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PES5 Official Guide Newsletter


11 October 2005

I'm James Price, author of Piggyback's forthcoming PES5 guide. We released a newsletter to all piggybackinteractive.com subscribers at the end of last week, and I thought you all might be interested to read it.

[Newsletter begins]

It was shortly after the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 4, towards the end of an epic multiplayer tournament, that we first discussed the possibility of writing a PES guide. As the conversation meandered back and forth against a backdrop of shouts, laughs and instructive epithets from those either side of the PlayStation 2, we noticed that a player had sustained a "yellow cross" minor injury. This otherwise inconsequential incident proved to be the catalyst for a major debate. Everyone agreed that such injuries led to a reduction in a player's abilities in PES4, but which ones exactly? Would it be worth allowing a star player to continue if mildly hurt? Would it harm an ace striker's ability to hit the target, or an indispensable defender's strength in the tackle? If so, how serious would the penalties be?

The more we deliberated, we came to realise that - despite certain members of the team being genuinely expert players - there were many other things that we didn't entirely understand. While those present could confidently and accurately explain many PES4 features and systems, there were other aspects of the game for which we could only volunteer plausible assumptions, educated guesses, or even wild speculation. From stamina loss to condition arrows, the effects of specific special abilities to the relative merits of other player characteristics, we wondered if other PES players had also considered such issues.

Looking to fan sites and forums for answers, we instead found many further questions and a similar thirst for Pro Evo information. Talking to both friends and other PES players online, it was surprising to discover that even experienced players didn't know about many specific tricks, features or functions.

With that, we decided that we positively had to produce a Pro Evolution Soccer 5 guide. Despite being reminded on more than one occasion of the potential risks - most specifically, the perceived wisdom that guides for sports games are viewed as being utterly dispensable by players, and have a very minor audience - we began laying the groundwork for the book. The first (and most vital) aspect of such a guide, we decided, is that it should offer tips, advice and never-before-revealed insights into the underlying Pro Evo mechanics from the PES5 team.

Once we had been assured support from the legendary Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka (the Pro Evolution Soccer series producer/mastermind) and other members of the PES5 development staff, we began to research and write the guide that we wanted to read. Pestering busy designers and programmers repeatedly for information (our heartfelt thanks and apologies go out to all concerned) during our time in Tokyo, we sought to find the answers to literally hundreds of PES-related questions - including, of course, the handful posed many months before.

During informal interviews with Seabass and his colleagues - the results of which can be read throughout the guide - we were frequently struck by the sheer depth and complexity of PES5's simulation of the real-life sport. Nothing is preordained: practically every part of it is calculated "on the fly", with outstandingly authentic realtime physics governing each kick, collision, tackle and save. On a more immediately tangible level, we learned how a player's attributes and condition play a critical role in what he can and can't achieve on the PES5 pitch. While virtuoso veterans may be familiar with various moves and game concepts featured in the guide, even they will be surprised by many insights and revelations contained within its pages. We certainly have been.

In short, the PES5 book has been a labour of love from start to finish. Despite warnings from PES-playing friends on the dangers of mixing business and pleasure, the Official Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Strategy Guide editorial team is pleased to announce that even months of enforced play have not diminished its enthusiasm for PES5. It is, without question, the finest football game money can buy, and we hope the guide will enhance your enjoyment of it.

The Official Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Strategy Guide will be released in the UK on October 21, 2005. It will be available at all good videogame outlets. For more information (and free sample pages, which are due to be uploaded soon), visit http://www.piggybackinteractive.com/en/guides/info/?id_guide=29.


11 October 2005
j4y3m said:
Sounds really intresting, I think I'll pick this up with the game, is it for the PS2 version only though?

No, it's designed to be used with the PC and Xbox versions too. We use PS2 button commands throughout the main body of the guide. After much discussion, we decided that stating move instructions for all three formats at once would make the text hard to follow in places (especially in the Coaching Manual chapter). As the majority of readers will be playing the PS2 version, and it's not difficult to translate PS2 commands to suit the Xbox or PC releases (we've included a back cover foldout to help players do this), we don't think that this will be a problem. Besides, there is a moves index at the back of the guide with complete button instructions for all three formats.


Stringer Bell

12 February 2005
Nice. Defintely getting this guide, it was about time one came out in the UK.

Hey, James_Piggyback how hard was it when creating the guide?
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11 October 2005
Stringer Bell said:
Nice. Defintely getting this guide, it was about time one came out in the UK.

Hey, James_Piggyback how hard was it when creating the guide?

It was easily the most demanding project I've worked on in a 13-year writing career. The Pro Evo development team were astonishingly helpful, though: it just wouldn't have happened without them. It was also great to have a "panel" of PES experts to work with. As this guide is being published across Europe, and in several languages, Piggyback assembled an amazing team of writers/players to check everything. Every chapter was examined by this group, who then made suggestions and pointed out possible oversights. One of the pleasures of working on the guide was being able to surprise these PES veterans with moves and tricks that they'd never seen or tried before. This really mattered to me: from the start, I didn't want to write the kind of guide that would leave PES adepts thinking: "This is all very entertaining, but it doesn't tell me anything I don't know."



Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
James why not make a litle of propaganda for your guide and disclose one (and one only) (spectacular) "secret" that really is something new for the fans on this site???
No suggestions please let him choose himself...


£7.69 at Amazon, so probably even cheaper somewhere else.

Interested about this, do not usually buy guides for games - I've only bought one, a quite remarkable unofficial Street Fighter 2 one about 9 years ago, had a very professional feel but had of a kind of fan mentality and dedication to detail.

Any idea of a release date?


17 April 2004
North Yorkshire
Got this today and it looks really good, I've only had time to read a page or two but it seems well written and I've already learnt a thing or two I didn't know.

Bit heavy though. :p
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