Publisher Konami | Developer Konami | Format Xbox 360 | Release 2007
No matter the advancements made by contemporary football games, there’ll always be a groundswell of support for PES6 as the genre’s greatest. The culmination of four untouchable years, it felt uncannily like the real thing, with standout players such as Ronaldinho, Adriano and Thierry Henry competing just like their flesh-and-muscle counterparts. As for Master League: never before had a sports game built a sustained, deep career mode around a fictional team. The idea was to eventually upgrade your no-name starter squad. Yet the attachment to Minanda, Castolo and all-conquering centre-back Valeny soon ran so deep that every incoming transfer arrived under an inescapable black cloud of guilt. So so good.