Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is the latest installation of Konami's venerable football franchise, complete with a new AI system.
PES 2008 takes soccer to the next level. The game features a brand new intelligence system, called Teamvision, that adapts and reacts to players own gameplay styles to ensure that the computer controlled opponents are always challenging and forcing the player to think and chance their style of play to avoid being out-thought by the game.
It learns counter attacks that target your weaknesses and looks to exploit any repetitive tactics players use. Meanwhile in PES 2008 defenders react better to danger, closing down the ball and charging at shots and the goalkeepers will hold shots that are closer to them as well. Teammates make more intelligent runs into space and the close control has been sharpened to ensure quick and fluid passing and speedy attacks can be built. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 features a proprietary adaptive AI system entitled Teamvision, a sophisticated AI programming that learns and adapts according to an individual's style of play. The ball is again treated as a separate entity, with the timing of shots entirely down to the player, while the new AI ensures that defenders work to close down space and block efforts on goal. Similarly, distribution of passes works along the same lines, with players using the space available to them to switch the ball. Close control has also been enhanced with more control when dribbling the ball, and a number of subtle moves added to bypass defenders and move the ball into space.