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...
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...
Summary: It definitely has its own merits and flaws and stands strongly in the market. The AI and referees do appear better. The game balances individual play (tricks, etc) with team play (teammate control, etc) a bit better and hopefully they’ll continue on in that as well as general improvements.
Excerpt: Finding someone who has purchased and played both PES and FIFA in the last few years is rarer than club loyalty in the modern day footballer. You're either into one or the other. Simple as. Or at least it was until this season's head-to-head.
Pros: Master League is mad but great, Passing is much improved, Instant football fun awaits
Cons: Online players are still nails, Lack of licenses, Stiff animations are odd
Summary: If Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 was the reboot that put the series back in the running, then Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is the game that pushes it straight to the finals. While it offers more in the way of refinement than something completely new, there are tweaks in PES 12 that change the way it plays,...
Pros: AI improvements make for more exciting matches, Off-the-ball control lets you set up stunning plays, Smooth animation, Fast, exciting gameplay
Cons: Lame commentary, Most game modes are the same as in last year's game, Lacks team licenses
Conclusion: It’s encouraging then to see Konami at least taking steps in the right direction with the PES series, and whilst it’s a good few generations behind FIFA at this point, it’s important to remember that this is a series that’s individual in its own right.