10. May, 2004 18:59 (HKT)

Winning Eleven 8 World Soccer announced for PS2™ - Pre-order your copy now!

Good news for all soccer (we call it football, but, oh, well) fans out there. Konami of Japan has announced the forthcoming World Soccer Winning Eleven 8, for release on the PlayStation 2™ this Summer. Yes! That's pretty good news on a shiny monday morning. Winning Eleven (aka Pro Evolution Soccer, as it's called outside Japan), made it easily to be the most successful soccer series of the past years.

The street date is set exactly one year and one day after World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 was released in Japan (for the curious: Winning Eleven 6 was released on 25 of April 2002, so we don't exactly have one-year intervals).

The game will feature over 130 playable teams in Master League mode, as well as a new system that helps you even out the growth and decline of your system's particular talents, so you can tweak them to become better at certain things.

We've listed known features as of today.
  • 138 master league teams available
  • More than 200 teams planned
  • Player names should be accurate for teams from England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands
  • Free kicks can be played with one or two players
  • New modes for through pass and centering allowing more control to the player
  • Jerseys get dirty during gameplay
  • Improved control of players & ball
  • New Help screens & pause screen with quick control
  • Referee is visible on the field during play
  • JFA licenced Japan A team and Japan under 23 team

    We look at a few very nice additions while the list from above is not meant to be complete yet.

    Free kicks can now played with two players (free kicks were not particularly easy to play in WE7 and often resulted into just kicking the ball away), we should have new ball control techniques, we have new modes for development or retirement of master league players etc.

    They said we'll be looking to incorporate new Soccer rules, while we have no clue which ones they should be (ie. which ones were missing in WE7/PES3).

    It goes without saying that World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 is a must for all fans of the series and for all soccer fans out there. Konami has proven to be well able to serve the hottest, most realistic and most thourough soccer games you can get.

    World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 won easily any award we could think of, including The GameSpot Editors' Award, Gamer's Choice Award, CESA Game Award, Les Playstation Award and the forth.

    World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 is available for preorder for US$59.90 only and is expected to ship on 5th of Aug 2004. Don't miss it, we wouldn't want to either.

    For those who are new to Winning Eleven, here's a list of in-stock items to get you rolling until Summer:

    Playstation 2™
  • Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution
  • Winning Eleven 7
  • Winning Eleven 7 International
  • Winning Eleven 7 International (Korean)
  • Winning Eleven 7 International [Limited Edition]

    Gameboy Advance/GBA SP
  • Winning Eleven

  • Winning Eleven 7 International (Korean)

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