To ensure its digital versions of the world's top stars react and play as they should, Pro Evolution Soccer 2's players have all been designed with over 25 skill factors taken into account. Each is rated in areas such as attacking nature, balance, stamina, strength and shot and pass accuracy, each of which endow the players with differing abilities and playing styles.
Similarly, the game's "Player Create" option allows fans to recreate their favourite players for use in the game, determining their appearance and performance using the aforementioned attributes, while also highlighting a further 19 specific key skills and abilities. Newly created players can then be implemented in the sequel's Master League season.
Arguably the most popular aspect of the original game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2's "Master League" competition enjoys many new features. A third division has been added to the two of the original game, while Konami has also implemented a contract system wherein game players now negotiate with their virtual players if they want to add to their squad. Cup games now take place during the Master League season and squad rotation has become key to a successful season as players protect the fitness of their squad.
Other new additions include an extensive training mode, while the game's huge array of options allow users to tailor every aspect of the game to their taste-–even down to designing their own club badges and kits.