PES History


[edit] Original Series (International Superstar Soccer)

The ISS Deluxe edition for SNES
ISS Pro, the first simulative one, out in summer 1997
ISS Pro 98
Winning Eleven 2000 U23

[edit] International Superstar Soccer

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The ISS series first began on the SNES in 1994, called Live World Soccer Perfect Eleven in Japan and International Superstar Soccer (ISS) in Europe. There was a football game made by Konami called Konami Hyper Soccer, released for NES in 1992, which possibly laid the basis for the ISS series, but ISS began on the SNES. Right from the start the ISS series put itself apart from the likes of Striker, Kick Off, Super Sidekicks and FIFA, ISS had a far superior passing system and put a side the usual scoring methods which FIFA and the like relied upon.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Deluxe

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A year later ISS Deluxe was released on the SNES, named Fighting Eleven in Japan. In 1996 a Megadrive version of ISS Deluxe was released. This was the first ISS game to allow 8 players to play simultaneously.

Next came the Playstation era, World Soccer Winning Eleven was released in 1996 and was known as Goal Storm in the Western World. Shortly after ISS Deluxe was revamped from the 16 bit version to the 32 bit generation.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer 64

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Meanwhile ISS 64 was produced for the Nintendo 64, a 3D upgrade of the SNES version made by KCEO, whereas the Playstation versions were developed by KCET, different teams within Konami, Tokyo and Osaka. In 1997 Australia was the first to get the Western version of ISS 64. The Playstation version.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer 98

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In 1998 ISS 98, or Jikkyou World Soccer: World Cup France 1998 in Japan, was released on the N64, much improved from ISS 64 with all the bugs ironed out it produced a far more balanced game. ISS 98 is probably one of the most memorable games of the series, one which can take most the credit for bringing players to the series.

Although it lacked FIFPro licence, it featured Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli along with German goalkeeper Andreas Koepke (on German release) and Paul Ince (on British release) on the cover.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer 2000

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In 1999, ISS 2000, or Jikkyo J-League 1999: Perfect Striker 2 for the N64 and World Soccer GB 2000 for the Gameboy Color, in Japan, was released for the N64 and Gameboy Color.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer 2

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In 2002, ISS2 was released for the Playstation 2, Gamecube and Xbox. It was published and produced by Konami.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer 3

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In 2003, ISS3 was a released for the Playstation 2, Gamecube and PC. It was the final game of the ISS series.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Pro Series

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Pro

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Winning Eleven 97 was released in 1996 in Japan for Playstation. In the summer of 1997 the European version of Winning Eleven 97 (Goal Storm 97 in America), named International Superstar Soccer Pro (ISS Pro), was released and it was the first developed by KCET on Playstation. It is considered to be the first installment of the game programmed in the key of simulation. It is also considered to be the game that made the series a valid alternative to FIFA games. By adding the suffix PRO Konami displayed the will to create a simulation rather than an arcade game.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Pro 98

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International Superstar Soccer Pro 98, or ISS Pro 98 (Winning Eleven 3 in Japan) was developed by Konami and released exclusively for the PlayStation.

Although it lacked FIFPro licence, it featured Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli along with German goalkeeper Andreas Koepke (on German release) and English midfielder Paul Ince (on British release) on the cover.

The Nintendo 64 version is called International Superstar Soccer 98 and was developed by Konami, however it is a completely different game.

[edit] Winning Eleven 3 World Cup France 98

In the summer of 1998 Winning Eleven 3 World Cup France '98 was released in Japan, developed by KCET; it was a special edition of Winning Eleven 3 dedicated to the 1998 World Cup. In Europe it was known as ISS Pro 98 and it was a vast improvement on the first Playstation titles and this attracted many new fans. Despite being dedicated to France 98 World Cup, it was released in October 1998, a few months after the tournament. This means a European version of Winning Eleven 3 (not the World Cup 98 edition) was never made.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Pro Evolution

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In 1999 Playstation owners got ISS Pro Evolution, based on Japan's Winning Eleven 4. Later, in 2000 the N64 market got ISS 2000 which was a delayed version of Perfect Stiker 2 from Japan.

[edit] International Superstar Soccer Pro Evolution 2

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ISS Pro Evolution 2 was released in 2001 and it was the last "ISS" before the PES changeover. ISS Pro Evolution 2 was the European version of "Winning Eleven 2000: U-23 Medal Heno Chousen", the first Winning Eleven game with Under23 teams because of the concomitant 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

2001 also saw the launch of PS2 and in November of that year Europe and Australia got ISS on the PS2.

