Title: ISS Pro Evolution 2   Developer: Konami   Type: Sports Soccer
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ISS Pro Evolution 2
"It seems ever so strange dropping back onto the PSone to check out the latest soccer game from Konami, considering the recent high profile release of ISS on PS2… But then again, this is the REAL follow up to possibly the best footy game out on any system to date."
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We heard a few weeks ago that Konami were \'SOON\' to release their brilliant soccer sim, International Superstar Soccer (ISS), onto Playstation 2. Now this amazing news certainly set us thinking… Surely ISS had already been released on the PS2 format as a launch title? I couldn\'t possibly have imagined reviewing that extremely disappointing first effort on the new console… could I? So what\'s going on? (This could get complicated!)

Apparently previous ISS games for the Psone (Pro 97/98 and Evolution) were all developed by KCET (Konami Tokyo), while the more arcadey feel of the Nintendo 64 soccer series had been the work of another Konami division, KCEO. For some strange reason Konami, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the first ISS game to be released on the PS2 would be produced by KCEO (the N64 crew). Hence an inferior arcade game that fell way below the standards set by the awesome Evolution on PSone.

The plot thickens!

It now appears that KCET have not only produced their own interpretation of ISS for PS2, but also this sequel to Pro Evolution for PSone gamers. To further complicate matters, KCEA Honolulu (Konami US) have renamed the PS2 (KCET) title to ESPN MLS ExtraTime.

In summary… ignore the current ISS on PS2 and grab a copy of this far superior soccer goodie for PSone.

The extremely short intro doesn\'t really make the heart beat flutter, neither does the \'wam, bam, thank you mam\' title music. But then we\'re not here to look at the mantelpiece… so lets stoke the fire!

On first glance the game menu serves up the usual feast of league and cup match modes (read Features). I recommend your first visit should take in the Information Post where time has been allotted to pre-warn you of changes in control, gameplay and tactics. Learn such niceties as… a few button configurations have been changed, injuries are now included and can take the star player out for several games (watch out Shearer!), and (get this Ronaldo lovers) the Nationality of any player in the game may now be changed. Be warned, once registered he will only be able to play for his new national team and not his original. Nice one Konami… err… Tokyo!

Rather than churn out a \'mirror\' sequel with a few simple tweaks and updates I am pleased to inform you that there have been some terrific changes to the game format. The Master League makes a welcome return to the fold and now includes 24 teams spread over two divisions. Start from the basement and scrape together a few measly points (only half the value in the lower division) as you strive to reach the top league to take on the \'big boys\'. The inclusion of the relegation/promotion issue really expands on the gameplay and will be warmly received by ISS fans, past and present.

Chris James and Terry Butcher introduce the action and I\'m afraid to say that it remains as similar to the last attempt with….. those…. long…… pauses…… between words. The crowd reactions to the flow of play are again excellent. It really does help create a \'big game\' atmosphere when the ball moves nearer to the goal the intense volume of their cheering gradually raises to a crescendo.

Graphically there are not many major changes in appearance from the last effort, but then if it ain\'t broken, don\'t fix it! What I did find strange was that little bug in the flow of the game remained intact and unfixed. It\'s the one where the CPU team kicks off and passes the ball back to the center-half who then freezes on the spot momentarily. Same engine?

Camera angles have again been improved. If you enjoy an \'up close and personal\' perspective then the nearest camera angle zooms right in and will be perfect. There are nine alternatives offering something for everyone with a couple of new widescreen perspectives covering almost a third of the playing area, which are perfect for spotting team members to slot a ball through to. Goals may be slow motion replayed from any desired angle by combining shoulder, directional and face buttons allowing the camera to sweep around a full 360, while concentrating on the movements of specific strikers.

Control once again feels comfortable, as a short pass will usually find a teammate, while a long pass depends entirely on accuracy. However, neat passing movements will only advance you so far up the field before a through ball must be played perfectly through the last line of defenders for your striker to run onto. Once you get the hang of this tactic your forwards will stand a chance of breaking through the tightest offside traps and the toughest teams defense.

To reach the finer aspects of gameplay tactics and formation must be implemented as if this were a management game. Diving straight into play using the default settings will only get you so far. It\'s amazing how seemingly unbeatable teams can be overcome by a bit of tight man-marking, choosing the correct formation for each team played and applying varied strategies over periods of the game.

