Let's just set this out on the table right away: If you're looking for realism, you have found your perfect match. Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
is like a Wikipedia entry for the game of soccer. You can browse from a huge variety of custom options and a great many of them involve changing the look and feel of your game. Personally I prefer to just play some good soccer without the rigamarole, but that's just my style. I can tell fans of the game will be in heaven if they want to recreate their "perfect" team or play with that custom ball they can't afford until next month's paycheck. The beautiful thing is how well Winning Eleven Pro Evo 2007
built the interface for all the custom options. The easiest thing to do in a situation where there are umpteen modes and multiple set-up screens is to get lost and frustrated. Konami avoids this through good visual design and a clear path toward a quick-start game if that is all you want. The real power of Winning Eleven Pro Evo 2007
is in the custom options so quick-starting seems like missing the point...
Visuals in the actual game are just okay. The motion capture is nicely done, but the players are awfully small on the screen. The upside to this is seeing more of the action. Passing and kicking are easier when you can actually see the goal. The player uniforms and arena details do not end up being as prominent as you might think, since setting up custom uniform and ball design options play into starting a traditional game. The arena setting isn't terribly exciting. One element that shines is the replay feature. You can record movies from your replay to watch later and you can freeze the action and cycle through any of the players or the ball. This lets you take note of player positions and how your opponent worked the play. In another game, this might seem silly, but Winning Eleven Pro Evo 2007 does feature some strong A.I. The sounds of the game come through from air horns to crowds surging. There's more than just a big list of features that makes this an immersive title.