PES 2008 updates the clubs and players for the 2007/2008 season, this time including some never before featured clubs. Gameplay is updated in a way that goalkeepers won’t be able to easily catch every ball, players will stumble on each other, slip and try to keep balance, be able to simulate fouls and hope they don’t get caught by the referee, and so on. This time, the English League has imaginary emblems for unlicensed clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and others, certain other clubs still remain with proper insignia. However, their player names and statistics are correct. The same can not be said about a large portion of national selections, which have players with correct statistics, but garbled names and more generic faces.
Gameplay is somewhat easier and players won’t kick ball so high when you hold the kicking button for too long, and dribbling is corrected and enhanced in comparison to the last game. Modes are as usual: League (English, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch), Master League, Exhibition, Training, and Edit Mode.
Fifty-nine music tracks are provided to assign to play on a specific part of the game (main menu, league menu, stats screen and so on). This is the first game in the series to appear on the PlayStation 3 platform.