After much anticipation and two interim updates of Winning
Eleven 5, the next true sequel to this amazing series
has finally bestowed upon its many fans and to great applause.
From the first few seconds of the intro (played alongside
Queen's We Will Rock You) it is apparent that
Konami have really pushed the boat out on this one, and with
a release date coinciding with the World Cup their timing
Once you get to the title screen you can see all the usual
options that can be found in previous WE games such
as cup, league and master league although this time once you
have selected your team there is more emphasis on the setting
up of formation than there was before. Editing features are
vast ranging from customising player names to altering the
attributes of each individual player, of which there are many.
As far as the stats go I think that Konami have done a very
good job - when WE5 was released I recall the player
roster being very outdated indeed but for WE6 Konami
have got it more or less spot on, so plus marks there. Another
improvement is the fact that WE6 boasts 14 stadia as
opposed to WE5's paltry 5. For any potential importers,
you'll be pleased to know that the menus are almost completely
in English although they are written in Katakana so even with
only a little Japanese knowledge you should be fine. For those
who know no Japanese whatsoever, menu navigation will have
to be done from memory.
Moving onto the actual game the first thing you'll notice
is the huge improvement in the graphics department. To me
the graphics in WE5 were functional but adequete. This
time though it is clear that KCET have got a real grasp of
Renderware, dispelling any doubts on middleware from the cynics.
Players are now much more detailed and recognisable, the grass
textures look amazing and lighting has been improved greatly.
Also, the sequel has benefitted from an injection of speed
making the game even faster than before although all the extra
detail makes for the occasional slowdown.
The game physics have been admirably tweaked almost to perfection.
Dribbling is performed using the shoulder buttons which also
perform the different run speeds. This dual use of the R1
& R2 buttons simplifies the already playable controls making
the game very easy to get into. The same shoot, pass, long
pass and through pass buttons have been retained although
this time through passes are a lot more effective which makes
for more frequent use of the one-two pass. You are now less
likely to sky rocket shots on goal when using power but not
to the point where you get unrealistic results. Games still
remain balanced and goals are still as difficult to score
as they should be.
Overall I would recommend this game to any football (soccer)
fan without hesitation. The plethora of single player modes
add to the longevity but it is when you play multiplayer that
the life span of the game seems infinite. Unfortunately many
people have been scarred by the abomination known as the FIFA
series and so are unwilling to try the WE series which
is a shame as this is definitely the benchmark of its genre.
I would also recommend this game to those who enjoy multiplayer
games as matches can be very tense and WE6 is one of
those games that you simply cannot tire of.
In my opinion, this is the best game available for the Playstation