| The Good
Endless replay value
Added statistics menu
| The Bad
Might not be worth the full price
Poor collision detection
The guys at Konami/KCET have done it again. After the original
Winning Eleven 6, the European version
which was Pro Evolution Soccer 2, and the US release,
whose game title slapped the word ''International'' on WE6,
now comes the most up-to-date version of the game: Winning
Eleven 6: Final Evolution. Sorry if you find it a little
bit difficult to understand, but it is that confusing. Konami
have released four versions of what is basically the same
outing: the sixth installment of the Winning Eleven series.
But I'm not here to rant or brag, so let's just get on with
the review. :)
To begin with, this is currently a Japanese-only title. So
you're automatically out of the pecking order if you don't
have a good grasp on the language, right? Not really - fans
who only care about the gameplay can still pick this title
up. You'll only need to memorize all the mode names at the
main menu screen [from the English language version of WE6]
to play. However, you will miss out on a few nice additions
if you don't understand Japanese.
Let's move on to the game itself. Winning Eleven veterans
will quickly notice all the graphical aesthetics added into
this game, with even more fluid animations and tighter controls.
The game modes haven't changed at all; you still get to play
Match, Cup, League, Master League and Training modes respectively.
It seems that KCET have been concentrating on improving the
whole gameplay experience, and that's where most of the changes
are, as far as I can see. All the team rosters and stats have
been updated to incorporate more realism within the game,
and there's couple new things that you'll be able to do for
the first time ever when playing. The AI opposition is noticeably
sharper, though not by much. You're still up for a challenge
even if you have already mastered the 5-star/Extreme difficulty
of the previous installments. Now, it's harder to get around
a defender, and you'll truly need skill and luck to win tough
matches. The goalkeepers have been given new animations, such
as when diving to save a shot or while taking a goal kick.
The outfield players have their own deal of new moves too;
you can now truly whack the ball real hard [hint : there's
an easy way to score from the halfway line *gasp!*]. The animations
are as real as they can ever get compared to real football,
and trust me, that will never disappoint you. The controls
have improved a bit too - I rarely hit the power meter too
much this time around. It makes the game better, especially
when you're up against the world champions during extra-time
and you had one chance to score the winning goal. You can
feel the level of passion and emotion involved when you do
win - this feels just like real football, and I get to enjoy
all this glory and happiness comfortably at home whenever
I feel like it. :)
Now on to the part that requires the use of Japanese. Yes,
the dreadful commentary is still present in this game, but
it seemed like Konami did try to improve the situation. The
two Japanese commentators are quite a passionate lot, minus
the repetitive criticism and missed-chances mockery. The defining
moment is the ''Goooooaaaaaaaaallllllll!'' celebration shout.
These guys can give South American commentators a run for
their money. I won't deny that it hasn't improved much. They
will need to rectify this situation come the next installment.
The other part which will require Japanese are the statistics.
During half-time and at the end of the match, the game will
point out all the highlights of the game, the number of corners
taken/ goals scored/ yellow, red cards received and the lot.
Other than that, each player will be given an individual rating
after each game (ranging from 1-10), which is a lot of help
if you're a true strategist assembling your best squad to
endure the next match. Above all else, I don't believe you're
required to learn a whole new language if you just want to
have fun with the game. Also, a staple of the series, the
multiplayer mode is absolutely brilliant, highly regarded
as one of the best you can ever get from a videogame of any
genre (I'm not kidding).This game provides up to eight players
capable of playing at once, and just being with your pals
in a team to beat the opposition feels incredible. From my
experience, no one who came in contact with the multiplayer
aspects can't help but love it, and it even tackled a few
of my non-football friends into liking the actual sport.
FINAL WORD: By high standards, the Winning Eleven
series has been ever-so-brilliant, and this title shows what
Konami's capable of doing yet again. You'd be an absolute
nightmare not to love this game, nearly 98% of the game is
just so good, you'll keep playing this for months to come,
or at least until Winning Eleven 7 comes out.