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03-07-2004, 19:07:22
Konami have confirmed the first details of the latest in this brilliant series of footy games. It's due for release on PC, PS2 and XBox this autumn.

Notable new feautures include an on screen referee, a new dribbling system, recognisable players as well as kits that get dirtier as the match progresses.

See the follow up to this post for the full press release.

Nav
03-07-2004, 19:07:43
Konami of Europe warms up Pro Evolution Soccer 4
First details about PES4 with more realism, all new moves, enhanced set pieces, and on-screen referees

Football fans all across Europe will rejoice this Autumn, as Konami of Europe confirms the first details of what will rate as one of the most anticipated games of 2004: Pro Evolution Soccer 4. Due for release on PlayStation 2, PC DVD and for the first time in the series' history, the XboxTM videogame system from Microsoft, Pro Evolution Soccer 4 once again sets new standards in control, aesthetics and realism.

Developed by the legendary Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka and his team of footballing experts at Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc. (Konami TYO) Pro Evolution Soccer 4 marks a quantum leap forward for both the Pro Evolution franchise and the football genre as a whole. With the series famed for its intuitive controls and the realistic movement of players on and around the ball, Konami TYO has further pushed the envelope with a wealth of new moves and tricks that flow fluidly within the fast-paced action. New free kick and penalty techniques can now be used, while an innovative indirect free kick move has been implemented to add further variety to set pieces.

This level of realism has also been extended to the game's many players. More individuality can now be found in the ways players run, move both on and off the ball, and how they control the ball. Likewise, even more advanced player stats that govern every aspect of their play affect how well players can bring a high or fast ball under control, hit it first time past an encroaching defender, or flick the ball on to a team-mate. As such, the total control that has become synonymous with the series will ensure Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is even closer to the real thing.

A new dribbling system is also available giving more control as players go one-on-one and try to pass opposing players, while crosses and cut-back passes can now be made with more precision. In keeping with this level of detail, player likenesses are also enhanced to match the noticeable individuality of the world's greatest stars. Both international and club players are instantly recognisable due to almost photo-realistic graphics, while additional realism is added via kits that get progressively dirtier as the match progresses.

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 will also boast an on-screen referee for the first time. Whereas previous versions have featured an un-seen referee, Konami TYO's game now features an official who runs up and down monitoring play - and even steps in to calm things down when the action gets heated! The referee AI has also been further refined, with advantage being played for minor infringements, while each of the referees available will react instinctively to fouls and the flow of play depending on how strict they are deemed to be.

With every aspect of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 refined and enhanced, it is no surprise that fans of the series are already hailing it as the definitive football title. Further additions to the game include more club and international teams, extra formation screens to offer total control over the way each team lines up and plays, while the ever-popular Master League has also been vastly improved. A new 'My Best Eleven' option allows fans to save their greatest teams for prosperity, and players can now be forced to retire through severe injury during the course of a Master League season, forcing the user to work around the loss of key stars and restructure around the abilities of suitable replacement players.

It all adds up to a new milestone in football gaming, and football fans will already be counting the days until Pro Evolution Soccer 4 kicks off for PlayStation 2, PC DVD and Xbox later this year...

Funkodrom
04-07-2004, 13:31:59
Sweet.

fp@korea
05-07-2004, 01:05:54
:beer:

The screenshots on Gamespot made me wet my pants.

King_Ghidra
05-07-2004, 08:38:57
goddamn, that sounds good

but: "players can now be forced to retire through severe injury during the course of a Master League season"

No! Noooo!!! :cry:

Nav@work
05-07-2004, 09:02:55
So what I really want to know is will you be able to tackle the referee. :)

*End Is Forever*
05-07-2004, 22:12:36
Ah, but do you get a "harass the referee" option?

Funkodrom
06-07-2004, 19:34:01
Spoken like a true ManU fan. :D

protein
07-07-2004, 08:32:57
Is the commentary absolutely appalling? That's the thing I always liked about Playstation 1 football games.