[edit] ISS to Pro Evolution Soccer Changeover

2001 saw the release of the sequel to ISS on the PS2, known as Pro Evolution Soccer. PES was an updated version of the Japanese Winning Eleven 5.

Pro Evolution Soccer 3 was released in 2003 and shows an improvement of graphics and gameplay in comparison with its predecessors

Konami now produce two different styles of football game, ISS developed by KCEO and ISS Pro now more popularly known as Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer developed by KCET. This is where many agree that Pro Evolution Soccer takes on the baton from ISS. ISS games continue to be produced but they are regarded to be in Pro Evo's shadow. ISS games ended production, with the last release of ISS3 in 2003.

In 2002 Winning Eleven 6 arrived in Japan and as the European market became accustomed to Pro Evolution Soccer 2, which arrived a couple of months later on. PES 2 is a slightly tweaked version of WE6. After the release of PES2 in Europe, Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution arrived in Japan, which is a tweaked version of PES2.

August 2003 saw the release of Winning Eleven 7 in Japan and a couple of months later Pro Evolution Soccer 3 was released in Europe. Then as before after PES3 Japan receives WE7I early in 2004 which included the improvements made in PES3 with a few minor extras for the Japanese markets.

August 2004 is the time that Winning Eleven 8 arrived in Japan, Pro Evolution Soccer 4 arrived a couple of months later. As before there is a WE8I for the Japanese market in early 2005, although this time round saw Winning Eleven 8 Liveware Evolution. A title developed to feature online game play for the PS2, it was only available in Japan and was used to test online play for the PS2. PES5 was released in late 2005 and did indeed make use of the online capabilities of the PS2.

PES 6, also known as Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, was the last edition of the game to be released on the current generation consoles, and featured many more licenses than previous editions. The game engine (specifically passing) was tweaked to improve gameplay still further, and online play was a much more enjoyable experience due to less lag. The game also had a rather underwhelming port to xbox 360 where Konami struggled to get to grips with the next-gen software. The lack of a decent edit mode was a particular cause for concern for PES enthusiasts playing the xbox.

[edit] The Beginning of the Next-gen Era

[edit] PES 2008

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A change of name for the series sees it move onto the next-gen consoles for Pro Evolution Soccer 2008. Although the game was hotly anticipated, it proved to be a disappointment to both fans and critics of the PES series. The game saw new features like importing face and kits as well as better gameplay and a revamped Master League mode. The game is essentially identical in its PC, PS3 and 360 formats, but a slightly watered down PS2 version was released to accomodate those fans still playing on Sony's old console.

[edit] PES 2009

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 seemed to be an improvement to PES 2008, however it was still considered a downgrade to PES 6. People saw it as a step in the wrong direction for Konami and did not see it as the beautiful game it once was.

[edit] PES 2010

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 as a game changed. The gameplay is now much slower, matching real life play while breaking through defences is now harder. Furthermore the penalty system has been fully overhauled to make scoring and controlling penalties much more difficult to master. In addition to saving a penalty you now have to press SQUARE or X while also holding your direction arrow depending on your console.

One major improvement is that Konami changed the Online Mode provider from original Konami ID to Sony to hopefully provide a lag free experience.

[edit] PES 2011

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 has once again looked to have changed the style of PES. 360 degree movement has been added while a full range of passing had been added.

[edit] PES 2012

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 enhanced upon the previous game of the series, focussing to improve AI, Teammates Control, referees and goalkeepers. Not only that, a sixth difficulty, Superstar, was added which is the step above Top Player. Furthermore a new game mode called Club Boss given the player a new perspective in club control. This year's instalment also brought back fans' favourite Challenge Mode as an extension of the Training Mode.

[edit] Spin-off Series

[edit] Pro Evolution Soccer Management

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Pro Evolution Soccer Management (or PESM for short) is the only football management game released by Konami as a spin-off of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. It was poorly received by critics and a sequel is unlikely.

The database of players was from PES 5 and included the Bundesliga however the game was criticised as there was no promotion or relegation and the poor licensing made it difficult to play.

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ISS/PES series
Original series: International Superstar Soccer · Deluxe · 64 · 98 · 2000 · ISS 2 · ISS 3
ISS Pro series: International Superstar Soccer Pro · ISS Pro 98 · ISS Pro Evolution · ISS Pro Evolution Soccer 2
PES series: Pro Evolution Soccer · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019
Spin-off series: Pro Evolution Soccer Management

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