Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is the newest version of the popular football sim.
All the previous versions have been highly rated, but will this 4th
release be as good?
In Pro Evo 4, you take control of a team and not only play the matches, but
you can buy and sell players as the player/manager. As in similar games,
there are various game modes: Practice/Training, which when you are a
beginner is really helpful; Match, which is an exhibition match where you
can be any team in any stadium; League, which is when you want to play a
quick season where you canít buy or sell players, and is fairly easy; and
Master League, where you can pick a team and starting division and try and
make your way to the top (which includes player transfers and playing in
Europe). Finally there is a Cup mode in which you can compete as a country
in international tournaments.
matches is entertaining because of the realistic passing and shooting,
however crossing and headers are weak points because they are bit too hard
to master. In some games goalkeepers can either be awful or unrealistically
amazing, but in this game the makers have got the goalkeepers skills just
the management side, you can spend you earnings (from match results, prize
money and player sales) on improving your squad. I feel is can be best to
buy young players (under 21ís) as they can improve a lot over the course of
a few seasons.
should be noted that some of the major leagues are not licensed. This means
that some club and player names are modified, e.g.
are called Merseyside Red, but you can edit them yourself so itís not a
The overall graphics are very lifelike, with good pitches and fantastic
stadiums, while the player faces score well. My only complaint is the crowd
detail is a bit dismal.
The background music that is played between matches is okay, however the
match commentaries (from Peter Brackley and Trevor Brooking) can be poor
from a technical point of view e.g. following an accidental shot from the
half way line, the commentator suggested the shot should have been taken a
little further back!!
If you are a football fan this game will have an almost infinite lifespan.
Despite the odd area that could be improved, the fantastic gameplay and
infinite lifespan make Pro Evolution Soccer 4 the best football experience
Overall Score: 93% (not an average)