I remember playing Actua Soccer for 12 hours, after three hours the commentary started malfunctioning until in the end all you could hear was Trevor Brooking going "nwerp, weourk, neurf, spwaowr, Johan Kruif step over, snurp, wruirw, waaaaa."

fp@korea
07-07-2004, 08:51:35
Doesn't Trevor always sound like that? :D

The small improvement in the standard of the commentary over the years is probably the thing I like least about the Pro Evo games.

fp
23-07-2004, 07:40:46
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sports/proevolutionsoccer4/news_6102887.html
Konami of Europe today confirmed that it has acquired Dutch, Spanish, and Italian league licenses for Pro Evolution Soccer 4. With the licenses in place, Pro Evolution Soccer 4 will become the first title in the popular soccer series to feature teams wearing their official uniforms, complete with sponsor logos and suchlike.


The licenses announced today apply to 56 of the game's 136 club sides, including the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Deportivo, Milan, Juventus, and Parma. In addition to club teams, Pro Evolution Soccer will feature more than 50 national sides.

"We are delighted to add three officially licensed leagues to Pro Evolution Soccer 4," said Martin Schneider, director of marketing at Konami of Europe. "Fans of the game have long called for us to implement their favorite teams in their favorite game, and this marks a major step forward in our quest to deliver the most authentic football title around. Adding all clubs from the Dutch, Spanish, and Italian leagues confirms that we are committed to adding more and more authenticity to the series, and Konami of Europe is confident that further deals with other clubs will follow in the near future."

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC in Europe toward the end of this year. We'll bring you more information on the game as soon as it becomes available.

fp
23-07-2004, 07:41:34
Hopefully they'll get the Premier League license too.

Also, check out 20+ lovely screenshots linked from that page.

fp
02-09-2004, 08:11:43
More details!
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sports/proevolutionsoccer4/preview_6106306.html

Sounds better and better. Still no definitive word on whether they have the Premier League licence, though.

Funkodrom
02-09-2004, 08:37:20
It does sound amazing. :beer:

King_Ghidra
02-09-2004, 09:33:30
we need to get hold of a review copy, screw all this pc rts crap, this place is a serious hotbed of pes fandom

fp
07-09-2004, 17:46:44
Konami of Europe confirms that the Xbox version of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 will feature online play.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/09/07/news_6106723.html

Very cool indeed. I don't have an XBox, though.

Nav
07-09-2004, 18:12:41
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
we need to get hold of a review copy, screw all this pc rts crap, this place is a serious hotbed of pes fandom If you're serious I can make an attempt to contact their PR division or whatever. Absolutely no chance of getting a review copy though. ;)

Funkodrom
07-09-2004, 18:14:30
Can't hurt!

King_Ghidra@home
07-09-2004, 19:40:25
do it!

fp
07-09-2004, 19:43:26
Do it!^3

King_Ghidra
14-10-2004, 09:00:53
amazon is reporting the release date as tomorrow

ayone else hear anything to confirm that?

Funkodrom
14-10-2004, 09:12:48
No, but I just ordered it from there.

King_Ghidra
14-10-2004, 10:14:19
foolish, what if it doesn't come tomorrow?

i will be going to somewhere in town to buy it so i can assure a full weekend of action

Funkodrom
14-10-2004, 10:42:12
Well, if it doesn't it won't be the end of the world.

I'll just come round your house! ;)

Gramercy Riffs
14-10-2004, 15:50:14
I'm so excited, I might forget to ring in sick tomorrow.

King_Ghidra
14-10-2004, 17:19:01
ah, PESFan confirms it. Definitely tomorrow.

http://www.pesfan.com/bulletin/home.php

fp
22-10-2004, 21:10:41
I thought it was today. I could have been playing this for a whole week and I didn't even know.

I'm the world's biggest loser. And not just because of this.

Funkodrom
25-10-2004, 09:08:26
:lol:

fp
26-10-2004, 12:45:43
I've got it now. :D