X06: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Hands-On

Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 6 makes its Xbox 360 debut in October. We sit down with the latest build in Barcelona to see how it's shaping up.

BARCELONA, Spain--Earlier this year, Microsoft used the Leipzig Games Convention to announce that it had the football genre all to itself this Christmas. It proclaimed that the Xbox 360 was the only next-gen console to offer both FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer this year. With both titles now set to emerge in October, we look to have a battle on our hands. In one corner is a FIFA that has been rebuilt completely from scratch, and in the other is a Pro Evolution Soccer making its Xbox 360 debut. Luckily, both were on hand at this year's X06 event, so we were able to compare the two games in advanced form.

You may remember from our Leipzig coverage that we were underwhelmed by the showing of Pro Evolution Soccer 6 there. Not only were there only four teams to play with, but it didn't look like it had been suitably enhanced for the high-definition-ready console. Thankfully though, the X06 showing was in a much more advanced state, and we were able to play a two-player game with any team from the game. As a testament to the game's attractiveness, PES6 was the most popular game at X06 after Gears of War, and we had to fight for a single go.

So as we mentioned, every team has now been entered into the game, giving us a decent choice as to who we could play as. While we chose to play as North London side Arsenal, the opposing player chose Chelsea. Unfortunately though, this team was listed as London FC, which is sure to annoy fans of the dominating British club if it's still the case when the game arrives in stores. As Pro Evolution stalwarts will attest, the series often features incorrect team names when licences haven't been acquired. Despite Konami's assurance that there are more correct teams than ever before, it still seems that the majority of British club teams are incorrect. It's quite strange to see Arsenal have the correct details right down to the club sponsors, but then their London rivals are simply decked out in a blue strip with an incorrect team name.

Having said that, presented in the gloriously detailed Xbox 360 high-definition outputs, it's easy to tell your players apart from each other at a single glance. Konami seems to have improved not only player likenesses since the Leipzig demo, but also player movement, which look more like players' real-life counterparts. The changes made to the game since the last Pro Evolution were more apparent at X06, with a deliberately slower pace since Pro Evo 5. You seem to have a lot more control over your players, with more direct passes being made and less of the fouls that blighted last year's game.

The extra detail is also apparent off the pitch, too. The crowd is far more animated in Pro Evolution Soccer 6, with individual groups of onlookers moving independently to other groups. You can also see the linesmen running up and down the side of the pitch now, and the new level of detail on the referee adds to the realism of the game. For example, when the referee plays an advantage, you'll see him putting his arms down to signal the teams to play on. There's also extra detail on the goalkeepers, and with the replays, you can get a feel for the movement of their fingertips as they tip the ball away. The experience is quite similar to seeing your favourite film in high-def, and on the Xbox 360, it's easier to pick up on the many minute details in the game.

Konami also seems to have taken a more proactive approach to securing real-life sponsors for the billboards around the pitch. Brand names now include Canon, whose name can be seen in the corner of the screen during replays, as well as Ben Sherman, FourFourTwo magazine, The Mirror, Reebok, and Xbox 360 around the pitch. The club sponsors also seem to be up-to-date for those teams who are officially licensed, so Arsenal players sport the Fly Emirates logo on their chest.

The one last mode to see on Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is the online play, which is still shrouded in mystery at the moment. However, we won't be able to test out this mode until people have the finished game in their hands. There's no doubt that the game is facing stiff competition from FIFA 07, but thankfully we only have a month to wait to find out who will come out on top this season.

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52 comments
klunan9
klunan9

3 days until i sample the delights of pes6 can't w8 best football game ever no competition!! how many tries has fifa had i think i've lost count they say fifa 07 on the 360 is good but they have already had 2 go's at a game on the 360 and i think road to the worlfd cup is one of the worst footy games i've ever played?

nass
nass

Forget about fifa it is going down Come on ProES 6

cosmin1234
cosmin1234

This game is sick! its the best ever on ps2 the only problem was the graphics now its on xbos 360 this game will beat fifa 100% i played fifa 07 is S**t lol seriously, i used to like fifa

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

I've played the fifa 07 demo on 360, and let me just say that PES will have it's work cut out... Can't wait though..

mooseman721
mooseman721

Who cares about the licence problems? Within weeks it will have an option file available, then it'll look better and play better than dirty fifa!

tH3gUnn3R
tH3gUnn3R

if u like multiplayer! why sony? live rulz!!!! Sony will swallow good... Sorry for sony and for PES!!! FIFA

Ryu_-
Ryu_-

If Pro Evo incorporates that same sound in the trailer we have a winner. Pro Evo is the ultimate footy game and no FIFA could beat that. How many attempts would it take EA to beat Konami? Absoloute sh!t loads. FIFA can never be Pro Evo no matter how hard they tried. How long before FIFA 2007 Streets? Two weeks maybe?

stuart010
stuart010

Pro Evo, great game, but there just seems to be something about FIFA this time, the hands-on reviews say, it has atmosphere, graphics and what had been missing previously a new gameplay engine. I think PES will be the winner when it comes to multi player but FIFA will win in the single player aspect with this enhanced manager mode, even downloadable podcasts

garcool
garcool

can u play online pro 6 for xbox 360 how more play can u get online

_Sam_
_Sam_

what button are you talking about

giosar
giosar

good. PS3 suxs. XBOX 360 rules

dmweekes
dmweekes

Why does the button say "watch it" if you just get the same article when you click it?