Overall ISS Pro Evolution 2 is undoubtedly a winner… just don\'t expect massive changes in direction. It retains all the best aspects of the original, but offers much more in terms of gameplay.

· Match Mode: Exhibition and Penalty Kick match with other players or CPU

· League Mode: Play out an International season with 16 teams from across the globe

· Cup Mode: Enter a regional or International Cup competition · Master League: Battle it out against 23 other teams spread over two divisions

· Practice Mode: Improve your skills and check your formation and system

· Edit players, view the trophy gallery and tweak your controller

· New features include the all new chip shots, cancel pass action, realistic injuries, choose your captain, new formation data manager with 15 save spots and a much improved algorithm (the key to player\'s movement).

· Change a players Nationality

· New format for All-Star teams

• 1 Disk(s)
• CD Media
• 2 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap)
• Up to 4 Players (with Multi-tap)
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility

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Martin  "Overall ISS Pro Evolution 2 is undoubtedly a winner… just don\'t expect massive changes in direction. It retains all the best aspects of the original, but offers much more in terms of gameplay.

It is one of those games that beckon the question if a sequel was really necessary. With updated players stats (although Shearer still plays for England), many game tweaks, improved AI, the much improved Master League and following the goddam awful PS2 version of ISS my guess is that 2001 wouldn\'t be complete without this pleasant refresher."
Graphics  17/20
Playability  49/50
Sound  6/10
Lastability  20/20
This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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We promise that we have fully played 'ISS Pro Evolution 2' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.


00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.

60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.

70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.

80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.

90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.


It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.

A more detailed breakdown of this guide can be read here.


PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Daniel Moss (fluff)  "Well As Far As Soccer Games Go, It's Either Iss Or Fifa, So Which One To Choose? Well Hopefully This Review Will Help Swing Your Vote Towards The Brilliant Iss Pro Evolution 2!

Long Before I s s Hit My Playstation I Was A Fifa Nut, Every Fifa Game From 1997-2001. But Now I've Seen Iss, I Doubt I'll Go Back To Fifa Again. In General Fifa Has Far Better Graphics Than Iss, But It's The Outstanding Gameplay That Makes It Stand Out From The Rest.

Iss Has Most Of The Main International Teams And 32 Of The Worlds Top Club Teams Availble For Picking In The Brilliant Master League Where You Guide Your Team Of Unknown Players To The Master League Division 1 Winning Points For Transfers Through Draws And Wins. Also With This Is The Cup And League Options, Where Theres Plenty Of Options To Choose From Which Keeps You Playing Iss. The Edit Mode Is Best Of It's Kind. With Lots Of Little Details, And Even Prounciations Of The Players Name, Plus Every Little Stat To Strength And Acceleration.

So Back To The Graphics. Don't Get Me Wrong, The Graphics Are Pretty Good. Not Pushing The Psx To It's Limit But Good Enough To Make The Game Look Nice. The Players Aren't As Detailed As Fifa But The Player Movement Is A Lot More Realistic And It'd Much Rather More Work Go Into That Than The Graphics. So For Graphics I'd Give It A Satisfactory Level That Works Well With The Game.

The Sound, Well Personally This Lets Iss Down Big Time. The Commentary Is Terrible, The Players Names Are Totally Wrong, Instead Of Michael Owen It's Dyer, And Instead Of Bartlett It's Mccarthy, So A Mix-up On The Commentary Front Gives The Game Fairly Poor Sound Level, The Music Itself Is Pretty Good, But No Big Name Sounds And Nothing Spectacular Either.

But It's The Gameplay That Gives This Game It's Worth. If We Compare It To Fifa The Difference Is Easily Notable. Out Go All The Easy Goals, And In Come The God Damn Annoying, But Quality Iss Keepers! With Fifa You'd Always Know Where The Keeper Would Dive And Move, Making It Easy To Score, But Iss Is So Unpredictable And The Players Never Kick The Ball In The Same Place Twice, Which Makes The Game Ever More Like Real Life. The Game Is Also Harder To Play In That Pressing 'o' Doesn't Kick The Ball Straight Up The Pitch Like Fifa, But It Actually Kicks The Ball The Way You're Facing And Also You Have To Move Your Player To Head The Ball Rather Than The Ball Go Srtaight To His Head. The Tackles Are Much Harder To Time In Iss Aswell, One Wrong Slide Tackle And You're Off, In Fifa You Slide Tackle Crazy And Nothing Gets Given. Which Overall Makes Iss A Much More Challenging, And Realistic Game Much Closer To Real Life Soccer Which Is Fun To Play Months, Even Years After Purchase.

