Excerpt: Sur les terrains de football, les franchises PES et FIFA s'affrontent depuis des années. Si FIFA semble dominer le milieu, Konami n'en baisse pas pour autant les bras et tend à proposer les changements nécessaires pour se rendre appréciable aux yeux du plus grand nombre. Mais les améliorations sont longues à prendre place, les schémas difficiles à articuler.
Excerpt: The sun is beating down, and the wind is shooting through the stadium. We're at the pristine and imaginatively titled Il Nuovo Stadio Della Juventus, and the home side's slender 1-0 lead – courtesy of a free-kick from the talismanic Alessandro Del Piero – is in the balance. Napoli's Uruguayan Adonis, Edinson Cavani, is sprinting toward goal when he is felled by an industrial challenge from big-beaked clogger Giorgio Chiellini.
Excerpt: The world of videogame football has taken great strides over the years, from simple pass-and-kick arcade games to the all out global showstoppers we have today. One franchise that continues to win over the hearts of true soccer enthusiasts is Pro Evolution Soccer, and the 2012 edition shows no signs of slowing down.
Excerpt: Pro Evolution Soccer is back for another year of simulation football, and with it are the usual host of improvements and changes made to a sports game each year. Most of the changes made to PES 2012 improve the game’s mechanics, but it still stumbles in a few areas, making it a pretty good simulation of the sport rather than a truly great one. Fans who have stuck by the series will continue to do so, as this year’s offering is still worth their time.
Excerpt: PES has a couple of interesting things going for it, and the presentation in the career mode is better than in FIFA , but gameplay is first and foremost for any soccer game, and it just can’t compete with FIFA on the pitch.
Pros: Career mode has a lot going for it, solid online
Cons: Gameplay lags behind other modern soccer titles, commentators aren’t that great
Excerpt: As EA’s FIFA series has pulled further and further ahead of Konami’s once dominant Pro Evolution Soccer titles, I’ve got to admit that there’s been a little sadness in my heart. I’m from a generation that spent many of their formulative gaming years absolutely enthralled by the ISS and Pro Evo titles on the PS1 and PS2.