SyPh3r
SyPh3r

sound just like Winning Eleven 10 with better graphix. I hope they fix the online play as ppl were using so many exploits. I just bought the 360 for this game only, plz konami dont let me regret it.

SyPh3r
SyPh3r

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milsvaard
milsvaard

Cant wait, i hope they have taken the Xbox360 horsepower further than just the graphics, i wonder what the game would play by using one of the cores just for physics calculations.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I really hope Konami can do more to get the licensing down for later installments in the series.

macacd
macacd

You feel a sense of achivment when you score in PES, it has that pick up and play ability but it takes months to truly master the game. whereas FIFA is to easy, players like Jemaine Jenas can score 35 yard volleys when we all know he can't hit the back of the net from 5 yards.

SPaM782
SPaM782

Klunan, i agree with you totally. Ive done some awesome goals which i saved onto my 360HDD. And theres some good ones on my Xbox too. Cant wait for Pro6 but im going to get Fifa07 tomorrow probably. Just so it can fill me in while i wait for Pro6 and also FM07. (Which i cant wait to see my face in).

klunan9
klunan9

pes6 all the way! you score a 25yrd cracker tell ya m8s they see it wish they wish they done it, where as fifa even players that have never played it before score great goals having played it for all of 2 mins!!

SPaM782
SPaM782

Ill probably get both. Fifa for when i want a goal scoring frenzy and Pro for when i want a more realistic game. Also for when i have mates round. It looks like the teams are going to be a tad bit out of date for Pro 6 as it seems that Gallas still plays for my beloved Chelsea. But that can easilly be sorted. ;) And i hope someone on Market Place sorts out all of the Premiership teams and is able to have it as a download.

Klapa1
Klapa1

PES6 I DONT KNOW IS THIS THE GAME PES5 IS BETTER

IATGOP
IATGOP

Erm, you guys do know FIFA will be a dumbed down version in terms of players and leagues right? The graphics might be good but they have chopped off alot of leagues, players etc to concentrate on making the graphics better, PES6 will have everything, i don't care about the graphics because it's the player animations that matter and PES6 has them.

stinkeyb
stinkeyb

Tell me more im leaning toward fifa i need licencing in addition to good game play and graphics

345669
345669

Really hope theres some easy way of editing all the details for the none licenced teams and players

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I have yet to play some Football (Soccer) games:P

macacd
macacd

Sorry no more edit mode? how do you know this? i need some form of proof.

dmweekes
dmweekes

Oh gay so they lost the Chelsea license in favour of Man U. And there is no edit mode. That blows.

akif22
akif22

Hopefully someone can release a patch that changes all the names to what they should be .. it'd been done with the other Pro Evo games

wenbin09
wenbin09

when's the demo coming out?

Wrath82
Wrath82

Where are the new screenshots?! The ones in the media page are old. Wanna see if the graphics have improved or not.

macacd
macacd

when will FIFA stop giving EA the exclusive license? EA haven't produced a great football game in almost a 10 years!!

-Hells_Gate-
-Hells_Gate-

This is better than the last game, but the graphics lacks alot when you compare it to Fifa 07, and Fifa also has all the licenses, but Konami doesn't, but I'm happy as long as the gameplay is good

Naok1
Naok1

Its just me or the one who writed this text doesnt know anything about what he is talking about??? wtf is fifa man LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL fifa sucks fifa its football(not soccer) for 8 year old kids....pes all the way cheers konami

doomhesoka55
doomhesoka55

it seem better than pro 5 and i played winning eleven 10 on PS2 , if pro 6 is like winning eleven 10 it will be great game I wander when it will be released for PC

firstspar
firstspar

seems better, i was a bit worried about PES falling behind since the last update especially since reading about fifa 07 which im still considering to buy over PES this time.

firstspar
firstspar

seems better i was worried abour pes since the last update and then hearing the new fifa details, 07 fifa does look damn good- i have to prefrence to a computer game, its all about to the football, IF fifa is better this year, im getting it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

hopefully more online stuff will come out

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

I agree with fonzie on all accounts.

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

First of all its FOOTBALL not soccer. secondly no matter how good fifa 07 gets, pro evo is the best thing next to the beautiful game itself.No Chelsea? i wanted to play as John Terry!!!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Wow! Another soccer game! Now I really have seen everything!

adijan
adijan

WOW Soccer seems to be a greater soccer agme each time its made. Dang this game looks awesome.

enemyvillain
enemyvillain

wow!!! this game is the best football game ever created. been loving it since the first series and its just keeps getting better and better.