publisher : Konami
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1-8
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is an another installment in the perfect soccer simulation series developed by the Tokyo branch of Konami (in Japan, the game is known as Winning Eleven 10). In comparison to its predecessor, the game features several improvements in terms of its new functionalities as well as the gameplay mechanics, and the original teams.
This installment has introduced new licensed national teams, such as the Netherlands, England, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as clubs such as Bayern Munchen and Manchester United. For the first time in the series, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 features the International Challenge Mode (an equivalent of the World Cup), which allows players to acquire the most precious soccer trophy for their favorite team.
The gameplay of the PC, PS2 and X360 release of Pro Evolution Soccer 6 resembles those featured in the fourth installment of the series. In comparison to its predecessor, the game described herein is more dynamic and features fewer interruptions by the referee’s whistle. Dribbling animations are quite impressive – now they are much faster and more spectacular. The free kick features now a new functionality allowing a player to perform this fragment of the game faster without losing precious seconds, which an opponent might use to modify his team. Moreover, the matches are even more attractive thanks to the additional animations, such as a goalkeeper touching the crossbar when the ball goes over the goal. All these novelties result in better representation of the soccer matches.
Perfect gameplay is supplemented with equally good 3D visuals identical to those featured in the previous installment of the series. Minor texture corrections resulted in more realistic soccer players’ faces. New licenses have increased the number of soccer celebrities (including the Dutch team). In terms of its audio layer, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 delivers slightly improved commentary.
The most exciting are the multiplayer matches. In front of one screen, a player can face seven opponents, while online up to four players can play against each other. The latter option is now much more polished, thus playing on online servers does not feature lags typical for previous installments. Additionally, Konami did not forget about the ranking systems and online tournaments.
Sony PlayStation 2
Uses: memory card 8 MB, Multitap, Network Adaptor
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz, 256MB RAM, graphic card 64MB (GeForce 4 or better), 4.5 GB HDD
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live
Uses: memory card 32 MB
Uses: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection