Reviews and Problems with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
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A Continuing Evolution
5 April 2011
Conclusion: Concept: The Pro Evolution series moves into the modern age. Controlling players finally feels smooth with the analog stick
Graphics: The facial models are better than FIFA’s and the player animations look good
Sound: The commentary is fine, but it’s nothing that really stands out
Playability: The linked feints system lets you pull off special moves easily, but overall it’s still a complex game to control and is a little more difficult than FIFA
Excerpt: PES 2011 feels like the biggest effort Konami has made with the series for many years, but the cold hard truth is that it's still in mid-table compared to FIFA's Champions League dominance. This year's PES is easily the best iteration we've seen on this generation of consoles, with a solid new passing system, a more considered pace and smart - if not breathtaking - visuals. But after years of FIFA refining a true next-gen experience, PES still feels a little archaic.
Summary: "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win." So quipped Gary Lineker, an English international, after losing to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup. As in life, so in art: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 , sometimes subtitled by its traditional Winning Eleven moniker, is also a simple game.
Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (Sony Playstation 3)
6 January 2011
Summary: This is the game we’ve been waiting for, the “Return of the King”Â� we’ve been anticipating since the halcyon days of Pro Evolution Soccer on the PS2. While it’s not so good as to completely overshadow its rivals, we finally have a Konami title that plays a great game of footy. If Seabass and Co. can fix the small flaws in the AI, refs, and goalkeepers and get a better commentary team, we would have the best footy game ever made.
Conclusion: The amount of enjoyment that PES 2011 will give you depends on your desires. After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA’s ahead by a long shot. PES lacks that final third of polish, but it’s a large improvement over the sorry state that was PES 2010. A competent football game, nothing else.
Conclusion: Quelques petits mots sur les graphismes quand même, et un gros bémol adressé à certaines animations qui auraient dû nous quitter depuis fort longtemps. Parce qu'avouons-le, nous en avons ras-le-bol de voir un attaquant coupable d'une faute coller ses deux pieds l'un contre l'autre en avançant ses bras pour signaler sa désapprobation (les habitués de la série depuis au moins les derniers opus PS2 sauront de quoi je parle).
Pros: Un gameplay délicieux de liberté (déplacements à 360°), De nouvelles animations bienvenues, Rythme de jeu plus réaliste, Les espaces intelligemment occupés, Des efforts faits au niveau de l'ambiance sonore
Cons: La caméra a du mal à suivre, D'anciennes animations à expulser, Les attaquants demandent trop peu le ballon, Certains commentaires hors-sujet, Ralentis systématiques et démarrant toujours trop tôt (pour les buts), Quelques problèmes de curseur, Absence d'un véritable mode training, Feintes sur le stick droit, gadget ?, Les arrêts de jeu tronqués qui hachent l'action
Excerpt: franchise has been dropping at an alarming rate. It felt like the developers could not decide what the game wanted to be -- simulation or arcade -- and therefore the end product became a confusing smorgasbord of both. In other words, this year's title needed to escape the gaming doldrums before the series as a whole was marginalized forever.
Pros: Excellent buildup play., Goals feel realistic., Player individuality.
Cons: Defenders are unfairly quick., Dumb AI teammates., Frustrating referees.
Excerpt: You have to feel sorry for the Pro Evolution Soccer series. Once considered to be the pinnacle of football gaming, it has lost a lot of its appeal in recent years for various reasons. As with all sporting titles these days, it has received its annual update and yet again goes head-to-head with EA’s FIFA series. Unfortunately I have to report that, yet again, it comes in second place.
Summary: PES 2011 is a solid soccer game that closely simulates "the beautiful game" with a focus on precise passing and shooting. While it may not offer anywhere near the number of officially licensed teams of its competition, its considerably deep strategic options and excellent controls make this a game few true soccer fans should miss.
Pros: A wide variety of game plan options, Game excels in precise passing and shooting, Animations bring movement to life
Cons: Steep learning curve, Lack of officially licensed teams, AI is occasionally unresponsive creating broken plays