Thank You For Listening And I Hope This Review Has Helped You Make A Choice In The Direction Of Iss, If You Like Soccer, Then Buy It!"
Graphics  11/20
Playability  48/50
Sound  5/10
Lastability  20/20

PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Rob Utton (starman)  "This Game Is Probably, No Deffinately, The Best Soccer Game On The Playstation. The Gameplay Is The Most Realistic Thing About It. You Can Now Save Your Replays Of Great Goals So That You Can See Them Over And Over Again In The Gallery Mode.
Fouls Are Much More Realistic As Players Can Now Be Injured And Even Be Forced To Leave The Pitch Because They Are Too Injured To Play. Goalkeepers Are Harder To Beat Which Makes The Game More Realistic (hint: To Have A Better Chance Of Scoring, Run Down The Right Flank Towards The Near Post And Put It Behind The Keeper).
Corners Are More Realistic Because The Players Actually Move Around And Fight For Space.

Overall It Is The Best Footie Game That The Ps One Has On Offer-a Must Have!"
Graphics  20/20
Playability  50/50
Sound  9/10
Lastability  20/20

PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Paddy Byrne  "To Say That This Game Has Robbed Me Of A Social Life Would Be An Understatment. It Is A Football Game Which Banishes All Other Pretenders To The Realms Of Obscurity. Great Graphics, Superb Animation, The Most Realistic Re-creation Of The Beautiful Game On Any Format And So Addictive It Leaves Illegal Substances In The Shade!this Game Truly Has It All, Except Perhaps Commentary, But The Experiende Is So Rich, It Is But A Minor Quibble. If You Love Footie, Get This Now."
Graphics  11/20
Playability  43/50
Sound  8/10
Lastability  20/20

PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Ali Nahlé (aloushi87)  "Iss Pro Evolution 2 Is Surely The Best Soccer Game On Playstation Ever, Its Gameplay Is Unbelievable, The Graphics Are Very Good, The Sounds Are More Than Good Except For The Commentry Team(it's Bad), The Gameplay Is Fantastic 100%, You'll Never Feel Bored Of This Game, Besides The Game Is Very Playable. The Power Metre Wich Is Used To Determine The Power Of The Shot Is Very Accurate, Furthermore; You Can Control The Direction Of Your Shot Unlike The Other Soccer Games, This Is Brilliant! This Game Is The Right Game For The Soccer Fans, Don't Miss This Game!"
Graphics  18/20
Playability  50/50
Sound  9/10
Lastability  20/20

PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Prit Parmar  "I've Owned Iss Pro Evolution 2 For Just Over One Month And There Is Only One Word That Describes This Game-awesome! Before Iss Pro 2 I'd Been A Fifa Addict Through And Through And I Had To Make The Choice Between Fifa 2002 And Iss Pro 2-i Chose Iss Pro 2 And I Can Honestly Say There Is No Comparison. Unlike The Fifa Titles, Iss Pro Displays Complete Realism. There Are No Set Ways To Score A Goal Or Simply Cross He Ball In The Box Knowing You Are Going To Score As In Fifa.
Individual Players Such As Roberto Carlos And
Shevchenko Oooze Class In The Game And These Players Will Help You Win Matches.players Such As Zidane And Figo Will Dominate The Midfield As They Would In Real Life Therefore Adding To The Superb Realism Of This Title.
There Is A Sheer Feeling Of Joy When A Goal Is Scored In Iss Pro 2.the Variety Of Ways To Score Is Immense; Whether It Be A Slick Passing Movement With Through Balls Or A Floated One-two Pass To Cut The Defence.
The Game Has So Many Options And The Master League Option Is Brilliant Especially As You Win Matches And Add Quality Players To Your Mediocre Team. Players Can Be Edited As One Pleases And Its Always A Luagh To Create A Super Player And Terrorise Opposition Defences.
All In All, This Game Has No Competitors And The Gaming Experience Is Unmatched.you'll Be Playing This On Your Own Or With Your Mates For Months And Months After You've Bought It. The Only Thing I Want To Know If There's Gonna Be An Iss Pro Evolution 3 Because It Just Has To Be Bought!"
Graphics  15/20
Playability  50/50
Sound  5/10
Lastability  20/20

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