What better way to warm a man's heart in the autumn of 2007 than present him with the greatest football series ever in the guise of the new Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PES 2008). The beautiful game really is back in style, and this time for PS3 owners. Joy! So what's new and improved? Well, PES 2008 introduces Teamvision, a clever new artificial intelligence system that recognises a gamer's particular style of play and therefore creates a more balanced and strategic football match. Teamvision pro-actively monitors the human player's movement onscreen and responds accordingly, forcing constant revision of strategy during the course of a match. Trying to play the same way over and over will not work for you if you go solo, so you better think of some new gameplans. Take a leaf out of Rafa Benitez's book.
PES 2008 also features more familiar player faces and names. Look! There's lank-haired midfield marvel Stephen Hunt of the Berkshire Blues! And if you're not entirely happy with the club names, PES2008 includes extensive Edit modes in the PS3 version.
PES 2008 now boasts more licenses than before, with Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Scotland and Ireland among the new officially licensed national teams on offer. Of course, the list of licensed club teams has also been appended, with Newcastle United, RSC Anderlecht, HJK Helsinki, IFK Goteborg, Panathinaikos, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbahce, NK Dinamo Zagreb, FC Basel and the 'manager-less at the time of release' Tottenham Hotspur amongst those added to those you can choose or choose to conquer. These new teams combine to ensure PES 2008 now has over 3000 licensed players replicated within the game from over 250 teams.