GS AU: As the face of PES 2008, will we see you Down Under to help promote the game?

LN: I hope so... that is part of my commitment as the face of PES in Australia and New Zealand, and I hope to help promote the game and I speak to the media during the promotional period.

GS AU: With the World Cup only around every four years, and with the Socceroos playing only every few months, how important are games like PES in keeping the resurgence of football in Australia going strong?

LN: Games like PES certainly help to keep the momentum of football growing in Australia; as we saw during the World Cup, the amount of interest for the game in general and the Socceroos has increased immensely. This is one of the reasons I was more than happy to be given the opportunity to have a greater role in influencing the resurgence of football in Australia.

GS AU: We obviously have to ask you a football question: What are your goals for West Ham this year?

LN: I just want to concentrate on having a very good season with West Ham, and being able to play some entertaining football. I made the move to West Ham to further my career and hopefully help the club make it to the finals.

GS AU: Will we ever see you play in the A-League?

LN: I think the A-League is exactly what Australia needed, and I would love to come back home and play football here some day.

GS AU: And one final question: When you finally get the full version of PES 2008, what will be the first match you play? Will it be Australia versus Italy, perhaps?

LN: Yeah, I've already thought about that and it would certainly be interesting to see a rematch! [Laughs.]

GS AU: Lucas Neill, thanks for your time.

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wars45
wars45

come on roll on oct 26

El_Esbirro
El_Esbirro

dude...he had a 2 day learningspan of all the features and the he simply delivered them, like a robot...pretty dull and boring interview. But whats more bothersom is the fact that nothing new is being said of this game...nothing to grab your attention. To be honest am desperate to know more about this game before i get it, hope this game is as good as my urge!!

lazerluke
lazerluke

All together now: I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air. They climb so high they reach the sky and just like my dreams they fade and die. Fortunes allways hiding, I looked everywhere. I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air. United. United etc...

PAJ89
PAJ89

Good stuff. I never expected an interview with Lucas Neill to be on GameSpot :D Regarding stats of the cover player, I doubt it'll be inflated. Neill is a good player, but he doesn't rank as one of the world's best defenders. I'm sure he'll have a fair rating (and yes, Adriano has been a monster in the last few games, and judging from the PES08 demo, it looks like that will continue).

Foolz3h
Foolz3h

wargod53: Adriano has been over rated since PES 4 (haven't played PES before then). And I doubt Neil will be over rated. Aloisi was on the cover in 6 and he was pretty crap. I'm pretty sure he was worse than he was in 5 anyway.

slipknotsoad
slipknotsoad

Come on you Irons 1-0 over plymouth, unfortunately lucas neil is on poor form at the moment :-( PES cant wait!!!!!!!!!

Delongman
Delongman

Y'all check out the demo? This game is going to be quality!!!!!

wargod53
wargod53

Blatantly they give the cover star incredible attributes. Who remembers ADRIANO? Can't remember which one he was on the cover of but he was absolutely insane

Foolz3h
Foolz3h

backinthekrak: my thoughts exactly.

backinthekrak
backinthekrak

Sounds like he's reading from a list of talking points given to him by Konami

dune_buggy
dune_buggy

He sounds very...modest? Lol. I dunno, every interview I've seen him in, he's very quiet and shy. Anyway, we need to see more of the Wii version.

faxekondi3
faxekondi3

Very intersting.. i am really looklng forward to the game Michael Owen will be on the UK Cover