Konami has let fly the details of just how the Wii version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
will differ from its siblings. To illustrate, SPOnG's also got a fresh batch of screens to tantalise you.
The announcement promises that the release will be "A football game like no other". How? Well, it has an "innovative user interface", of course! First up, we've got details of how positioning is controlled: "The Nunchuck is used to move the current player, while the Wii Remote is used to pick out players to send them on runs or to receive passes via simple click and drag system which uses arrows to show the path of the run, and a press of the ?B? button to complete the move".
If you can't pat your head and rub your stomach simultaneously, you might struggle with that one...
So, what of dribbling? Konami tells us, "Dribbling is effected by clicking on the player and using an arrow and the 'A' button to guide the ball. The speed of the run can then be altered by extending or reducing the length of the guiding arrow, allowing stunning quick turns and bursts of speed to catch defenders off-guard".
But what about when you want to put the ball in the back of the net? Konami's got you covered, "Shooting also benefits from more control over the players, with the Nunchuck used to shoot or head simply by shaking it". Ah, shaking. That innovative old chestnut - if there can be such a thing. "As with the real sport, however, timing is everything in front of goal, and the speed of the pass or cross, the ability of the player, the angle of trajectory and the timing of the shot or header will all have differing effects on the resultant shot", Konami goes on.PES 2008
will be the first Konami release to make use of Miis. Remember those? You created one when you first played Wii Sport
and Wii Play
and you haven't really seen the blighter since... Well, in PES 2008
up to 16 Miis can be put into a team, which can then be stored on a Wii Remote and switched across to another, if you so choose.
The game will also make use of the Wii's online functionality for multi-player matches either against random opponents or your mates. Additionally, team data can be sent between consoles using WiiConnect24.
While Konami claims to be offering "a football game like no other", it's not the first publisher to take a bit of time to make use of the Wii's unique functionality for a footy game. Back in June last year, Electronic Arts announced its 'Footii Party' features
for the Wii version of FIFA '08
So, will the new PES
control system for the Wii be any good? Andy SPOnG isn't convinced. "From them diagrams, I dun't reckon it's going to be much good", he grumbled. It should be remembered, however, that Andy supports Huddersfield Town and isn't used to good football. Check out the diagrams yourself and let us know what you think in the Forum.